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Thursday, May 30, 2019
9 Major Ways To Interpret Any Holy Book Such As; Bible, Vedas, Koran - Hermeneutics, Nonsensical, Allegory, Myth, Historical, Literal, Archetypes, Transfigurative, Or Metaphysical; Which Religion, Which Interpretation Is 'Right' One For You? Gilgamesh, The Oldest Story On Earth

THERE ARE MANY PATHS UP THE MOUNTAIN, TRUTH DEPENDS ON THE VANTAGE POINT, LIKE MANY BLIND WISE MEN TRYING TO DESCRIBE AN ELEPHANT

Source/credit; Every Day Sustainable

Life is all about being born, curiosity, growing up, maturing into wisdom and then passing it on to the next generation. In terms of religions, that same process happens. A person is 'born' into a religion, grows up and then becomes mature inside of that religion, usually without ever leaving it. This growth and maturation process is universal in all religions and belief systems.  There are 'babies' in any religion, who just started on the path, and then there are those who are rapidly growing, teens or young adults.. Finally, there are wise elders, who have matured and been seasoned by both study, reflection and life's lessons. One way to describe this process is a growth of consciousness, or an evolution of consciousness. 

There are many ways to interpret any Holy book, such as the Bible, Vedas, or Koran, just to name a few of the many Holy books that exist out in the world. Within any religion, a person must be born into it as a baby, then become a child, and finally become mature, spiritually speaking. There is a universal aspect of how an individual sees the Holy book that they have chosen as their vehicle for spiritual growth, which is outlined below in the form of many different interpretations. Everyone is on a path of inner growth, and within any religion, a Holy Book can be looked at in a number of different ways.

Much like six blind men trying to describe an elephant, reality, truth and Holy Books can be viewed from many vantage points, consciousness or interpretations. Who is right? Who is wrong?

Could they all be right, in part?

Ancient Interfaith Story Of The Six Blind Men And An Elephant, A Parable That Applies To Science, School, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Relationship, Marriage, Dating, And More
https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2015/10/ancient-interfaith-story-of-six-blind.html

Let's go into the many ways that any Holy Book, or Sacred Writing can be interpreted.

Along the way, we will go deeper into the oldest written Sacred Story in the world. Do you know which story that is, and what story it tells? Do you know which more modern Holy Books incorporated parts of this most ancient story into themselves?

1 - ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED VIA HERMENEUTICS


Wikipedia; "Hermeneutics (/hɛrməˈnuːtɪks/ or /hɛrməˈnjuːtɪks/)[1] is the theory and methodology of interpretation,[2][3] especially the interpretation of biblical textswisdom literature, and philosophical texts.[4][5] It started out as a theory of text interpretation but has been later broadened to questions of general interpretation.[6]

Hermeneutics was initially applied to the interpretation, or exegesis, of scripture. The terms "hermeneutics" and "exegesis" are sometimes used interchangeably. Hermeneutics is a wider discipline which includes written, verbal, and non-verbal[7][8] communication. Exegesis focuses primarily upon texts.

Modern hermeneutics includes both verbal and non-verbal communication[7][8] as well as semioticspresuppositions, and pre-understandings. Hermeneutics has been broadly applied in the humanities, especially in law, history and theology.

Hermeneutic, as a singular noun, refers to some particular method of interpretation (see, in contrast, double hermeneutic).
More in depth information at; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeneutics

2 - ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED AS BEING FILLED WITH NONSENSICAL MATERIAL


There are a group of people that would interpret what is in any Holy Book put in front of them as total nonsense and gibberish, making no sense at all. For example, a young child would not understand the language, meanings or values in ANY Holy Book for example, and it would be way too complicated for them to understand just about anything in them. Toddlers and young children not able to read would be very bored and uninterested in what is written in any Holy Book. Young children would much prefer a picture book or sit and do a drawing with crayons. 

Even some adults will read just about ANY Holy Book and be unable to make sense of any of it, and despite being written in English or their mother tongue, it will seem as if it is written in Latin, Greek or some other foreign language. For example, someone who believes that life has no meaning, value or purpose, via an Existentialist viewpoint, would probably see any Holy Book as being without any meaning, value or purpose. This is the starting point for many people when it comes to interpreting Holy Books. Viewed in terms of consciousness, there is a lack of awareness, a lack of consciousness, which prevents the understanding of anything spiritual.

There is some skill involved in interpreting any Holy Book. It also takes a transformation inside a person in order to 'get' some of the passages, particularly when it comes to the metaphysical interpretation.

The first step in a transformation to understanding and being able to interpret any Holy Book is to make a free will choice, that a person wants to understand and be able to interpret what is written down in whatever Holy Book. No one can be forced to read or interpret any Holy Book. First there has to be a choice. Second there has to be an interest. Third there has to be a curiosity, a seeking of truth, a search for meaning or a desire for freedom.

3 - THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS THAT ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED VIA MYTH

Depending on how one defines the word 'myth', any Holy Book can be interpreted as myth.

Myth in the Hebrew Bible Bernard F. Batto
Myth in the Hebrew Bible is a complex and controversial topic, depending on how one defines myth and sometimes on one’s religious orientation. In everyday usage today, myth carries a meaning of something untrue, a fable, a fiction, or an illusion. That usage has a long history, traceable back to certain Greek philosophers. Anthropologists and historians of religion, however, use the term “myth” with a quite different meaning. For them myth refers to a traditional story, usually associated with the time of origins (e.g., creation or some important institution) that has paradigmatic significance for the society in which the story is operative. In this latter meaning, myth is characteristic of every traditional society; some would argue that myth continues to be operative even in modern, scientific society, camouflaged under other terms, including science itself (e.g., the big bang theory).http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195393361/obo-9780195393361-0125.xml

Every society is full of myths and legends. 

