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Leaving the Error of Our Ways:

Besides the obvious doctrinal errors that can arise from interpreting literally what was intended to be read symbolically or metaphorically, there is a threat of physical danger that arises in groups who employ a hyper-fundamentalist interpretation of the ancient Biblical text. In literally interpreting the choices that were made, actions that were taken, or words that were spoken by the ancient Israelites and early Christians as instruction or commandments, many of the mistakes made by the ancients are also interpreted as instruction or commandments. While traditional Christianity takes the approach of analyzing historical accounts in the Bible to understand proper context and genre, hyper-fundamentalist groups avoid context in favor of quotable phrases. Though the Bible Canon was created by combining several scrolls containing no chapters or numbered verses, hyper-fundamentalists view the canon as one large collection of individual verses, each carrying specific weight as it applies to the doctrine their group emphasizes. More often than not, the combination of doctrine and verse being used is not in alignment with the message being presented in the sum of chapters and verses that form the scroll. In doing so, a great deal of history preserved to remind the Israelites of the errors of their past has become an instruction for hyper-fundamentalist future.

Throughout the Old Testament, there are numerous examples of mistakes made by the Children of Israel. The collection of scrolls presents a historic account of receiving the Law of Moses, agreeing to uphold the Law, failing to uphold the Law, prophetic statements condemning the error, and warning of the consequences. Traditional Christianity studies these examples as a historical reference for understanding how to avoid similar errors in today's world, while hyper-fundamentalist groups interpret the majority of passages of historic instruction for the Children of Israel as instruction for modern-day Christianity. Worse, they interpret the prophetic statements linking the historical error to the historical consequence as a future judgment against those who do not agree with their hyper-fundamentalist doctrine. Instead of viewing the examples as a warning for the Israelites, they view the examples as ways to bring modern-day Christianity back into ancient error.