There are a lot of Bible stories that have become very “fairly tale-ized” over time. Some of this is a result of the influence of pagan tradition, some from widely known and popular works of literature (such as Milton’s Paradise Lost), and some from influential art (among, I am sure, many other things). Some of the symbolism for these stories has become so widely accepted that the stories evoke certain standardized images in our minds – pictures that we automatically assume – believe – without question. Images such as a talking snake slithering down the tree to whisper seductively to Eve, an apple being the forbidden fruit, a cute little tippy boat housing all the animals during the great deluge of Noah’s time, angels having wings, Lucifer being an angel, the original creation being perfect – these are common images or ideas we unconsciously conjure when we think of these stories. These images and ideas have become so pervasive that they dominate Christian literature and thinking as well, even though they are not necessarily in agreement with the Bible.
I’m very curious to see if I can get any dialogue going on some of these topics. I’m guessing that it probably won’t happen and that’s fine. Blogs aren’t necessarily the best medium for these “conversations”. As is the case with most things – real life works better! But if you are up for it….. please leave a comment.
So here is the first question(s):
After each of the six days of creation, except for one, the Bible records that “God saw…. that it was good”. Which day did he not see that “it was good”? And what is the significance of this?