Posts Categorized: Bible Symbolism

MY CORE MESSAGE: Spiritual Growth & Loving-Kindness (FREE ON KINDLE 7/10/12 – 7/11/12)

Posted by & filed under Bible Symbolism, Bible Symbols, enlightenment, Free Kindle, inclusion, interfaith, religious symbols, religious tolerance, spiritual awakening, the door is open.

Tweet Share  Click for Kindle Religion does not have to divide us. Rather than reading scriptures as literal history or fearful warnings about the dire consequences of moral failure, where each religion sounds contrary to all the others and insists that it, alone, has the only ‘real’ Truth, let me show you how to read…
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THE STORY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH

Posted by & filed under Anointing, Bible Symbolism, biblical allegory, David and Goliath, Goliath, King David, King Saul, Moshach, Philistines, Prophet Samuel, Ramah, symbols meaning.

Tweet Share David had been out “shepherding of his father’s flocks” (which means symbolically that he was preparing himself for his destiny). When he returned home, the prophet Samuel was there and he anointed him. This did not mean that he immediately became the new king; only that he had been selected by God. And…
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THE MEANING OF ‘THE DARK NIGHT’

Posted by & filed under angel of death, Bible Symbolism, crucifixion, dark night of the soul, what the Bible means, what the Bible says.

TweetShare When Christ was crucified, the New Testament tells us, the whole earth was covered in darkness from noon until three in the afternoon. If we take the story internally, this is the ‘dark night of the soul’ — the final purification and pardoning of the initiate before merging back with the Absolute. Similarly, as…
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THE LEGEND OF ABRAHAM AND THE FURNACE OF FIRE

Posted by & filed under Abraham, Bible Symbolism, Furnace of fire, Hebrew Legends, Kabbalah, Nimrod, Oral Torah, Satan.

TweetShare  Legends and tales from the Oral Tradition of ancient Israel, which are not found in the written Bible but which tradition says were transmitted to Moses orally by God during his forty days on Mt. Sinai, have been preserved in the Talmud and in various other religious writings — including the Zohar, which is…
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DOES RELIGION REDUCE SCIENCE LITERACY?

Posted by & filed under Balaam's donkey, Bible Symbolism, Evolution, meaning religious symbols, religion and science.

TweetShare  A story today on the blog Why Evolution is True: “Religion reduces science literacy in America” My Response: It is true that scientific inquiry and experimentation can disprove literal claims of fundamentalists about historical events or natural processes. But literal fundamentalism is NOT the be-all and end-all of religion. There is spiritual and psychological MEANING…
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THE WOMAN WITH THE ALABASTER JAR

Posted by & filed under Anointing, Bible Symbolism, Esoteric Christianity, Harlotry, Idolatry, Pharisees, Sacred Feminine, What is Bible about, where in the Bible, Woman with the Alabaster Jar.

TweetShare In Luke’s gospel a Pharisee invites Jesus to dinner. Luke uses the word “Pharisee” to represent narrow-minded religious bigots who have lost sight of the inner spiritual meaning of religious rules and customs, and perform religious obligations simply as a way to enhance their own ego. The word also applies to that place in…
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ATHEISTS VS. BELIEVERS?

Posted by & filed under atheism, atheism religion, atheists, atheists believers, Bible, Bible Symbolism, Is there a God, literalism, Noah's Ark, Science and Religion, What is God, What is the Bible about.

Tweet Share Atheists object, with understandable indignation, that religious teachings are filled with justifications (or even ‘divine commands’) for violence and cruelty toward others, and that religious people often turn their backs on the splendid opportunities of life in exchange for the promise of something better after death.  When religious teachings are taken only literally,…
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SYMBOLS, MEANING, AND THE SACRED QUEST: Spiritual Awakening in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Stories

Posted by & filed under Adam and Eve, Andrew Cort, Bible, Bible Symbolism, blood, circumcision, Garden of Eden, Moses, Purpose of Religion, serpent, Zipporah.

by Andrew Cort (Today’s PRIZE GIVEAWAY is a signed copy of another of Andrew’s books, LOVE, WISDOM AND GOD: The Longing of the Western Soul, which is about Greek Mythology, Philosophy, and the Mysteries. Simply leave a COMMENT to enter. See details below) Tweet Share Andrew Cort’s Mini-Preview: I can’t very well review my own book…
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The REAL Story of Adam and Eve

Posted by & filed under Adam and Eve, Bible, Bible Symbolism, Bible Symbols, Garden of Eden, Genesis, the Fall, the Rib.

Part 1: The ‘Rib’ The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘Adam’ is actually a gender-neutral word that means ‘a creature of earth’. In other words, Adam was initially created neither Male nor Female. The creature was placed in the Garden and given only one restriction – not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge…
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