RE: The Old Testament Vs The New Testament Dispite whether the tree is 'food'...dispite whether the tree is 'home'...dispite whether the tree is 'a perfect focal point'...these attributes do not change the tree. The tree is all of these things, regardless of the descriptions by the individuals who see it. The tree remains unchanged. The Bible, however, changes immediatly whether you interpret it literaly as opposed to spiritualy. Because of this, we're left with the difficulty of determining what is historical...what is moral...and what is spiritual. Since we can not prove nor disprove what is what, we're led to look back at the time when the Bible was written. Stories, such as this, were typically written in a grandious style and were created to evoke ideas and morals within the listener whether the characters within the story were gods, monsters or humans. These stories have metamorphosized into the literal translation which causes these debates. So how are we to look at the teachings of the Bible: How they were intended to be read? Or how we've changed them?