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Topic: Bible Literal Interpretation

Episode Topic Audio

2021-05-17
Symbolism & The Millennium in Scripture: Caller disagrees with Steve about his stance on when to use symbolic or literal interpretation, particularly in regard to The Millennium. [Revelation 20, I Thessalonians 4:14, Revelation 11-12, Revelation 19, Psalm 50:10, Psalm 90:4, 2 Peter 3:8].



2020-06-30
The Millennium: Why is the 1000 years (the Millennium) not considered symbolic rather than literal by some, when it is clearly stated as a precise number? [Revelation 20:7].
Satan Bound for 1000 Years: How should one consider "binding the strong man" and parallel to the millennium? [Revelation 20:1-3, Matthew 2, Revelation 5:6, Revelation 17]. (Editor's Note: Answer continues after the break, in a separate call).


2020-06-16
Scripture Variances in Translations: Could you clarify the variance between translations regarding Jesus as the Son? [John 1:18].



2020-05-08
End Times Timeline & Dispensationalism: Why don't Dispensationalists pay attention to who the epistles were written to, and the timeline references in scripture about "this generation", "soon" and "shortly come to pass"? [Revelation 1:1-3, Revelation 22:10, Matthew 24:34].



2020-05-05
Defining the meaning of "Last Days" by Scripture: Can you help me how the scriptures be understood differently than relative to the end times? [Isaiah 2:2, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 35, Isaiah 42, Isaiah 54, Micah 4:1-4, Ezekiel 39, Joel 2:28, Hebrews l:1, I John 2:18, James 5:3, I Peter 1:20, Hebrews 12:22, I Corinthians 10:11].



2020-03-26
Hell-Which View: Would you articulate your own stand of the 3 views of hell? Do you believe that hell is eternal?
Importance of Understanding Hell: Isn't our understanding of hell far too important not to know? [2 Thessalonians 1].
Death and Hell: Is there anything in the Greek and Hebrew that better describes what kind of death we suffer, and how permanent it is, that will help us understand the consequence of sin and hell?

2020-02-12
Symbolic or Literal: If you decide to take something symbolically in the Bible are you defining your own religion?



2019-11-19
Creation Story in Genesis: May I get your feedback on my pastor not taking the story of creation literally? [Judges 9, Genesis 1].



2019-10-04
Literal Interpretation of Scripture: How do your respond to those think one must take everything literally in the Bible?



2019-07-15
Jesus's Blood on the Mercy Seat: Does the Bible indicate that Jesus literally went to heaven to sprinkle His blood on the mercy seat? Or is it symbolic? [Hebrews 9].



2019-05-21
Springs of the Sea: Are we to take literally the verse in Job about the "springs in the sea"? Is there a hermeneutic principle when determining when to ascribe literal vs symbolic meanings to scripture ? [Job 38:16, 2 Peter 3:10, Genesis 14:10].



2019-03-27
Rapture of the Wicked: What about The Rapture and the possibility of the wicked going away first, rather than the righteous [I Timothy 5:6, Mathew 13:24f]? Raising of the dead will first be whom? [1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:8].
Day (literal or symbolic): Is the word for "day", literal or symbolic?


2019-02-05
Eternal judgment: John Piper says that the wicked are going to be tormented eternally. [Hebrews 6:1-2, Revelation 14:10, 20:10]
Dispensationalism & taking Revelation literally: There's a lengthy discussion about it the caller takes Revelation literally or symbolically as a Dispensationalist.


2019-01-28
Satan raising people from the dead: Is there somewhere in the Bible that says Satan can raise the dead?
Creation Literal: A day in the account of Creation does not mean that it has to be a literal 24 period of time, does it?


2019-01-09
Literal or Symbolic: How should we determine if something is meant as literal or symbolic? What is the time frame for this passage of Scripture in Isaiah? [Isaiah 19:19-25]?



2018-10-30
Water & Blood: When it's talking about the water & blood, what does this mean? What does this whole passage of Scripture mean? [1 John 5:6-8]



2018-09-26
All things Made New: All things new, is this by any chance in relation to 'every knee shall bow'? Is it sort've like universalism will bow? [Revelation 21:5, Romans 14:11]
Paul's Hard Writings: What did peter mean by pauls writings being hard to understand & twisting them?


2018-04-16
Taking Bible Stories Literal-Noah & Jonah: Do you take the stories of the Bible literal or figurative, especially Noah & the flood & Jonah?
Catholic Confirmation: Does catholic confirmation count as being saved? What about Infant Baptism?


2018-03-21
Bible literally: Is it better to take the Bible literally?



