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Three’s A Crowd

Quick little edit before I go off to do my homework. I got a lot of screenshots. Mainly screenshots of Jack. I still don’t feel as though I got enough though. If I have time after I do my homework, I’ll definitely search for more full cam Jack videos to screenshot. Oh, also, did you all notice that Jack’s channel is halfway to 15 million? It’s only been a month since 14 million! The channel has been growing so much lately. I absolutely love it.

Bible Showdown: Literal Vs. Allegorical Interpretation

horizontescuriosos asked:

I came across one interpretation of Genesis that I thought might be insightful to ask someone about. The idea I found is that Genesis is really an allegory about human sin … Like before sin, Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed. Then Eve tried to sneak eating the apple, sin entered, and from then on Adam and Eve wore clothes out of shame … As a pastor, do you think this idea of Genesis being an allegory for human sin has credit? (Edited for length)

Hey dear friend, I’ve definitely seen Genesis (and much of the Bible) interpreted as allegory, and it’s a legitimate way of reading the Bible, called the Alexandrian method, that’s been around for centuries.

However, I personally view most of the Bible as literal, factual history — or at the very least, I assume that the Bible authors had an original intention that wasn’t meant to be stretched towards a “spiritualized” meaning that says whatever we fancy.

Scripture doesn’t read as an allegorical account, but more like a news periodical. There are parts of Scripture that are definitely allegory, but it’s usually obvious, with the author even saying so.

Ancient accounts of legend only revealed details that were much like Chekov’s gun, which were set-ups for a moral lesson. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Beowulf to The Odyssey, no detail was wasted. But Scripture would describe things that had no other purpose but to describe them. Jonah talks about buying an actual ticket to board a ship. Peter and his fellow fisherman caught 153 fish, which has no other meaning, except that they caught 153 fish. When Jesus is arrested, a naked guy totally flees the scene. Mythological stories never read this way. Most of Scripture has a prosaic, open-ended description that was not a type of genre for myths back then, but for eyewitness testimony.

While the Alexandrian method certainly has merit, here’s one huge advantage of the literal interpretation of Scripture.

Literal interpretation of Scripture leads to deeper change. In the third century church, John Chrysostom, the Archbishop of Constantinople (also known as the Golden-Mouthed Preacher), held to a literal interpretation despite the popularity of the Alexandrian method. This brought about a revolutionary revival in the third century church that lit a fire under complacent Christianity.

When John Chrysostom read, for example, that Jesus said to “feed the least of these,” he took that to mean, “feed the least of these.” He used charitable donations from the wealthy congregants to build hospitals for the sick instead of fixing the church building.  He constantly preached to help the poor; the aristocrats hated him. At one point the Roman government invaded the city to retaliate against a riot, and while other pastors fled, John Chrysostom stayed. The Emperor ended up pulling back the invasion, and word got out that St. John had remained with the people, so his church filled with disciples just like him. At the cost of John’s own reputation and even his life, he followed Jesus when it would’ve been easy for him to soften up Jesus’s teachings into cute whimsy Instagram quotes.

The thing is, when Scripture is seen as mostly allegorical, it’s too easy to have a pick-and-choose mentality of convenience. In a heated moment, Scripture becomes malleable to the point of suggestions. When I allegorize the Bible, I run the risk of softening its edges when I disagree with parts of it, which is a bit like pressing an off-button on my wife whenever I disagree with her. Then I don’t have a real Bible and a real God, but a butler who tells fables that simply affirms what I’m already doing.

This sugar-coating tendency isn’t something we do on purpose. In fact, consider the opposite case. When you watch a movie “based on a true story,” there’s a subconscious visceral weight to the story that this actually happened, and it deepens what you’re watching. In the same way, when you know the Bible is describing real commands and real miracles and can’t be stretched to an ethereal type of philosophy, then it shakes us at the ground floor. The Bible puts flesh and blood on Jesus.

If you really knew that there was spiritual warfare and it wasn’t just “negative energy,” if you really knew there were angels and demons and heaven and hell, if you really knew that prayer could affect the substance of the universe, if you really knew that Jesus died for you on a dirty Roman cross — then, my guess is that the proportion to which you hold Scripture as true is the degree to which you’ll be transformed, and you’ll live in such a way that doesn’t bend when life bends you. I’ve witnessed it, in others and in me. The higher you hold Scripture, the more likely you’ll live in a Christ-like way even when it’s not easy, because the objective reality of a real God who really does something remains steadfast.

I think it’s absolutely commendable and necessary to investigate the Bible, just like you’re doing, and to discern all the riches it has for you as you wade through some of its tougher passages. There are parts of Scripture which are difficult, confusing, and frustrating to interpret literally (especially Genesis and Revelation), and I’m sure I’ll wrestle with those to the end. And of course, I still think that allegorical interpretation is an historical, qualified way to read Scripture, with its own advantages. The important thing is that we love Jesus and we love people, and that the reading of Scripture convicts us and moves us into grace-driven action.


anonymous asked:

What were the most revealing moments to you of this press tour? I feel like this is the one that sealed the deal that Joshifer is the real deal and has been for a long time. I think for me it was all the clearly editted moments and the cut things. Like Jennifer barely kissing Josh's cheek before it faded to white, Josh kissing Jennifer for no reason just cause she said so, them being in bed together, and the quote about costars being lovers and then talking about marriage and children.

i definitely agree with you.  i think there were a lot of moments where i was just like…umm, did that really happen!?  OMG THAT HAPPENED!  only to have them quickly cut away or just edit the whole thing out.  that shit is revealing as fuck.  because those are HUGE moments and to cut them out, as i’ve always said is positive, because that means they don’t want you to see what’s really going on.

so my personal top 5 most revealing moments were (based solely on how much i freaked out):

1. josh kissing jen’s cheek.  because not only was it adorable, but the way it happened.  there was literally no prompt what-so-ever.  he was in the middle of talking about the sewers, she decided she wanted a kiss, asked for it, and he stopped talking, mid-sentence, and gave her a kiss.  and then continued talking about the sewers like nothing happened.

2. jen threatening to tell her brothers that josh got her pregnant.  because umm…WHAT!?  who jokes about that?  and the fact that her brothers would believe this, like it’s something that could happen.  and then saying he left her, like you have to be together in order for someone to leave you.  and just the fact that that was something that came to her mind.  she’s thought about that happening.

3. this is a two-parter.  jen saying that josh does spit bubbles in her airplane bed and then a video showing josh sitting on the side of her bed, putting his shoes on, after having gotten 12 hours of sleep.  because this was a thing that was approved to be on tv.  this was a thing where jen woke up, and started celebrating having gotten some sleep, and josh just sits there getting dressed.  LIKE OMG.

4. jen’s willingness to just kiss josh whenever she feels like it.  because it’s always adorable.  and then liam pointing out that this is something she does ALL THE TIME.  FOR LOVE.

5. much like jen asking for a kiss, i loved when they were watching the real or not real scene, and she reached out for his hand, wanting him to hold it during a particularly moving moment.  and he complied, like sure, honey.