Are You Too Literal? By Dean A. Banks, D.d.

Are you taking what books, people and your feelings are saying to you literally? Do you believe what someone says, writes or believes without thorough investigation? Do believe someone’s version of the truth without repeatedly testing its validity?

Those who preach fear and accept what they have been fed without challenge have a need to help those who live by faith and have known the word from the inside out. When someone "discovers" a "truth" they often feel the need to get others to help them validate what they believe. They seek out others who will agree with them to satisfy their need for justification. I know, I do this every day with my posts of aphorisms.

Most people like what I say, and some don't. We all have this need to one degree or another. The only difference

is that whenever I write an aphorism, I research what it is and if it accurately reflects what I am thinking. The problem with Bible newbies is that they take literally what the Bible says without challenge.

I had to dissect the Bible when I attended seminary school. It is simple. The Bible was handed down by word of mouth for many years. It was written down for the Hebrews in the language called Aramaic. Then, the New Testament was written in Koine Greek. The languages had specific geographic idioms (figures of speech specific to where they lived). Then, the Torah (Aramaic) and the NT were translated into Latin. It wasn't until 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicea


that Emperor Constantine had his priests decide what books were included in the Bible. Then in the Renaissance, Martin Luther defied the Catholic Monks and created Protestantism. Currently, there are 256 sects of Protestantism.

And why? When someone disagrees with a teaching, they go out and form their own sect. For example, I don’t swallow the made up teachings of sola fide and sola scriptura. There is no justification for this anywhere in the Bible yet it is taught as it is in the Bible. What a farce! Yet, many Christians continue to believe in it without challenge.

When you live by faith in God you make the time to challenge what ANYONE says. You investigate anything and everything in order to understand and base your faith on the facts, not on made up hearsay.

When we meditate we receive the living “word” directly from God without humankind’s interference. I for one want the truth from the source; not from filtered down platitudes and beliefs that were forged by those seeking to control others. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)



Article Written By SpiritualityGuide

Dean created the Spirituality Guidance Internet TV Channel to provide access to current Spiritual leaders online. He released his third book in 2011 entitled “Spiritual Growth: Articles Of Expectation”. Dean produces multimedia marketing and advertising campaigns, audio and video productions and is the webmaster for his company, banksnet.com.

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