1) The message


 

In the first book Genesis one doesn’t tell us in a simple minded way that God the father made a man. Although this text, at first glance even a little childish, tells us that genesis of the earth succeeded in 6 days. Which seems incredible in the light of nowadays science and which is leading us to close this book thinking that if the rest is so little credible, this book must be one more legend. But still, it is based on a reality. This reality is the creation of life on earth. Although described in a syncopated chronology, it is – unlike most of the legends – without fundamental contradiction with scientific observation. And when we read the text very carefully one is struck by something very peculiar:

That is that between the creation of the universe and the god figure which is according to the bible at the origin of the universe, there is the verb: “…Vayomer Elohim yehi or…” “…And god says let light be…”

Without trying to define the role of neither a god nor what he has done or not done, the message is clear:

The message, the verb, the divine word is the key element of the story of genesis.

Indeed, and as we know today all the miracle of life is part of one and only language steering the living world, whether animal or vegetal, i.e. the language of the combinations of ribonucleic acid (DNA and RNA) recorded on the chromosomes.

And all the miracle of matter is part of the language steering the world of matter, the table of elements.

Thus the first message of the bible, as it appears from genesis, is one that let us know that a message, a word, a code is fundamental for the entire universe and for all kind of life.

This code, this message, this language can be perceived around us continuously. It causes emotions, conducts our deeds, but most of the time remains unaware.

The main merit of the bible is to have understood the unity of the message leading to life 5000 years before our technology was able to allow the unravelling of the genetic code. John the Baptist in his gospel also mentioned this interpretation of the divine message.

 

But the importance of messages are also found in other places of the bible:

An angel prevents Abraham to sacrifice his son.

 

 

 

 

In the original Hebrew text “angel” is written in the bible as “malach”. The suffix “ma” added to the root “lach” which means “walk” becomes the composite word “malach” or “messenger”. So the Hebrew word “Messenger” was translated in Latin by “angel” which is something completely different.

Anthropomorphism (natural tendency of man to project his image on everything, severely condemned by the bible prohibiting to make images of god) will show us an angel with a human body and wings coming in front of Abraham. This image has nothing at all to do with the Hebrew significance of angel or messenger, but originates from Mesopotamia where every god had wings to show that it came from heaven (the winged lion of the Ishtar gate, etc…)

The key element here is again the “message”

A ” Message ” has been delivered to Abraham. How it was delivered has actually no importance. Just as in physics the nature of the matter where the message came through has no influence on the perception of the message.

 

And the message is clear: God does not ask men to sacrifice their children, even if Abraham was ready to do so as did all men of his time.

 

Orthodox Jews believe that god wrote the bible and hence the bible is perfect. By doing so they have the illusion that everything can be discovered in the bible. And they are wary about every other source of science. But the bible is a message, important of course, but a message with limits. This attitude is not specific to orthodox Jews. Integrist Muslims too don’t accept science beside the Koran. There exists some difference anyway. In the book of Jewish wisdom “Pirkei Avoth” (Tales of the Elder”) one asks: “Who is intelligent? And the other to answer: “The one who is able to learn from everybody” This implies that intelligent people are not limited to the bible to learn something…

Personally I consider the bible as our heritage, our “pyramids”, our “cathedrals”, our “Parthenon”. But opposed to the messages of stone, our historical monument is indestructible, because it is carved in the collective memory of the Jewish people.

 

It teaches our roots to us, Jewish people. It teaches us how we used to cope with god. The god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It teaches us how to behave in human relations within the Jewish people but also with other people and with god. It teaches us the history of the Jews without indulgence. If king David sends his general to the front because he has an eye on his wife, these facts are related without indulgence. Men are showed as they are, with all their weaknesses. It teaches us the rules of hygiene. And above all it teaches us how to be correct and fair in every conflict.

 

But trying to live only through the biblical perspective leads straight to inquisition, pogroms and Auschwitz. Because living in a closed community without perception of other human relations than Jewish human relations can lead to misfit behaviour. Try to imagine somebody wishing to take a plane by consulting the railway guide. It’s as he was driving his car by looking to the map instead of the road. A frontal collision is inevitable!

 

Psychological models exist in which acts follow only interior perception without correction after environmental adaptation. You can observe this in the floatation tank or isolation tank. In such a tank all external stimuli are neutralized. There is no tactile sensation, no sound, no light, and no weight. The mind functions only by relying on inside perception. In some rare cases this could even result in psychotic behaviour!

One question remains: where are those messages coming from? I will try to formulate those messages and try to answer to that question in the following chapters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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