2018-03-15
Satan Fall like Lightening: "I saw Satan fall like lightening", was this literal, & what does it mean? [Luke 10:18]



2018-01-12
Art & Science of Biblical Interpretation: How do you know what is metaphorical and what is historical?
Defining Good & Evil: How do we define Good & Evil? Man was originally a being created with a likeness to God, isn't that right?
Joel Osteen: What do you think of Joel Osteen & his church becoming the biggest church in North America?

2017-12-28
Modern Israel: Caller disagrees with Steve that the prophecies of Israel have been fulfilled & that you have to believe in the literalness interpretation of Revelation.



2017-12-28
Spiritualizing Scripture: Dispensationalists try to say we shouldn't spiritualize Scripture, & we should take it literally, but they don't themselves!



2017-11-15
Healing: Doesn't this passage of Scripture mean that if elders come & pray for you that you will be healed? [James 5:14-15]



2017-10-31
Fundamentalism: What is Fundamentalism? Is it a form of Evangelicalism?
Literalism: I guess i'm just asking about Fundamentalism because some say we need to take all the Bible literally.


2017-10-17
Jesus Second Coming already: What is the strongest support that Jesus did NOT come back yet?
Full Preterism: What makes Full Preterism even a possibility?


2017-08-30
Being Born Again: Are we supposed to be taking being "born again" literally? [John 3:3]



2017-08-15
Weak in the Faith: Does Romans 14 go beyond diet, food & holy days? [Romans 14]
People being Dogmatic in Secondary Issues: What about people who are very judgmental in stuff that we each have the liberty to do or not do?


2017-08-15
Coming of the Lord: Is the "coming" of the Lord literal? [1 Corinthians 15:23]



2017-07-31
153 Fish Significance: Was there any significance to the number "153", the number fish that were caught? [John 21:11]



2017-05-22
Creation Week Literal Days: Were the actual creation days literal 24 hr days because what does it mean 1000 yrs is as a day, a day as a 1000 yrs? [Genesis 1, Genesis 2, 2 Peter 3:8, Psalm 90:4]



2017-04-24
Communion: Communion, Lord's Supper, Eucharist, eating the literal blood & body of Jesus. [John 6]



2017-01-27
Light before the Sun in Creation: What was the light during creation if the sun was created until the 4th day? Should we take creation literally or non-literally?



2017-01-04
Book of Revelation Symbolic or Literal: Is revelation, especially chapter 13, to be taken literally or symbolically? [Revelation 13:15-18]



2016-03-22
Catholic Communion: Caller who just called about communion calls back & wants to talk about the Transubstantiation of communion in the Catholic church, the bread & wine turning into the body & blood of Jesus' body. [John 6]



2016-03-02
Taking Parts of the Bible Literally: How do we know what to take literal, especially numbers in Revelation?



2016-01-07
Literally Eating & Drinking Jesus' Body: Can you explain why we are not literally eating & drinking the literal body of Christ, why it's not correct? [john 6:53]



2016-01-05
Allegorizing or Spiritualizing Scripture: Why do Dispensationalists think you need to "allegorize" Scripture involving prophecy? What is the difference between allegorizing & spiritualizing Scripture?



2016-01-04
Plucking out the Eye: So we shouldn't really do what that verse says, pluck out our eye? [Mark 9:47]



2015-12-10
Sitting on the right hand of God: Is this literal or symbolic/anthropomorphic of something else, Christ sitting on right hand of God? [1 Peter 3:22, Acts 5:31, Acts 2:33, Hebrews 1:13, Luke 22:69, Hebrews 10:12, 1 Timothy 2:1-15]
Right hand of God: What is the significance of being on the "right hand of God"?


2015-09-14
Gospel being Preached to all the World: Is Jesus here talking about just the nation of the Israel here or the whole literal world? {Matthew 24:14]
Being Aware of the Gospel: Everyone seems to have at least a somewhat knowledge of the gospel, but what are going to happen to the people who had never heard the gospel, people from 3rd world countries?


2015-09-08
Works as a Result of Faith, Enduring to the End: Our good works are a result of our strong faith, is that right? What does "Enduring to the End" mean? [Matthew 24:12-13, Matthew 10:22 22]
Taking the Bible literally or figuratively, Idioms: Does Steve take the Bible more literally or figuratively?


2015-05-12
The Bible Just a Nice Set of Stories: How do you deal w/ someone who claims to be a Christian, but thinks the Bible is just a book of made up stories, & how would you share w/ them that they are wrong?



2015-05-06
Passover, Jesus' Death & Resurrection: How do we get 3 literal days & nights in Jesus' Death to His Resurrection? Does it have something to do w/ the Passover?
Spirit & Soul: Is there a distinction between the Spirit & the Soul? How does that relate to the Holy Spirt?


