Adventures in Over-Literalism #1 – John the Baptist


As Dr Michael Heiser puts it at 16:30 of the following:

“I’m a comic book fan and a science-fiction fan and all this stuff. So when I when I talk about metaphor, I like to ask this question: What would your Bible study group be like if it was led by Drax the Destroyer? Because he doesn’t comprehend what metaphor is. Everything is literal, okay? If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s comical, it’s funny. … It’s so ridiculous that there’s this character who cannot comprehend metaphorical language.

And we have been trained to not see anything in Scripture other than this rigid wooden literalism, and it leads us to goofy views. It distracts us from things that are really important to see, and we misapply Scripture.”

Dr Heiser is referencing this scene in particular, of course:


“His people are completely literal, metaphors are gonna go over his head.”

“Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I will catch it.”

And so I made a Drax version:

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