Originally Posted by heretotalk
Daniel, I'm confused about what you mean when you use the word "Literalist". As far as I'm familiar with the word it is used to refer to someone who takes the Bible to be 100% literal, which would mean that when the Bible says "the sky is a done over the Earth" they'd take that as a literal statement instead of realizing that the statement being made is a poetic one and that the Bible is not a scientific document but a theological and historical one.
Anyway, if I can try to explain a little, people who take the Bible literally when it comes to what it says about homosexuality do so because those eight verses are there. As a disciple I can say that the Bible isn't something that we can pick and choose over at our own yearnings. If I don't like part of it I cannot ignore it or rip it out..
I don't believe for a second that you are confused. So how about dropping the pretense? It's silly.
It's ironic that you display literalist thinking by asserting that one can't 'pick and choose', and then go on and assert that the verses in question are 'there', which amounts to picking and choosing.
(It's called circular thinking)
Ironic indeed, for that is indeed what literalist's, in fact, do. They focus on what they want to condemn in others and forget about the rest of the inconvenient stuff like eating shellfish and wearing mixed fabrics.
That's what makes a literalist a literalist. The narrowness of their view.
I really don't see the love in that.