The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
For what he clasps, seems a very thin line
Secured by what, may be only his mind
But, No! This must not be true!
For the inner man, has always sought You
Good vs. Evil
Toward an understanding of Values
An ancient creature (hominid?) on the road to becoming Man had probably looked at
the accidentally occurring sharp edges of naturally broken stone for ages of time, before
he could discern an advantage that he might acquire from them. Was it the desperation of
an embattled individual searching for anything that might postpone the violent end that
had suddenly confronted him? An end that he had always had an elemental fear of
turning into reality with every nightmare that had rehearsed the probability, since his kind
had emerged into an awareness of the consciousness of self?
Or, had he serendipitously been made aware of the uncertain utility of a broken
branch that offered a sometime protection, before he had learned of the utility of a stone
to crack tough shells? Had he, in his industry to feed himself, used his hammer-stone too
diligently, accidentally flaking off an edge that revealed the sharpness that he had been
warned away from, among the many choices of stones to be found lying in certain places
close to where water was to be found? Had he become aware of the danger to himself in
the continued use of that broken stone when the flesh of his finger came into contact with
that sharp edge? Had he now thrown it in the forlorn hope that this suddenly sharp edge
would somehow slash into this enemy of his existence?
It‘s hard to tell whether any of these probable discoveries, among many other
possibilities, had the greatest effect in the rise of Man. Many of his sharp stones have
been left behind as a witness to the genesis of his rudimentary technology.
The urgency to communicate the details of an advantage, once discovered, possibly
initiated a simple grunt communication that allowed him to convey to those around him
the specifics of these discoveries. O ne or more of these possible scenarios was certainly
the elevator that raised Man up from out of the natural world to become extraordinary. Or
did brute learning by example precede even the most simple of oral symbolism?
-So the Lord God formed from the soil every kind of animal and bird, and brought
them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever he called them that was
their name | (Gen. 3:19–20, TLB).
In its beginning form, language was probably limited to the identification of the
things of Man‘s immediate, personal world. If one wanted to share an experience with
others, a reenactment would have been required, adding the appropriate emotions that it
had engendered, or maybe replacing some of the paralyzing fear with a display of a kind
of bravery that had not been a part of the original.