Which myths are 'real' and which ones are just ancient stories, made up long ago? The Great Flood that killed all life on the planet is a very old story, which was found in clay tablets written long before the Bible was written for example.

SUMERIAN CLAY TABLET DESCRIBES CREATION AND GREAT FLOOD 



Wikipedia; "Sumerian creation and great flood myth
The earliest record of the Sumerian creation myth, called The Eridu Genesis by historian Thorkild Jacobsen,[1] is found on a single fragmentary tablet excavated in Nippur. It is written in the Sumerian language and dated to around 1600 BC.[1] Other Sumerian creation myths from around this date are called the Barton Cylinder, the Debate between sheep and grain and the Debate between Winter and Summer, also found at Nippur.[2]

Where the tablet picks up, the gods An, Enlil, Enki and Ninhursanga create the black-headed people and create comfortable conditions for the animals to live and procreate. Then kingship descends from heaven and the first cities are founded: Eridu, Bad-tibira, Larak, Sippar, and Shuruppak.

After a missing section in the tablet, we learn that the gods have decided not to save mankind from an impending flood. Zi-ud-sura, the king and gudug priest, learns of this. In the later Akkadian version, Ea, or Enki in Sumerian, the god of the waters, warns the hero (Atra-hasis in this case) and gives him instructions for the ark. This is missing in the Sumerian fragment, but a mention of Enki taking counsel with himself suggests that this is Enki's role in the Sumerian version as well.

When the tablet resumes it is describing the flood. A terrible storm rocks the huge boat for seven days and seven nights, then Utu (the Sun god) appears and Zi-ud-sura creates an opening in the boat, prostrates himself, and sacrifices oxen and sheep.

After another break the text resumes: the flood is apparently over, the animals disembark and Zi-ud-sura prostrates himself before An (sky-god) and Enlil (chief of the gods), who give him eternal life and take him to dwell in Dilmun for "preserving the animals and the seed of mankind". The remainder of the poem is lost.[3]

The other flood myths with many similarities to the Sumerian story are the story of the Dravidian king Manu in the Matsya Purana, Utnapishtim episode in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Genesis flood narrative found in the Bible. The ancient Greeks have two similar myths from a later date: The Deucalion and Zeus' flooding of the world in Book I of Ovid's Metamorphoses.

BABYLONIAN CLAY TABLETS TELL MYTHICAL STORIES OF GREAT FLOOD, THE ARK AND MORE

Gilgamesh, The Oldest Written Story on Earth
A conversation on the Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest complete story that we have in the planet, it dates nearly back 5,000 years. It is from Sumer, the southernmost region of ancient Mesopotamia, or modern Iraq today. We talk to Kent H. Dixon about how the stories of Gilgamesh can be found in the Old Testament (BIBLE) and the ancient stories of Homer.

The Epic of Gilgamesh: Crash Course World Mythology #26
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/sWppk7-Mti4  13 min



Wikipedia; "The story of Utnapishtim, the hero of the flood myth, can also be found in the Babylonian Epic of Atrahasis.

The 'Great Flood' Deluge tablet of the Gilgamesh epic in Akkadian


Gilgamesh observes that Utnapishtim seems no different from himself, and asks him how he obtained his immortality. Utnapishtim explains that the gods decided to send a great flood. To save Utnapishtim the god Ea told him to build a boat. He gave him precise dimensions, and it was sealed with pitch and bitumen

His entire family went aboard together with his craftsmen and "all the animals of the field". A violent storm then arose which caused the terrified gods to retreat to the heavens. 

Ishtar lamented the wholesale destruction of humanity, and the other gods wept beside her. The storm lasted six days and nights, after which "all the human beings turned to clay". Utnapishtim weeps when he sees the destruction. 

His boat lodges on a mountain, and he releases a dove, a swallow, and a raven. When the raven fails to return, he opens the ark and frees its inhabitants. Utnapishtim offers a sacrifice to the gods, who smell the sweet savor and gather around. Ishtar vows that just as she will never forget the brilliant necklace that hangs around her neck, she will always remember this time. When Enlil arrives, angry that there are survivors, she condemns him for instigating the flood. 

Ea also castigates him for sending a disproportionate punishment. Enlil blesses Utnapishtim and his wife, and rewards them with eternal life. This account matches the flood story that concludes the Epic of Atrahasis (see also Gilgamesh flood myth).

Various themes, plot elements, and characters in the Epic of Gilgamesh have counterparts in the Hebrew Bible, notably the accounts of the Garden of Eden, the advice from Ecclesiastes, and the Genesis flood narrative.

GARDEN OF EDEN MYTH


The parallels between the stories of Enkidu/Shamhat and Adam/Eve have been long recognized by scholars.[21] In both, a man is created from the soil by a god, and lives in a natural setting amongst the animals. He is introduced to a woman who tempts him. In both stories the man accepts food from the woman, covers his nakedness, and must leave his former realm, unable to return. The presence of a snake that steals a plant of immortality from the hero later in the epic is another point of similarity.

Advice from Ecclesiastes

Several scholars suggest direct borrowing of Siduri's advice by the author of Ecclesiastes.[22]

A rare proverb about the strength of a triple-stranded rope (a triple-stranded rope is not easily broken) is common to both books.

