In an interview with ABC’s “Nightline” on Monday, the president also said he probably is not a literalist when reading the Bible although an individual can learn a great deal from it, including the New Testament teaching that God sent his only son…
“You know. Probably not. … No, I’m not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it, but I do think that the New Testament for example is … has got … You know, the important lesson is ‘God sent a son,”‘ Bush said.
“It is hard for me to justify or prove the mystery of the Almighty in my life,” he said. “All I can just tell you is that I got back into religion and I quit drinking shortly thereafter and I asked for help. … I was a one-step program guy.”
The president also said that he prays to the same God as those with different religious beliefs.
“I do believe there is an almighty that is broad and big enough and loving enough that can encompass a lot of people,” Bush said.
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I almost don’t know where to begin. It seems as if W. has bought into the same lie that is being forced down your children’s throats in the state school system. The lie that the Bible may be a good book with a good moral lesson but you can’t take it literally because it excludes individuals, ideas, and causes. The same lie that tells your kids that there are many ways to God and to think that there is only one way to Him is shallow and narrow minded.
If I have a soapbox to stand on, it is this issue of relative thought and truth. Truth can be relative but it must be absolute. The Bible is absolute. It is the standard by which our country and laws have been established from. Whether you believe it or not does not make it truth. If you visit the department of standards and measures, an agency of the US Department of Commerce, you will find there is a standard by which everything made, must go by. For us, it is no different.
The problem, is that for so long, we’ve been told we can set our own standard for living and that is why the morality of our country has continued it’s sharp decline. That is why we have people in power like President Bush, who are trying to be politically correct and not offend any more people than they have to, by making statements like the above quotes. What we need are people in power who believe the truth and model it with their life. As far as reading the Bible literally, R.C. Sproul puts it best in his book Knowing Scripture :
One ought to interpret the Bible literally in the sense that they interpret the Bible as literature. A noun is a noun, a verb is a verb, etc… These are grammatical rules which apply universally, without regard to one’s religious conviction…The genre of a portion of Scripture is an important factor when doing hermeneutics[interpretation]. Every genre has different rules which guide interpretation.
We should read the Bible in the context of which it was written and apply it to our lives literally.