All minds think differently when their eyes glance

All minds think differently when their eyes glance at a word on a page.  Sometimes they comprehend that word just as it is shown, but other times they try to find the deeper meaning stored behind it.  When one reads Shakespeare, they need to dig for the deeper meaning in order to understand what he is trying to share.  A reader must also do the same with the Bible in order to get the most out of it.  The Bible is suppose to make an individual’s connection with God and their community stronger.  It is also suppose to guide and teach one how to live and love better as a person.  However, the reader is not always able to get that information if they do not comprehend the text in the most efficient way.  By reading the Bible literally or historically one might draw out certain lessons that relate to the conditions and realities of a certain time that it is being read in.  Reading it in that sense also limits the values of the text and what it is trying to share.  Comprehending the Bible allegorically is the best way to interpret it as it teaches the reader morals, makes the Bible always relatable, and has a longer lasting impact on one’s life. By reading the Bible allegorically, one will be able to gain and practice morals that will help guide them through life.  These morals can be found throughout many stories embedded in the Bible.  A few of these writings include the story of the Ten Commandments with Moses and the creation narrative with Adam and Eve.  These stories do not only provide the reader with lessons to live by, but also a deeper understanding for their connection with others.  In the story of the 10 Commandments, God shares ten statements with Moses that the worshippers of God should follow.  Before Moses received these statements spoken from God in the heavens above, he had to go through some brutal conditions.  On the day he got these messages from God there were “thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mountain”.  Mount Sinai, the mountain Moses travelled up “was wrapped in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire”.  Although these conditions were not pleasant, when the “Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain” “Moses went up”. The two most important commandments that Moses received in the following moments are known as the golden rule.  One of them states that “‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength'”.  The second part of the golden rule asks that “‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself'”.  If one read this story literally or historically, they may end up completely disregarding those statements despite the positive message it sends.  People that read the Bible in those ways may find these statements to be implausible as they may be too focussed on figuring out how this was scientifically possible.  They would question how Moses was able to survive the conditions upon arriving to the top of Mount Sinai.  They may also wonder how he was able to listen to a being that was not physically there in that moment, yet was still able to create a dangerous fire on the mountain.  However, if they read it figuratively, they would acknowledge those complications, but not disregard the whole story and the message it sends as they continue to look for the deeper meaning in the story.  They will understand that the conditions Moses was in were harsh, but it shows what one should go through to prove how much they love God.  It shows the importance of having hope during tough times.  Moses is a role model for one to always show their love and devotion to God, their parents, their neighbors and their community at large as humans need others help in times of struggling.  They will regard the golden rule as statements to live by instead of disregard it for the story not being completely supported.  The creation narrative in the Bible provides the reader with information on how God created the world.  He created everything with the intention of being good which shows that everything has importance, a purpose and a belonging.  He eventually added humans to all of his creations.  He made the first man “from? ?the? ?dust? ?of? ?the? ?ground,? ?8? ?and? ?breathed? ?into? ?his? ?nostrils? ?the? ?breath? ?of? ?life”.  God gave this man, Adam, life and placed him in the garden in Eden where he commanded that he “‘may? ?freely? ?eat? ?of? ?every? ?tree? ?of? ?the? ?garden;? ?17? ?but? ?of? ?the? ?tree? ?of? ?the? ?knowledge? ?of? ?good? ?and evil? ?you he? ?shall? ?not? ?eat'”?. ? He notices “It? ?is? ?not? ?good? ?that? ?the? ?man? ?should? ?be? ?alone”?, so he creates woman by taking “one? ?of? ?his? ?Adam’s ribs?” and making it “into a woman and brought her to man”.  This man and woman, known as Adam and Eve, eventually go against God’s only rule and eat fruit from the tree of knowledge after being deceived by the bad serpent God had also created.  The humans eyes are finally opened to what they did not know before, but they are also punished by God.   Reading this narrative with any mindset other than a figurative or allegorical one will get in the way of the value of the text.  If one reads it differently they might focus too much on how it is possible for God to make someone out of dust or take a rib out of a man and create another human.  They might get the message that men are superior to women as God created them first.  