NOAH'S FLOOD


Andrew George submits that the Genesis flood narrative matches that in Gilgamesh so closely that "few doubt" that it derives from a Mesopotamian account.[23] What is particularly noticeable is the way the Genesis flood story follows the Gilgamesh flood tale "point by point and in the same order", even when the story permits other alternatives.[24] In a 2001 Torah commentary released on behalf of the Conservative Movement of Judaism, rabbinic scholar Robert Wexler stated: "The most likely assumption we can make is that both Genesis and Gilgamesh drew their material from a common tradition about the flood that existed in Mesopotamia. These stories then diverged in the retelling."[25] Ziusudra, Utnapishtim and Noah are the respective heroes of the Sumerian, Akkadian and biblical flood legends of the ancient Near East.

OTHER ANCIENT MYTHS THAT ARE FOUND IN THE BIBLE


Matthias Henze suggests that Nebuchadnezzar's madness in the biblical Book of Daniel draws on the Epic of Gilgamesh. He claims that the author uses elements from the description of Enkidu to paint a sarcastic and mocking portrait of the king of Babylon.[26]

While not directly discussed in the Epic itself, many of the characters in the Epic also have myths associated with them with close biblical parallels, notably Ninti, the Sumerian goddess of life, was created from Enki's rib to heal him after he had eaten forbidden flowers.

Some scholars suggest that this served as the basis for the story of Eve created from Adam's rib in the Book of Genesis.[27]

Esther J. Hamori(Echoes of Gilgamesh in Jacob Story) also claims that the myth of Jacob and Esau is paralleled with the wrestle match between Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

To go deeper into just one story of one Holy Book, click here.....

Ancient Story Of Noah And The Ark; A Universal Story That Is Present In Many Religions And Cultures, Originally Found In Ancient Epics 2000 BC, Scientific Evidence Of A 'Great Global Flood' 11,000 Years Ago
http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2015/06/ancient-story-of-noah-and-ark-universal.html

4 - SEVERAL WAYS ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED ALLEGORICALLY

There are three or four ways that any part of any Holy Book can be interpreted via Allegory. Here is an example of how an ancient myth is interpreted via allegory.

Wikipedia; "Another popular allegorical work studied in the Middle Ages comes from Plato's The Republic.[10] In this episode, commonly known as the Allegory of the Cave, Plato describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all their lives facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows.[11] The work is an allegorical comment on the want of education in society at the time and the philosopher’s place in society as a teacher to enlighten the 'prisoners.'

Origen of Alexandria, in his Treatise on First Principles, recommends that the Old and New Testaments be interpreted allegorically at three levels, the first being the "flesh," the second the "soul," and the third the "spirit." Many of the events recounted in the Scriptures, interpreted in the literal or fleshly sense, Origen claims, are impossible. Many of the laws, when interpreted literally, are impossible or nonsensical. To get at the meaning of these passages, it is necessary to interpret them allegorically. Some connected passages will contain parts that are literally true and parts that are literally impossible. In this case, says Origen, "the reader must endeavor to grasp the entire meaning, connecting by an intellectual process the account of what is literally impossible with the parts that are not impossible but historically true, these being interpreted allegorically in common with the part which, so far as the letter goes, did not happen at all."[7]

Christian allegorical map of The Journey of Life, or an Accurate Map of the Roads, Counties, Towns in the Ways to Happiness and Misery, 1775
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegorical_interpretation_of_the_Bible

5 - SEVERAL WAYS ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED HISTORICALLY

There are several ways that any Holy Book can be interpreted using history as the way to do it, in the same way that the allegory interpretation is applied.

The Holy book can be interpreted to be seen as an interesting and unique historical set of writings, written by someone long ago, but with no other meaning other than the historical one. Just like reading a history book, there is no other meaning attached to it. There is no emotional connection and the meaning of the book is purely mental. There is sometimes no personal belief in the Holy book, or in any of the characters or subjects portrayed, although the opposite can be true as well.

PBS NOVA: The Bible's Buried Secrets

Viewed from a purely historical context, any Holy book is just another book, like millions of others, and it is nothing special. Things that are out of the bounds of 'normal' are not believed and are seen as 'fairy tales'. Anything that involves miracles or healing are also not believed, because they are outside the bounds of provable science. One may go to a particular church based on invitation or just because it is there. 

For a pure history teacher coming from a logical point of view, the rules of science and mental logic are applied to the book, and the person reading it more than likely does not believe in God, or may believe in God, but not know much about this subject other than a faint awareness. The person may at best be 'open' and/or curious about the possibility that something mysterious may exist. There may be an awareness that some things may not be entirely explainable. 

God as a mysterious concept may exist in the mind, but only as a concept, and God is something or someone very, very far away and very strange or foreign. Inside of this interpretation, any Holy book is not divinely inspired writing; it is just another interesting fiction novel, with some very interesting historical stories, which often or mostly are not true. 

At this level, anyone who believes in God and/or a Holy Book, much less things like angels or miracles, can be made fun of, demeaned or attacked as being misled, fooled, or being a charlatan. The focus is very black and white. The dominant emotions and thoughts are often centered around fear and anger, with solutions for problems are often focused on violence, threats and intimidation. A very basic sense of love may be present, or love may not be felt at all, and may not even be understood, except in the sense of feelings associated with sex. 

On the positive side, this level of interpretation of the Holy Books and the world involves a basic exploration, via physical movement, talking and learning on a purely physical and mental level of curiosity.

An evolution of religion is also present both in the Holy Books and in the practices of those following the religion over the long course of hundreds to thousands of years, which then makes up the historical record of that religion. 

While Paul does not explicitly state that slavery should be abolished, the trajectory seen in Scripture is a progressive liberation of slaves. When this is extended to modern times, it implies that the Biblical witness supports the abolition of slavery. The progressive liberation of women from oppressive patriarchalism, traced from Genesis and Exodus through to Paul's own acknowledgement of women as 'co-workers' (Rom. 16:3), sets a precedent that when applied to modern times suggests that women ought to have the same rights and roles afforded as men.

