Posts Tagged ‘metaphor’


July 3, 2017

This scripture on ADULTERY is a good lesson on literal interpretation of the bible. 

The scriptures are intended to be literal and metaphorical and parable and similie. 
This scripture says to gouge out your eye if it leads you to sin. So if a male sees a female and sees in lust does the male have to gouge out his eyes. Obviously not. And if your hand caused you to sin do you cut off the hand, obviously not. 
So humans are confused about what is literal and what is metaphorical and what is parable and similie. We humans are so dumb. 
Some church denominations base their teachings on say a few literal interpretations of the bible. Literal to them gives them foundation to their belief in God. 
God teaches literal. But most of Gods teaching is metaphorical. It’s meta the beyond, the teaching is for your spirit to understand. God is beyond the physical. God is in Spirit. God in Spirit tries to teach our human spirit. But humans with their lack of insight like to see physical not spiritual. To see physical is easier to see than seeing spiritual. 
Jesus walking on water. That really happened. But Jesus does not expect us mortal humans to walk on water. Jesus is God. God can do anything. We mortals are not God. Jesus walked on water to give us a lesson. The lesson was about faith. Peter got out of the boat to also walk on the water. But Peter lacked faith and began to sink. 
Literal and metaphorical are two different ways of gaining truth. But man confuses the two ways. We are human spirit. We are soul saved. Saved above. But human spirit is in the heart. We contend with the world through the heart. The soul/mind is above. The invisible made the visible. It’s the invisible God we want to learn from. Meta meaning beyond, beyond the visible to the invisible. 
Science is knowledge. But science is mostly about the physical. Science is proved knowledge, proved in the physical. Science is not about the metaphorical. Science is not about the invisible. Remember the invisible made the visible. The non physical made the physical. Science is not about the spiritual. Remember God is SPIRIT. 
Prophets usually get their knowledge in spirit from Spirit. Prophets are God’s servants. Prophets are known for their penetrating insight. Prophets are not scientists. 
The people of this world glorify their scientists. Science will save this planet earth they say. God is a myth they say. God is a made up by people phenomenon. God is a crutch for the weak. God does not save there is no God. 
God may not save this planet earth but God saves souls. This world will end one day but saved souls will go on for eternity.
Yours Sincerely; Lester John Murray.


Letter to a friend

September 22, 2016

​Dear friend
Greetings from a fellow traveller. We don’t know where we have come from and often we don’t know where we are going. Some people who we offend might say to us “Go to hell”. It’s a figurative response but it may belie more than just letters it might be metaphor but a deep meaning metaphor with truth. I like to think I am going to heaven but heaven can be a metaphor for a place that is spiritual in the making. Spirit is real, heaven and hell are real but understood only through spirit. Metaphor can explain reality but reality that we often can not see as we can not see God but we know about Him through metaphor. 
Friend welcome to the world of make believe. We make it and believe it. We make up our own world. Our world becomes a stage full of actors. We hide behind masks. No one knows who we are and we don’t know who others are. We act out a part. To show your true self is a no no. We don’t know who we are because we have no mirror to look in to to see our true selves. But there is a mirror – We can look at Holy Scripture. We can try and focus on the One True God. A mirror reflects as truth reflects. God reflects us. God is all truth. Gods Spirit is all truth. We can pray to God or read scripture and reflect. To know oneself through reflection is understanding. To know God is to know thyself. To look at God in faith is to look at thyself because we are created in the likeness of God. Faith means believing in a God we can not see. God won’t reveal himself to a sinful people. Even if God revealed himself we would still sin. God might get angry and kill all of us if He showed himself because we would continue to sin and God hates sin. 
God loves obedience, to obey is to love. Children love to disobey the authority. We are told to do something but we like to do the apposite. Who do you think you are telling me what to do? How we humans hate to obey? We want to do it our way we think we know best we are rebellious so why should God show himself. 
Friend chin up, have faith, believe, love. Pray often and read God. Focus is about one as God is one. Focus on one is sane. Insanity is about many. Walk the Faith and let your head bring all in to focus by the One head one brain one mind. The head is one and is in charge through the mind of Jesus Christ. Your mind is understood in words. Your mind is sane in one head one mind of Jesus Christ. Your senses are the tools of the Christ mind. Use your senses wisely. 
The heart is not in charge, the head is in charge. How humans get it upside down at times. The head is above the heart. The heart is below the head. Jesus is the Head. The body is not ruled by the heart. The brain is in the head not the heart. The brain is in charge of the body. The brain uses the senses. Be sensible and use your senses wisely for the use of the mind of Christ. Immature people are led by their heart. Mature people are led by their head. 
Though man makes believes God is at the same time trying to win His universe back to Him. He does this through Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
Bye for now; Lester John Murray.