They will comprehend those messages instead of the important ones that were meant to be discovered.  They will miss out on the lesson that humans like Adam and Eve have minds that develop in a complex way.  They started out innocent, but over time they evolve into their own.  They will miss out on the message that they always need to remember God.  Humans need to remind themselves of all the things he has done for them even through their weakest times.  Most importantly, they will ignore the lesson that humans need others to survive.  God did not create the woman to show that men are superior, but rather to show that humans need a community.  Humans are creatures that cannot live all alone as one must “”‘love your neighbor as yourself'”.  By learning that humans are social creatures, they are fulfilling a human’s basic needs.  Therefore, reading the Bible in an allegorical sense allows one to pick up new morals that they would not be able to comprehend if read differently. Reading these stories in the allegorical sense not only provides the reader with new morals, but it also makes the Bible always relatable despite when or where it is being read as it shares spiritual truths rather than historical truths.  A spiritual truth uncovered in the story of Adam and Eve is that one will discover danger when they only focussing on themselves and not others.  Another spiritual truth discovered in Adam and Eve is that humans need others to survive.  If any of these stories are read in the historical or literal sense, their interpretation and reliability will always be changing as their interpretations change with time and culture.  For example, the story of Noah’s Arc reliability and interpretation will constantly be fluctuating when read in the historical sense as new scientific evidence will be revealed throughout the years.  In this story, science will try prove that there were not enough resources to make an arc as big as the story described, Noah should have not been able to live past six hundred years old during that time period or that there was not enough water in the world to cause a flood as big as described.  However, if it is read with an allegorical mind, the reader might not necessarily take those events as literally.  They might view the flood as a symbol of how powerful God is.  They also might see Noah and his age a benefit of always being faithful to God.  By looking at the story in this sense, the reader might always come to terms with the message that one should never forget about God despite when or where they are reading the story.  Just like Santa Clause, these stories may not be real or may not have actually happened, but the messages they send do benefit society forever.  Thus, the Bible is eternally relatable when read in the figurative sense.  When one continuously reads the Bible allegorically, it will be seen that it has a long lasting impact on their life.  It will become meaningful to the reader as “it would make a practical difference in one’s life” through the morals it teaches and the connections it creates.  Although stories like the 10 Commandments, Adam and Eve or Noah’s Arc might not be plausible “we make judgments all the time based on insufficient evidence, and we do not think that such judgments are unjustified”10 as they still provide the reader with some valuable information.  All of this information that those stories provide “are genuine (forced, momentous, live) and where no intellectual grounds are sufficient to indicate”11 anything to disregard it.    These stories not only teach the reader what kind of being God is, but it also teaches them the most important relationships a human should have with themselves, others and God.  The reader will start to connect with their purpose in life and it will result in confidence and a sense of belonging.  They will realize that they need others in order to survive in life and that there is someone, such as God, greater than them.  Reading the Bible allegorically, will not only result in a meaningful long lasting passion on one’s life, but it may also result in an eternity of happiness.  As Pensees Pascal once stated, “If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing” meaning that if you do believe and God and he is real, you will go to heaven.  If you did not believe in God, it would result with one’s soul in hell and misery for eternity.  Whereas, if you do or do not believe in God and he is not real, then no punishment will be given.  By reading the Bible more literally or historically it becomes harder to understand the religion to its extent and gain all the benefits from it as they will be focusing on the wrong things.  Consequently, understanding the Bible in an allegorical sense allows the reader to become passionate about the religion with many eternal benefits such as going to heaven.  Ultimately, interpreting the Bible in an allegorical and figurative way is the most efficient way to read it.  Much more information is uncovered by the reader when they go deep into the text and read it in a more figurative way.  Comprehending the Bible and it’s stories this way allows the reader to gain many morals, makes the Bible forever relatable, and has eternal benefits.  Next time, when one picks up a sacred text, they should not just read it word for word on the page.  Instead one should dive into the text and discover the hidden true meaning and lessons buried between the lines.