The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
Some members of science now are in denial of that -Something | which lies just beyond
the reach of their many answers. All the while, clerics, content to live off the myriad
benefits of scientific discovery, continue a challenge that robs them of what is left of their
credibility. This, while the clerics harbor the Answer that only their limited ability keeps
them from understanding, has no need of their puny defenses.
It is theorized that science‘s dinosaurs became victims of an environmental disaster.
They did not survive it largely because of the slowness of biological change. Must we
suffer a similar fate while we wait upon another external agent? Or will we be smart
enough to exercise our unique gift to extrapolate the experience of the old into another
new situation? My mission, as I see it, is to provide the vehicle as well as the roadmap
that is meant to point us in that direction.
In this book I have sought to identify the real- world events with their biblical
counterparts, when those portions of the Bible are viewed as parables. I posit these to be
abbreviated accounts as might have been conveyed through the medium of visions etc. to
a people ignorant of the kind of knowledge of the world common today through the
scientific method. Within the body of this larger work there are several purely fictional
stories meant to depict how real people might have reacted to the events that seem to be
the big picture that these parables might be meant to point us toward.
The larger work also seeks to depict Man‘s attempt to understand the nature of that
Something which appears to have always lain just beyond his physical senses. An
evermore-complicated understanding of this Something, this Essence, this Spirit, this
God even, seems to have enlarged ever so slowly over that long, long journey to have
become the singular power behind the whole created universe that we think that we know
Some within Science deign to investigate what is perceived to be provable and then to
consign all else into that realm they label chance. Yet Creation seems to expand before
them more rapidly than the fineness of their ability to measure.
Religion, seeking the stability of stasis, seems unable to avoid the straitjacket of
terminal rigidity. Seeking unchangeable truth, Religion mistakenly finds imperfect belief
and sets it in the permanence of stone only to have belief weathered away by the sands of
time or circumstance into something unrecognizable when compared with the original
If each would remain cognizant of the limits of its ability to perceive and join in a
respectfully cooperative, complementary effort, far more than t he sum of each separate
effort could be realized. May God forgive us for the result if we don‘t.
-If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without
reproach, and it will be given to him | (James 1:5, NKJV).
A considerable length of time ago, I was given the five-word phrase that is the title
of this work, The Bible is a Parable, along with an inherent challenge: attempt to
comprehend its meaning in the fullness of the knowledge available to the world of today
and make a literary witness of that effort.
Thinking the thoughts that led to a very preliminary understanding of this phrase sent