People have been arguing back and forth a lot about what is the proper way to interpret the Bible, who should interpret the Bible and why not
interpret it yourself? Well, those are all good questions and it is always good to question everything, however, one should never think they know
everything and never assume they are correct in everything.
Here are some thoughts from a person who interpreted the Bible for himself...
John 1:1 Wisdom was created before everything. God represents a way of living one’s life. God holds and stands by wisdom, love, and justice.
They are one. [The]woman is in all of us. She represents our subconscious. She is inside of us always making good and bad decisions. Man represents
male and female. The garden or field in the Bible is the inner workings of our minds. God developed man [humans, male and female] through stages in
the evolution of our minds. We as humans have not yet awakened from the deep sleep and we have not become one with our inner woman [subconscious]. We
have not shed our clothes [bad behavior] and become naked. Living as God [a way of life] our creator intended.
The serpent in the Garden of Eden [our minds] represents our subconscious and our conscious talking to each other. Like the battle sometimes we have
within ourselves. Telling us to do something even when you know it’s wrong or has the potential to be wrong or dangerous if you have never had the
experience of doing it, how can you ever win the battle? So the woman [Eve in the garden, our subconscious] gave the apple [a new experience] to her
husband [our subconscious, Adam]. Our creator knew the only way to develop man so he could one day become like God was to let man learn through
experience. The breath of life our creator breathed into all was the freedom to make choices, good and bad.
That’s why he gave us a helper [our subconscious, our inner woman] to be with us through our journey of learning. From the very beginning we have
struggled with the way of God and our minds. The story of Cain and Abel represents the turmoil with us. Cain is the negative input we encounter every
day and the consequences of letting those thoughts take over. Abel is what we know is right but don’t always listen to. And when we let Cain [the
negative] win, we kill Abel [our sense of what’s right]. But as with all aspects of our life, we have the ability to change and grow and learn from
our mistakes. Our inner woman can be good or bad depending on the choices we make in life.
Dugard, Jaycee (2011-07-12). A Stolen Life (p. 190). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
That all sounds wonderfully great, doesn't it? That's some powerful teaching from a gnostic mind, clearly expressive of what is going on. The only
problem is that the man who taught this, was Philip Garrido, who kidnapped Jaycee Dugard and held her captive for 18 years.
When we don't have a firm grasp on reality, what can happen to us when we interpret the Bible out of that? The man also said he could hear voices from
a black box and wrote a manifesto called The Origins Of Schizophrenia
that he not only wrote, but took to the FBI office in San Francisco just before the day he went to Berkley, where he was caught finally.
Just because something sounds so wonderful that it makes perfect sense to you, does not mean it is right or true. It made perfect sense to him. And
from his own words on his blog Voices Revealed
What is interesting is that I have read on ATS, in these very threads, people saying exactly the same things he did. And one would assume that he were
a Christian based on his usage of the Bible passages, however, it must be pointed out that he NEVER claimed Christianity. But he revised Bible
interpretation as a gnostic and if people did not know what he was, they would be naive to assume he was a Christian. And so many threads and posts
are filled with comments about how they see God.
But it doesn't end there, take for instance this lady
who claims all is connected and she is going
to prove how it is all connected to her. And I have seen so many people on here also make so many random connections, as though they are in
This person believes they are Sandra Oh, and that TPTB have stolen her identity. I see also people connecting words to develop a theology that on the
surface sounds very wonderful, but digging deeper, it ends up being nothing more than word association.
Why am I pointing these out, to make examples of them? Because they are inherently dangerous, because they have the power to convince against what is
real. To these people, what they write is real. And I see it every day on ATS, in these threads. ATS is a good forum, don't get me wrong. I like ATS,
but when people read what is written, sometimes they leave with the impression that Christianity, or whatever religion, are crazy nutters. And
conspiracy theorists, to make so many random connections, it really is sad. But what to do? We can't stop their freedom of speech and press, we can
only say what is right or wrong, and too often, by that time, it is too late.
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