2015-04-14
Taking the Bible Literally, Selectively: A friend of the caller said that Christians just take what they want literally out of the Bible, so that makes the Bible not true.



2015-03-25
Literalism about Hell: We don't have any life w/ out God, so how could we exist in hell? [Acts 17:27]



2015-03-17
Law being Fulfilled: Caller wanted to chime in about the law being fulfilled in [Matthew 5:17-19]



2015-02-17
Interpreting the Bible: How do we interpret the Bible? Using the Bible for current Social Issues.



2014-10-17
God & Tough Times: God is not a genie, & that it might be God's will for us going through trials, suffering.
Fundamentalism: Do you ever find that you have to correct people about their Fundamentalism?


2014-10-09
The Bible Answer Man: How did you happen to be on Hank Hanegraaff's show, The Bible Answer Man?
Genres: Can you explain Genres, & what genres are what in the Bible?


2014-09-19
Inerrancy of the Bible - Mustard Seed: Jesus said that the Mustard Seed was the smallest seed, but in reality, it's not. So was He mistaken? The NLT version of the Bible sort've helped Him out by saying, "one of the smallest seeds".



2014-05-07
Impeccability of Jesus: Caller says that Steve almost sounds like an SDA, saying that Jesus could've sinned.
1,000 Years: You are negating the words of Jesus when you say He didn't say it was a literal 1,000 years! That's why Michael the Buddhist never hears Jesus from you, so says the caller. [Revelation 6:1-10]


2014-05-01
Understanding a Passage of Scripture: Can you help me understand a chapter in Zechariah? Is it talking about the end times? [Zechariah 14]



2014-04-29
Vashti: Vashti was asked to where the crown & come to him & she refused, it that true? Was she an exotic dancer (dancing in the nude)?
3 literal Days: How could Jesus have been in the grave 3 literal days?
Relying on Theologians: Can we get everything we need to be a Christian from the Bible, or do we need a good theologian every now & then to guide us?

2014-04-28
Jesus' Death 3 Days: How can it be 3 literal days that Jesus was in the tomb from Friday to Sunday? The math does not compute. Where does it say, "He will rise on the 3rd day"? [Matthew 16:21, 17:23, 28:63]
Preaching to the Spirits in Prison: What does it mean that Jesus went & preached to the souls that were being held captive? I thought Jesus' death was good enough for the penalty of sin. [1 Peter 3:19-21]
Getting a Handle on the Truth: Since teachers are to be held more accountable than the average person, I want to make sure i'm teaching truth, so how do I know i'm interpreting the Bible right? [Janes 3:1, 1 Corinthians 5:9]

2014-04-22
Church Fathers & Spiritualizing Scripture: When did the Church Fathers start taking the spiritualizing scripture approach more than taking it literally?



2014-04-01
KJV & NIV: The NIV makes things clearer than the KJV sometimes (in reference to another call).
Spiritualizing Scripture: When's it okay or not okay to Spiritualize or Allegorize Scripture?


2014-03-07
Spiritualizing Scritpure: What does it mean that we shouldn't "spiritualize" Scripture?



2014-03-06
Evolution: Caller believes the evolution debate is really not that big of a deal, & does Steve think God used evolution as a means of creation? [Genesis 1]
Using Correct Terminology: The Bible needs to be a little more precise in the words it uses to indicate if God literally created in 7 days or it was a long process.
God Creating man from Dust: Man might've existed in a physical form but not a spiritual form.

2014-02-26
Bible throwing curve balls: I really believe in the fundamental essentials of Christianity, such as Jesus Christ &, the main & plain things, but then the Bible just throws weird things out there that we have to believe like literal creation, people burning in hell, & God creating Satan. Can you help me with the weird things that it seems to teach?



2014-02-21
"Earthly things": "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?", what does Jesus mean when He says "earthly things"? [John 3:12]
Being led by the Holy Spirit: Caller believes the Holy Spirit has been leading her to study things she then hears immediately on the radio show.


2013-02-13
Calvinism & Predestination: Caller disagrees that Paul is asking rhetorical questions in Romans 9-11 & Romans 6, that he's actually being literal that some will resist God's will, are predestined to do that. A long lengthy explanation of what Paul is really saying ensues. [Romans 6, Romans 9-11]



2013-01-29
Jesus Preaching to the Souls in Hell: Did Jesus go preach to the lost souls in Hell? Universal Reconciliation doesn't agree with evangelical doctrine. [1 Peter 3:18-20]



2013-01-22
Apocalyptic Language: Can you explain about the apocalyptic language of the sun & moon going dark & so on? (a lot of crackling noise happening.)
Satan Falling like Lightning: Why was Jesus saying this in the first place & what was He meaing by it, Satan falling like lightning from Heaven? [Luke 10:18]

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