The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
As the imperfections of this kind of witness increased through serial repetition, I
would try again with either him or others for the clarification needed. I would try as many
times as necessary, until I saw that these -messengers | were either rejected or abused.
Then, through the ages, as I saw some who received a small benefit from a previous
effort become better prepared for acceptance, I would repeat the process, again, and
again, and again as necessary, knowing all the while that envy would drive so me to fake
this experience. I would lead those who saw me most clearly to the -greener pastures | of
acceptance when opportune, while seeking to curb the wildness of even their
imaginations. All through this, I would enhance the limited abilities of those w ho chose
to follow Me, while leaving simplified examples to challenge their mental acuity.
Eventually, I might even find it reasonable to send a portion of myself incarnate to
prepare them for the end that I would have in store for them.
So, with all of the names for Deity in this world, can we find one which might be seen
as closest to an original, if there ever was one? How about the test of longevity?
In the greatness of the antiquity before the first recognized city-state in Mesopotamia
called Ur, small communities along the Tigress and Euphrates river plain, among many
others elsewhere, are thought to have coalesced around a favorite family or clan
representation. As success expanded these communities‘ boundaries, they came into
immediate or eventual competitive contact with one another.
In the hurly-burly of those early times, the god EL is said to have worked his way to
the top of a fairly wide-ranging pantheon of other suddenly lesser gods, to become
known as God Most High. Ages later, when Ur was already an old city, he was
overthrown around the time of Abraham about 2,000 to 1,700 BC.
He led his people south to a -place I will show you. | And the rest is the history of the
Hebrew people through the Exodus and after when his name changed to Yahweh, which
led directly to the Christian Deity simply known as God. That appears to be well over
4,500 years of existence. Therefore He is my candidate for the prize for longevity.
And what of all the others? A progression quite similar to that of ancient
Mesopotamia occurred in the Nile River system, but its eventual demise as an organized
system of belief possibly stumbled over the inability to see above the sun-god level of
extrapolation. Today, hardly a mention of the names of these gods is seen or heard except
through the aegis of archaeological discovery. Even the pharaonic earthly representation
disappeared into Greco/Roman history.
And of the remainder? Many I suppose, will eventually be consigned to a similar ash
heap of history, as has been the fate of so many already. O f course no one in the world of
Mankind can know this for sure, and eternity I‘m told will have no need for names as we
know them. Already there are many that are long forgotten, and others only ill-
remembered. But what about all those who still compete in the world of today?
If longevity isn‘t to be the sole criterion, what else might be essential? All belief
systems that have passed away seem to have had one thing in common. As they matured,
they began to resist, for the sake of stability, the newness of further interpretation that
might have allowed greater revelation, on the assumption that all that was needed to be
known had already been revealed. Any new understanding that tended to destabilize the
status quo ante and the prerogatives of established authority were resisted ever more
persistently. If deemed necessary, sanctions meant to isolate supporters of each new
understanding would be issued and implemented up to the point of severity.