The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
So, as close to the beginning that the scientific method was prepared to go, there was
light whose brilliance would never again be matched by any heavenly display.
Concerning the closing phrase of the above quotation, -and then there was darkness
again, | a follow-on theory of an initially rapid expansion, called inflation, caused the
light to fade into an ever darkening soup of primordial particles from out of which the
galaxies would form to bring a second order of light into the universe.
-In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without
form, and [a] void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was
hovering over the face of the waters [dark vapors] | (Gen. 1:1–2 NKJV& TLB).
This opening paragraph of Genesis might be a statement that is only meant to
introduce the more well-known second paragraph that contains the phrase,
-Let there be light. | Or it might, as it seems to me, speak of a time before the
beginning, some kind of amorphous condition that preceded the light or singularity.
A very few physicists, among the most advanced in their field of science, are only
now tentatively trying to contemplate what kind of condition might have preceded the
appearance of this singularity, this -beginning light. |
The ramifications of this tentative probing are so vast, its implications so
unknowable, as possibly to consign it to be forever beyond the grasp of mankind.
This may be implied by the rapidity with which the latest most tentative theories,
(string and quantum loop) are knocked down by already known exceptions that challenge
their completeness as these searchers go in quest of a basis to extrapolate a time before
This opening paragraph might also be seen as the first sub-parable in Genesis. But the
second paragraph (vs. 3–5) that this chapter opens with is my choice of a first effort to
identify a parable that might be able to enclose Man‘s scientific effort to discover how
everything came to be as we find it today.
-In the beginning | there was light. Both religion and science since the ‘30s seem in
agreement with this statement. The closing two sentences of the second paragraph
conclude the thought of the selected parable. -He called the light =daytime,‘ and the
darkness =nighttime.‘ Together they formed the first day. |
Imagine, if you will, a person (probably a man with some time on his hands) from a
primitive society trying to envision how everything got to be the way that he could see it
to be. Suddenly, an insight so vast in its implications that he finds it too difficult to assign
to his thought processes alone, mentally lies before him.
A vast moving panorama spreads out before him. As surely as he could see the babies
being born around him had a beginning, and childhood memories implied that there was
also a time before those memories, even a time before his birth, there was also an end.
The death of his elders confirmed that all things seemed to be limited to a span of time.
Now, a myriad of similar examples floods his mind. Days that turn into night that end
in day again, that lead to seasons of birth, growth, death and rebirth. There must be a
beginning to everything in the world around him, even time.
Did he belong to an epoch where the strength of animals was revered, or a time that
the forces of nature spoke in a crescendo o f frighteningly loud earth-shaking sound that
testified to the greatness of a power unseen but always present? Did he have an
understanding of the usual beneficence of this Presence that was also the giver of all the
good things of the earth and hunt?