Is there any form of Christianity that actually takes the Bible literally?
I know Christians will realize that it's completely impossible to live life literally by the Bible's rules but Jesus himself even says the old laws still apply. Matthew 5:17 so does any Christian follow the Bible how it's supposed to be followed?
- MichaelLv 64 weeks ago
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- HogieLv 74 weeks ago
Matthew 5:17 in context, does not say what you think it says. You are in fact not taking it literally. You take "law" there and conclude it means the legalities of the law, when the context requires "law" here to mean the first 5 books of the Bible, penned by Moses. It says "law and/or prophets" depending on the interpretation, and that what is found in both the law and prophets has the potential to be fulfilled or destroyed.
Are there "laws" codified in the prophets? No... so how do you fulfill or destroy "law" in the prophets where there are no laws?
What exists in both the law (first 5 books) and the prophets with the potential to be fulfilled or destroyed?
And no, this does not conflict with v.19 when you understand that this is a Hebrew idiom, poorly translated into English in a number of interpretations.
The "law" that you think is being referred to here was a "covenant" law and covenants like this have the potential to be fulfilled also, which Jesus did do, and once a covenant/contract is fulfilled, it no longer exists, being finished/fulfilled. It also ended, literally, through the death of the party of the first part, which was God Incarnate, and the apostle Paul explains this in Romans chapter 7.
What your question here reveals is that it is you who does not take the Bible literally. And where the Bible uses figurative and allegorical language, people insist on taking that literally, which happens later in that same chapter 5 of Matthew regarding plucking out an eye, or cutting off a hand.
- OttoLv 74 weeks ago
True Christians accept the Bible as the Word of God and believe what it says. (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16,17) They treat God's Word as being more important than human ideas or customs.
- PaulLv 74 weeks ago
Every Protestant denomination claims to take the Bible literally. Which of course means the personal interpretations of that particular denomination. Which is why the teaching of each denomination contradicts the teaching of the others. Meanwhile, the original Christian Church, which compiled the Bible from its own writings (and early Jewish writings), the Church to which Jesus promised the fullness of God's truth, guided by the Holy Spirit, interprets as literal those parts that are intended to be taken literally, and symbolically or figuratively those parts that are intended to be taken symbolically or figuratively. Thereby receiving the fullness of truth from all parts.
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- PubliusLv 74 weeks ago
Yes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But remember, new Covenant, new rules. Take the Bible as literally as possible, consistent with what we know from science.
- sarahLv 74 weeks ago
Most of the bible is in symbols. Luke 16: showed Abraham in heaven? What was that about? Colossians says Jesus was the first person to leave earth and go to heaven. He had no opened up the way for humans to go to heaven. Why would a rich man go to hell? Why would a poor person go to heaven. So it was all symbols. what he wanted to say was the Pharisees were rich money lovers and they were suppose to be religious leaders.
- 4 weeks ago
I'm sure there's a lot of them. Still, even among them there's different interpretations.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Jesus said He came to FULFILL the law and the prophets (not to abolish them). Do you know what fulfill means? It means fulfill.
He did not abolished them; he raised the bar, setting His standards way above what they were for the earlier barbaric crowd that could not understand. They needed laws just like criminals need them today: to keep them in check.
"Thou shalt not murder." became "Don't even get angry with your brother..." because a Holy God demands perfection.
"Thou shalt not commit adultery." became "Don't even THINK about having sex with someone who isn't your spouse... " because you've already committed adultery in your heart if you do.
A man who lives by love doesn't need rules. He'd never do anything to harm others and he'll go out of his way to help.
You should read your Bible.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
We all do wherever it was written and intended literally
Matthew 5:17 KJV — Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Jesus said that 2000 yrs ago, and he went on to fulfill the Law before he died, taking it out of our Christian ways. So when did he finish?
John 19:30 KJV — When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Colossians 2:14-15 — He blotted out the ordinances that were against us, which were contrary to us, and took them out of the way, nailing them to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
- JessLv 44 weeks ago
Matthew 5:17 makes it clear that Jesus fulfilled the law. Read Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Timothy, and other places that clearly say that Christians are under grace and not under the law. So you are the one that needs to take the Bible literally. Here is the truth: The Lord Jesus Christ is God. Nobody can be good enough to avoid hell. The truth is that death leads to immediate heaven or hell, depending only on whether the person believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, or not. The truth is that the Lord Jesus Christ loves you and wants to bless your life freely :) Most of all, Jesus wants you with Him forever, and not in hell.
Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ means being forgiven all sins past and future and means going to heaven. The truth is that every belief except one will lead to eternal torment in the lake of fire for every person. Because nothing pays for our sins except the death and blood of Jesus, the sacrifice of Jesus that is already accomplished by Him . Jesus loves you! The truth is that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, and Jesus died on the cross to pay for all of our sins in full, and then Jesus was buried, and then Jesus resurrected from the dead. Nothing else pays for our sins, not works, not deeds, not religions. So the only way to heaven and to avoid hell, is by believing on Jesus for eternal life (John 6:47), without adding any of your own works (Romans 4:5). Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to take you to heaven, and you will be in heaven, no matter what, guaranteed. That easy, thanks to Jesus! Tell Jesus that you thank Him that you will be with Him in heaven when you die, because you believe in Jesus! It is too late to be saved, after death