I really feel sorry for all those people who call themselves religious and pious searching and reading every wind of doctrine ever professed by mankind. I feel sorry for them because they refuse to take the bible at its word and accept it as truth, yet they revere all these man made doctrines of men. When people can’t face simple facts, one response is to remove objectionable material by declaring it to be figurative speech. But where do you stop? Did Jesus ever exist or was he just an allegory for some concept? How do you know any of the writings of Peter and Paul and the other apostles are to be taken literally or figuratively? Take man’s word for it. I hardly think so!
When a person declares something to be figurative, not because the text indicates it is figurative but because the person objects to what the text teaches, then an hornets nest is opened up. You can claim one teaching to be an allegory while another person with a different belief system can declare a different teaching.
Man can never interpret what God meant to say. If you don’t trust God’s book, even a little of it, then don’t trust any of it. If man determines what is truth, then obey man and leave God out of it.
The Holy Bible, is simply declared to be truth. “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (Jn 17:17). That truth was presented in an understandable form. “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph 5:17). Such understanding is gained by reading what God said. “How that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)” (Eph 3:3-4). From that understand there comes trust or faith in God. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17).
It has never taken the writings of a false prophet, living 1,900 years after the Bible was written to give people understanding of God’s ways. The Bible is understandable as presented. It doesn’t take a man to decide what God meant to say. God knows His mind very well and is quite capable of talking to His creation on His own.
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. ” (Isaiah 55:7-9).
David pointed out, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (Ps 119:160). Jesus fulfilled God’s teachings. He did not contradict His Father. “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (Jn 5:30). The conclusion must be then that even what wasn’t recorded still lined up with what God had revealed. As Jesus declared, “I and My Father are one” (Jn 10:30).
John warned Christians, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (I Jn 4:1). If you truly believe in God, then believe also in his Word. His Word is infallible. It contains no errors. It means what it says and says what it means. If there is an allegory written, God will tell you so. If there is a parable written, God will make it known unto you. If there is commandments to be obeyed, God will reveal it to you. The bible is much too simple to be misunderstood and much too easy not to obey. Just do it!