The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
The moon, that ruled the night, modifying the surrounding blackness with a kind of
regularity that many times allowed the outlines of those close by to be recognized, led
inevitably to a certain coziness, a certain intimacy of private closeness. When did it
become a symbol of playfully frivolous sensuality? When did this delightful ritual detach
itself from the -Mother Goddess of Nature | to become the pleasure Goddess called Sin?
Then there were the gods who took on the idealized form of Man, whose attributes
were seen to be only a little larger than life itself. Heroes, whose selfless deeds caused
them to be remembered as with a god- like mien, proliferated within the Pantheon of the
-Hellenes. | All were exemplars of the voluptuous curves of female youth and the male
strength of practiced athletes. Many were the epics and sagas recited at great length about
these mythological gods and goddesses and their many heroic quests as if they were a cut
above the best of once- live heroes.
Then there were those who aspired to such a lofty perch sans the lofty deeds, such as
this were some of the Caesars of Rome.
Throughout it all, the idea of a complex but singular kind of God, superior to all that
had ever been, maybe the only one that had ever been out there, wallowed around the
edges of Man‘s theologies, rising occasionally to a temporary prominence, only to be
resubmersed as the strangeness of the novelty grew too much to bear.
The science of archaeology presents us with evidence of an ancient God-most- High,
named EL who arose somewhere within the beginning civilization of early Ur, of
Mesopotamia, having risen to the top of his pantheon, only to be overthrown after a long
dominance. He had become Old-in-the-land of a land that once trembled before the
mighty deeds of His earthly hosts.
Escaping to Canaan in the company of Abraham, He then virtually disappeared as
Abraham‘s heirs went into the snare of Egyptian hospitality that slowly sank into virtual
or actual captivity.
Then there was the short- lived prominence of the Egyptian god Aten a latter-day echo
of the much earlier sun god Re whose ultimate fate was to merge into the god Amun- Re.
And then there was another, Yahweh, the Hebrew God whose Tetragrammaton (four-
letter word) substituted for the name that the Exodus Hebrews feared to give voice to on
the imagined pain of death. The God EL, incognito, whose alias disguises him, even to
this day. Again, there was a much later Hebrew- look-alike god, Allah of Islam.
But wait, we seem to have overlooked the Christian Deity simply called God. Yes, He
was a kind of successor to the Hebrew God also, but the difference is that -He was a
triune god, the Great Three in One. | Is this merely a new version of the earlier experience
with plurality, only now, just a resubmersion into a lessor pantheon? Or, is it a tacit
admission that Man has difficulty digesting this God in a single gulp? What about the
more ancient others? Complexity does seem to breed plurality, but plurality seems also to
breed confusion, and that fosters a lack of concentration.
The following might well be seen as a gross oversimplification of what really
happened, but bear with me for a while as I get a little practice in my parabolic thinking.
As I understand it, early scientists in the experimental vein, when addressing the
complexities of the natural world, discovered that it might be made more fully
understandable if the apparently many parts of it were separated for the benefit of
individual study. As each specialty went its own way, a vague element of despair grew