Many of my readers would agree in general with this link. The writer says one can believe the Bible is the word of God but refuse to take every word of it literally.
Since publishing this blog I have heard from a large number of people who are confident, in fact supremely confident, they know which parts of the Bible to take literally and which are not intended to be taken literally. Unfortunately, these confident people do not agree with each other.
To an outsider, it is baffling to hear say they are certain about this. Why would their god would bother to write things that were not to be taken literally? When Congress passes laws, do they advise people not to take time literally?
The link author is also baffled. But, he is baffled by people who take the Bible literally. Such people simply do not understand the faith he says. One who understands the faith ignores parts of the Bible and focuses on other parts.
Much of this seems like inside the faith arguments. Denominations split constantly. One person thinks he understands the faith better than his colleagues so he and his friends trot off to form a different denomination. They are not interested in the impression this creates for nonbelievers who conclude there is no ultimate and final truth about the Bible.
I don’t see how believers can rationally conclude the Bible is the word of God and think they can ignore some of it.