For the Bible tells me so?

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How does that song go again?  “Jesus loves me this i know, for the bible tells me so.”  I remember singing that song at Sunday school and thinking to my self, where does the bible say “And Jesus said to Alec, I love you!”   I understand that this is only a children’s song, and of course the bible does not directly say that Jesus loved Alec.

What happens when someone reads a book that was written thousands of years ago and tries to take exact phrases or sayings from it and relate it to present day situations.  Now I am not saying that nothing in the bible can be used for today, but there are people out there who take what the bible says very literally.  An acquaintance of mine who I will leave anonymous is a conservative republican who is very passionate about his beliefs.  I remember an argument that he brought up one time where he referenced a bible quote that said “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”  He believed that the 3000 year old bible was clearly saying that liberals were the “fool to the left” and the conservatives were the “wise to the right.”  The terms left and right weren’t even used in politics till the 1700’s.

seriously? I almost turned around because I didn’t even know what to say to that.  One of the reasons I don’t get involved with organized religion is because of people like him.  If people read the bible and close off their minds to everything else around them then they have no possibility for growth or development.  We should read between the lines rather than what is written on the page word for word.  What do you think?  Are people taking the bible to seriously, does that push you away from religion?