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Letter to the editor: The Bible: Is it truth or just a metaphor?

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 12:01 am

According to Debate.org, “All Christian religions decide for themselves which passages they want (operative word) to consider as metaphor and which passages they are willing to accept as fact or truth. Thus they are all tailoring the scriptures toward their Myside Bias, which is a type of fallacy. So all Christian religions are thus based on severe Myside Bias fallacies in the interpretation of scripture.

“Factually, if they wanted their religion to be non-fallacious, they must accept the entire Bible as either truth or metaphor.”

Cindy Gaumer states that her “faith in God starts with the Bible; Genesis 1:1, ‘God created the heavens and earth.’”

My unfaith in a god comes from Genesis 6:7, “The Lord said I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

So which is it? Are both of these passages factual and true, or are they metaphors?

Philip Reifenrath