A theology Professor is explaining about how we must be careful to
understand the circumstance within which the Bible was written. We cannot
take everthing we read as literal.
A student asks, "So, when we read in Genesis 1, "there was evening, there
was morning, one day" it does not really mean a 24 hour, one rotation day?"
The Professor responds, "Exactly, for as says in 2 Peter 3:8, 'That one day
is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day.'
(KJV) We need to look beyond what it says to read what it means."
Later that day, the Professor is walking home and the student drives up and
offers a lift. As they are traveling along at a fair clip, as students
often do, they approach an intersection. Without the slightest blink at
the stop sign the student flies through the intersection. Tires squeel.
Cars swerve. Fenders crunch. Yet the student and rather green looking
professor continue on without a scratch.
After a bit the professor has caught his breath, "Didn't you see the stop
"Of course!' indignatly responded the student.
"Why didn't you stop!"
"Well professor, of course I know what the sign says, but what does it
really mean? After all, in 2 Corinthians 11:10 we read, 'As the truth of
Christ is in me, no man shall stop me.' I follow the Lord's will, not the
will of men."
The professor fumbles in his brief case and pulls out his Bible and lookes
up the text and reads, 'As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop
me this boasting in the regions of Achaia.'
The car is speeding toward another intersection with no signs of slowing
"Stop the car, you idiot, and let me out!" screams the professor, "You
can't take texts out of context!"
"Hmmmmmm." mumbles the student.