Originally posted by Michigan_Granny
The Bible is mostly written in parables! So maybe there was never a Serpant or a Devil, maybe it is our own free will that was givin us when God
created us. Could He have been explaining our human nature in a parable? Maybe the tree was a symbol. Eve heard her own mind speaking, not Satan. Just
a thought that popped in my mind tonight!
A golden thought, indeed! Thank you for sharing it.
Some say the bible is of arbitrary individual understanding until the bitter end--but I no longer can agree with that. There is a hidden deeper
lesson amidst its myriad of priceless education of all sorts--everything from how to treat your neighbors and what to look for when shopping for a
wife to quantum physics and molecular biology. (no kidding)
But the sad irony of man's perspective and use of the bible lies in the fact that
to mention the word 'parable' or 'allegory' to someone who has not yet glimpsed the real treasure in the meat that comes after the milk--and
you'd think you'd have said that John Wayne was a closet homosexual who couldn't ride a horse, shoot a Colt .45, or knock someone out with a solid
right hook! How dare we not take the bible 'seriously' by saying it is full of parables or, even, *gasp* a 'parable of parables'
is an allegorical masterpiece of epic proportions that could only be spiritually derived; by evidence of its unity, harmony, and consistent developing
lesson that is applicable to every soul who ever lived.
It is not a crime to view the bible as an allegorical lesson (the application of which has absolutely nothing to do with historical value or
accuracy--those are physical yardsticks that matter none if the spiritual curriculum is disdained in favor of carnal 'proofs.')
The definition of allegory is
According to dictionary.com
A visible symbol representing an abstract idea--the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative,
dramatic, or pictorial form.
According to Merriam-Webster Online
The expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence; also : an instance (as in a
story or painting) of such expression
Lastly, Etymology Online says the word origins are:
1382, from O.Fr. allegorie, from L. allegoria, from Gk. allegoria "description of one thing under the image of another," from allos "another,
different" (see alias) + agoreuein "speak openly, speak in the assembly," from agora "assembly."
Truly, the only way God, who is pure Spirit--could possibly convey to man's carnal thickened skull and blinded eyes (for our own good, mind you--yet
still a handicap for the interim) spiritual truths necessary for advancement beyond our present fallen state (fall from 'consciousness of Spirit and
true reality') is by way of allegory! How can we perceive things which have no shape, form, or tangible substance (in the way that we reckon these
things to our abilities to understand) unless they are represented in a way that we are familiar with?
In a sense, there is no 'devil.' Yet, in a sense, there definitely is.
God is within us, but is the 'devil' who covers that knowledge--with that which we call 'skin.' It is our delusions of separateness and of
independence from one another and from our sourse and First Cause, arising directly from our particular perspective from the inside looking out of our
bodies (like goldfish in a bowl--that is our illusion of our 'world') that causes selfishness, rooted in self-orientation, which lies at the heart
of the matter of what most call 'sin.'
To be an 'overcomer' is to see through the eyes and heart of Christ--who overcame duality (being Spirit not consumed by fleshly delusions) and
'evil' through the unstoppable weapons of love and truth--and who showed us that we can and will live after our bodies die. We must believe that He
rose, because only through that can we break free of our 'devilish' prisons and live a life of true freedom (in which the literal idea of 'free
will' will become apparent as opposed to our current situation of having the 'ability to choose').