The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
It would take every linguistic artifice at his command, metaphor, simile, parable, and
other kinds of word pictures to translate into human-based language, that which he had
seen, heard, felt, or mentally witnessed. But even his best, spiritually mentored efforts
would not be enough, as he probably was well aware at the conclusion of his best efforts.
It reminds me of the man that I pictured in chapter 3, -The Parable of the Beginning, |
who had been given the gift of a vision into the Genesis of all things.
-Imagine, if you will, a person…trying to extrapolate how everything got to be the
way that he could see it to be. [Suddenly]…a vast moving panorama spread out before
him…Did his people have an understanding that a certain few of those among their
generations seemed to have a gift of communication whereby they could impart a
wisdom far beyond what any earthly hero could have acquired through a life
experience?...Could he be convinced that he, among those few, had been selected to share
a magnificent understanding that language alone was insufficient to describe?...A vast but
discrete panorama had been set out before this observer…How could he ever hope to
share this with only such inadequate linguistic tools as were available to him? He would,
I imagine, choose the closest things within his own limited vocabulary no matter how
inadequate that he felt that they were. He would have to use the symbols of his time that
might best simulate what he had witnessed with the aid of qualifiers such as; =It was as if,
it felt like, it sounded as though,‘ in order to impart some small understanding of the
vastness of what he had been privileged to witness. |
Do we understand, to any small degree, even in our advanced state of knowledge,
what John saw? No! Can we try to understand that he saw something hugely magnificent
but far beyond his ability to even visualize, let alone describe in any small oversimplified
manner? We can try!
-He had been made only faintly aware of an immeasurably great period of time in
which this had occurred. |
How had John perceived the -vast panorama | that he had viewed when he said in his
introduction, -For the time is near… | (NKJV) -when all these things will come true |
(The Living Bible).
Did John mean that the end of all time was near, as many believe today, as well as
others have believed down through the generations after John‘s time? Or was he trying to
indicate that the beginning of all he was to prophesy was at hand? Was he trying to
foretell the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?
In a part of his prophecy he speaks of a millennium of a thousand years more than
once. When the end of the beginning (The Jesus millennium) was at hand in the year AD
999, many thought the end of time was also at hand and didn‘t waste their effort planting
crops in the year AD 1000, so there was a great famine in the lands where this belief held
In 1999 just prior to the year 2000, historically the end of the second millennium,
many thought that none of their computers would be able to accurately indicate the first
year of the third millennium and all computer-dependent businesses would crash and
burn, figuratively speaking. It‘s a good thing that they didn‘t throw away all their
computers or they would have had a great famine in communications.
So historically, if the end of the beginning was in the year AD 1000, then after that
must have come the beginning of the e nd, the beginning of the fulfillment of the
prophecy. Then why are we still here in 2006 reasonably well into the third millennium?