Mora began hearing the voice of Bog, “In the beginning created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit was hovering over the waters. He said, Let there be light! Bring forth the green herb, and such as may seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth. And he led out of the ground every tree that is pleasant to the sight and pleasant to eat, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge. Guardian and its image produced.”
Ah, the singing of literature passed, a historical glimpse into what was, and will never be again...
The Bible has been a beautiful compilation of mystery, adventure, murder, adultery, reincarnation, rescue, drama, comedy, jest, and so on. Why is it not more highly rated? It was an inspiration for my novel, and why not? It has every type of situation from here to eternity. Do you want a murderous king? It's there. Do you want a ravenous backstabber? It's there. Do you want whores? It's there. Do you want mysterious happenings and magical circumstances? It's there. It can be plainly seen in the "icons" of Abraham, who passes his wife off as his sister...EW, liar, liar, pants on fire!; Moses is a murderer...punishable by the death penalty; Peter...tsk tsk tsk - denial of Jesus - how DARE you - the song Backstabber playing in the background (but yet you are the father of the church?); and David...David, David, David, and how many DID you actually sleep with? And Rahab...you got in the good graces! Bravo with the prostitute thing by the way.
See...most of us are not nearly as sinful as those closest to God. And this has always made me question the legitimacy of Judas' "betrayal". (He could have actually been a good guy!)
It's true that many take the Bible literally, and that can be result in one of two scenarios: (1) Someone is going to tell you that you are going to hell because you're obviously a hedonistic sinner, or (2) You're damned to all hells because you're a sinner.
Yeah, I know, they are the same thing. Wake up and smell the macchiato (I like my coffee more fancy), the Bible is not a compilation of LITERAL stories. Yes, there are stories that contain truth, but the whole book is not to be taken literally. There are parables, and certain books written by different sources about a circumstance (*cough* the new testament) that may have similarities, but who REALLY knows what happened? Most wrote the stories AFTER the fact.
You may be cursing me for even bringing up the subject...however, I have never denied Jesus Christ, and believe with all my heart that he was a real person, not just some make up character. I also believe in redemption and a salvation, but what about those who just don't get that opportunity. No. I know what you are thinking..."that's why we have missionaries." Unfortunately, I don't heed to that argument, nor the one that says everyone goes to hell just because they haven't accepted Jesus. (What about those pre-Jesus?) That is an argument for another day.
The point to my blog is the overwhelming sense of variety in the Bible. Whether you take it literally, or not, it is a book of passion and fortitude. I admire it's relentless show of fallible figures. These figures are unequivocally mad, filled with true human qualities. Fortunately, most people are not of the mindset these "men and women of God were", else we would all be either prostitutes, whores, murderers, backstabbers, thieves, liars, and so on.
So why not have the Bible as an influential piece of literature? And why be shunned for having such characters with similar qualities? If there is a redeeming quality in the end, is it not worth the reading? And if there isn't, such is the laws of the universe. Not everyone has the redeeming quality, as such not everyone is born with the ability to walk, see, speak, hear, and so on. Equality is an overrated concept, because, ultimately, there is no such thing in the human concept. There is always someone, or a group of someone's, that believe they are better than the rest. It is so everywhere, even in the Bible, no matter the patriarchal ideals of the day.
I take great compliment in being able to spark controversy over preconceived notions, it makes the brain turn, it helps release knowledge and ideas that otherwise would have been shut tightly in the cobwebs of the mind.
Or course, not everything can relate...for my book is encompassed by a polytheistic idea. However, if taken literally, the father, the son, and the holy spirit, is not "literally" monotheistic, unless, as general consensus partakes in, is the idea that they are the same being. EVEN THOUGH, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God, which of course, makes him his own being. Come on...he has his own THRONE!
I am a history buff, mainly art history, but that's again, for another day. I love the prospects of finding new things to relate to the past. It's mesmerizing, it's wonderfully amazing, and haunting. This is the past we speak of, a time long gone, yet so near to our own understanding the world around us! How exciting is that?! The Bible is a beautiful piece of literature. And to focus on the non-literal point of view, you can always refer to 2 Timothy 3:16: "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."
I think that is a perfect way of saying, "Hey! This is a compilation of stories for your enjoyment and respect. It is authorized by Twitter to be legitimately approved by God, however, it's tweeted and retweeted by him and the marketing department."
I'm sure you are either nodding your head, or shaking it violently, either way, I will not become offended. At my age, I have had the opportunity to become deeply connected to my beliefs, and for someone to tell me, "I'm wrong" is humorous. But, I can get into more detail another day. Just know, for now, I was inspired by circumstances and situations in the Bible to write my novel. And if you enjoy that, you will enjoy the characters that emerge from the devastating circumstances they have been placed in.
Closing your mind is like trying to tame a wild horse; once tamed, it loses all freedom to run wild amongst the wilderness that is creativity and imagination.