THE BIBLE AS SYMBOL
Our first order of business in this quest is to see if we can justify considering the Bible as symbolic rather then literal. We must use the Bible itself.
1.2Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. So here is the Bible itself telling us not to take it literally.
2. Galatians 4:24 Which things are an allegory: the definition of a myth includes the term allegory. Here again the Bible tells us it is symbolic.
3. Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: The Bible is saying that all of Jesus statements were symbolic.
4. Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
5. Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Here the Bible states that GOD speaks in parables . And what are dark sayings of old. Obviously they are symbolic statements.
6. In the Book of Proverbs describes wisdom. It explains how one becomes wise. Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Dark sayings is mytholoy
7. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 2 cor.4:3
8. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 2 cor. 3:14
9. We should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." (Romans 7:6)
10. Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak in parables? EZ:20 Here God speaks in parables
11. 1Cr 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Here it says god ordained the hidden wisdom, even before the world
12. Eze. 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel. God orders riddles
13. Jdg.14:19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle.
And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house. Here it says god was pleased when they cracked the riddle, and rewarded them.
14. Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of GOD to conceal a thing: but honor of kings is to search out a matter. And here its Gods honor to conceal things, and make you figure it out.
15. 2Cor.4:3,4 "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
16. Isaiah 9,10 And he said, Go and tell this people, hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes
17. Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.
18. JOB 27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
19. MAT 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
20. psalm 89 might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."
21. Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
22. 1 cor 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
23. IS. 48:6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
24. Eziekel 3:5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
25. exodus 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
26. exodus 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
27. "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God." (Jesus Christ The Holy Bible: Matthew 22:29)
28. Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Here God is saying that his word is like milk to you, as a babe must drink milk before it can eat solid food.
God is saying his word is for the the one who is ready for meat, in other words, when one is ready for the deeper meaning, this is the meat, for the one full of age (wisdom). Reading Gods word literally is MILK, it is for the unskillful, and they will not understand.
Here the fact that this is all consciousness is made clear. It says to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God. Where is the Kingdom of God? (Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.) The statement concludes by saying that "unto them that are without". Outside of the meditative state. Outside of the inner realm of consciousness where exists the Kingdom of God..
Here we see that God speaks in mysteries, riddles and parables, He puts riddles in peoples mouths, he shuts their eyes and ears, he sends strange and hard speeches, he sends dark sayings, and that is Gods glory that he conceal a thing, he imparts secret wisdom and make you and I search it. His word is as milk to the unskillful, without age (reason).
Theres no doubt that the bible is showing you that, you can't read it at face value, you have to look for the deeper meaning, the secret wisdom, the dark sayings, the hidden and so forth.
The problem with Christianity as a whole, including all the pastors and tv evangelist pay no attention to these verses and read and teach the bible literally, which is an abomination unto god.
His word is mysterous and wants you to search it out, the truth is not given to the vain, to the once a week jesus mercenary.
There's no doubt is there, about what is being said here, the Bible was written in a certain metaphorical, symbolic language of old, which is mythology.
Jesus told Peter to go get the tax money from the mouth of a fish! Mt17:27
"puts his money where his mouth is" demonstrates that he's put his trust in God ahead of his savings account, or insurance policy, or retirement plan. Have all three; but keep God first!
Without figures of speech we might be 'bored out of our gourd', because they furnish humor and excitement and variety to our conversation; i.e., our way-of-life.
A critical or haughty listener may regard them as crude, or trite, or ignorant, or superfluous; when it may really be a deliberate and legitimate form of getting attention.
The Bible veritably hollers (yells!) at us to hear what God is saying! Forty (or thereabouts) different authors are ascribed: probably because we'd wrongly conclude it was the mythical masterpiece of some inspired genius like Aesop or Aristotle or Plato, if it were all written in the same style.
The fact that the Bible was written in an allegorical, symbolic form, gives us more reverence for the wisdom of God.
Instead of dropping some dry, boring instruction manual on top of your head, he gave us a book, we have rack our brains to understand, rightly so, because any knowledge worth having is usually earned by knuckling down, burning the midnight oil, until the cows home.
I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, at least those that think there wise, but it will be given to who?
The babes, babes are without EGOs, and easy to teach, once you grow older the Ego has set in, and you think you are wise and prudent, but we are fools, for not undersatnding the nature of God.
"Let us go down and confound their language" said God in Genesis 11:7. Here are some figures of speech found in the good book
1. Horse of a different color. Rev/Zech 6 2. By the skin of your teeth. Job19:20 3. A drop in the bucket. Isa40:15 4. Feet of clay.. Dan 2 5. Etched in stone. Ex31:18 6. Life begins at 40. (Matthew is book #40) 7.
