Releasing the Riddles of Holy Scripture
The Bible is a stumper for many of us, not unlike the Riddler teasing Batman with his ‘riddle me this’ taunts. But what if we could know what some of those obscure passages mean? What’s the truth hidden in the myth of Adam & Eve? And what was up with that Tower of Babel?
Bible Me This is a collection of in-depth answers to a variety of questions about the Bible that were asked of the Guide, following this call for questions at the end of a lecture given just two years before Eva died:
“I have one more suggestion before terminating this first lecture of the new working year: It would be most helpful and beneficial for you, my friends, if you became more familiar with the Bible. I am most eager and willing to help you understand this great document, to disentangle for you what belongs on which level.
For this great book is a combination of fragments of historical accounts, of symbolic meanings, of the greatest truths, of distortions deriving from human limitation of consciousness, as well as from the then existing cultural conditions that were “right” at that time, but are no longer so today.
I would like to lift up the jewels of truth contained in this book, separating the grains from the husks, so that you can appreciate and benefit from the timeless wisdom of these messages. So I suggest that you ply me with questions. You have a whole month to prepare, and I promise you that I will give you interpretations and answers that will be most useful and helpful for everyone. This will open a new horizon for you.”
— The Guide
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5a Biblical Passages Explained, Part One View Passages/Questions
• “He who wants to win his life will lose it. He who is ready to give it up will win it.” What does that mean?
• What did Jesus mean when he said to Peter, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it; And I will give thee the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be bound in Heaven.” (Matthew 16: 18-20).
• In the Book of Exodus, people were told to collect manna only for one day and on the Sabbath for two days. If they collected for two days on any other day but for the Sabbath, it rotted. But for the Sabbath, it did not. What is the meaning of this?
• What did Jesus mean by “the meek shall inherit the earth?”
• What is the true spiritual meaning of the statement, “To those who have, more will be given, and to those who have not, what they have will be taken away?”
• What’s the deeper meaning of, “All things work together for the good for those who love God.”
• What’s the explanation for the saying of Jesus, “Come as a little child?”
• What more can be said about the true meaning of “turn the other cheek?”
5b Biblical Passages Explained, Part Two View Passages/Questions
• What did Jesus mean when he said, “Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of his blood, he has no life in you”?
• Please explain the Biblical passage, “The word of God was given to Moses: Thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning.”
• Another saying of Jesus has been distorted as meaning injustice. From the words in Mark 4:25, which read: “For he that hath, to him shall be given; and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.”
• In the traditional Scriptures of Judaism and Islam, the texts are specific regarding the consumption of fish, flesh and fowl. It is commanded that “of their flesh shall we not eat.” Christianity, however, has no ban against pork. But then in the fifteenth verse of Matthew, Jesus said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth the man, but that which cometh out of the mouth.” However, during Lent, dietary restrictions are observed by Christians. What gives?
5c Biblical Passages Explained, Part Three View Passages/Questions
• The language used in the Bible seems to encourage moralizing, perfectionism, and other distortions that humanity has been trapped in, especially with regards to sexuality and the non-acceptance of it. For example: “Do not fornicate,” in the Old Testament, or the passage on adultery that Christ preached on the Mount: “But I say unto you. That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Can you help us to understand this?
• Can you shed some light on the symbolism in the passage: “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee, for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” How can we read and interpret this in the spirit of love?
• In the Bible it says: “In the beginning there was the word and the word was God.” I have also heard the word is “Om.” Could you explain?
• What did Jesus mean in John 15:26 when he said, “But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me.” Also in John 16:13-15 he speaks of the Counselor or the Spirit of Truth who will “answer you into all the truth.” Who or what is the Counselor, or the Comforter, or the Holy Spirit?
• In Chapter 24, Verse 52 of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Jesus says to one of his disciples who defended him against the servant of the high priest as he was captured: “Put up again thy sword into its place, for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Is this to be our response in the struggle against evil?
• Can you explain what is being said in the book of Revelation, the last book in the New Testament, John’s vision: the beast with ten horns and seven heads, ten crowns and a blasphemous name on each head; the mark of the beast, 666, which is man’s number; the 144,000 sealed on the forehead with God’s name who are untouched by the doom at the end of the world; the pregnant woman, the dragon and the woman’s fleeing to the desert for 1260 days; the thousand years of Satan’s imprisonment.
• In the first Beatitude, which Jesus Christ gives in his sermon on the mount, it says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” What is the meaning of this?
• In Matthew 5:32, it says, “But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication causeth her to commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” Matthew 6:25 goes on to say, “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment?” What’s up here?
Bible Me This in Portuguese:
ABRE-TE SÉSAMO: Decifrando os Enigmas da Bíblia