6 - THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY THAT ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED LITERALLY 

There is only one way to interpret any Holy Book literally. Every word is literally absolutely true, guaranteed, and not subject to any doubt, dispute or debate. Biblical experts that follow the Bible literally say that this interpretation cannot be challenged and it is supreme, ahead of any other authority like the courts, politics, education, etc. But if that is not the case, then one has to resort to allegory, history, metaphysics or some other type of interpretation.

Old Testament Professor Eugene Merrill, writing in Kingdom of Priests, provides three sensible rules for Bible students evaluating ancient Near Eastern sources in the light of Scripture. First, recognize that the Bible holds unchallenged supremacy and authority in its truth claims. Second, make no apology for holding Scripture as our starting authority when considering evidence. And third, examine the ancient Near Eastern sources critically and with open minds about their place in history.

Literalists use the Bible to 'prove' that there is no global warming for example, in the same way that the Flat Earthers prove that the Earth is flat, through use of the Bible. 
PBS Video; https://youtu.be/SpjL_otLq6Y

KATHARINE HAYHOE: DOES THE BIBLE MENTION CLIMATE CHANGE? | CLIMATE DENIAL CROCK OF THE WEEK
JANUARY 5, 2017 A GREEN ROAD DAILY NEWS
My friend Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist, and an evangelical Christian. She is a great ambassador for climate science to a community that needs a little encouragement.Dr. Hayhoe and I agree that, contrary to stereotype, one finds a great deal of spiritual and moral conviction in the science community. That spirit of constant search for truth is itself, a fundamentally spiritual quest. Above, she takes on some fallacious arguments climate deniers use to confuse the religious faithful.
Source: Katharine Hayhoe: Does the Bible Mention Climate Change? | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

For those literalists that are open to debating whether the Earth is flat or not, here is some in depth material around that subject......

Mystery - The Earth Does Not Orbit A Motionless Sun In Only 2 Dimensions - It Spirals Through Border Free Space At Speed Of 1.3 Million Miles Per Hour, Flat Earth Theory Debunked

In using a literal interpretation, any Holy book is seen as being absolutely true, word for word, literally. If it talks about the oceans being parted and mountains being moved, or someone riding into Heaven on a chariot pulled by flaming horses, then that is EXACTLY what happened. There is a passionately held belief that every word of the Holy book is absolutely true, with no exceptions or differences between how anyone interprets any particular passage, because the church authorities take care of that part, where there is any dispute. 

This interpretation is often associated with getting very emotional amount the Holy Book that one believes in via blind faith. Of course, blind faith often refuses direct evidence and data, such as global warming and climate change for example. Anyone who does not agree with this blind faith based interpretation, is seen as the enemy in a Dualistic way. At this interpretation level, one Holy book is seen as having all of the truth in the world, and it is only for a special chosen few. Everyone else who does not believe this way is seen as going to Purgatory or some other name associated with it. 

In this interpretation, the most fundamental Dualistic black and white way of interpreting anything being read in the Holy book is applied. For example, if the Holy book is the Bible or the Koran, the focus is mostly on the laws, punishment and a very black and white view of the world.  This interpretation also involves a lot of destruction, death and focus on Armageddon, along with a very liberal dose of doom, death and destruction of all unbelievers.

The only question is; which religion will be chosen by this one God, as his favorite ahead of all of the others who also believe that they are the chosen ones, and everyone else is going to Hell, since many religions have this belief system.. Who will God choose? Hmmmmmmmm......

Armageddon Or End Of The World Belief Systems; Apocalypticism Among Christian, Judaism, Hindu, Islam, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, UFO, Y2K, Psychics, Numerology Followers, Planet X, Niburu
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2015/11/apocalypticism-armageddon-or-end-of.html

In this interpretation, only a few are 'saved' and the rest of the world is going to eternal punishment with a very vengeful God. In the most extreme form of this fundamental interpretation, people must be converted to that particular belief system at all costs, or be killed if they choose not to convert.

A holy crusade is often required, in order to convert the whole world to this particular chosen Holy book and to this interpretation specifically. No other interpretations are allowed, and certainly all other Holy books are worthless and/or even evil.

There is an emphasis on Heaven and Hell, and they are LITERAL places where people to be punished forever and ever, into infinity, by a loving? God, who only means to do good, except for all of those people who disobey him and his literal word of God, as interpreted by (______________) fill in the blank religious expert or famous book author. 

In the Bible, the Old Testament section is the only focused on for the most part, because it is all about rigid and absolute laws, the punishment of ALL offenders, and a very black and white view of the world. God, who is in Heaven, is waiting on everyone after death, as a judge, who will either send all to Heaven or Hell. Of course, only the chosen few in that particular religion, in a very particular and special denomination of church will go to Heaven and everyone else is going to Hell, forever.

Where is Hell, and how does it all work in the various religions?

Ancient Story - Dantes Inferno, The Divine Story/Poem Illustrating Human Morals, Beliefs And Interpretations Around Heaven And Hell
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2015/06/ancient-story-dantes-infernothe-divine.html

Any small transgression of any of the laws, dogmas or interpretations as seen by a priest calls for punishment of the offender, being thrown out of the church, being labeled as a heretic, and historically, death as a punishment.  This interpretation means that any transgressor who is not obeying the church dogma, is going to to be punished in Hell forever. Doesn't that sound a little bit controlling? Maybe what is really going on is someone on a power and control trip, but that is for the reader to decide. Maybe God is vicious, cruel and loves to torture people FOREVER.

What does Hell look and feel like? Maybe a little something like this?

