If objective interpretations are possible…

From a hypothetical conversation between an Atheist and a Christian.

Atheist: If objective interpretations are possible, then why are there so many different interpretations of the Bible.

Christian: Why do so many people get their math sums wrong? Is there no right answer to arithmetic problems?

Atheist: Language is different. I think that there are many interpretations of a sentence or a Bible verse that are true. That’s why you get so many denominations.

Christian: So you are saying that sentences can be interpreted in only one way?

Atheist: No! … Didn’t you hear what I just said? I said exactly the opposite is true. There are many valid interpretations.

Christian: If there are many valid interpretations, then why did you just correct me for misinterpreting what you said?

Atheist: I did?

Christian: Yes, you just told me that I misunderstood you. In effect, you said that my interpretation was wrong! Why did you do that if there are many valid interpretations?

Atheist: Because I knew what I meant, and it should have been obvious to you.

Christian: You’re right. So let me ask you this: why is it that when you make a statement, you expect others to know what you mean, but when God makes a statement in the Bible, you give yourself the option of pouring any meaning you want into it?

Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, from I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, p. 405

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