Jehovah`s Witness/Hello Eddie
My co worker is a Baptist and he was telling me that that Bible is to be interpreted literally. I found this quite amusing so I asked him how he viewed Acts 2:38 "Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins."
Interesting enough he never gave me an answer. So the next day I asked him how it was working out. He was in a huff and said what? I just wanted to know how we are to eat Jesus' flesh and drink his blood?
Eddie, how can he claim to be "saved" if he doesn't believe in these two scriptures literally? Care to comment??
That was rich Ricky Rich.
Looks like you got your co-worker in a bind and don't quite know what to say. But it's quite understandable since they have been taught not to reason but just to listen.
I mean think about it, if he says the Bible is to be interpreted literally then he has no choice but to "eat Jesus' flesh and drink his blood". Otherwise he's disobeying Jesus' command!
"...So Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in union with me, and I in union with him." (John 6:53-56)
Now how is he going to do this? Since Jesus is no longer flesh and blood but a powerful spirit being in heaven, how is he going to "eat Jesus' flesh and drink his blood"?
Moreover, how is he going to ask Jesus of this? Will he say "Oh Lord Jesus please give me a piece of your flesh so that I can eat it and a cup of your blood so I may drink it and be saved".
What do you think will Jesus say?
What nonsense are you talking about? comes to mind.
It's so obvious these people have no clue what the scripture is saying and yet they come here trying to teach us??? Pathetic if you ask me.
Here's another pathetic interpretation of theirs.
The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. They always like to use this illustration of Jesus to show that God and Jesus torture and burn people alive in "hellfire". They say, yes, this is literal. Yet if you ask them in what way then does a single drop of water quench the thirst of someone in a literal burning place forever?
Does this also mean that all who died and went to heaven were literally in Abraham's bosom? If so how big is Abraham's bosom then? How many people can fit in his bosom? Or is this just a one time event - just for Lazarus? If so, then what about the rich man? Is this also a one time event? If not, then what about the millions of people who died? Where are they now?
Also, how is this literal if it's a parable?
Also, is heaven and "hell" so close that people can have a conversation? If so what then does the word "chasm" or "great gulf" mean in this case?
How are they going to logically explain this parable if it's literal?
[Luk 16:23-24, 26 KJV] 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. ... 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence."
Truly these people are so blind as to what the scripture is saying - if it's symbolic, figurative or literal. They have no clue.
And they have the gall to come here and teach us? Ha!
Meaning of the Parable.
From our publication:
"What does the parable mean? The “rich man” represented the Pharisees. (See verse 14.) The beggar Lazarus represented the common Jewish people who were despised by the Pharisees but who repented and became followers of Jesus. (See Luke 18:11; John 7:49; Matthew 21:31, 32.) Their deaths were also symbolic, representing a change in circumstances. Thus, the formerly despised ones came into a position of divine favor, and the formerly seemingly favored ones were rejected by God, while being tormented by the judgment messages delivered by the ones whom they had despised.—Acts 5:33; 7:54."