The Nuclear Industry Sacrifices Children In Radioactive Moloch 'Fire'; Ideology Cult Of Death Wants Global Armageddon, While Worshiping The God Rad, Via Atomic Priesthood
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-nuclear-cult-of-death-and-global.html


LITERALISM EXPLORED; WHERE DOES IT LEAD IF IMPLEMENTED FULLY AND COMPLETELY?


For more in depth discussion about literalism, and the death penalty, click on.....

Possible Grounds For Execution In The Old Testament... How Many Death Penalties Are There? What Is A Literalist?

Bottom line, God has a commandment for just about all of his followers about not killing ANYONE, for any reason. But then humans get the bright idea that if a priest says it is ok, then humans can kill anyone that they want, for whatever reason.

War, justice, and pretty much every other reason goes, which is then justified via the revenge motive, which God also warned against, but hey, we are on a roll here.

You Need To Consider The Possibility Your Religion Is Mythology
QUOTE JUNE 3, 2019 A GREEN ROAD DAILY NEWS LEAVE A COMMENT
There are at least 4,200 religions in the world today, and countless more have been lost to history. It’s obvious there’s a 0% chance all of them are the true word of God. Some thinkers have speculated that each religion is at least a little divinely inspired and holds a piece of the puzzle left to us by God to put together. But the only way to come to that conclusion is to ignore huge tracts of doctrine in each religion. Ultimately, none of them are compatible. If any religion is true, there’s only one.

This means at least over 6 billion people alive today believe in a religion that was written 100% by human beings and 0% dictated by the creator of the universe. A belief system written by human beings that has no bearing on the factual nature of reality is mythology. The cold, hard truth of reality is that the vast majority of the people alive today believe in mythology and dogmatically refuse to even consider the possibility that’s true. So if you believe in religion, there’s automatically a 99% chance you believe in mythology. If you refuse to question your beliefs, there’s no way for you to know if they’re true, which increases the chance that you believe in mythology, up to 99.9%. This number is increased to 99.99% if your religion contains any of the following:

1: Human sacrifices

2: Moral values that reflect the needs and wants of a specific primitive culture

3: Instructions to hurt, kill or look down on other people

4: Reasons to look down on yourself

5: A pyramid-shaped authority structure

6: Scientifically inaccurate statements

7: Magical beings, powers or events that no longer exist
via Church And State You Need To Consider The Possibility Your Religion Is Mythology

And it may even be a cult, which is much worse than a religion that does not work in reality.

What are the elements of a cult?

That is a different question and a different article.

36 Warning Signs Of a Cult, Dangerous Group, Sociopathic Narcissistic Leader, 10 Signs Of A Healthy Group Or Leader, Examples Of Cults That Most People Never Think About, Many People Are Trapped In A Cult And Don't Even Know It; Ignorance As A Cult
https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2017/06/36-warning-signs-of-cult-dangerous.html


IF EVERYONE MUST FOLLOW ALL RELIGIONS LAWS AND EDICTS TO THE LETTER, WHAT IS THE RESULT

The focus on religiously inspired emotions is projected out into the world, along with enforcement of the laws and dogmas. Everyone must believe and follow the dogmas and laws, or suffer punishment legally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, as in going to Hell forever. This 'pure' interpretation leads to wars, violence, and genocide, as all 'other evil doers' and unbelievers are 'punished' with death or slavery. 

Miko Peled, Israeli Son Of Military General, Talks About What Is REALLY Going On In Israel, Historically All The Way Up To Today
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/07/miko-peled-israeli-son-of-military.html

7 - THERE ARE MANY WAYS THAT ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED TRANSFIGURATIVELY 

In this interpretation, the Holy book is seen as a living, breathing Word, through the eyes of a Spirit filled person. The Spirit moves and has it's home in the person reading the Holy book, and the Holy book comes alive in a special way.

There is much less of a focus on the black and white interpretation and fundamentalist ways of looking at the Holy book, but some less intense aspects of this may exist. The emotional centered focus on life and on any chosen Holy book, is transformed into a spirit centered focus. Spirit is inside of everyone, not just one small group. Looking at Holy Books and finding their universal roots is part of the Transfigurative process of opening up to Spirit, and to Oneness, rather than just Duality.

Many Paths Up The Mountain - Modern Civilization Disconnects Everyone - 40 Ways To Thrive Emotionally And Connect Deeply With The Ones You Care About The Most
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/12/many-paths-up-mountain-modern.html

For example, if one applies this interpretation to the Bible, the focus is now mostly on the New Testament, on divine love, inclusiveness and forgiveness, rather than on punishment, exclusion and the Old Testament. There is a more of an interfaith focus on what is true in any religion, and much less or no more focus on other people and religions being evil, lost or deserving of punishment/death. There is much less focus on punishment, death and destruction via Armageddon. This is the beginning of Oneness both within and without, in terms of consciousness awakening. 

There is much more openness and exploration of other religions, ways of thinking, ways of acting, ways of believing, and ways of operating in the world via alternatives to the 'norm', whatever that is. 

This level of interpretation enters into and expands the mysterious realm of inner universal and connecting wisdom, rather than on individual intelligence, as measured by an IQ test. For more information about this, click on the following link... 

Rainbow Tribe Sacred Commons Wisdom Versus Intelligence And College Degrees
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/02/wisdom-versus-intelligence-when-it.html

8 - THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS THAT ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED VIA ARCHETYPES

"Since archetypes are symbols or images shared by all, their potential for communication is almost infinite. When we encounter an archetype in literature, we are immediately faced with a whole body of meaning which the author does not need to explain… Phrases such as “Israel has played the harlot” or “tell that fox Herod” employ the archetype. These phrases need no explanation because the archetype immediately suggests and organizes the meaning. Archetypes are master images around which meaning is organized.

