Theos-World Re: Hi there, I'm Vince and I am new to the group
Mar 19, 2006 07:37 PM
I believe the Bible to be both historical and prophetic, although I
do not believe it to be infallible as so many of the Christians do.
I believe it to be a supernatural book and classic literature, yet
one must weed through the great deal of genocidal violence
propagated throughout the Old Testament, for example. Also, there
are vast cultural restrictions on the female gender in the New
Testament, wherein women are not allowed to speak in church and must
have their heads veiled in public.
According to my own personal intuition, I generally view the Adam
and Eve story to be a combination of truth and metaphor. In other
words, it's my guess that accounts of the true origin of our species
has been altered. However, I do not believe that we evolved from
apes as the evolutionists do. That seems as preposterous to me as a
literal interpretation of the Bible's creation account. Rather, I
speculate that our species descends from greater celestial beings.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "plcoles1" <plcoles1@...> wrote:
> Hi Vince,
> My experience has been that generally most fundamentalists take
the bible to be either
> literal historical fact or prophecy of future events.
> Therefore the Garden of Eden and the `Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and evil' are taken
> very much as literal places and events,eg. Adam and Eve eating the
fruit from the tree of
> Knowledge and then casting them both out of the Garden and
blocking them from access
> to the `Tree of life'etc.
> The so called secret or hidden meaning is more seeing these events
and people as
> symbols or metaphors for deep or hidden spiritual truths.
> As Jesus is claimed to have said `let he who has ears hear and he
who has eyes see' that
> seems to suggest that certain truths are not immediately apparent
on the surface, or by
> reading things from the `dead letter'.
> In the `Bowen notes HPB is quoted as saying in part "The Secret
Doctrine is only quite a
> small fragment of Esoteric Doctrine known to the higher members of
> In the `Theosophical Glossary' HPB describes the Secret Doctrine
> "The general name given to the esoteric teachings of antiquity"
> My understanding is that they are secret because they can only be
known or realized
> through our own inner process and cant be transmitted or received
> any external means.
> --- In email@example.com, Vincent Blazina <vblaz2004@>
> > Perry:
> > Thanks for the welcome. The Jehovah's Witnesses that you
refer also seem to have
> some narrow biblical interpretations, much like Christian
fundamentalists. I'm curious
> about what some of the similarities and differences are between
the Bible and the Secret
> Doctrine. Why is the Secret Doctrine considered to be secret?
Does this simply mean that
> it is occult (meaning hidden) in nature? My own biblical
interpretations go very deep for
> me, and are anything but dry, although I view Christian
fundamentalists as often shallow
> in their own biblical interpretations much of the time.
> > Vince
> > plcoles1 <plcoles1@> wrote:
> > Hello Vince,
> > Welcome to theos-talk!
> > My background was in the Jehovah's Witnesses and so as a result
had what amounted to
> > least 5 1/2 hours a week of meetings to attend, and NO
questioning what you were
> > told.
> > The thing I've found with studying theosophy for someone who has
studied the Bible is
> > that theosophy and in particular the Secret Doctrine opens up
many interesting and
> > profound interpretations of passages in the Bible.
> > An interesting article written by H.P Blavatsky is `The Esoteric
character of the Gospels'
> > http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/hpb-sio/sio-eso2.htm
> > It's a good place to start as the Secret Doctrine can be a
little bit daunting to begin with.
> > After only hearing what was to me very empty and dry
interpretations of the Bible,
> > theosophy can help you to begin to get some kind of
understanding as to the deeper
> > meaning in the bible as well as what other great thinkers, sages
and philosophers from
> > various traditions have taught on these subjects which may help
you have some context
> > and reference point for your own experiences.
> > Very Best Wishes on your Spiritual journey and once again
Welcome to the theos-talk!
> > Regards
> > Perry
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "vblaz20042004" wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi there, I'm Vince and I am new to the group. I have recently
> > > attending the Theosophical Society of Wheaton, Illinois for
> > > month, and have been enjoying the various teachings and
> > > at that facility.
> > >
> > > My life has been rich with metaphysical experiences, but the
> > > Christian Fundamentalist churches that I had previously
> > > twenty years got very judgmental towards me when I might
> > > reference them. I also began finding many inconsistencies with
> > > way that many Christians were representing the Bible, and my
> > > questions about Christianity were often deemed dangerous to
> > > religious faith.
> > >
> > > I am looking for a place in the Theosophical Society wherein I
> > > potentially freely discuss metaphysical issues as they
> > > pertain to my life, with people who are more open to such
> > > discussions. I am very well read with the Bible, although my
> > > interpretations of it are more metaphysical versus orthodox.
> > >
> > > I look forward to constuctive discussion with the people here,
> > > would like to learn more about the Theosophical Society and
> > > perspectives, insofar as many of them are brand new to me.
> > >
> > > Thank you,
> > >
> > > Vince
> > >
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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