The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
supernatural realm, then our material bodies are not necessarily that reflection. Might it
be that something within us is that reflection, that image?
On the other hand, Jesus chose men and called them to rise above themselves, to
reflect Him within their lives, and to take that reflection and cast it upon -the whole
Adam (and Eve) sinned in the garden and were cast out into the world to become
Peter and Judas sinned against Jesus in different ways. O ne got the opportunity to
become uncommon, while the other reputedly paid with his life.
Adam was the progenitor of all people.
The apostles were the parent of all Christians.
The Bible tells us that God caused the sea to come into being, from out of which
Man‘s most ancient ancestors (according to scientific theory) arose (were born) to a new
kind of life.
The New Testament tells us, if a person accepts God‘s salvation through Jesus Christ,
he/she comes up out of the waters of baptism, reborn to a new way of life.
When -man is born of woman, | the infant rises up out of the amniotic fluid (birth
waters) to a new individual life.
When a person rises up out of the waters of baptism, they become new again,
(reborn) to a life of higher possibilities.
When -God made Man | He directed, -Multiply [fill the world] and subdue it! |
Jesus, through his followers, has multiplied and they, through modern (experimental)
science have (largely) subdued the world (but this subjugation has consequences, that are
open to interpretation as to the quality of stewardship).
In the first example, God made the world.
In the second, He came into the world.
In the O ld Testament, God, that not quite definable Presence in the limited world of
Man‘s physical senses, introduced himself once again to a new people.
Down through all of Man‘s prehistoric experience (according to science) and all the
ages of history, that Eternal Presence seems to have made the effort many times. In a
look back through man‘s history, there seems to have been many systems of belief. Each
has displayed a kind of evolution, or more correctly devolution, as all have seemed to slip
slowly away from their -first things. | Finally they succumb to that oldest of all plagues,
seemingly endless ritual repetition and periodic enhancement, more for the sake of man-
made enlightenment than any original intent.
Each time, someone seems to have been given the opportunit y to attempt to
understand something far more than experience alone could possibly have imparted. Each
time, where it was well accepted, it seems to have followed a familiar pattern.
From the ecstatic excitement of discovery, to the enthusiasm of acceptance; from the
reverence of insightful interpretation, to the worship of stable dogma; then the merely
ritual observance of traditional declarations that eventually slide into only dutiful
obeisance to form. Very slowly and subtly, enters a casual objection to a no longer well-
understood guide that increasingly seemed to lack fitness in an ever-changing world. And
finally, overthrow by a new discovery that held the promise of reigniting the excitement
that had long ago drained out of the elders‘ more rigid and progressively intolerant frame
of reference that had left little room for individual discernment. The path has been