Religious texts are most often not literal history.
They are allegories, narratives, parables, metaphors, similes, symbols, poetry, stories, visions, and figurative language. They are not relating precise word-for-word conversations of the past, nor are they detailing literal events that took place. Yes, the Bible talks about many people and places that may have really existed in the past, and may even abstractly refer to events that really took place, but it is not a history book. Continue reading “Misreading Scripture as Literal History: Elephants in the Book of Mormon”
Two readers posted comments recently on my article about Joseph Smith as tertön and the Book of Mormon as terma. They were both similar in questioning the idea that the Book of Mormon may not be a historical text. The comments read, in part: Continue reading “The Non-Historical Book of Mormon is More Than A Mere Fairy Tale”
An addition to the BHT, my translation of Exodus 3, one of the signature chapters of the Old Testament and Torah, where Moses first encounters God in a burning “bush,” which I perceive was a mystical vision of God within Moses’ very own mind and heart (cf. Psalm 104:4; Isaiah 33:14). (The painting above is “Holy Fire,” by visionary artist Alex Grey, 1987, oil on linen, 224 x 90 inches.) Continue reading “Exodus 3 BHT, Moses Meets God as a Fire in His Self”
An addition to the BHT, an encounter between John and an angel in vision, which tells him to worship God, not any one else. (The painting above is “Saint John the Evangelist at Patmos,” by Jacopo Vignali, 17th century.) Continue reading “Revelation 19:10 BHT, Worship God not Anyone Else”
An addition to the BHT, where Moses blesses the tribe of Benjamin. (The painting above is “The Twelve Tribes of Israel,” by Johannes Adam Simon Oertel, 1886.) Continue reading “Deuteronomy 33:12 BHT, Moses Blesses the Tribe of Benjamin”
An addition to the BHT, on how we may come to know God through Love. (The painting above is “Saint Augustine,” by Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1645-1650, oil on canvas.) Continue reading “1 John 4:7-8, 16 BHT – We’d Love to Know God”