Thank you! And praise God.
Hm, that’s a pretty tricky question. I don’t feel that the terms ‘literal,’ ‘conservative,’ and ‘orthodox’ are accurate descriptions of my reading and interpretation of the Bible. Call it what you want, but I believe individual revelation is not an experience that every person identically shares; we are all uniquely designed, therefore we synthesize and integrate God’s Word differently. For example, two readers of the Bible may agree upon the virtue of a particular passage in Scripture, but could be applied and manifested in vastly differently ways. This is because I believe the Bible is God’s Word, and His personal Word is dynamic and speaks to the individual heart. Granted, there are absolute ‘black and white’ passages of Scripture that are not open for compromise and ambiguity. For example, take the letter of the Law and the ten commandments and such. These passages are very strict in their nature because they serve a certain purpose; the purpose of which in this case is to reveal to mankind their depravity in sin. These passages I suppose should be taken, as you say, “literally.”
However, because I believe God’s word is dynamic, living, and moving, it implies relevance… nay, necessity to every generation. I don’t believe we need to ‘modernize’ some archaic scripture in order to preserve its relevance. The Gospel is the ultimate standard and manual of life that transcends generations and time. I personally believe it reflects the timeless nature of God and His ingenious design of His human creation: regardless of the changing times and the shifting ideals of our age, the premise of our existence remains the same: we are fallen without God and we need Jesus. The Bible from cover to cover is all about that. And that will never change.
In summary, for me, I don’t think my style of reading the Bible is just ‘literal,’ ‘conservative’ or ‘orthodox;’ God’s Word is dynamic and personal. That’s like asking when I talk to my mom, do I interpret her dialogue literally, conservatively, or allegorically. Hehehe. This is a good question. I never quite thought of my own personal style of Biblical interpretation until now, quite frankly.