Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hosea and his wife, Story? Or was it real?

Today we talked about Hosea in church. How the Lord asked him to "take a wife of whoredoms" a whore. It was suggested by some that this story was just that, a story, and was figurative, designed to teach the readers about the analogy between Hosea and Christ. Christ as the bridegroom, and His relationship with the "bride" or the church or the covenant people of God, who scriptures liken to a harlot who is unfaithful and always going after other lovers and idols.

Some said that this was just a story, that it didn't actually happen. To me this doesn't work. I think Hosea made Gods word a reality. Each of us can do the same. I think the people in scriptures were real people, asked to do tangible visible things in a physical world to show and teach about Christ who also came into a physical world, physically laid down his life and actually "did" all that was prophesied of Him.  Are there stories and analogies in the bible?  Of course.  However I think to some degree the people writing scriptures understand what they write because in their own way, in the way asked of them, they act Christlike, not just talk about it, or tell stories about it. They will likely do it in very word and deed, hence they understand it. Perhaps they then teach by analogy or similitude but I think there were actual events that took place.  If I were Hosea I'd be stunned at a people who turned an important word from the Lord, a terribly difficult set of personal events, into something that didn't actually happen. Kind of a slap in the face. That could lead to people assuming that the Lords words are figurative and that people who hear them don't have to do anything but talk about it.

In Taylor's opinion of course, I realize there are other view points on the Old testament and it's literal versus figurative meaning that are valuable. I'm all open to hearing other viewpoints that can add truth, correct error, or add light to my own.

Talking about Christ and acting according to Christ's teachings I don't think are the same.  I think many stories are people who did literal things in the physical world.

Moses didn't actually have to lead Israel through a desert did he? Nephi didn't actually have to kill Laban did he? Did Noah actually build a boat? Did Abraham actually go to the mountain with Issac?  Some things I think did happen.

1 comment:

  1. If it brings more value or weight to you to take it literally, then great. Jesus taught lessons in parable. Does it make it less important? Whether it is an historic event, a story, or a parable, it is the lesson which needs to be learned, not arguing on whether or not it really happened.

    To me, your arguments are not convincing nor do I really understand them like you would like me to. For one example, you take an enormous leap from, "did Noah actually build a boat?" (referring to the ship that saved two of every single living animal from a world wide flood that killed all the other plants, animals, and people whom God loved and created) to a sarcastic question, "we don't actually have to love our neighbor?" The first is a story of a questionable event without you clarifying the moral or lesson. The second IS a moral, a commandment, a principle. If I take a more metaphorical, symbolic, or nuanced interpretation on the Bible, as opposed to a literal reading, i suppose that the lessons I learn may vary a bit from what you learn or understand, but I don't feel like it hurts the way I try to follow Christ. I can still take the bible seriously, and not literally.

    Do you take every story from the Old Testament literally? If not, when and how do you choose to interpret them differently? How do you protect yourself from misunderstanding, over-analyzing, or "looking beyond the mark?"

    Did you pray to know if Hosea was commanded to marry a whore? Is that really important?