GD and the Bible: Fact or Fiction

I regard the bible as a window into ancient times and the beginning of an evolving story, not the end. It’s an ongoing dialogue from generation to generation (l’dor v’ dor  לדור ודור) enhanced by our present moments of wisdom and awareness.

Is the biblical GD real? Is the bible true, metaphorical or historical fiction? I leave that up to the individual. I’m simply here to pass forward the messages Spirit inspires me to convey. “The Art of Story-Telling” is a venerable, sacred and powerful art in all belief systems and cultures. Like all art forms, the meaning is in the eye of beholder.

A Story

When the great Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov saw misfortune threatening the Jews it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate. There he would light a fire, say a special prayer, and the miracle would be accomplished and the misfortune averted.

Later, when his disciple, the celebrated Magid of Mezritch, had occasion, for the same reason, to intercede with heaven, he would go to the same place in the forest and say: “Master of the Universe, listen! I do not know how to light the fire, but I am still able to say the prayer.” And again the miracle would be accomplished.

Still later, Rabbi Moshe-Leib of Sasov, in order to save his people once more, would go into the forest and say: “I do not know how to light the fire, I do not know the prayer, but I know the place and this must be sufficient.” It was sufficient and the miracle was accomplished.

Then it fell to Rabbi Israel of Rizhyn to overcome misfortune. Sitting in his armchair, his head in his hands, he spoke to G-d: “I am unable to light the fire and I do not know the prayer; I cannot even find the place in the forest. All I can do is to tell the story, and this must be sufficient.” And it was sufficient.

G-d made man because G-d loves stories.

“Gates of the Forest” by Eli Wiesel

Stories are testimonies to the human spirit and portals into the past, present and future.

What remains of a story after it is finished? Another story.

Eli Wiesel

Religious story-telling in the Tanakh and rabbinical exegesis is expressed through prayers, songs, folklore, mystical musings and creative writing (parables, metaphors and poetry).

At its core, the bible is really about the human condition. Every human trait and experience under the sun (good, bad and UGLY!) exists in the bible. Whatever you’ve been through in life, it’s there!

The sacred is not an exclusive property. It can be found everywhere by everyone, in the mundanity of life. Those sacred aha moments of clarity, are the gems I seek out from biblical tales.

The great lesson from the true mystics is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.

Abraham Maslow / RELIGIONS, VALUES, AND PEAK-EXPERIENCES

Whether you believe in the bible and the biblical GD as literal or metaphorical, may you find sacred stories here that arouse your mind and speak to your spirit. Take away what resonates with you and release the rest to the universe with a blessing.

May your journey always be safe and your path illuminated. 🖖


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4 thoughts on “GD and the Bible: Fact or Fiction

  1. Phil Sutherland

    Great lesson! You make an excellent point whether the stories are believed as fact, or metaphors, doesn’t interfere with having a relationship with G-d and certainly not G-d enacting miracles in our lives. I noted when studying Torah and reading the commentaries from various sages, that often they would disagree with other interpretations. At first, I questioned why this would be so. Then, it dawned on me, that there could be different interpretations in accordance with the circumstances and time in which it was being applied. Just in my short lifetime, I have noted many changes, and what may have been a good application in the circumstances that existed when I was a child, now has a totally different application for the way things are conducted now. Did that make it wrong when I was a child? No, it just meant that our culture, way of doing things, etc. have changed. That certainly is applicable to the times that the interpretation of how G-s word is applied vary in accordance with the times and circumstances it is being applied to. That is the beauty and mystery of G-d’s Word.

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    1. The Wild Pomegranate

      Judaism: One bible, numerous opinions! Enough to fill volumes and volumes of other religious books integral to Judaism. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences!

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  2. Luis

    I could not agree with you more. One of the beautiful things about Judaism is the idea that when we tell a story and the story conveys a truth our voices join the Divine Voice. Remembering and commemorating past events important to our tradition is powerful partially because it affords us the opportunity to join our experience, our story, with our history.

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    1. The Wild Pomegranate

      Amen! Thank you for your beautiful and uplifting reflections! I really enjoyed the spirit of your comment. ❤️

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