Reading can be a real challenge for some people, and especially true in modern times as we lose our appreciation and understanding of great literature. So a metaphor, a presuspposition, and a preposition, are simply some of the tools we use to help convey ideas clearly.
Scripture also tends to reveals itself bit by bit, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” It’s suppose to delight us years later when we discover something new because our understanding has now grown.
So while the bible is the literal word of God, taking the bible literally can get us into a great deal of trouble and confusion. Literal means, “taking words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or allegory.” Like, literally God gave us a metaphor and a parable and intended us to see the ideas contained in the imagery.
So like, God is not a chicken at all nor does He have feathers, but still, “how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”
Aldric address a huge “as,” pun intended, the “as” lurking within a mustard seed faith and how we should stop saying things like “it only takes a tiny bit of faith.” I must say, sometimes carving out just a tiny drop of faith can be just monumental, huge, insurmountable, overwhelming. I can’t tell you how many times I have lost mine, just totally surrendered all to despair.
And the Lord has so graciously said, Well, you can’t have lost it “all,” you still seem to be yelling at me. Don’t yell at God, I am just saying faith will tell God all about it’s lack of faith which is actually an act of faith.
So go read Aldtric and Be Blesstified.