Take a look at these verses. Which parts should be read literally, and which parts figuratively?
Matt 7:13-14 (NIV)
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."John 3:16 (NIV)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."John 3:36 (NIV)
"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."John 10:28 (NIV)
"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand."John 12:25 (NIV)
The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.Rom 6:23 (NIV)
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."Romans 8:13 (NIV)
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,Galatians 6:8 (NIV)
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Figurative Language for Death, Destruction, die, perish, lose life?
- Until recently my mind has automatically translated those verse to mean: the final result will be eternal punishment in hell.
- Not a literal death, just a figure of speech meaning something bad will happen.
Literal for Life, eternal life, see life, will live?
- I've always read these literally.
- The gift of God is to live forever with God in His presence.
Is that the best way to interpret these verses?
When death is contrasted with eternal life, shouldn't we read them both literally or both figuratively?