posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 04:33 PM
The problem in determining if anyone knows the "truth" is that for some people, "truth" has more than one meaning. In the world of religion and
sophistry "truth" is the half truth of parable and allegory.
From Plato's Theaetetus:
"In the name of the Graces, what an almighty wise man Protagoras must have been! He spoke these things in a parable to the common herd, like you and
me, but told the truth, his Truth, in secret to his own disciples."
10 When he (Jesus) was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.
11 He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
12 so that, "'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be
From Letter of Clement of Alexandria on Secret Mark translated by Morton Smith:
"For not all true things are the truth, nor should that truth which merely seems true according to human opinions be preferred to the true truth,
that according to the faith."
From The Kybalion by the Three Initiates:
“...all truths are but half-truths...”
"Truth" for the Sophists (who wear many "cloaks") is often a literal lie which hides beneath it something that is truly true. At other times, the
"truth" can be a literal truth but it is presented in the in an altered context so that it is not correctly perceived by the uninitiated. Plato
himself wore the cloak known as "Socrates" but revealed himself as the "Stranger" in his Sophist. Of course, no one that views Philosophy
as a sincere effort to find truth will be able to accept the connection between Philosophy and Sophistry, but even a reader that relies only on
literal meanings will find numerous clues that support this link.
Here is some more "truth" to ponder:
From Plato's Sophist:
STRANGER: By heaven, they are cousins! it never occurred to us.
THEAETETUS: Who are cousins?
STRANGER: The angler and the Sophist.
Mark 1:17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
The Sophists have been playing this game with us for thousands of years and most of us are so conditioned to believe their half truths that the true
truth of their conspiracy seems impossible to even consider. It is far easier for us to believe in ghosts, aliens from other planets, or that a man
can be the son of God than to believe that such ideas are manufactured by men to hide other things.
But it is much easier (and more fun) to believe in Santa Clause, isn't it? Researching allegory to find it's real meaning is too difficult.
Numerous works have been published speculating on the real nature of groups such as the Freemasons, but efforts to decipher their allegory have been
very limited. (The authors of The Hiram Key made what some would consider an effort to decipher Freemason allegory, but rather than find
hidden meaning to metaphors, they relied mainly on literal meanings to identify a parallel story which, at the most, served only as a cover. Anyone
that wishes to understand the true nature of the Freemasons, should first examine the "walls" built by others, such as the Jewish historian
Josephus.) I have seen a few atheist authors willing to entertain the the possibility that the Bible is allegory, but I have not seen any of them
take this idea and run with it. The Bible has been picked apart and examined in nearly every conceivable way, but for some reason there is no secular
investigation of it as allegory. Perhaps it is because when we hear the phrase "allegoric interpretation" (a.k.a. AI) many of us immediately think
of the seemingly ridiculous interpretations provided by religious writers such as Philo and assume that allegory can be interpreted to mean whatever a
person wants it to mean. The creation of this perception was intentional and it was designed to keep the uninitiated from focusing on this approach.
(Each real world idea has multiple metaphors associated with it, so many "interpretations" are possible by identifying metaphors with other