Should We Interpret the Bible Literally?

How Should We Read the Bible?

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This is Ken Ham, president of the ministry that built a full-size Ark near Cincinnati.

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I often get emails that claim that if we interpret Genesis literally, we need to interpret the whole Bible that way. But is this true?

Actually, we interpret the Bible “plainly.” This means we read the Bible how it was meant to be read. Scripture is made up of many different types of literature that aren’t all meant to be understood the same way. For example, we don’t read a newspaper and a love poem the same way! They each have their own rules of interpretation.

The Bible is the same way. We read history, like Genesis, in a straightforward fashion. But poetry, like the Book of Psalms, clearly uses non-literal language.

We need to read the Bible plainly so we can properly interpret its message.

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About Ken Ham

Ken Ham is the president, CEO, and founder of Answers in Genesis-US, the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter. Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America.

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