The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
The mass of admirers who ushered Jesus triumphantly into Jerusalem was quickly
replaced by the mob who demanded his death. Why? Was it because their history had
taught them to expect a champion who was supposed to restore their physical kingdom,
and Jesus‘ message and manner, though ill-perceived, spoke of a very different kind of
As with the prophets of old Jesus was put to death. But, unlike the prophets it was not
by stoning, but by the Roman method. The destruction of his bodily life prefigured the
later destruction of the Temple, which occurred approximately forty years later. Jesus‘
death by crucifixion also prefigured the death of the Israelite nation by dismemberment in
I additionally propose that Jesus‘ death upon the cross, was and is a parable, a
simplified example, standing in place of something of far wider worldly significance.
Was it meant, among many other things, to point toward the death of a nation?
Both were Jewish. Both died at the ha nds of the Romans. Both deaths were meant to
end the dream of the coming of a K ingdom.
The Bible tells us that Jesus died upon that cross as a kind of atonement for the sins of
the world. The Jews of the last and greatest Diaspora seem to have been hung on a
different kind of cross for almost two millennia.
In their ancient beginnings they declared that they had been chosen by their God to be
separated from the world around them. In the beginning of the Roman Diaspora they
were perceived pretty much as the y had been in the ancient Egyptian world of the Joseph
story or the Babylonian and Assyrian Diasporas, a people who originally separated
themselves by choice became a people separated by the most severe kind of subjugation.
Their purportedly -principled | stand against the remarkable expansion of Christianity
in the approximately 450 years following its birth made them as unwanted, but necessary,
as in their pre-exodus days in Egypt.
In AD 625 they appeared to offer little or no resistance to those -raiders | from out of
the deserts of Arabia, and were seen as being cooperative with them as the Christianized
Roman world was cut in half. Was it because the Muslim invaders had promised to
rebuild their Temple that the dominant Roman, then the successor Christian Authority
had denied them the right to do? And what did they get, for what was seen by Christians
as the worst kind of treachery, a third desecration, a Muslim Mosque on their hallowed
In the Black Death of the thirteenth century AD, the Jews were suspected by some of
having caused that catastrophe in Europe by poisoning the water wells. And one of the
elements of their Roman-turned-Christian Diaspora Cross eventually turned into
mandatory separation from those whom they were sent to live among. Did Ghetto- ization
and worse come about because of a common feeling that they had become the carriers of
all the sins that the Christian savior had been crucified for?
After Jesus died upon the cross, the Bible tells us that he rose again in three da ys. The
initial result of this resurrection was that he first spent forty days on earth preparing his
people to become -Followers of the Way. | Then, the Bible tells us, -he rose into heaven |
(or the heavens), taking his place -on the right hand of God. |
The post-Exodus Hebrews dared not call their God by his ancient name -EL | for all the
centuries of their succeeding history, substituting the Tetragrammaton, Yahweh
(YHWH). What did Jesus call his -Father in Heaven? | The Bible again tells us that when