The Bible is the great storehouse of master images for literature in the Western world. An appreciation of literature outside the Bible is enhanced by a familiarity with the archetypes within the Bible. The primary reason for archetypal studies, however, is that the biblical texts themselves are saturated with these master images. As one author suggests, readers of the Bible can discover as much truth by tracing a master image through the Bible as by tracing some abstract idea.

9 - THERE ARE INFINITE WAYS THAT ANY HOLY BOOK CAN BE INTERPRETED METAPHYSICALLY, IN A WIN WIN WIN MANNER

It is not just a Holy Book that can be interpreted metaphysically. Anything in life, from actual real life events, to dreams, to interactions with people can be interpreted metaphysically.

Interpreting Christmas metaphysically

"EBTV on http://evolvingbeings.com presents host Evita Ochel with returning guest metaphysics expert and author Rebecca Lynne of http://GenesisPhysics.com   In this episode, Rebecca presents a metaphysical interpretation of the event known as Christmas, how it relates to ancient stories and mysteries, including the Bible. The discussion also includes an overview of the importance and potential of the current changes on our planet...

Rebecca has been a Metaphysical Teacher in the Unity Movement since 1975. Known for her exceptional metaphysical insight of the Bible, The Ancient Mysteries, worldwide religions and philosophies, she has been a teacher, counselor and workshop presenter. She is also the author of the book: THE SECRET TRIANGLE OF LIFE DEATH AND EVOLUTION."
Source; description under video..

The Holy book of choice is seen through the lens of personal spiritual unfolding and growth process that is unique to any one person. The metaphysical interpretation is universal and complementary (not divisive) in application to anyone else. All interpretations are unique and special for each person, and differ from any other person's interpretation, since the meaning from INSIDE of a person, not the outside and not from any authority figure or church. This means that there are as many interpretations of any Holy Book as there are people on Earth.

If and when a group of believers focuses on just one phrase in any Holy Book and then go home to interpret it metaphysically, every person will come back the next day and give a different meaning than the next person in the group. But the odd, wonderful and mysterious part of how this works, is that every meaning complements all of the others, and adds MORE VALUE and DEEPER MEANING to everyone else. It is a win win win interpretation, with no end to the winning by everyone involved. 

The infinite spiritual growth process within the metaphysical interpretation is complementary to anyone else in the world, in any other religion or in 'competing' branches of the same religion, whether that is Christianity, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhism, Shintoism, etc. There is a focus on personal spiritual growth and a sharing of universal love of all humankind, no matter what the religion or belief system.

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A metaphysical meaning to a certain passage of a Holy book is applied in terms of how it applies to an inner, positive, spiritual unfolding and growth process, but ONLY within the person reading it. For example, in the Bible, Christ is felt and experienced as the Christ Consciousness that is living and existing and growing within that person, not just as someone outside who is far away and will return someday.

Instead of God, Spirit and Christ being separate and far away, they are all contained inside of a person, and can be experienced, felt and known in a very deep and profoundly spiritual way. (This aspect does not deny the reality of any particular Holy book or it's spiritual leader historically, but rather adds a very unique and universal powerful meaning.) The focus on Oneness is much more present and alive, while anything to do with Duality now seems like something more foreign and irritating.

As consciousness develops and expands within any person through the various interpretations above, then the metaphysical interpretation and it's vantage point within that consciousness will become natural and ordinary, just like water flowing downhill.

What follows is a very rough outline that outlines the growth of consciousness within interpretations of any Holy Book. Of course, there is no 'right' or wrong implied with this chart, as a person may never open a Holy Book or show any interest in spirituality, and that is perfect for them, in that lifetime. Another person may stop at the Literal Interpretation stage and stay there for their whole life, and again, that is perfect for them. But some individuals will see this chart and set a goal of moving through these 'levels' to the mountain top in a faster than normal manner, and that is also perfect.

RELIGIOUS CONSCIOUSNESS EXPANSION MIMICS THE PHYSICAL BODY BIRTH AND GROWTH

Focus                                                Dualistic/Oneness   /  Consciousness Evolution

Historical = Materialistic                                      D            Baby
Scientific = Materialistic                                       D                Infant
Literal/Historical = Fundamentalist                    D                  Child
Evangelical/Holy Spirit                                         D/O                Teen
Merging other religions, paths, interpretations  D/O                  Young Adult
Merging science and religion                                 D/O                    Older Adult
Metaphysical/Mystical Soul                                    O                         Wise Senior/Elder/Crone

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS WITHIN, NOT OUTSIDE OR IN ANY BUILDING OR PRIEST, AND IT CAN BE EXPERIENCED DIRECTLY


For someone who is on a mystical or metaphysical level, Heaven can be experienced and felt within, rather than being something a person has to wait for to experience after death. Death is no longer feared, because Heaven is WITHIN, as Jesus is quoted. Why would he say that if it were not true? In other words, Heaven is already here and now, inside of every person, waiting to be discovered. Every Holy Book points to or acknowledges that Divinity and Heaven is within, including the Bible. 

Armageddon is interpreted as the battle between the dark and light forces, emotions and thoughts within that person. Christ returning is interpreted as being that spiritually mature place where Christ consciousness reigns forever ever, inside of that person, without taking away, judging or denying any of the other interpretations. 

Again the interpretation is not just a mental exercise, but a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual inner experience, which cannot be denied, taken away or explained away by anyone else. If a person has an inner spiritual experience even once, no matter what that experience is, that creates a truth which is different from a mental interpretation in a way that is like night and day in terms of its effect and power. 