Suffer fools gladly 2Cor 11:19 8. Sour grapes Ezek 18:2 9. Caught "red-handed" Mt24:27 10. Still water runs deep Ps23:2 11. Without a leg to stand on John 19:33 12.If the shoe fits Eph 6:15 13. Fox in the henhouse. Lk 13:32 14. Money where your mouth is... Mt 17:27 15.
Get your feet wet.. Josh 3:5 16. Train of thought.. Isa 6:1 17. Raising the roof.. Mk 2:4 18. Beating about the bush.. Ex 3:3 19. Logic that "holds water" Ps 22:14 20. Seeing "eye to eye" Isa 52:8 21. Bone of contention.. Ex 12:46 22. Pain in the neck. 2Cor 12:7 23. Fat's in the fire! Ex 29:13 24. Burning your bridges.
1K19:21 25. Made the cut Rom 2:29 26. Tough row to hoe.. Acts 9:5 27. Fly in the ointment Ecc 10:1 28. Made a "scapegoat" Lev 16:10 29. Mountains from molehills Mat 21:21 30. Stewing in own juices.. Deut 14:21 31. Handwriting on the wall Dan 5:5 32. Swallow a camel, gag at gnat! Mt23:24
To "bury the hatchet", or "chew the rag", or "hit the road",or "push the envelope", or "kick the bucket", or "go on the wagon", or "burn your bridges", or "bite the dust", or "carry your cross", or "drag your feet", or "dig in your heels", are figures-of-speech not meant to be taken literally; but semantically.
The Apostle Paul was really shipwrecked, 2Cor11:25, but he also used the term figuratively to describe those folks who "concerning faith have made shipwreck", 1Tim1:19. Figures of Speech and word-play are a primary source of humor. When a simile from the Bible tells us "A merry heart does good like a medicine", Pr17:22
The Apostle Paul used a figure-of-speech when he quoted from Prov25:21 and told the Romans (12:20) to feed their enemies and give them to drink "for in so doing you shall heap coals of fire on their heads!"
It sounds harsh and hurtful in the natural and literal, but the figure only means that your kindness will make them ashamed of themselves for the way they've treated you When the figure says something that hides the real meaning, it's like a cross between an ambiguity and an allegory. Like speaking in code, or wearing a disguise. Its a veil that one must remove to get a glimpse of the godess ISIS.
THE ALPHABET consists of 26 symbols that must be learned in order to read or write. The three symbols d-o-g must be in the proper order to interpret them as man's best friend, and if they're reversed they become the symbol for the authority that is higher than man's; whether he knows it or not.
If you "got out on the wrong side of the bed" this morning, and found "a monkey on your back", or "a skeleton in your closet"; you'd be thinking seriously about turning over a new leaf, or getting your head on straight; even if it took until the cows come home, or hell froze over, wouldn't you?
Is God a "Word-God"? Should we call Him "The Lexicon God"? The etymology of "word" is dichotomous, because the Greek word 'logos' (for logic or reasoning).
The fact is that we humans love riddles and mysteries, these are the spices of life, and the bible says we are created in the likeness and image of God, do we possess any quality that god does not? does a drop of sea water have all of the qualities of the vast ocean? Yet its not the ocean, its a smaller part, a farthing, yet it contains all of the qualities of the larger.
We love to crack those hard nuts, because then we say AH! I get it, and when YOU get it, it becomes etched in the stone of your mind! Because now you have seen the hand with no arm writing on the wall in the book of Daniel, or should I say, youve seen the writing on the wall.
The disembodied hand that wrote on the wall: "You've been weighed in the balances and found wanting" (You had your chance but you blew it..) is from the 5th chapter of Daniel. Could anyone doubt that this is the figure of "seeing the handwriting on the wall"?
When we see the leaves coming on the trees in the springtime, we know that summer will soon be along; and to see the handwriting on the wall is to recognize from specific occurrences that other events will surely follow.
A king is a ruler because that's a foot long, and a foot goes into a shoe, which is what you do to a fly, and when you fly you're up in the air, and an heir is one who has a fortune, and with one of those you can charge all you like, and a since a king is the one who's in charge; that's why a king is a ruler! This is foolish and cockeyed logic for sure! But dont forget to watch your Ps and Qs.
To say that someone is 'strong as an ox', or 'faster than greased lightning', or 'slower than molasses in January', isn't meant to be taken literally; nor is it said with the intent to deceive. Its all about style, and God has plenty of it.
"The foolishness of God is wiser than men", and "God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise", 1Cor1:25.
And in Genesis we find God speaking in the Wisdom of the ages, Dark Sayings.
49:11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: Authors interpretation:
The vine is God, the foal is you, the ass's colt is the lower stubborn mind, but we recieved new wine (knowledge) and his clothes (new knlwledge came from the BLOOD of grapes, grapes are of god, as is Blood, representing the descent of spirit.
