The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
This parable also speaks of Eden as having a river with four branches, the third and
forth of which are named the Tigris and the Euphrates. These names jump right out of the
parable into a real historic context. What are we to make of this? The parabolic story has
suddenly become history!
In a later reference to Eden, God evicted Adam and Eve and sent them -east of the
Garden of Eden. | Here we now have two references to east. -Eden to the east | and -east
of Eden | in the parable, the example. What larger understanding might these references
be pointing us toward? The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are east of equatorial Africa.
Anthropology tells us that when proto-man ranged out of equatorial Africa he went
east and north to some degree. They went in the general direction of the biblical
reference, -Eden to the east. | Is this the real story that the parable points us toward?
-God planted a garden in Eden. | And He -planted many beautiful trees there. |
Did proto-man, in ranging out from his place of origin, find a replica of equatorial
Africa in the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley? If he did, that would have been far different
from what we find in all historical accounts of a dry valley, green only where the water
ran. In that ancient time was the valley growing, luxuriantly with -many beautiful trees | ?
Proto-man spent time there. How long? All we know for sure is when God evicted
Adam from the -Garden of Eden | he left as fully self-conscious Man. What happened
there? The parable of the Garden tells us that -suddenly they became aware of their
nakedness, and were embarrassed. | And from another translation, -Then the eyes of both
of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked. | They became conscious of
their bodies and by inference conscious of themselves.
Anthropology postulates that fully modern man (Cro-Magnon Man?) ranged out of
Africa in a wave that followed in the footsteps of proto- man. (Homo erectus?)
His ranging carried him east past Eden and spread into the Far East, even into what is
now China. This would be demonstrably -east of Eden. |
We now appear to have two Edens: Africa, the Eden of anthropology where hominid
turned into proto-man; and Eden of the Bible, the parable, where -God placed man |
from, by inference, someplace west of there.
Might Equatorial Africa be the place where Man was formed by God in a far larger
and longer context than He did as described in the Bible? And then caused him to be
moved to a place east of there, that then jumps right out of the parable into the real world,
and the rest is history?
The Bible tells us that God made Man, Adam, and that woman, Eve was taken from
out of him. At first glance, it would seem that our storyteller was a man, and through this
rendition might have been looking to put woman in her place. But if there is a larger
context from which this was extracted, what might it have been?
From within the science of genetics comes a theory arrived at through the effort to
estimate the relative age of different populations of the human community. The question
was postulated: of the many diverse, separated population groups (races) in the world
today could there be developed a way to determine which were older and which were
younger, if that criterion actually had relevance?
Within the study of the characteristics of DNA there was discovered a form
(mitochondrial) that was only passed on from mother to daughter. In this specific study it
was discovered that there appeared to be a relatively steady rate of mutation that seemed