There is a focus on what is true and being felt and experienced INSIDE the heart and spirit of the person reading whatever Holy book is being read, rather than any outer dogma or belief system applied by a priest or church in a top down hierarchical and patriarchal power structure. The birth and maturation of the Oneness principle within consciousness is a very real event within this stage of growth spiritually. 

There is no religious dogma, but rather a focus on what is specifically true in terms of experience and interpretation for that person who is reading that particular Holy book in that instant, in that time and place. Reading that same passage at another time and place will create another and different interpretation, and there is no end to this process of constant unfoldment and spiritual evolution into higher and higher states of awareness and consciousness. 

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But the process of metaphysical interpretation cannot be forced. No one will be interested in it until they are ready, so don't try to push it or force this process on anyone. Individuals come into this stage of consciousness via a natural inner growth process, which cannot be forced or short circuited. 

If someone is interested, they will ask about it, or sign up for a voluntary optional course, without being forced to do it.

MYSTICS AND METAPHYSICIANS IN ALL RELIGIONS FOCUS ON THE INNER DIVINITY WITHIN EVERYONE, IN A UNIVERSAL WAY


Wikipedia; "The concept is shared by many religious traditions, is found in a number of independently derived conceptualizations, and each of these has culturally distinct terminology. Some of the various relevant concepts and terms are:

Higher consciousness - The higher the level of one's consciousness, the closer to God. Collectively called Collective Consciousness

Aum - The Buddhist and Hindu (Indian religions) name that evokes the concepts of the Oneness of God and the universal omnipresence of the creator deity.

Brahman - Hinduism, the superpresent properties of the creator deity, Brahma, understood to manifest itself as "light" within the human being.

Divine countenance or the face of God — a metaphor for a close encounter with God himself

The Holy Spirit - (See also spirit, holiness) - Christianity

Immanence - related term used in religious mysticism

Inner light - term used in various religions to refer to the presence of God as a "light". The Religious Society of Friends regards this concept as a fundamental belief.

Light (theology) - an aspect of divine presence with qualities of illumination: thought, intellect,knowledge, insight, wisdom, being, divine love

Numen - Latin term for "presence", used historically to refer to a Roman religious concept

Presence of God (Catholicism) Catholic Christianity

Psychedelics can produce the feeling of the Presence of God

Shekhinah - Judaism's term for a presence in a holy place (Tabernacle), and due to the symbolism of the tabernacle as representational of the human body or being, it likewise refers to the presence of God in the human being.

Theophany - the overt appearance of God to a person

Kingdom of God - According to Luke 17:21,[1] the Kingdom of God is within us.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_presence

BEWARE OF THOSE WHO SHUT THE DOOR AND BOLT IT, PREVENTING ANYONE FROM GOING IN TO EXPERIENCE THE INNER KINGDOM OF GOD 

George Fox warns; "Keep to that of God in you, which will lead you up to God, when you are still from your own thoughts and imaginations, and desires and counsels of your own hearts, and motions, and will; when you stand single from all these, waiting upon the Lord, your strength is renewed; he that waits upon the Lord, feels his shepherd, and he shall not want. That which is of God within every one, is that which brings them together to wait upon God, which brings them to unity, which joins their hearts together up to God. So as this moves, this is not to be quenched, when it moves to pray or speak; for there is the power of the Lord. This is the arm of the Lord, the dominion, the victory over death. 

And all teachers and people on the earth that have kept people from the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world, that which is to be known of God manifest in them, they are those who shut up the kingdom of heaven from men, that would neither go in themselves, nor allow others. These are those who have taken away the key of knowledge from people, that neither they nor the people could get into the scriptures, nor tell what the prophets meant, nor what Christ nor the apostles meant; but wrangling all about the light, about the door. For the light is the door, the light is the power, that enlightens every man that comes into the world; that all through the light might believe.

He that believes, is entered into his rest, has ceased from his own works as God did from his, and he has the witness in himself. And he that is born of God overcomes the world, he does not make haste. Here he knows a silent meeting and waiting upon God; and knows that all people upon the earth, if they come to the light Christ Jesus has enlightened them withal, their crowns must be laid down, down at his feet, and their peace taken away from the earth; and Christ, (God's covenant of peace, of light with God and man), they must come into; then all flesh must be silent before the Lord; so the life of God comes to guide.

HEAVEN WITHIN IS FOUND INSIDE, VIA THE POWER OF SILENCE






The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab 2:20

Learn to be more quiet and go inside, rather than being controlled by emotions, authority figures, ego and/or blind faith belief systems.

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THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT REALITIES AND DIMENSIONS FOR A MYSTIC AND METAPHYSICIAN TO EXPLORE: THE DREAM WORLD IS JUST ONE OF MANY EXAMPLES - METAPHYSICAL DREAM INTERPRETATION


The video is a brief example of how dreams can be interpreted on a metaphysical level.
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRgU2VOfChE 1 min

Dreams are a connection point to parts of ourselves that are very powerful and deep. Accessing the meaning of dreams on a metaphysical level can help accelerate a persons spiritual growth. There is no limit about what can be interpreted on a metaphysical level, once a person learns how to do it for themselves.

Learning to be quiet and go inside to explore deeper meanings of dreams, life and words is an important part of the journey. Learn to be more quiet and go inside, rather than being controlled by unconscious emotions and belief systems.

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EXPLORE YOUR MEANING OR INTERPRETATION MORE DEEPLY VIA A SACRED CIRCLE OF TWO OR MORE PEOPLE


If a group of people all get together and read the SAME passage in ANY Holy book, and apply a metaphysical meaning to it, and then share their interpretation, the result will be close to miraculous. Each person will have a different interpretation of that same passage, unique to them in that present moment, which they get, direct from the Source. Literally, every person who does this is part of a sacred circle. To learn about what a sacred circle is, click on the following link....

