Allegory n. NOUN a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
Who is wise enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it?
last revised 5/9/2020
The great mysteries of the Bible can never be known unless the reader understands the biblical allegories. I was amazed when, after reading the Bible for many years and taking everything literally, I finally started to understand that much of the Bible was written in parables and allegories.
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
When anyone starts reading the Bible for the first time, their natural instincts are to interpret everything in a literal way, so they are confused by the message. For instance, did Adam and Eve really get punished for eating an apple? Wait till you find out the real story. It takes time to adjust our mind so let's take this one step at a time. Let's start with our first allegory— what does it mean to be blind? Blindness is what this section is all about. We have all heard that Jesus could heal the blind, and many churches lead us to believe that the people Jesus heals are physically blind. But is that the message that Jesus is really teaching? A few readings from the Old Testament will put us on the right path.
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
Spiritually blind people have no idea that they are confused about the Biblical message. That's where I was, until I realized that my priests were all blind guides. Once someone teaches you something a certain way, especially as a child, it becomes difficult to adjust our thinking. That is why this section is so valuable; how can we understand anything correctly when we are blind. Another term used for blindness is living in darkness.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
Turning our darkness into light, making rough places smooth and leading the blind in new ways are not physical things. The way is not a path on the earth, its a way of living by the choices we make in our lives. With this new knowledge we can finally see how we are actually living like prisoners of this world, instead of living in freedom, as children of God. Without the proper understanding of what is really "evil" and "good" we have become blind to the choices that lead to suffering, not peace and eternal life. In our blindness we are like prisoners, trapped in a life of coveting, lust, greed, pride, drugs, alcohol and all the desires that sin provides. The fruit of our ways produce fighting, bitterness, adultery, loss of fidelity, sexually transmitted diseases, depression, poverty and other forms of suffering, that work to destroy our lives. Here we see another allegory "fruit", not an apple after all, but the product of the way we choose to live our lives. The deception by the serpent that caused Adam and Eve to lose their easy life in paradise. Another allegory is the word Adam which actually means man in Hebrew.
And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.
Through brain research we can see how what we perceive as "good" produces the dopamine that controls our behavior. But only the one who understands our mind can really know what is truly "good" and what is truly "evil". Things may seem good right now, the advice sound convincing, but what will happen down the road? That is something that brain research helps us to better understand. In the story, Adam, the man, listened to his wife and chose a different way of life, a way the led to suffering and discipline problems with his children years later. So when we are suffering in the error of our ways, we need someone to awaken our mind and save us; the way Jesus did for his disciples.
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
Jesus opened their minds, showed them why they were suffering and they realized they were blind to it. Blind to the root of their suffering, the bad fruit the priests fed them when they changed God Laws into worldly traditions. You might be thinking, why would a priest change the Laws given by God? Well, without the fear of God even the clergy can be victims of pride, greed, lusting and be led away from the truth to teach lies. Because the priest make attonment for sin, the more people sin, the more profittable it was for priests. Today even more problems arise due to translation errors and the misinterpretation of the allegories in the Bible. That is why I had to study 5 different translations and learn Hebrew. Scripture tells us that a time will come when people will no longer put up with sound doctrine. Instead they will flock to teachers who tell them what they want to hear. This grows worse generation after generation as one blind priest teaches another. Looking at the world today, the state of marriage, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, depression, ADHD, heart disease and rising healthcare costs, we have to admit that we are blind to the root of our suffering. Blind to the Laws that once protected society from all these problems. Blind to the mistakes we make in raising children. Blind to the understanding that all our sins have taken us from the path to eternal life. Blind to the wrath of God, that he promises to those who don't obey his commandments. Brain research shows us that once we recognize the root cause of our suffering and repent, real changes can occur in the wiring of our mind.
Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
The blind regaining their sight, the lame walking and even the dead rising, all seem like supernatural miracles, if taken in a physical sense. But once you understand the allegories and the mind, all the miracles that Jesus accomplished make perfect sense. The key to understanding them is to find a reference somewhere in the Old Testament.
The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
Let's continue with another easy allegory like the words mother and brothers. Most people would think of their immediate family when they hear this. However, Jesus tells us that his mother and brothers have a different meaning.
He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.
Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”
So you can see that we can't assume that biblical words always mean physical things. Jesus is telling us is that he and his disciples all share the same spiritual father, whose words they obey. So in their spiritual birth, Jesus and his disciples are all related as family members and the Lord is their father because they listen to him.
