Archive for January, 2011
The Bible is an historical account of mans perception of “God” from the dawn of civilization to the ultimate presentation in the 1st century – when Jesus revealed the true nature of God to mankind. As we read through the Bible we find account after account of how a particular race of people (Jews) viewed “God” through their own myths, traditions, and customs of their time period. This historical biblical record ends with the final and highest account of God, and that is given by “Christ” in the 1st century.
Scripture is not meant to be an instruction book telling us how to live our lives by following ancient mans perception of God through their myths, customs, and traditions, but rather a progressive revelation of how man has perceived God throughout history. We as modern people with “enlightened minds” should look at those ideas, and concepts given us in the Bible, and use them as a measure of where we are at in our level of understanding of the true nature of God through our empathic capacity. How a person looks at and interprets what the Bible is revealing, directly reflects where he or she is at in their level of consciousness, and their understanding of the concept of God.
As mankind’s consciousness level raises, so does our empathic capacity which should in turn mature our understanding as to why the Bible has been preserved for us….not as a book which directs us to follow archaic customs and traditions of ancient man concerning their perception of God, but rather to be used as a rule of measure manifesting to us where we are at on the scale of human progress. Do we look at the horrendous stories contained in the Bible – that are presented to us as commands from God – with a moral judgment of condemnation, or with a motive of trying to justify what is presented to us as somehow being condoned by God? It is time for people with enlightened minds to stand up and declare the truth, instead of trying to justify, or sweep under the rug those things that seem to go against what we’ve been taught about the Bible.
If nothing else is gained from this article, I wished again to emphatically stress the idea that the Bible is not given to us as an instruction book that directs us to adhere to, and follow archaic customs and traditions of ancient peoples, but rather it is an account of how those ancient peoples perceived God through the mindset of the times they lived in; the highest account given being that of Christ, but that still is presented through the eyes of those who wrote down the words of Jesus from their time period. With this in mind, we can use those accounts as a rule of measure to judge our own perception of God, but by no means using the Bible as a command from God to return to, and be bound under those customs and traditions.
The more empathic a person is, the more he, or she is able to see that much of what is written in the Old Testament concerning the nature of God comes from the myths, customs, and traditions of the time-period, not from a true revelation of God. If we have truly risen to a higher level of human empathy, we should be able to see that clearly, thus the Bible becomes a measure of that standard.
The highest standard that the Bible reveals: “Love your neighbor as yourself” and “Freedom & Equality”, should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind what the ultimate message of the Bible is about….anyone who teaches differently is in error.
Matt.5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matt.22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Luke 24:44-45 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
The Law and the Prophets were incomplete until Jesus came, His death fulfilled all the law and the prophets. Up until that point it was impossible to fulfill the requirements of the law merely by keeping the whole law….if it even could be done.
Jesus came not to make the law right by adding to or taking away from it, but to rectify the law through fulfillment….Love your Neighbor as yourself.
An enlightened mind sees the truth….so, the only possible way one can love God without really being able to know Him, is by loving your neighbor as yourself.
“Morality comes from the innate human ability to reason, and as such can be derived solely from it”.
In trying to view the Bible in a way, so as to reconcile those parts of it that are an abomination to my sense of morality, I have discovered a way of looking at the whole of Scripture and likening it to the ripening of a fig. What the Bible presents us with is the maturing process of the minds of men; viewing first the Old Testament in its unripe stage, which is the process of forming and growing, then finally coming to maturity and ripening in the New Testament. It would be inconceivable to think that if one could, they would ever go back and eat of the unripe fig, but rather it is the ripened fig from which we eat. Sadly though that does seem to be the case with many people who choose to cling to the unripe fig and partake of it.
The Bible is filled with customs, traditions, and rules presented as coming from God, but when looked at with a logical, reasoning mind is an affront to our morality. So, then the question arises: what is the use of the unripe fig of the Bible being presented to us as rules, and laws coming from God? The only answer that even comes close to satisfying me is that by nurturing, and cultivating the unripe fig it becomes mature and ripened, thus making it palatable; in that sense the Bible serves as an historical record of growth. That is not to say that one must eat of the unripe fig because it is there, but rather it is showing the nature of growth….first the seed, then the plant, then the unripe fruit, and finally the fully formed and ripened fruit. And just because the Bible records people saying “thus saith the Lord” makes it no truer than my young child thinking I am like a god, because I can do things he has no concept of. People attribute to God things that they do not understand….and as such God fills in the gaps until an answer is found.
So, why should I think that the laws and rules of the Old Testament are God given, when many of them are an affront to my sense of morality? And if I believe that God created me with a reasoning mind with which I can discern right from wrong, why should I think he gave those laws contained in the Bible which go against my sense of what is right? Did God not make me to be the judge of what is morally right, by the very fact that he gave me reason?
Any law or custom found in the Bible that can be deemed to unequally benefit one party at the expense of the other, should be questioned on grounds of morality as to whether or not it can be attributed to God. For the Bible clearly states in many verses that God is no respecter of persons, and that there is neither male nor female, Jew nor Gentile, in the Kingdom of God, and if that is the case then there can be no justification for unequal treatment of individuals that hinders the pursuit of fulfillment in their lives….and wherever such propositions are found they should be discarded as erroneous.