So the other day I was listening to a radio station online and I was intrigued by the first set of lyrics. An approximate translation is something like this:
We are all matches from the same box, some light up early and others take longer to go out, some never catch fire, others fail to spark, some do not have a head for the flame to live, but they all, they all go out, that is the truth!
Metaphors can be quite interesting – but I soon got to wondering; metaphor and simile are both ancient forms of describing what things are like … the Bible is riddled with them. What do you do with them?
I can’t help but wonder if modern Christianity has made the mistake of interpreting certain metaphors and similes literally by making them applicable as a pattern we ought to base our lives on and as a series of instructions to obey. Instead of letting God tell us something about himself, too many try to match themselves up in the pattern and miss the point of it entirely.