If Jesus said that Godís Word is truth (John 17:17), why do most Christians view much of Leviticus as no longer valid. How are things like no tattoos (or even observing the sabbath) ignored while certain other things are adhered to.
Further, why are the rather minimal penalties for rape (marrying her if she's a virgin plus 50 silver pieces to the dad, Deuteronomy 22:28-29) and abortion (payment to the husband, rather than death as for a murder of a human, Exodus 21:22 vs Exodus 21:12) ignored in modern times -- noting, of course, that I do not argue that our criminal code is in any way related to the bible. Just giving another example of no longer adhering to biblical literalism.
Note, I don't want to get into the argument that the bible condones rape or abortion... I don't believe anyone would argue that. That said, a literal reading of the bible does indicate that rape and the killing of a fetus are essentially property crimes against the father of the maiden / fetus.
Let's ignore that and I'll agree that that interpretation is not taught by anyone. I don't want to make that the argument here. The issue is why some bible passages are:
a) taken literally while others are read metaphorically or as allegories; and b) commandments that are deemed to no longer apply while others beside them are felt to be sacrosanct.
As with the discussion on Jesus addressing homosexuality, drug addiction, etc., I'm not looking for an argument on the merits of the arguments, I'm just asking for you to lay out the various intellectual arguments as to why A and B happen.