I am referring to the words in Deuteronomy 23:1 which read:
He that is bruised with a bruising, or is bruised in the testicle, shall not come into the congregation of Jehovah . . .
What many don’t understand is that this biblical passage is a warning to all people. Even a woman is not spared from such a predicament. People of all genders must guard their “testicles” from being bruised or injured.
Of course, the biblical passage quoted above does not make sense theologically. The condition of a person’s testicles cannot have anything to do with the quality and sincerity of one’s faith. And surely, God’s Infinite Wisdom and Holy Word would not discriminate.
So what gives here?
The passage actually contains a deeper meaning than the literal words convey. This deeper meaning deals with the human psycho-spiritual condition – not the condition of one’s physical genitals.
We should not be surprised that physical things can be used to express mental things. We use this form of symbolic communication all the time and quite instinctively.
For instance, when a man is being bold, he is called “ballsy.” This expression is also used for a woman who tends to be assertive—especially around men. Politics and gender issues aside, “having balls” confers a higher psychological meaning.
Testicles produce seed in the same way that the human will generates a point of view. Testicles correspond to the prolific principle in both male and female minds. Having a “bruised testicle” symbolizes someone with an impaired or faulty belief-system.
Doesn’t it make more theological sense that faulty thinking and wrong beliefs would keep a person from joining Jehovah’s congregation than a sports accident or getting kicked in the groin would?
Many post-modern thinkers correctly reject the literal (corporeal/sensual) messages of Scripture because they often communicate obvious injustices. This has led to radical pluralism in biblical interpretation. Today, there is a big shift towards interpreting Scripture in one’s own way and finding the meaning that best fits into the modern world.
But this method of subjective biblical interpretation can lead to a person getting kicked in the “groin.” Theological mistakes and faulty ideas about faith can be prevented only when one understands that the Bible is a multi-dimensional document and written in the language of correspondences. In other words, the historical and prophetical narratives of God’s Holy Word contain corresponding spiritual meanings, abstracted from the literal sense of the words.
Knowing this provides scientific precision to gaining a deeper understanding of Scripture, rather than relying on one’s subjective judgment to keep Scripture relevant.
Biblical interpretation without knowing these deeper Holy things, however, is like playing sports without adequate protection.