He became a new person The mind is always the wine press, the grapes are the higher thoughts from above. The blood of them represents the spiritual life force of God.
49:12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. He shall see with new eyes from the spirit of God.
49:14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: These are the stubborn brutish thoughts, between the two burdens (left and right brain) in the recesses of the mind. I feel like an ass, laden with the burdens of life, as a giant granite boulder in my brain, heavy as an ships anchor being hoisted up to leave port.
Then a steam line ruptures and the anchor windlass ceases to move, oh when can we get this steam line repaired, so we can get underway again?
49:16 Dan (scorpio) shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Is- ra -el the renewed consciousness will be under the influence of the zodiac (mazzoroth) forever.
49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. If one is resonating with the higher forces (dan) the stubborn animal nature in you will be controlled 49:18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD. Self explanitory, this is the hidden meaning "their minds are blinded" it is as if a veil covers the Old Testament when they read (1 Corinthians 3:13-16).
When Jesus disciples failed to see that hidden meaning in the Old Testament, He called them "fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25).
Of those Paul wrote that the whole Old Testament tells of Christ, but with those who do not see who were not ready to understand the hidden meanings in His parables, Jesus said, "This people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed."
(Matthew 13:15) But when His disciples were ready to understand the deeper meaning, Jesus said, "Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." (Matthew 13:16)
The Living Bible describes itself as a paraphrase, and other Bibles are termed 'versions', but all of them tell the same familiar stories of Noah, David, Daniel, etc., and if yours doesn't, you've gotten hold of a fly in the ointment. Ecc10:1.
Maybe there's a squirrel in the woodpile. If the verses quoted herein don't say pretty much the same thing in your own Bible, there's something rotten in Denmark and you ought to look into it, because Victor Borge, with his rapier wit, isn't the only one who delights in WORD-games.
That's Whiskey, Oscar, Romeo, Delta, in military phonetics (formerly William, Oboe, Roger, Dog), and the many lovers of Scrabble, Crosswords, Acrostics, etc., attest to the popularity and of language-wrestling.
With tongue-in-cheek, I say that BIBLE means Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth! But we have a hard row to hoe, and a tough nut to crack, if we are to get at the pearls hidden within the words. 73 5 7 33 12 144 Numbers also have hidden meanings in the bible.
"a little yeast leavens the whole lump", 1Cor5:6, and you have to draw the line before you can toe the line. Doesn't a tiny amount of poison spoil the finest beefsteak Here the yeast is God/Jesus in your life, to leaven you with the spirit.
Rom10:15. They aren't beautiful until they've been washed by Jesus washed by "the water of the Word", Eph5:26. This is spiritual living-water, like an artesian spring!
Thus we have substantial evidence throughout the Bible to suggest that it is a symbolic book and should not be taken literally. With this evidence, we can then proceed to look at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as a symbolic story.
So you see the Bible is veiled in mystical words, symbols and allegory, How do I know, because the Bible tells me so. Your local church pastor or priest never told you this, because they are the blind following the blind.
"Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. (Isaiah 65:20 NIV)
"Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream.
Not so with my servant Moses; he is entrusted with all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in dark speech; and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"
Jdg 14:12 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find [it] out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:
Jdg 14:13 But if ye cannot declare [it] me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.
Jdg 14:14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.
Jdg 14:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have? [is it] not [so]?
Jdg 14:16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told [it] me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told [it] my father nor my mother, and shall I tell [it] thee?
Jdg 14:17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.
Jdg 14:18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What [is] sweeter than honey? and what [is] stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
Jdg 14:19 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.
Eze 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
Num 23:7 And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, [saying], Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
Num 23:18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:
Num 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
Num 24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
Num 24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek [was] the first of the nations; but his latter end [shall be] that he perish for ever.
Num 24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.
Num 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! Job 27:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, Job 29:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, Psa 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
Psa 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Pro 26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
Pro 26:9 [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
Eze 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
Eze 24:3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set [it] on, and also pour water into it:
Mic 2:4 In that day shall [one] take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, [and] say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed [it] from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.
Hab 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth [that which is] not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
Mat 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Mat 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Mat 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
Mat 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
Mat 15:15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:
Mar 4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
Mar 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Mar 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Mar 7:17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
Mar 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.
Mar 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
Luk 5:36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was [taken] out of the new agreeth not with the old.
Luk 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
Luk 8:4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
Luk 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
Luk 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luk 12:41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
Luk 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Luk 14:7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,Luk 15:3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,Luk 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luk 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others
Luk 19:11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
Luk 20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.
Luk 20:19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.
Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; Jhn 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
Eze 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?
Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
Mat 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Mat 13:53 And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
Mat 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
Mat 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, Mar 3:23 And he called them [unto him], and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
Mar 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables:
Mar 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Mar 4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear [it].
