The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
into the lake far below. A tidal bore, fed by this massively increasing surge, rushed over
the fresh water lake surface inundating the habitat of the culture that it had sheltered since
time immemorial. The few survivors clawed their way up the surrounding hills and
mountains, just ahead of the rapidly rising water behind them. Their world was drowning;
their land was quickly disappearing under the water that seemed to be everywhere. The
end of everything seemed near, and then, it stopped!
Up and over the hills it had relentlessly pursued them. Now it lay churning and
boiling as it digested the mammoth meal of saltwater, rock, mud, and vegetation that had
so greatly swelled its bulk, and had carried it into the distance as far as the eye could see.
The lake that had once fed them, now threatened to poison them as they searched far and
wide for what little was left that would sustain them in the danger of a new and dreadful
The folklore of most, if not all, ancient civilizations of the Middle East, including
that which produced the Bible, describe a paradise- like beginning from which wandering
tribes emerged into a different kind of much harsher world. Also, in the folklore of many
cultures, their Genesis stories contain a memory of a flood episode.
There is evidence, on the floodplains of both the N ile and the Tigris-Euphrates
drainage systems, of mud-brick platforms having been built. It is theorized that they were
raised to a level above the annual flood, where the inhabitants could find temporary
refuge from the waters that brought the life-giving silt that sustained the fertility of these
long- lived cultures. Could it be that an elaboration of the effort to raise an existing
platform above each new and successively higher flood level was that which created the
stepped pyramid form, the Ziggurat of Babylonian fame? Was an old folklore flood story
behind their efforts to reach ever higher?
The Bible, seen as a kind of history, tells of Adam, being driven out of Eden for not
having resisted the serpent‘s temptation, going east into a harsh world where sustenance
was gained only by the sweat of his brow. Was this story, simplified by the varied
retellings of oral history, meant to tell of the refugees from the destruction that occurred
during that last great glacial retreat?
There is evidence of an ancient civilization that existed in a highland valley, east of
the Zagros Mountains whose cultural heritage makes a claim to the biblical designation,
-east of Eden. | These same Zagros Mountains, as indicated earlier, form the eastern
border of the fertile plain through which runs the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Martin
Luther (q.v.), seen as the originator of the Protestant movement, taught that Eden was
guarded by angels, from discovery and consequent profanation, until the Deluge, when
all traces of it were destroyed.
Is it possible that somewhere deeply buried under the last and greatest siltation of this
double river plain is the Eden of biblical lore?