It is well known that Napoleon Bonaparte was a military genius. But the other day I came across a quote attributed to Napoleon, which reads, “The Bible is no mere book, but a living Creature…”
Wow! This statement is worthy of deep contemplation because it must ultimately span both the mysteries of faith and science! So let’s take a quick shot at it.
The Holy Word refers to itself as God’s living truth and that our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world as the Word and made it flesh. By calling the Bible a “living Creature” the famous French ruler may have hit on an idea that few theologians have articulated on.
A “Creature” is a living organism. How is a book full of inspired writings equally as organic as Jesus? One simple explanation that might be offered by today’s theologians is that the Lord made the Bible stories “flesh” simply by fulfilling the prophecies of Scripture. Others might say that the Bible offers inspirational words to live by. However, terms like “Creature” or “living truth” suggests true bio-complexity. Could the famous stories of the Bible represent God’s clever portrayal of Infinite Wisdom and Life?
Something even more mind-boggling needs to be addressed as well. This subject also deals with the laws of the universe and creation.
Both God and the Holy Word existed before the creation of time, space and the physical universe. Furthermore, God and the Holy Word are ONE (John 1:1-3) and were fully formed in heaven from eternity. This means that the narratives of Scripture have their origins in an Infinite Living Form existing in a non-physical (spiritual) realm! Since all things in the created universe were “created from the Word,” this living document must also contain the top-down patterning principles for all causal processes in the universe (which display an incessant compulsion for self-organization and bio-complexity).
I do not know what Napoleon Bonaparte had in mind when he stated that the Bible was a living Creature. But scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that Scripture and all its stories portrayed a perfect analog of the human anatomy and its myriad processes. The Lord Jesus Christ enacted every little detail of this process when He was in the world. Or, should I say, the Holy Word consists of nothing other than what represents Divine Life.
I know this information seems incomprehensible, especially within the limited space of a short post. That is why I tackle this important topic in my upcoming book Proving God. If this topic is important to you please feel free to snoop around my website: http://www.provinggod.com