Mar 12:1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A [certain] man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about [it], and digged [a place for] the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
Luk 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
1Cr 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able [to bear it], neither yet now are ye able.
1Cr 9:7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
Hbr 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Hbr 5:13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Did you every wonder about all the wild stuff written in the Bible. Talking snake, talking bush, virgin births, walking on water, flying horses etc etc.
There is a very good reason.
THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN IN ALEXANDRIA EGYPT
Alexandria Egypt was founded by Alexander the Great of Greece. Alexander was inspired to build Alexandria from Homer’s Odessy. His personal hero was Achilles and his family was said to be descended from Hercules.
Alexander the founder of the city where the Bible was written consulted with the Oracle of Delphi as well as the Oracle of Zeus Ammon.
Alexandria was the center of Zeus worship which explains why the birth of Zeus and the birth of Jesus are identical stories.
THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN IN THE CITY THAT WAS THE CENTER OF EGYPTIAN AND GREEK MYTHOLOGY ALEXANDRIA EGYPT
Alexandria was the seat of the formation of the important cult of Serapis, an amalgamation of Greek and Egyptian mythology.
Alexandria was the centre for the very first biblical studies ever performed, and the Old Testament was collected into the shape very similar to what it is now.
History tells us that the Bible was written in the mythological center of the world, Alexandria.
That is why our Biblical stories speak of Jesus the Sun God, the light of the world who continued where Zeus left off .
You probably never knew that the Bible was written in Alexandria Egypt the worlds center of Greek and Egyptian Mythology.
But it was, and you know now.
Dark Night of the Soul
The biblical account of the Wilderness journey contains symbols, images and metaphors that are relevant to those times when unconscious contents press upwards into the foreground of our lives, inundating and thus confounding and overpowering the conscious mind. Such an experience is comparable to the phase of the mystic's journey called the Dark Night of the Soul.
In this Night the ego is defeated in its efforts to remain master of the soul. Its loss of power is a death that both alienates and purges. St John of the Cross describes not just one dark night but one that is followed by a still darker night:
The first purgation or night is bitter and terrible to sense, the second bears no comparison with it, for it is horrible and awful to the spirit.
For this Divine purgation is removing all the evil and vicious humours which the soul has never perceived because they have been so deeply rooted and grounded in it; it has never realized, in fact, that it has had so much evil within itself.
But now that they are to be driven forth and annihilated, these humours reveal themselves, and become visible to the soul because it is so brightly illumined by this dark light of Divine contemplation.
In seeing the Wilderness as the classic symbol for alienation, Edinger describes it as the "necessary prelude to awareness of the Self." He quotes Kierkegaard:
So much is said about wasted lives but only that man's life is wasted who lived on, so deceived by the joys of life or by its sorrow that he never became eternally and decisively conscious of himself as spirit which gain of infinity is never attained except through despair.
Wilderness is, in fact, synonymous with alienation. It is the long drawn-out process by which the ego is emptied of self will. As a rule a person is driven into the Wilderness by some inner or outer compelling circumstance: as when Adam was "driven" from the garden;(18) or Cain "banished" to the Wilderness as a fugitive. Jacob, also, having aroused his brother's fury, was forced to "flee" for his life.
And Joseph, having provoked his brothers' jealousy, was first "thrown into a pit" and then sold into slavery. Moses' fate was similar when, having killed the Egyptian, he "escaped" into the Wilderness. Even Abraham experienced estrangement when he was sent by God from his kindred and his native land in order to receive The Promise that from his descendants a great nation would arise.
What alienation was to the forefathers of Israel, barrenness was to the women. If the Wilderness was where the soul was made ready for the seeds of God consciousness to take root, barrenness was the pattern for the wives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Having known barrenness they could conceive "the first fruits" of the new potential for consciousness.
First there was Sarah who, at age ninety, laughed when told she would conceive. Then there was Rebecca for whom Isaac "prayed to the Lord because she was barren." And even though Jacob fathered the twelve sons who became the twelve tribes, Rachael, the only true love of his life, was also barren. Finally, however, she did give birth first to Joseph and later to Benjamin.
And although Jacob dearly loved Benjamin, it was a love saddened by the death of Rachael at his birth. Again of Hannah it was said that "the Lord had closed her womb," but opened it when she fervently prayed for a son, and Samuel was born.
In the New Testament, Elizabeth was past childbearing years when John the Baptist was born. In each of these biblical cases barrenness preceded the conception of a child who became a noteworthy servant of God.
Symbolically understood, barrenness is the soul empty of self and surrendered and receptive to God's will. It is therefore a soul within which the seeds of spiritual awareness can come to fruition.
Posted by Nightwatchman at 5:11 PM