Are a lot of fundamentalists – bigots?

May 26, 2016

A bigot is has extreme one sided beliefs. A bigot only sees from their point of view. A bigot believes they are right even though wiser understanding says that they are wrong. 

We have the bigots and we have the hypocrites. 
So we have the fundamentalists who like to take all truth literally. I mean the bible says “The trees clap their hands to the glory of God”. The literalist thinks the trees are really clapping their hands to God. It is metaphor. God uses a lot of metaphor. What is metaphor one may ask? Metaphor: Two somethings, one something transferred to the other something to give a symbolic meaning but both somethings are literally different. We call a metaphor a “figure of speech”. Meta means: Beyond or after. And Metaphysical means beyond the physical; to the spiritual; to the invisible. God teaches us a lot with metaphors. Metaphors point us to the spiritual. We don’t see spirit. Gods kingdom is invisible, it is in spirit. 
God does use literal truths but God also uses a lot of metaphorical truths. Meta is used to explain truth. 
These literalists who say that the earth was made about 6000 years; I ask them how long did it take diamonds to form in the earth? Diamond is made up of carbon, carbon compressed by pressure over thousands and maybe millions of years. And where can a lot of carbon come from? Plant life is made of carbon; animals are made of carbon, even humans are made of carbon. This earth has been covered in much plant life in times in the past. I know for example that when New Zealand was discovered by white skin coloured explorers they found much plant life. The explorers in those early days spent a lot of time clearing the land of trees, plants etc. Carbon from dead animals and dead plants over millions of years leached through the soil to form the likes of coal, oil, and diamonds. Coal and oil also come from carbon. Diamonds did not happen in a few years, nor did they come about in hundreds of years, but thousands and thousands of years, maybe hundreds of thousands of years. I think millions of earth years. 
In my thinking I think it rational to believe in the great flood in the time of the patriarch Noah. Noah Built an enormous boat and was able to save his family and as many animals and he could get on the boat. 
In my thinking God uses water and fire to cleanse the world. Water and fire cleans and God has already used water to clean. Fire to clean is next. The great flood in the time of Noah cleansed the earth and and world of sins. Water and fire are called baptisms. What will the fire baptism be? What is the fire? In our current minds we could think it is nuclear weapons but we do not know. Nuclear weapons set off in mass could burn the world/earth and clean it of sins. Will God use nuclear weapons to cleanse the world or will God use the sun to cleanse the world/earth?
I think it rational that there was this Garden of Eden and God placed a man and a woman in it. I believe this did not happen in the time just after the “Big bang” but maybe millions of earth years after this bang. Everything starts simple and one. Simple goes on to become complex and one goes on to be many. The universe began with an enormous explosion. An explosion starting from one point. Spirit of God began this explosion. The Spirit of God is maybe very small. The universe expanding from this one point, and the universe is still maybe expanding. But is this expansion of the universe slowing down now? 
God is the energy in Albert Einsteins theory : E = McSquare. 
Gods Spirit channeled the energy to make mass, and mass and energy expanding at the speed of light square. 
This in my thinking implies God can travel at the speed of light. (But does God travel at the speed of light square?)
The universe was created by God. 
Later God chose the earth to domicile on. God created life. Plants, animals, insects, birds, fish. I think evolution plausible. Creatures evolved. All life starts in water. Water is life. Life can not live without water. (God is life). Life came from water. We see now much water on this earth. I don’t believe there is water outside the earth. The earth to me is peculiar. God may also need water to survive. Water may have been in existent before the “Big bang”. Before the universe existed there may have been a vast ocean of water. Spirit may need water to survive just as flesh and plant life need water to survive. 
Maybe millions of earth years after the Big Bang and after life was living on this earth – Life may have started for humans as fish in the water. I go in to church buildings and I see the symbol of the fish. Fish also became land animals, they evolved in to the image and likeness of God the creator. God created but life evolved. God placed one man and one woman in His Garden. The Garden of Eden. This Garden was paradise on this earth. God gave soul to both the man and woman. Man and woman became thinkers, they learnt to make a language.
Time to us humans means a lot because we humans see our life span on this earth as everything. We humans do not think much about the after life, this physical life means all to us. If we thought more of the after life then we would get through life better because this physical life is only a very tiny tiny part of our lives. The soul goes on in to eternal life, why should we worry too much about this physical life. God does not see time like we humans see time. God can easily get by with waiting for millions of years before he does something. God can wait millions of years for the world to evolve. It’s nothing to God to wait so long. 
Man and woman have evolved in to Gods likeness. From the first time man and woman got soul then man and woman stopped evolving. Adam and Eve were the first soul humans. All other animals, fish and birds live by instinct. Only humans can think. Only humans have soul. Man and woman in the Garden of Eden were living in bliss, simple bliss, ignorant bliss. God provided their needs and comforts. I don’t believe there were carnivores (meat eaters) in the Garden of Eden. Food for the animals etc and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was obtained from fruit, berries, nuts, herbs, vegetables, and other vegetation. Man and woman wanted to know as God knows and that was their “downfall”. God was angry with Adam and Eve and no more were they to live in simple bliss. Adam and Eve had to work. The Garden had supplied all the food and water and comforts for Adam and Eve but now Adam and Eve had to live outside the Garden and work to get their food and comforts.
Yours Sincerely; Lester John Murray.


