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Not only can we take the Bible literally, but we must take the Bible literally. This is the only way to determine what God really is trying to communicate to us. When we read any piece of literatur...
Parts of the bible are meant to be taken literally, other parts are allegory, there is poetry, similes and metaphors, history, prophecy, visions, dreams and symbolism, etc. How do we know which is which? Context. Words, sentences, verses, paragraphs and chapters don't stand alone. Read the surrounding verses, paragraphs, chapters and even books to shed light on what type of literature is present.
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