By his own words, Jesus teaches us that what makes us brothers and sisters is what we believe and how we act; not simply by what we call ourselves or attending the same church.
This understanding applies to all Christians, Jews, Muslims or any religious sect for that matter. We are all related through how we put our spiritual father's words into practice. Today it is all too prevelant that people call themselves Christians and don't follow anything that Christ teaches. Brothers and sisters have the same father so they share the same spirit, the same love, the same laws and the same beliefs.
Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Here Jesus calls out the false Christians. It takes quite a bit of reading and thinking to really understand the allegories correctly.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I say?
Even the term "American" means that we are all bound the terms of the Declaration of Independence written by the founding fathers. Today, most people who call themselves Americans are not following any of the beliefs of the founding fathers who created the term. They don't follow the language of the document and have created a new father for themselves.
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
When you open your mind to understand the main beliefs of all the major religions today like I have, you would see that the world could very well be brothers and sisters. It's the religions themselves that have strayed from the truth. All these religions in their true form create the same spirit. This is why the Lord tells us that we must seek him with all our heart in order to find him, and Jesus warns us we need to be more righteous than the priests. Jesus didn't come to heal the body, he came to heal the spirit and make people righteous again.
Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Let's move on to some more challenging allegories. The word bread is used quite often in scripture. For instance, what is the meaning of our "daily bread"? Again, most would think of our food supply and they would again be confused.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Just as the body requires food to grow, so our spirit requires spiritual food which was called manna or bread. The word of God is the bread from heaven. So our daily bread we now understand, is our daily spiritual food we digest with our mind, by reading parts of the Bible each day. The brain wires up these words when we study, meditate, and remember them and they form actual connections made with neurons to our reward centers. The more we think of them the stronger the circuit grows. Since the Bible teaches us what is good and what is evil, the evil circuits get wired up to protect us by firing the dopamine inhibitor system. To see how this works as an aerospace engineer is really humbling. I strongly recommend you read the section called The Way. Meditate on each Bible verse in the slider at the top till you have them all memorized, then you will naturally follow the Lord's ways.
What are Trees? This next verse really helped me to understand that I was missing something. How could trees clap their hands?
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
See the chart below for the spiritual meaning of trees to understand the allegory.
|mother, brother and sisters||People who are related by their conviction to obey the laws of the same God. They have the same spiritual Father|
|bread, manna||The laws and words of God as written in the Bible. Spiritual bread feeds our spirit (in our mind) and helps it grow as regular bread feeds the body to help it grow. Bread is real food, it makes neurons grow and make connections that can last a lifetime.|
|fruit / seed||The product of an idea that is excepted and how it effects future behavior. Example: the Fruit of your ways. Fruit produce seeds that grow in a person as they become a tree. Then they (the tree) produce the same fruit by spreading those ideas to others as fruit falls from a tree. Fruit can be bad or good, it depends on the tree. If you agree with someone's ways and they grow in you and lead to your new behavior, you "eat their fruit".|
|fruit of the womb||A women's biological child.|
|birth of the flesh||Being born biologically between two human parents.|
|birth of the spirit||Being born/reborn by a change of heart centering on what the individual considers "evil" and what is "good". Your spirit typically comes from a book or influence from another person's spirit like a parent, friend or someone like Christ. If you have the Lord's spirit living in you, then you have the "Holy Spirit". For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit. Colossians 2:5|
|flesh||The natural "animal" instincts that your body craves like food, water, sex, alcohol, drugs, coveting, lusting which are stored in the orbital cortex of the brain.|
|spirit||The good and bad values you have learned that control your impulses. What makes you who you really are as a person. Stored in the prefrontal cortex. Can inhibit the desires of the flesh.|
|heart||Your deepest desires or love which may or may not be known by others. This is our final state of being that the Lord will judge us on. If the Lord's law is in your heart because you see how good it is and love his laws, then you are righteous in his eyes. If you previously were a sinner but have repented to the point where that sinful behavior is no longer in your heart, the Lord would never know you once sinned, you are righteous. If you were always righteous but someone eventually tempts you into sin, your previous righteous act will count for nothing. You will die in your sin if you can't repent and get that sin out of your heart. If you obey God's laws out of fear but really don't love them, you are dead in your sin, even though you follow the law. Please study the law and think of how wonderful life would be if everyone followed them. I am certain if you really know them, you will love them as I do.|
