The biblical passage above is an example of why much of the post-modern world is cynical of religion in general and, more specifically, in the inerrancy and claim of authority of Scripture. Even a devout atheist correctly intuits that if there is a Creator and designer of the universe, such a Divine Being would manifest only goodness.
Since I have addressed the symbolic meaning of unicorns in another blog post, here I will address the statement that God breaks bones—since such a statement challenges the notion of a Deity of Infinite Love.
The reason why God comes across so unfavorably at times in the Bible is that the habitual, everyday mind of humans is childlike concerning spiritual matters. So the literal meaning of the words and stories in Scripture are meant to convey a childlike portrayal of God’s nature.
Children, who have yet to develop their reasoning powers, are often taught that “such-and-such” an action will bring either physical harm or corporeal punishment (like spanking). Most people read the Bible in this simplistic way. However, the human mind was designed to develop more abstract thought as its reasoning powers increased throughout life.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, men and women share the same spiritual mind as that of angels. But in terrestrial humans, this spiritual mind is dormant and needs its own special education to become functional. When the spiritual mind is awakened, humans can begin to read and extract higher orders of meaning within the stories of God’s Holy Word.
So instead of comprehending Scripture only historically and literally, men and women begin to interpret its stories spiritually. Another way to put it is that angels can look at the physical events described and depicted in the Bible and distil them into their psycho-spiritual equivalent (correspondence).
For instance, bones represent the foundational structure that supports the other vital organs, muscles and tissues of the human anatomy. But angels, who only view things from a spiritual mind and from spiritual cognition, understand the word “bones” as the fundamental principles we adopt in life to support our worldviews and belief systems. These worldviews represent the quality of our spiritual reality and our very life.
The purpose of true religion is to provide us with a guide for making the best choices in life. Therefore, if we choose improper values to support our inner qualities and life, then these bad choices are what is referred to in Scripture as God’s “breaking bones.” During spiritual growth we advance only by choosing more noble principles and values to live by. In each case, old principles are broken, crushed and cast away.
The future of religion will rely on people who sense the importance of, and struggle to awaken, their spiritual minds. Only in this way will they gain the proper tools to solve today’s various challenges—from God’s Infinite Wisdom!