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.