|briars, thorns and thistles||Disobedient children or people who are always causing heartache in your life.|
|tree||A person who teaches or gives advice (good or bad) that is looked up to in a community along with their descendants who are the branches that share the same root (beliefs).|
|vine||Similar to a tree but spreads out to include the entire community or nation who all share the same moral root. The pilgrims shared this same spirit and emulated Israel when they came to America, believing that God transplanted them in the new land. If they were to be obedient they would grow and prosper, and if they turned away they expected God to takeaway his protection of them and root them out of the land.|
|tree of life||The Bible or person like Jesus or Moses who teaches the way of the Lord, the way that leads to everlasting life when followed.|
|branch||A person connected to a tree because they submit to the same root ideas and values. Israel was once considered the vine the Lord planted in the new land.|
|stump||The values of a person who is deceased that nobody follows anymore|
|pruned||To cut off the part of the tree/vine that does not produce the right fruit. In other words, people claiming to be holy but are false teachers or false Christians.|
|mountains||The highest respected authority or leader (good or bad) that a group of people look up to (follow) or try to emulate. Examples: a priest, doctor, activist, politician. The higher the mountain the more control that individual/group has on the people. It could be the teaching of a church, organization or ideology. ex. The Lord, Darwin, Feminism, Liberals, Conservatives, Dr Spock, a top athlete or celebrity. A technology leader like Einstein, Steven Hawkins or Steve Jobs.|
|darkness / blindness||The idea of being blind to information about something that is happening or controlling you without your awareness. You just don't see what's controlling your behavior. Spiritual blindness occurs primarily because of lack of parental teaching about the Lord's laws. Parent's today believe they know what's best for their children and trust in the ways of the world instead of the ways of the Lord. For instance teaching that a master's degree, good job, money, will make you happy instead of true love, children and a godly spouse.|
|light /open eyes||The idea of being awoken to a new knowledge that helps you see what you were missing. How much better life could be if you knew it.|
|life / alive||The idea that your current level of righteousness with the Lord would qualify you for everlasting life. If you obey God's commandments you will choose the way of life and blessings and not the way that leads to death and curses. Deut 30:16-20|
|death / dead||The idea that if you passed away now you wouldn't qualify for everlasting life because of your un repented sins that still control you. Like the saying "you are dead to me".|
|risen from the dead||The idea that you were once dead in your sins but you have repented from your heart (set free) and now your righteousness qualifies you for everlasting life.|
|alive with Christ||The idea that you were once dead in your sins but through Jesus' teaching, example and sacrifice you have now repented your ways and you have become righteous. You now qualify for everlasting life when you die if you don't stray back off the path.|
|savior||Anyone who can lead a person who is "dead in their sins" to repentance and everlasting life. The Lord is technically the real savior because his word sends his servants to help us. Jesus is the most widely spoken of savior but only if he can help someone repent and change. Without true repentance Jesus says he will say "I never knew you, get away from me you evil doer" Matthew 7:23|
|righteous||The measure of how much we obey Gods laws. One hundred precent righteousness is required for everlasting life (sorry it's a narrow gate and I don't make the rules). However, you can repent of your sin, and as long as you don't repeat the sin, it will be washed clean. My feeling about righteousness is that the Lord needs to know he can trust the ones he accepts, because there are great responsibilities out there in the universe. He tests us here on earth to know that we will not fail him in heaven by turning to the dark side.|
emunah, believe, trust
|Belief in a promise that you don't see. If we have faith in God, we have faith in his promise of blessings if we obey his laws or curses if we disobey. Galations 3:14 see the Lord's promise Deut 30:16-20. Faith in Christ is believing in what Jesus is telling you that you must do, to have everlasting life Romans 3:22. If you "believe in" Christ you will repent and obey God. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Romans 3:22|
|evil||What is bad in the Lord's eyes (not the current values of society which could call something good evil and something evil good). Like adultery, unbonded sexual activity, homosexuality, greed, selfishness, drunkenness, obesity, pride, holding grudges, jealousy, rage, harsh words, quarrelling, coveting, divorce, theft, improper dressing, making your neighbor stumble into sin, favoritism, bribes, withholding money to workers, following the advice of the world (other gods), The Lord's servants using tithes for inheritable property like a house, property, boats or cars. (this leads to greed), misleading people, lying, false witness, rape, not following God's laws, working on the Sabbath day, gluttony, sloth, flattery, being easily angered, mockery, spreading slander, revenge, cursing, wearing clothing designed for the other sex, not rebuking a sinner, marrying an atheist, being friends with non repenting sinners, not disciplining children with the rod.|
