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I understand the problem. But this sort of dilemma arises the way it does because these conversations are played out against a modern theological background, a reductionist worldview. This worldview provides the default position. It defines our beliefs, our presuppositions, sets the parameters for thought, without us realizing it, and we absorb it from a very early age in our churches.

If we developed a different world view—one which quite naturally thought and read scripture in narrative terms, for example—the distinction between milk and meat would look very different.

As long as our theological culture prioritizes personal salvation, we will struggle to make sense of the historical dimension of the New Testament, no matter how old we are. If it ever came to the point where our theological culture prioritized the historical narrative, we would not have the difficulties that you describe.

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