The Great Sacred Circle Story

As each person reads their interpretation and meaning to the group, it creates more value and insight for each person present. Rather than being divisive, the metaphysical interpretations add a sense of spiritual depth, meaning, uniqueness and inclusiveness, all at the same time, in a very powerful and mysterious manner. 

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The focus is on how each person is equal to everyone else, and each person brings value and a unique perspective that only adds to what every other person brings.

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What is unique about this stage of spiritual growth, is that ANY Holy book, dreams, movies, life experiences can be focused on and metaphysically interpreted via the internal spiritual unfolding process, so there is no more divisiveness or black and white thinking or belief system.

HUMANITY HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE, PLUG INTO THAT, AND DON'T GIVE UP


This point of spiritual growth also involves giving back, because at this point, a person can see what is important in life, and the focus changes to giving instead of taking. 

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ARE PRIESTS REQUIRED TO INTERPRET THE WORD OF GOD OR HOLY BOOKS?

The speed of growth in consciousness has grown. One reason why is that in just about any religion now includes the translation of Holy Books into languages that can be read by the 'common man', and not just by a priest or holy man. As one example, before Martin Luther, the Bible was written in Latin and only Catholic priests could read it. The priests also acted as 'experts' who could talk to God, for the people. Average people could not talk to God or read his Holy Book, which greatly slowed down or blocked the growth in consciousness.

Luther's goal was to equip every German-speaking Christian with the ability to hear the Word of God, and his completing his translation of the Old and New Testaments from Hebrew and Greek into the vernacular by 1534 was one of the most significant acts of the Reformation.[27]

Now that Holy Books are easily available to anyone who wants to read them, and they are available in a common language that everyone can read, it also makes God more easily available, because most people learn about God from Holy Books first, before they have a direct experience of God, with no assistance or intervention from a priest. 

As the average person progresses through studying the various interpretations of a Holy Book to the metaphysical level, consciousness increases at the same time. The final goal and highest peak in terms of interpretation of any Holy Book is the metaphysical level. Bottom line, at this level, no priest or Pope is required to 'interpret' any Holy Book. Everyone is the equivalent of a priest, because in God's eyes, EVERYONE is equal on a metaphysical level. 

The metaphysical interpretation represents a higher state of consciousness, which pulls together all spiritual paths and all religions together into one rich tapestry, where diversity is celebrated, not punished or made into something bad.  The metaphysical interpretation of anything illuminates personal, inner experience that are available to anyone at any time.

WHICH RELIGION REPRESENTS OR SYMBOLIZES THE METAPHYSICAL LEVEL BEST?



The metaphysical level  proves that all people are equal. We are all brothers and sisters, with one source, and one destination, no matter what religion or belief system we choose to follow.  Is there any religion that teaches this through actual practice? The answer is yes... The unprogrammed Quakers do. Their underlying view is that everyone is part of the great I AM. As part of how they worship, they also do not have any priests, as everyone in the church is a priest. There is no one person elevated above all of the rest.

No one is the 'special' vessel who carries God exclusively. Because these Quakers welcome any faith or belief system, there is no 'special' Holy Book. All truth, freedom, plus meaning is celebrated in unity, via a silent worship. In the silence, all of the answers and truths are revealed via an inner growth of consciousness by those who are seeking it. 

Classifications tend to divide people and fragment thinking into divisive ways of thinking about others as 'less than', or not as good as. There are also further divisions through the top down paternalistic priesthood class, usually male and to be obeyed without question because they ARE GOD, on top of and ahead of everyone else. Having a special God person tell everyone what to do and what to think is in part, what divides people against one another rather than bringing them together.  

Unprogrammed Quakers classify themselves in a metaphysical manner (if they are mature metaphysically speaking);

I AM (fill in a name)

There are no priests. There are no artificial divisions. In the highest and most metaphysical sense of what Quakers stand for spiritually speaking, there is no separate religion that is better than any other religion, when it comes down to it. Everyone is equal. All religious paths are equal, as they all lead to the same mountain top. 

In other words, if you can believe that everyone is an I AM, but nothing more after that, then that is enough. Everyone is to be respected and honored just for BEING the I AM, no matter who they are being in whatever religion or belief system. But if a person needs

Quakers believe that;

"Anyone who digs their well deep enough, will experience the Kingdom of God" Lloyd Lee Wilson

Quakers know that the Kingdom of Heaven is within, and that it can be experienced here on Earth, no matter what the belief system is of a truth seeker. This is the essence of a metaphysical belief system and consciousness.

ANGELS STARTED ALMOST ALL RELIGIONS, VIA SUPERNATURAL PLUS PURE AND HOLY BEGINNINGS

Few people understand that most if not all major religions started with the help of supernatural 'helpers', called angels or spirits. These angels don't get much of the credit, as it is much easier to give the credit to the human that they talked with.

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In essence, all religions come from God, via angels. One religion is not any more special than another one, and all religions guide a person back 'home', to the Kingdom of God. Whatever religion works for a person, as long as it does not hurt anyone else, is the best one for that person. If they want to mix and match several religions, that does not matter either. 

Do what works for you. 

Follow your own inner divine 'North Star' guidance system within you.

ALL HOLY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR READING, AND ARE USUALLY OF INTEREST TO MYSTICS AND METAPHYSICIANS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALSO INTERFAITH


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There is a great richness in the diversity of beliefs, traditions, and religions. View them as a source of treasure, rather than as a reason for wars, death and punishment. 

Calling the Others
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