Once upon a time, when this human body was much younger than it is at present, I was a not so atypical type who believed deeply in the Bible/Jesus but passed through periods of what they called backsliding (you know, pleasures of the flesh, the devil's music, etc). Then came the internet and eventual challenges to my faith to the point of seriously doubting the divine component of the bible. All that's kept me from (if I may dare use a cliche) throwing the baby out with the bathwater, were a few sources suggesting that the bible was never meant to be taken as literal history in the first place; that it is all allegory/symbolism; about the mind, the god/Christ within, and so forth. Whenever I've heard these suggested explanations, I've felt like it could make sense. However, I never took the plunge of investigation for myself.
So the other day I said, "well I guess I could read it myself and see what I see." Started with a couple new testament books, especially those that are supposed to be the earliest texts (Galatians, Thessalonians, and Mark which is supposedly the first-written of the gospels) and then turned to the old testament, applying the same approach (Amos, Hosea, Ezekiel, which are supposedly among the earlier-written old testament books), and then decided to go back to the front with Genesis.
Have to say, so far I'm not seeing what someone such as Neville Goddard saw. Although the number 12 does seem to make frequent appearance. And there is that passage where Joseph tells of a dream that the sun, moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to him. Other moments have stuck out enough to stop the reading and go, 'hmmmmm' (the visions in Ezekiel for example... almost sounds like an extraterrestrial vehicle?). Or, "okay this is a bit too fantastical for me to believe it is a record of actual historical moments. Maybe embellishment, tall tales, legends... Yet someone wrote them and writings are generally written to be read."
Well I have about a thousand thoughts jumbled and jumping, and no need to dump them here, and I also realize this is not the place to discuss accuracy or veracity of supposed historical events (although I do find these aspects very interesting).
Am I reading through the texts too quickly? Am I just too dense to understand? Apparently even Neville Goddard did not see these things until after a long time of reading.
I will say that it makes sense why someone like me might appreciate the material presented by Abraham-Hicks, yet find it hard to really let go and focus on feeling good, after the passing down through so many generations the belief in a literal interpretation of the bible, which at the end of the day is based off the assumption that man is fallen; man is bad, a sinful creature, deserving of punishment, suffering; taught to walk in fear of an almighty being who is invisible and seems to often be not in a very good mood. Talk about being born, growing up, living under the influence of low vibrations...
editing for update: after succumbing to the temptation of consulting external sources (namely seeing pics of ancient sculptures of 'gods'), I am now heavily leaning towards some kind of extraterrestrial influence.
Hi, I'm new. I don't have an answer. Is that ok? I used to take the bible literally wow. I know a lot of folks who do. The ministers that I heard at churches never broke down the symbolism in a metaphysical way. I'm lost but your question is helping me..get answers I've been seeking on this topic as well. Thanks all.
answered 07 Nov '21, 15:26
To me, you are going through this because you do care about these things and have the ability to think for yourself. So you are not going too fast nor are you incapable of grasping truths that others may or may not fully understand. I think you also need to make up your own mind about the nature of man on your own. Maybe other authors can help like Florence Scovel Shinn & Charles Fillmore. I found them helpful in learning about symbolism and metaphysical interpretation of not just Bible stories but other myths and folktales. If you haven't done so already, you will have to learn the pagan origins of Bible stories. Names play an important part of some stories or myths, too. Hope this helps.
for he who needs to be
answered 14 Nov '21, 18:45
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