The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
books witness to the proposition that God created everything and chose a people. The
remaining Books of the Prophets tell and foretell of the consequences of straying from the
The New Testament witnesses that God had fulfilled his people‘s desire for a
Messiah and deliverance. We may now discern that Jesus‘ use of the many parables
within the context of his whole message might be equated to at least the five books of the
Torah in existence during his earthly lifetime. His claim to be the fulfillment of the
-prophesies of old | drew deadly fire from the ruling priestly class who had grown tired of
the false messianic declarations of anti- Roman zealots. But the people were purportedly
amazed by his knowledge, wisdom, and miraculous acts.
If the O ld Testament is but a parable of a larger message, what might that message
be? If we accecpt this premise as a foundation upon which to build a new understanding,
how then might we see the book of Genesis?
Can we see it as a complete account of the creation of our world? The universe? The
cosmos? Should we construe it as a detailed description of the beginning and progression
of all life down to and including the emergence of Man? Discoveries in the natural world
and the study of astronomy seem to indicate something much larger actually occurred.
The answer then would seem obvious. The biblical story of Genesis does appear to
take on the character of a -short narrative | meant to provide some small beginning
familiarity concerning an extremely complex process.
Were the words actually spoken, -Let there be light! | eons before Man acquired
language as postulated within scientific inquiry?
Or, does Genesis imply a storyteller‘s attempt to explain what might have come to
him or to someone within his purview as an almost incomprehensibly complex vision of
what we today understand as the hydrogen fusion ignition that gave light to our sun?
Within the sub-parable of Genesis are other shorthand references to complex
processes such as, but certainly not limited to, the forming of the earth, the gathering of
the waters, the coming into existence of all plant, and then animal life. Might these then
be seen as other examples of a parable, within a parable called Genesis, within the
parable called the Bible?
One may now view these narratives as overly simplified accounts of an interminably
ancient orderly progression of events long within the purview of Man, since he has
ascended from out of the world of all God‘s other creatures.
To gain some small familiarity, some meager understanding of the nature of these
processes, Man has attempted to look back into the increasingly distant past, as well as
the eternally unknowable future.
Artifacts, suddenly appearing at or near the surface of the earth, have persistently
begged for an interpretation of what might have preceded its viewer. The myriad points
of light in the heavenly canopy have long perplexed the mind of Man and tantalized the
imagination to see some ordering in their distribution.
Many an original and seemingly logical interpretation has found its way into the
memory of Man. Cherished to the point of worship, they have been recited across the
centuries as valued articles of the wisdom of the ancients.
Much of present knowledge, built upon the verities of the past, has stood the test of
time. Each generation has contributed some small portion to the larger whole, benefiting
from that which it has heeded, learning anew from that which it has ignored or discarded.