The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
I sat there spellbound and in a state of ever increasing shock as everything played out
scene after scene. From the first accidental fire turning into two, with reports of others in
the Pentagon and elsewhere, tiny figures appearing to leap out into nothingness, the
towers coming down one after the other, and hundreds running from the choking
billowing clouds of dust and debris. Through it all the ridiculous thought reiterated as the
unbelievable scenes followed o ne after the other. This only happens in the movies!
The information came in slowly but surely as to who was most likely responsible and
it was not good. Moslems appeared to have been the active agents on behalf of Osama
bin Laden‘s organization of terrorists. It took some time for the shock, indignation and
anger to subside.
During that time, a few, both from the political right and shortly after from the left,
suggested that we had somehow brought this upon ourselves. After the initial resurgence
of indignation from that morose observation had worn off, and still very few good
answers were put forward to make the charge seem to be as preposterous as later it would
be shown to be, the memory of my Shi‘ite experience returned almost in the form of an
accusation. I wondered then, had this been the thing that the unwelcome message had
sought to forewarn me of?
Again I put the whole idea out of my mind as almost as preposterous as the earlier
one had seemed to be. After all, even if I had understood it as a warning, what could I
have done about it, except to make myself look like just another fringe conspiracy
theorist, and a rather wild one at that?
-We don‘t need additional voices of division at a time like this! | my better judgment
chided me. I all too easily laid the whole idea aside once again.
But it wouldn‘t stay put aside! The on-again off-again public debate over the relative
violent, or peaceful intent of worshippers of Islam kept bringing this tidbit of the history
of its beginnings to mind.
Some additional time after that, it seems like just the other day, it happened again. In
an article in volume 61 #5 of Human Events (Feb.7-05) titled -Islam for Dummies
Indeed, | by Robert Spencer. The gist of the article, as I got it, is that there are just too
many voices trying to assure us of the peaceful intent of all proponents of Islam.
Too many of those voices of original dissent, as I had remembered them, were the
same ones that accused us of bringing 9-11 on ourselves, especially those on what I
viewed as the political left. When there is too much of a concentration of attention on one
extreme, I tend to look toward the other for some kind of balance.
That’s why I have dusted off that which had brought about such a jarring experience,
and again, once and for all, sought to determine if there is any validity to this biblical as
well as historical oddity.
What follows is the product of that search, beginning with relevant excerpts.
-Two years before his death, | (Mohammed) -had dispatched an expedition against
Syria which proved to be the first act in a struggle that did not cease until the empire of
Islam had encompassed a large part of the then civilized world | (all quotes, Encyclopedia
Americana, 1959 edition, under appropriate headings).
-On June 8, 632, Mohammed fell suddenly ill, and passed away complaining of a
severe headache. |
-During the first century after the Hegira (AD 622–722); the Arabs, in ongoing
campaigns, many lasting years, conquered Syria (AD 634–642); the Sassanian Empire of