Understanding the Bible metaphorically, symbolically, means finding where the metaphors, the symbols, come to life in our own life. For instance, the two gardens are metaphorically the same garden. The Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane. As Eden, Adam and Eve fail the test of who was in control of their lives, of where they were finding their guidance, of what they were living in accord with. This is the essential test. Until we are living aligned with the right way, it is all a wasteland. The garden disappears, and we are alone, on our own, and, as the story goes, the Angel of Death guards the way back to Eden, and you only go back by dying. Now, this is a metamorphic death, a symbolic dying, a dying to self and living to serve the unconscious force directing our life. As Gethsemane, Jesus recognizes what is being asked of him in the garden (Which is the same thing that was asked of Adam and Eve) and submits to death with his, "Thy will, not mine, be done," where the "Thy" represents the unconscious force that knows what's what and will, if we cooperate, direct our life along the way that is the way for us. Jesus' death is a symbol to us all, saying, "This is the way it's done!" His "Come, follow me," was in invitation to die to self and live aligned with the way that is the way, doing what needs to be done, when, where and how it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises, no matter what it may mean for us personally. Our place is to recognize where the garden of choice comes to life in our life, to know what is being asked of us, and to submit to the unconscious force, trusting ourselves to it in a "Thy will be done" kind of way, and "dying" symbolic to our own preferences, desires and wishes, in doing what needs to be done, what needs us to do it. There have been several turning points like this in my own life, and I am certain they are to be found in your own life as well. This is where the Bible as Metaphor comes alive in the life we are living, and when we read it we know we are reading about ourselves and not about the Middle East from 2,000 years Before The Common Era.
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