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The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion


When the God of the Bible spoke to the Prophet Ezekiel, He referred to him several
times as the Son of Man as in Ezek. 2:1 -Son of Man, stand on your feet. | Again in Ezek.
3:1, -Son of Man, eat what you find. | Also Ezek. l3:10, -Moreover, he said to me: =Son
of Man, receive into your heart all my words.‘ |
When Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man, was he wishing his listeners to
understand him as speaking, as one of the Prophets of Old? Why else would he ask -Who
do the people say that I am? | and his disciples answered, -Some say that you are Isaiah,
some Jeremiah, and others say Ezekiel. |
At other times was it his hope that the people would hear him as speaking with the
authority of God Himself? As when he said -I am come that you may have life, and have
it more abundantly! | Or -I am the way, the truth and the life, I tell you truly, no one shall
come into the Kingdom except through me! |
Also, he seemed to speak -with the authority of God | about the principles by which
his listeners were meant to understand the message of the coming K ingdom. Did he wish
to separate these pronouncements from the other times when he spoke as, The Son of
Man, about things that would come to pass in the future?
I am now ready to propose that Jesus spoke as a prophet when he predicted the
destruction of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. (Even Muhammad, in his writings,
referred to Jesus as a prophet, and all of Islam dared not elevate their fallen leader any
higher than to call him -The Prophet of God. | )
I feel that -Jesus wept, | more for what this would mean for the history of Judaism,
than he did for the loss of that faith‘s most important edifice.
But what of the people themselves? What had they expected when they had heard him
proclaimed as their long awaited Messiah, an -Anointed One, | a -Deliverer | a -Liberator
of the People | ? By Jesus‘ time they‘d had a long history of expectations, eventually
fulfilled. Their Book was filled with these stories.
In the ancient, almost prehistoric past was their story of Abraham. His -God-Most-
High, EL | delivered them from out of the hand of their enemies into a land -that I will
show you. | When circumstances took them into the land of Egypt and eventual
subjugation, Moses, through the strength of his God, the great -I Am | demanded of
pharaoh, -Let my people go! | And Joshua led them into the -Land of their Promise | (or
was it really back to -the land that I will show you | ?).
Then there were the judges, a champion of the people, called to deliver them out of
their -sinful | misery and back into a renewed covenant. There were fourteen of them
during the Hebrew -pre-dynastic | history. Now came the kings. Saul gathered them
together as one people, David united them into a kingdom, and Solomon led them to a
temporary greatness, all too quickly extinguished by the good and the bad of his
successors.
The prophets were there during this time and the times which followed. Those
advisors to the kings, whose warnings were too many times rewarded with being
terminally dispatched, as their history spiraled down through the debacles of 732 and 586
BC.
The Persians released them, but the Greeks -Hellenized | them. The Hasmonean
rebels seemed to come as a latter-day champion but were all too soon deceived by their
Roman allies who became the overlords that they chaffed under by the time that Jesus
came upon the scene.
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