Re: Is everybody saved?

From: Dick Fischer (
Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 10:26:54 EDT

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    Debbie Mann wrote:

    It's one thing to say that some of the Bible may be allegorical or
    explained in terms of false scientific premises. It's something else
    entirely to say that no matter when it was written or who wrote it we can
    take the pretty parts and leave the rest alone. Some of it begs for
    interpretation. Other parts don't. I believe it was Jenkins who said, when
    you can - take it literally.

    Where does it start Debbie? When apologists think they have to explain
    away parts of the Old Testament because they aren't dedicated enough to
    figure it out or even listen to someone who has, that establishes a pattern
    which can carry right into the New Testament.

    Add that to our innate feelings of compassion for all people everywhere,
    and you have a watered-down gospel - acceptable to any shade of faith and
    all categories of unrepentant sinners.

    I argue hard for a literal Genesis illuminated by historical evidence not
    because it is important in and of itself, but because that too can
    establish a pattern of taking the entirety of Scripture at full face value.

    Dick Fischer - Genesis Proclaimed Association
    Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History

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