The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
Now I again review what has been written in it. At the first rereading it had seemed to
be a relatively short recapitulation of all the previous chapters. Just what I had intended.
But during the finishing of the additional chapters, I began to see something more than
what I had thought in first forming the words.
It was like modern Man trying to look back toward his origins with the benefit of the
sciences of archaeology and anthropology and all the linguistics tools now at his
command. He peered carefully into both written history and then less clearly into oral
history, and the rather confusing stories of mythology.
What he appeared to have unearthed was disturbing in the extreme. It was as if he
must entertain for the first time that outrageous idea that he might just have come out of
the natural world. This, after throughout all of his civilized history being convinced that
he was a special creation. Every belief system that he rediscovered in his search has paid
homage to that cardinal axiom. Now, what a dirty trick had been played on his ego.
Modern Man could no longer maintain this obvious bias in the face of all the evidence,
without ignoring much of it.
And his problem was this, his view of this Presence, this God, being similar to each
within the many belief systems in declaring that only the one had the exclusive right to
describe His Being and purpose, while seeing all others as false, was not immune from a
similar question. All of history revealed that there have been many names, many
attributes, many understandings, with the latter seeming to borrow some small part from
the former. But his scripture said that God was the same since before the beginning, and
throughout all eternity.
Could it be that somehow all these various belief systems had come from a single
source? But what was true and what was false? How much of each of these systems was
Man‘s elaborative imagination? How could it be that Man has made such an enormous
mistake? Many wars have been fought over who had gotten it right! A single Presence
over all this long, long time? Preposterous! But they couldn‘t all be right either! Is it
possible that they are all wrong, at least in some part of what they believed?
The Epilogue pictures Man as trying to rediscover himself and having come, at the
end, to a firm conclusion that he must sift through all present a nd past belief for those
visionary kernels given through the ages to those who have become acutely aware of His
Then again, he would have to attempt to fit these unlikely seeming pieces together to
more accurately discern the gift that this Presence seems to have sought to convey unto
mankind across the many ages of his imperfect awareness. The Christian religion among
many says that God has given Man the power of choice in his life.
If this is an accurate assumption, how would this Presence seek to inform Mankind of
If it were me, I would contact that rare individual who had shown some natural
insight gained from worldly experience, and make him acutely, if only temporarily,
aware of my presence.
After the wondering fear of this stra ngeness had abated, I would present a small
portion of my personification for his edification, instilling in him an urgency to share,
knowing that he would only be able to do so through the limitations of his very
abbreviated, tunnel- like viewing repertoire.