The Bible is simply the record of the Word of God (Jesus).
Also in exodus, God does indeed talk about days (in reference to the Sabbath week), which I have recorded in another post.
I have also addressed this in a different post…unfortunately, this topic is now rather split… [quote=“pevaquark, post:42, topic:36573”]
Either way, you are doing a lot of interpretation there which in some sense is also proving @Christy 's point that the plain sense of Scripture (i.e. ‘just reading it’) does not capture the essence of God’s word and thus ‘just reading it’ with Genesis is a very precarious and dangerous thing to do.
Genesis is a lot more straightforward than other parts of scripture. [quote=“TGLarkin, post:43, topic:36573”]
I think there is a difference between “just reading it” and letting the Bible just say what it says. As you say, lifting a single verse out of Scripture is always dangerous, or trying to base a belief system on a single verse. There are a few key rules that I find helpful in interpreting scripture:
All scripture must be interpreted in the context of all other scripture. The Bible is one work with one author.
Know who is speaking and who is the audience - is the text directed to the nation Israel? Is it directed toward believers? Is it directed toward non-believers?
What is the current “dispensation”? Adam and Eve had just one rule to live by, the nation Israel was under the “Law”, we are now under “Grace” and (try to) keep His commandments out of love for Him.
Put in this framework, you can then let the Bible just say what it says.
Bang on! However…[quote=“TGLarkin, post:48, topic:36573, full:true”]
Yes, i did not say the framework made it easy. I am resigned to the fact that there will be some things I will never understand, which doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try your best to understand.
I did not mean to understate the effort involved, you bring up a good point.
Mostly agreed, I would say, however, that the more “interpretation” that goes into any given interpretation, the farther from the pure truth it may get…Anyhow, I am still waiting for evidence from scripture (accompanied by sound reasoning) that points to a non-literal interpretation of Genesis.
I look forward to your responses!