Re: Should the Bible be taken literally?
There is a literal meaning behind these words. Cain really did kill Abel, and God really heard the cry of Abel. God was aware of the spilt blood on the ground, and the shed blood was grieving His tender heart and offending His Holy Spirit. God could not overlook the transgression, because the blood on the ground demanded justice, not verbally but just by it's very presence.
Originally Posted by John 8:32
Christ's blood is also said to speak, but instead of demanding justice it pleads for mercy. ( Hebrews 12:24).
The text you cited is an example of a figure of speech that is used to speak of a very literal reality. Very much like, for example, saying "you're breaking my heart". When you break someones heart, you do not literally break the thing that pumps blood, yet we do not allegorize this statement when someone says it, do we? We use figures of speech all the time, but that doesnt change the meaning of what we are communicating.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.