The first rule of bible interpretation is called the "Golden Rule of Interpretation". When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning, unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.
The first 5 books of the bible are written as historical text. I see no reason not to take them essentially literally. My only point of contention with the definition for the golden rule that I typed out above is "common sense". I don't believe there is such a thing. I prefer to use the term "good sense", which, at least in this day and age, is a relatively rare commodity. Good sense is not common.
To quote the mother of the water boy in the movie by that name, I believe that the theory of evolution is "one of the many tools of the devil".
Tall Timbers, Rapture Ready 10 Comments
[1/31/2009 5:53:47 AM]
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Count the fallacies.
2/1/2009 1:09:31 PM
Poe. G0d, I hope it is poe.
2/1/2009 1:12:32 PM
phew!! - how did you then get your head unstuck from up your own ass?
2/1/2009 1:28:24 PM
2/1/2009 2:45:23 PM
2/1/2009 4:09:17 PM
Ha ha, that mother in the Waterboy makes fun of people like the Rapture Readians! And then she smartens up, backs off, and lets her son enjoy his life without guilt!
2/1/2009 6:34:07 PM
The "primary, ordinary, usual, literal" meaning of words changes over time, as culture changes. Your KJV no longer carries the exact same interpretation to modern English-speakers as it does when it was written. You need to be an expert in 17th century English to understand it the same way as it was meant.
2/1/2009 6:51:12 PM
Waterboy Mom said it,
I believe it,
That settles it._____________Tall Tales
2/1/2009 7:15:39 PM
"Good sense is not common."
And Tall Timbers proves it.
6/10/2011 3:57:34 PM
Apparently,Tall Timbers saw that movie and came away from it thinking the mothers religious convictions helped the water boy? The mother is only and obviously the source of her sons social problems and skewed logic in that movie.
Her realization of the damage she's done is the climatic turning point in the story
6/11/2011 11:35:08 AM