Friday, January 2, 2015

Metaphorical interpretations

When the Quran calls for war, it is often an internal war the text is referring to,
an inner Jihad against temptations and selfishness.

When Krishna urges Arjuna, in the Bhagavad Gita, to do his duty and go to war,
it should be interpreted metaphorically.

Jewish rabbis have always been forced to find metaphorical interpretations
to the extremely violent and dreadful exhortations from their brutal God.

Why was it so hard for the authors of the ancient religious scriptures to call a spade a spade?

And why do the scribes of today spend so much of their precious time to find decent interpretations of the ancient texts? What do they find there that appeals to them? Why don’t they just write new books where they would be able to spell out clearly what they consider is right or wrong?

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