There’s been a lot of talk lately about The Golden Compass: the kids movie written by an Atheist. So I read a little bit about it last night and checked out the website and all that stuff. The wee pesky innerweb then led me down a rabbit trail that landed me right in the middle of a “What do you really know about the Bible?” quiz on an atheist/agnostic website. I took the bait. I got 26 out of 50. I think that means I’ll squeak my way into heaven.
This quiz sparked a long conversation between me and Angel, who only got 21 questions right, which gives definitive proof that she is a wretched sinner and will most certainly not inherit eternal life. Our conversation centered around the emphasis (by some non-believers) that is placed on evangelical Christians believing that the Bible is to be taken literally and how ridiculous it is to believe such a thing. I think it would be more accurate to say that evangelicals take the Bible literally where the Bible is meant to be taken literally. For instance, if I were to take the Bible literally I would believe that Jesus is a gate, that the Kingdom of Heaven is yeast, and the Devil is a big red dragon.
The quiz we took made it very obvious that reading a Biblical phrase out of context and taking it at face value can completely rob it of its meaning. It was hard for me to tell if this quiz was using some sort of hyperbole to make a point or if it was really just a complete lack of any sort of understanding whatsoever. Would these people really believe that I traded my macarena shoes when reason brought the raging blues? Or would they see that there’s a deeper meaning to that line. The Bible talks about people having eyes but they do not see, they have ears but they do not hear. This really became obvious to me last night.
One more quick thing about taking the Bible literally. There are times when it should be and times when it should not be. I gave examples of when it should not be but I do believe that Moses parted the Red Sea. I do believe that Jonah was swallowed by a huge fish. And I do believe that the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. Just for the record.