Can’t God get His story right?

I have written dozens of posts on this blog demonstrating that God’s Holy Word is a multi-dimensional document whose narratives contain higher levels of meaning. Without knowledge of these higher meanings, the biblical stories will always stir up controversy and even disbelief.

Those who are skeptical of the authority and inerrancy of Scripture point to the various “illogicalities” that can be found within its stories. For instance, Genesis says that God created “light” on the first day of creation yet the stars, moon and sun were not formed until the fourth day. How can you have light pervading the universe before there are stars or suns?

Also in Genesis, after Cain kills his brother Abel, God has to protect him from others. What others? How can Cain find a wife and travel to a full-blown city if he and his brother (who is now dead) were the only offspring of the first humans on earth?

Since we are discussing Genesis, let me point out another place where there is an obvious mistake made. In Genesis 14:12 Lot is referred to as “Abram’s brother’s son.” But just two verses later, in Genesis 14:14, Lot is clearly spoken of as Abram’s “brother.” This is not a typo. There is a big difference between being someone’s brother and being someone’s brother’s son.

If God is perfect and infinitely wise, such a mistake could not acceptable or even possible within God’s Holy Word. But illogicalities DO exist in Scripture and they give people good reason to challenge the divine authority and inerrancy of Scripture.

However, these illogicalities also give me the ammunition I need to offer evidence that the Holy Word is indeed a multi-dimensional document. The illogicalities of Scripture only appear in the literal interpretation of its words. But when one distills these words into their higher symbolic meaning, that is, their psycho-spiritual equivalents, these illogicalities disappear and actually reveal a more profound theology.

In other words, if we take the physical events described in Scripture and elevate their meanings to represent deeper events of a person’s heart and mind, as he or she goes through the process of spiritual growth, things make perfect sense.

For instance, “brothers” represent different qualities of the human mind and its cognitive functions. If “Abram” represents the quality of spiritual love in the human mind, then, “Lot,” Abram’s brother, represents a mental frame of mind and inclination that seeks to separate and remove itself from such love. This mirrors what happens when a part of our psyche becomes attached to worldly things and moves away from heavenly things. This is why we find Lot eventually living in Sodom.

This is also why Lot, after separating himself from Abram is called “Abram’s brother’s son,” because a “brother’s son” represents someone even more removed from the spiritual quality of Abram.

That Abram saves Lot from this negative situation and separation symbolizes the effort of our higher spiritual mind to restore its relationship with our more corporeal nature and leanings and bring it back into conformity with higher, spiritual ideals.

Every detail concerning this Genesis story, as well as other stories of Sacred Scripture, contain these higher meanings that serve to unlock the deeper mysteries of faith. Revealing these higher meanings to the world is one of the big purposes behind the Lord’s Second Coming.

These divine secrets are being revealed to the world right now! 

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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