|good||What is considered good and leads to righteous in the Lord's eyes. Loving your neighbor, obedience to God, fearing God, unselfish love, modest attire, hard work, patience, submission, respecting parents, to authority, fairness, mercy, forgiveness, virginity, marriage, justice, honesty, speaking kindly, caring about older widows and the fatherless, providing for the Lord's servants with tithing or food, serving others, loaning to the poor without interest, reading scripture daily, teaching your children God's laws, thank offerings before meals, praising God, repenting sin, rebuking sinners, helping sinners to repent, keeping the Sabbath day holy by doing no work.|
|sin||Sin is something that controls our behavior, in a negative way, that's not going to lead to something lasting and healthy. Sin wants to control us but we must learn to master it. Sins are understood by knowing the Lord's laws. Sin temps you to break them. Sin spreads by the fruit it produces in others. Since we know the Lord designed the brain and body, all sins are unhealthy which is why the Lord doesn't want us to sin. Because of his love for us. Sinners are in a state of spiritual death, even while they are still alive physically.|
|vineyard||Field of righteous leaders who spread their righteousness to others on the vine.|
|garden / pleasant field||Field of trees (people with their descendants) who are righteous to the Lord. Good fruit is planted there and produces a harvest of righteousness over time.|
|desolate wasteland||Land stripped of it's trees. A land without righteousness growing there. There are briers and thorns (evil people) there but all have turned away from God.|
|wilderness||People who are lost because there are so many bad trees in their life. Wilderness of sin. They don't know the way to the truth and are suffering from all the bad fruit they have eaten. America today is a wilderness.|
|thirsty||People who don't know the Lord's words have grown thirsty for knowledge to end their suffering. If you are reading this, you are thirsty.|
|rivers||The spoken words that flow out of the mouth that refresh the thirsty. (those suffering due to lack of biblical knowledge) Isaiah 55:10-12 note: bread is written words, rivers spoken words.|
|living water||When our spirit lacks water it is dead and we are thirsty. Living water is the spoken word that gives our spirit the knowledge that leads to everlasting life. The truth found in Moses teachings that has not been corrupted by false prophets. A prophets who speaks the truth. This website is the living water.|
|desert||A place where the knowledge of the Lord has dried up. The people there are suffering and are thirsty for knowledge.|
|shepherds||Someone who leads a group of people by their teaching and example.|
|the way||The way of living the Lord wants us to follow that leads to peace and eternal life. See The Way|
|a way in the wilderness||The Lord will send a servant into the wilderness and lead everyone back to the truth. Like a crumb trail back to God.|
|heaven||The sky above the planet we call earth. The Lord lives in the heavens not on the earth. Genesis 1:6-7 (ESV) other translations may call the heavens the sky which makes it very confusing depending on what Bible you read.|
|earth||The dry land on the planet we call earth Genesis 1:6-7 (ESV) other translations call the earth the land. So then we are confused and think the earth is the planet.|
|heaven and earth||heaven: the sky (water in the sky) above the planet Earth. earth: the dry land between the oceans and the seas that appeared. See the Genesis chapter 1 on (End of Evolution) .|
|god||Whoever or whatever you put your trust in. That you live according to what they say is evil and good. Everyone has a god because we all have an evil and good reward system in our brain. Our god is our spiritual father. To most people today, the world and the media is their god. The Lord says, we have as many gods as towns. Jeremiah 2:28, Genesis 3:5 He also says "tell those who are called my people that they are not my people and I am not their god. Hosea 1:9 MattheMatthew 7:22-23.. If the Lord is your god then you would obey him. So if you attend church but make decisions and raise children trusting in what the world says is good and evil, then I have to tell you, the Lord says, he is not your god.|
|God / True God||Trusting what the Lord calls evil and good. When you follow the Lord, then you can say the Lord is my God. Ezekiel 36:27-29 If two or more people trust in the same values that come from the Lord, then they can use the term God to identify the Lord, since they share the same god. Think of it like the word father. Your father is different than another persons father, unless that person is your brother or sister. The problem today is the church uses the term God, but everyone trusts in something else. This is deep darkness and the problem with many churches today.|
|son of god / God||Spiritual follower of the ways of a god. If God has a capital it would mean a male who is the spiritual child of the Lord by means of his submission to his covenant and Laws. The children of God have an inheritance from the father which is everlasting life. During the time of Christ, everyone had fallen away from the truth and Jesus was the only son. But through the teaching and death of Christ, other sons would rise up. "The spirit your received brought about your adoption to sonship." -Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5|
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