The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
Did he understand that certain people seemed to possess a gift of communication
whereby they could impart a kind of wisdom far beyond what any earthly hero could
acquire through a life experience?
Could something convince him that some circumstance had somehow selected him to
share a magnificent understanding that language alone was insufficient to describe?
Would his language have a word to describe this experience? A word similar to a vision?
Could he convince those around him that words were spoken to his mind similar to
that which commences with -in the beginning | ?
His excitement, as well as agitation over his inability to adequately convey that which
had been visited upon him, might have led to great fame and fortune, or to an untimely
death due in part to a shallowness of intellect of those that he‘d chosen to share this gift
with. Thus it always seems to have been with these pioneers of discovery.
-And God saw the light, that it was good and God divided the light from the
darkness | (Gen. 1:4, NKJV).
Try to describe a period of time of unknowable length divided as sharply as light or
dark concerning a subject with which there are no words in your language to define the
images set before you. Might an earthbound observer, viewing a maddeningly complex
scene concerning time and light, be tempted to find a counterpart in his earthly
experience and limited language to describe something akin to, even though vastly
smaller and simpler than what he had seen?
-So, He let it shine for a while and then there was darkness again | (Gen. 1:5, TLB).
Would the fuller meaning, that this oversimplified example had substituted for in the
ensuing centuries, be recognizably similar to the periods of time that science has
identified as the time it took for the bright point o f light to become smothered in the
darkness of the inflationary expansion of the cosmos? How could mere earthbound
linguistic symbols ever describe such an unearthly scene? Yet Man in the early twentieth
century has been able to lay out that scene, using t he tools inherited from the scientific
method of his predecessors, in terms more surely provable than that early vision.
-Together, they formed the first day. |
A vast but discrete panorama had been set before this observer. It had begun with
light and had ended with darkness. It had started with something being done and ended
with nothingness. He was only faintly aware of an immeasurably great period of time in
which this event had occurred. How could he ever hope to share this with only such
inadequate linguistic tools as might be at his disposal? He would, I imagine, choose the
closest thing within his own limited vocabulary no matter how inadequate. It came to be
described as a day.
During the Common Era (0 to 2004), also described as since the time of Christ, many
have attempted to reinterpret this God‘s Day as being as different from our understanding
of a day as we are different from God. A favorite comparison has that first day being
equivalent to a thousand of our years, but even that seems inadequate in the light of
today‘s understanding of time through the discoveries of geology.
If the latest scientific theory concerning the passage of time can be relied upon, the
cosmos came into being between 12 to14 billion years ago, and the earth, between 4.5 to
7 billion. If we use the upper range of the latter time frame, then God‘s day would seem
approximately equivalent to one billion earth years.