An Allegory is a story that tells us a meaning. The Bible tells us the meaning of God’s grace in the face of man’s constant failure.
The Bible was not written to us directly. It was written by Israel regarding their narrative about this world.
The Bible story began with God’s creation in Genesis 1-3 and Adam and Eve’s sin 6000 years ago although we know that the earth is millions of years old and that humans have inhabited the planet for 100’s of thousands of years.
The Bible is an allegorical story where God promised a utopia on earth for man if they did not sin.
But the Bible shows man has always sinned and disobeyed God. Man has always fallen short of God’s glory and immortality. Man fails all the time and cannot become like God.
You see that God promised Israel a promised land filled with blessings and prosperity if they did not sin but obeyed the ten commandments. Israel failed.
Jesus then came in the last days promising a new heaven and earth if the Church followed Him and stopped sinning (See Matthew 5, Revelation 2-3, Luke 12, Luke 14, Matthew 24, Mark 13, 2 Peter 3, etc.)
The entire Bible story is man trying to attain blessings from God based on removing sin by faith and obedience to God’s commandments.
Many times I have seen Christians hope that they were living in the Biblical times, like in the Old Testament or in the time of the Apostles, seeing all those miracles, signs, the angels, God’s presence, etc….They want to go back to Israel’s wilderness journey and see the pillar of fire and cloud of smoke. They want to go back to the book of Acts and speak in foreign languages, and see the dead being raised. But none of that happens today. We live in a time that is far disconnected from the people of the Bible.
The Bible talks about great heroes of faith who were like legendary figures.
Think about Noah who built an ark to save his family from a global flood.
Think about Abraham who left his land and took his family to an unknown land, and later offered his son for a sacrifice to God.
Think about Israel who fled Egypt seeing the miracles of Moses, and crossing the dry bed of the Red Sea. Think about them getting miraculous bread in the desert and reaching the promised land after 40 years in the wilderness.
You see, the Biblical story is all about these great legendary stories of faith and endurance and miracles and power.
The Biblical story is about radical faith and obedience to God.
But today, nobody has this kind of faith or experience. The vast majority of Christianity is about going to Church and hearing some pastors preach from the Bible about the stories in it. It is an organized religion and not the radical powerful story of the Bible in itself ! I hope you see the difference.
Today most Christians believe that the spiritual gifts ceased in the 1st Century because the Bible is complete. They say they have the Holy Spirit but have no fruit or gifts.
That itself proves that the Bible was not written to us if we are not experiencing what they did. How can we be part of that story if we aren’t experiencing what they did? How can we claim to have faith when our faith is nothing compared to the Bible? If they needed the power and fruit of the Spirit but we don’t, then that is a major contradiction.
Today most Christians want to follow Jesus and obey God but they are nowhere near it. They acknowledge that they will never be perfect but ignore the fact that Jesus and the Apostles commanded perfection through radical faith that produced radical obedience (See Matthew 5, Revelation 2-3, Ephesians 5, Colossians 3, James 2, 1 John 2-5)
Today many Christians find tithing or a daily “quiet time of prayer” or “confession of sins” as some legalistic thing not realizing that the Biblical faith demanded selling everything to the poor, complete repentance from sins, loving enemies and absolute obedience.
To be a Biblical Christian was to become like Jesus – by grace not works but by faith that produced radical works of Jesus.
To be a Biblical Christian was to carry the cross and endure horrific persecution just like Jesus, to have faith and love and endurance just like Jesus, to do miracles and walk like Jesus.
Jesus said this:
John 14 “12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. “
Luke 14 “25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
Mark 16 “17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”“
Ephesians 5 “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Let us be honest, no believer is doing any of this stuff. We all try but fail.
The problems faced by believers today are the same as what unbelievers experience, like problems in their marriage, health, jobs, finances, etc….those things are not “carrying the cross”.
Most believers never get persecuted or follow Jesus today. Nobody is carrying any cross but Jesus and Paul said the opposite:
Acts 14 “22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships (PERSECUTION) to enter the kingdom of God,” “
John 15 “As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
Luke 14 “27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
2 Timothy 3:12 “12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
This proves that the Bible story is an allegory and not something people realistically experience today.
Jesus promised to return in the 1st Century if the Church overcame the tribulation and made herself ready by obedience to Christ’s commandments of radical faith, love and enduring persecution.
Revelation 12 “17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”
Revelation 19 ” 6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
The Church had to become righteous by faith in Jesus that OBEYED His commandments and ENDURED the great tribulation.
Revelation 14 “9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath….. 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.”
The commandments of Jesus are found all over the 4 Gospels in Matthew/Mark/Luke/John and in the epistles of Paul and the 12 Apostles.
Matthew 28 “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey EVERYTHING I have commanded you.”
Jesus commanded perfection, to love people like He loved. Jesus did not sin and therefore He commanded the church to be without sin.
Matthew 5 “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”
John 13 “34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.””
James 2 “8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers…..Faith without works is dead”
Romans 13 “8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
Galatians 5 “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (fulfilling the law).”
Jesus called His bride to receive that grace of God, i.e. the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the law and be perfect as Jesus without sin.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit was to become like Jesus during that great tribulation, to carry the cross, radically love God and love people, and not sin.
Romans 8 “4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.….18 I consider that our present sufferings (TRIBULATION) are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. …. we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies…..28 And we know that in all things (TRIBULATION) God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son
But nobody could do this and the Church failed in that Great Tribulation.
Jesus never came back and the new heaven and earth did not come because the Church could not follow Jesus in that 1st Century great tribulation.
The Bible came to an end. Man failed….
You see the Bible is an allegorical story – it shows that man does not have the faith that pleases God. Man does not have the obedience to God’s law. Man cannot become like God or Jesus.
Jesus is God who became a man and He is the only one who pleased God. He is the only one who had faith. He is the only one who kept the law. He is the only one who carried the cross and endured the great tribulation. He is the only one who obeyed all the commandments.
Jesus promised to return in the 1st Century and judge the world according to their works of faith, and remove all sinners from the world to establish a new world with only righteous people. (See Romans 2, Matthew 25, Revelation 20-22).
But for that the Church had to remove her sins first by the power of the Holy Spirit. But they failed…..
This is why Jesus never came back and did not judge anyone.
If Jesus came back then nobody would be saved because nobody has the Biblical faith either today or 2000 years ago.
They all failed….
You see, the Bible is an allegory – man failed to have faith in Jesus.
You see this is what I learned after studying the Bible and many denominations.
Nobody has the Biblical faith today. Everyone has their own theology and doctrines with 45,000 denominations and non-denominations, each believing whatever they want but having no power or Biblical experience.
The only truth of the Bible is the grace and love of God in Jesus Christ on the cross.
He did not sin but we sinned.
He died on the cross to forgive our sins, showing His unconditional love.
He rose from the dead saying we are righteous without works.
The Bible is an allegory about God telling us that people cannot do anything.
Whatever blessing we have is by the grace of God through the finished work of Jesus and not our faith or obedience or because we sin less than others.
Hope you see the truth and be blessed and be set free from all your efforts.