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L'vsh is a religious philosophy that has origins within Jewish and Christian tradition, but does not prescribe fully to either theology. It originates from the beliefs of Baptist Christianity, which holds that each individual man is to interpret the Holy Bible on his own. From this, L'vsh can be seen as an interpretation of the Bible as a figurative set of stories, with much of it — if not all of it — being parables offering advice on how to live rather than being an actual historical document.

Interpretation of Holy Bible

Genesis

While followers of L'vsh are not required to completely deny the existence of a God who created the universe, it is not necessary to take a literal interpretation of the earliest part of the Book of Genesis, which states that the earth was created in six days, among other things which are believed to conflict with modern science. "Questioners" may deny any literal interpretation of Scripture, and thus discredit the first chapters of the Bible, or ignore them completely.

Adam and Eve

The story of Adam and Eve can be taken in a very figurative sense, with the two protagonists representing the entirety of mankind. Questioners can use the etymology of "Adam" — meaning "man" — to credit this idea. The mentions of nakedness are taken along with the idea of a "Forbidden Fruit" to come to the conclusion that this alleged parable represents humanity being seduced into the sexual act, and thus, in a sense, losing their purity.

After the people of the world are removed from the Garden of Eden, representing complete removal from the Lord, they have children, and the children engage in murderous acts. The Bible literally recounts this in the story of Cain and Abel, but this story can be taken as a parable, providing the first warning of "Thou shall not kill."

Genealogy

Questioners see the genealogy of man included in Genesis 5, including what science now sees as impossibly long life spans, to be in the vein of mythological tradition, and being included to take the reader quickly from Seth to Noah.

Etymology

The word L'vsh means "asks", or, more literally "questioner" or "one who questions", obviously referring to adherents questioning of the literality of the Christian faith.

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