March 10, 2016

In all my thinking today I have had two strong threads of thought. I have now retired for the day. It’s evening and I am now reflecting on my day. So what were my two main thought processes today? No not sex. But the desires of the flesh are there present on the fringes and they often try and get hold of my thoughts. 

My two main thoughts were:
(1) Was water before everything else? Was the universe made from water? Ok God existed first but does God need water to exist? Did God come from water? Maybe God does not need water because in my thinking water only exists on this earth. Or God to need water to exist that would mean God is limited to staying only on this earth and me thinks that God does not want to be limited. So God and water existed before the universe was made. Water is hydrogen and oxygen. Water is life; life comes from water; life came from water; God is life and did he come originally from water? Without water life can not exist. Plants and animals and fish and humans need water to exist. Existence came from water. WATER IS LIFE. Before the universe water was and God was. God is Spirit. Does spirit need water to exist? God Spirit in the beginning may have existed in water. 
All thinking and nothing proved. 
(2) My second main thinking centred on “Soul mate” and “Spirit mate”. I was single for a long time. I married late in my life. So I experienced a lot of loneliness. In other words I did not have a soul mate for a long time. I did have God in me from my middle 20’s. But can God be a persons soul mate? Do you call God your soul mate? Does God have a soul? God is Spirit but is he also soul? Jesus Christ Gods Son must have a soul; Jesus is a person as we are a person. Jesus became a human being just like us and he resurrected and rose as a human being; the first fruits of all those who will later rise. But does the Father God have a soul? Or is Jesus the soul of the God Head? 

If God is soul through Jesus Christ and we have a relationship with God then do we need another soul mate? Like do I need a woman soul mate? In all my single years that I was in a relationship with God I felt that I needed a woman soul mate. It seemed God was a Spirit mate and not a soul mate; I could be wrong. I needed more than just a Spirit mate I needed more I needed a woman soul mate. When I married I got a soul mate and only then did all my loneliness evaporate. So God is Spirit BUT is God also soul? God has thoughts and emotions, does he not? Soul is thoughts and emotions, so say the experts. 

I think God can be a “Spirit mate” but we also need a “Soul mate”. For me it was my wife who became my soul mate. 
But what do I know?
Back to water. 

I think water can provide all the energy we humans need. Water is hydrogen and oxygen and hydrogen is the energy source of energy sources. We already have the Hydrogen bom. As long as humans have water they can carry on living. I don’t believe there is water outside earth. Earth to me is Gods foot stool. God lives in the Church, the Body of Christ. God is understood to us through METAPHOR and ANALOGY. God is SPIRIT. God is a real, three persons in one. God is mystery. Jesus lives – where? A mystery.

Yours Sincerely; Lester John Murray.

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