Remember verses can and have been misinterpreted. I have no problem growing in general knowledge and making it part of my mental furniture while I'm reading scripture. The question is are verse meanings locked down based on historical dogma or are verses to be understood based on their best meaning contextually without being pedantic. Thought, and especially thought in literature, is not impossible to derive true meaning from, even with the potential for misunderstanding. This is why we are charged to press into the things of God, to learn and grow and not simply get distracted by the first little thing that shakes us.
To kick this off I want to share a protest that my agnostic brother shared regarding how the Bible gets the earth's position and movement wrong. Here is a simple excerpt from his position:
The bible also states that the earth is
* I Chronicles 16:30: "He has fixed the earth
* Psalm 93:1: "Thou hast fixed the earth immovable
* Psalm 96:10: "He has fixed the earth firm,
* Psalm 104:5: "Thou didst fix the earth on its
foundation so that it never can be shaken."
* Isaiah 45:18: "...who made the earth and
fashioned it, and himself fixed it fast..."
Do you also interpret these scriptures literally?
Here is an excerpt with my response:
A while ago you mentioned the statements in the Bible that spoke of the earth being firm and immovable. I have fun with these supposed problems because people think they can go Ã¢â‚¬Ëœah-huh!Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ when looking at verses like these. It seems odd to me to approach the speech in the bible as a literalist when common everyday speech forbids it. Let me give an example. If I told you that I built the foundation of my house so well that it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go anywhere for a long time then a literalist would tell me that I was wrong because in the length of time that I said that it had already moved because the earth is spinning about itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s axis and on top of that the earth is spinning around the sun and all this is spinning around the center of the Milky Way and who knows how fast the Milky Way is flying through space. Would this conversation be worth entertaining?
I believe the Bible is true. The EarthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s foundation is firm and immovable. God made the earth to last forever and its foundation will not perish, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s immovable. Did people misinterpret this verse in the past? Probably. Does science help us to better understand the Bible? Yes. Again, the two, creation and scripture, are both signs from God that are meant to be prodded and explored. He encourages us to do this from, of all places, scripture. So again, your question was a great question worth answering.
I can't stop someone from straining out a gnat to swallow a camel but anyone who takes their beliefs seriously should ask themselves if they are open minded enough to receive true meaning and correction when it is offered and revealed or is the primary focus to look at things with trumped up confusion to avoid any progress in understanding at all?