Jeffjoe, really? Before Darwin no Christians thought of the story of creation as anything but literal. Even after him most take it as literal. I have to exclude Catholism from "church" because they have gone so far as to change scripture to fit their views. I mean read the ten commandments in the Catholic Bible and then read it in a Hebrew lexicon.The reason pastors, generally speaking, are better at interpreting scripture is because they simply read and study it more.
Jeffjoe, I read the NIV, however, I find the NAS and the NKJ to better literal translations in most cases. If I have a question I crack open a reference and look at the literal translation.Also, name one prominent Christian, before Darwin, who supported the theory that God didn't really make man in his own image.
but fo rthat matter so does the torah and koran...so maybe they are all God's book, just aimed at different audiences.
the point freak is that noone can agree on teh exact interpretation. you are making my point for me: the exact interpretation is not as important as the basic tennets. it is in this way that the bible serves its function of bringing people closer to God. but fo rthat matter so does the torah and koran...so maybe they are all God's book, just aimed at different audiences.