Question 1: What are seven candles, seven cows, and seven heads of the beast which rises from the sea?
Answer: They are all metaphors. They are all symbolic. Which means, they are not real things. Just because the new testament stated that there will be a seven headed beast rising from the sea, are you going to ride a boat and sail to the middle of the pacific ocean awaiting for this beast to rise from the sea? I don't think so. Everybody should know that a seven headed beast described in the new testament is symbolic. This beast is not real. The beast only represents something.
Question: What is "The fruit of knowledge of good and evil"?
Answer: Metaphor. Which means, there is no such fruit. This is just a symbol which represents something.
Question: What is Adam and Eve?
'Adam and Eve' is also a metaphor which represents the beginning of life. The positive and negative, ying and yang, north and south poles, etc. Adam and Eve is purely symbolic. They did not actually exist. If you insist that Adam and Eve actually existed, then you are telling me that one day we will also see the seven headed beast rising from the middle of the pacific ocean? If you insist that Adam and Eve existed, then do you think we will one day see the four horsemen? We will actually see the four horsemen on TV news? The news reporter will interview one of the horsemen? I tell you they are all symbolic. They do not exist. They are symbols which represent some historical events.
Some one wrote me this:
Alex, the Torah clearly states that 'Man was created in the image of God.'
If God is just an astronomical mathematical formula, why aren't we?
My answer to this man is:
You say man was created in the image of God. You are a Christian. Your new testament also tells you that a seven headed beast will rise from the sea. So are you going to ride on a boat and sail off to the pacific ocean waiting to see such a beast rise out of the sea? I tell you some part of the bible is symbolic. You cannot take it word for word. You have to think and determine what that passage really means. So when Moses threw his cane on the ground, it turned into a snake. Do you believe that actually happened? I tell you snake in Egyptian term means wisdom. A white snake means "pure or clean" wisdom. A cane means knowledge. Which means Moses used his knowledge and turned it into great clean/pure wisdom. Do you really believe that people cried 40 days and 40 nights for Arron's death? Why exactly 40 days and 40 nights? How about 41 days and 42 nights? I tell you those terms are symbolic. You have to use your head and think.
So what does "God created men using his own image" means? It probably means that men are systematic and creative. Which we absolutely are. We build cities. We even have internet. Are we not systematic? Are we not creative?
How did Moses turn his cane into a snake?
Most people know that the Hebrews cried 40 days and 40 nights when Aaron died in the desert. But only a wise man realizes that the term '40 days and 40 nights' basically means 'a long time'. In the Hebrew calendar, a generation consists of 40 years. So the term '40 days and 40 nights' is just a phrase used to describe a long period of time.
A snake, based on Egyptologists, symbolizes wisdom. A cane symbolizes knowledge and ability. 'Moses stroked his cane on the ground, and the cane turned into a snake.' basically means Moses used his knowledge and ability to show great wisdom which impressed the king of Egypt.
A goat is a peaceful animal which symbolizes purity and innocence. Blood symbolizes deeds or soul. 'God will not hurt the families which painted their front door with goat blood.' basically means good and innocent people will have good karma which will keep danger and misery away from them. Only evil people will drink the wrath of God.
The first son symbolizes a leading nation. 'The death of the first sons of all Egyptians' basically means Egypt will no longer be the most powerful nation in the world after the ten plaques.
Adam and Eve symbolize positive and negative, which created everything in the universe.
The Bible (old testament) sounds like a fairy tale to idiots, but only wise men
will understand the meaning behind the meaning.