Concepts – Figures of Speech

Unanswered Questions – Day is like a Year

A question for those you believe God is outside of time:

This are song lyrics from a secular song:

What a year this day has been
What a day this year has been

What do they mean?

Likewise, Peter makes a similar statement.

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

What does this mean?

Question logic: The closed view takes 2 Peter 3:8 as some sort of metaphysical claim and adherents do not usually allow for the possibility of a figure of speech. If you ask them about a parallel secular statement, it will be a lot harder for them to make their claim with a straight face.

Rice on Metaphors

From The Openness of God:

But most scholars would reject a sharp division between literal and figurative theistic language in the Bible. This implies that all metaphors are alike, and such a view obscures the rich variations within the biblical descriptions of God.

While no metaphor provides us with a literal account of the divine reality – a one-to-one correspondence to its object – this does not mean that all metaphors are equally distant from the object represented… most Christians would agree that God is more like a shepherd thank a rock, and more like a parent than a shepherd. So within the broad spectrum of biblical metaphors, some are more important than others. These metaphors bear a stronger resemblance to the divine reality – they are closer, so to speak, to the intended