Sacred Texts Symbolism

Sacred Texts Symbolism

I believe that all of our Sacred Texts contain secret knowledge that can be unlocked through an understanding of their symbolism. I am applying my understanding of the symbolic code of the Bible to three of them:

The Holy Bible, The Holy Qur’an, and The Book of Mormon

When the ambiguity (which exists in the literal interpretations of our Sacred Texts) is removed, we are able to see that these Sacred Texts all provide pieces of the spiritual puzzle, that when fit together reveal the true image of God, revealing His spiritual essence and His great plan for spiritual salvation.

“It is He who has revealed to you the Book. Some of its verses are precise in meaning- they are the foundation of the Book- and others ambiguous. Those whose hearts are infected with disbelief follow the ambiguous part, so as to create dissension by seeking to explain it.” -The Holy Qur’an

ambiguous: susceptible to multiple interpretation.

The dissension and discord among Christians and Muslims comes from interpreting these Sacred Texts strictly in the literal sense. They follow the ambiguous part, not building upon the true spiritual foundation, rejecting the spirit (the symbolism) of the word!

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the holy spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” -The Holy Bible

In resisting the holy spirit of their heart, their spiritual eyes and ears are shut, preventing a spiritual understanding of the word from penetrating their heart, which would bring unity rather than division. If the holy spirit does reveal a literal interpretation, it is ultimately for the purpose of seeking its deeper spiritual meaning, which carries the blessings of everlasting life and peace through its application.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garment; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessings, even life for evermore.” -The Holy Bible

Aaron symbolizes The Word of God. He spoke for Moses, who was “slow of speech.” Aaron’s beard symbolizes the wisdom of the word. It is not our knowledge or understanding of the written word that makes us wise, or our physical obedience to literal interpretations over millennia, but the action we apply to the spiritual meaning of God’s word, revealed through the Spirit of God, which Moses symbolizes. Spirit and Word. The precious ointment or anointing. The ambiguous parts of the Quran are those parts that have been assigned multiple literal interpretations, which continue to be discussed, debated, and followed by those with hearts infected with disbelief, wasting precious time, adding negative and destructive energy to the earth. Disbelief is not something that takes place in the mind, but in the heart. Disbelief is failing to perform the spiritual works encoded in the verses of “the Book,” be it the Holy Qur’an, or any other of our ancient Sacred Texts. The word ambiguous means doubtful or uncertain. Latin: ambiguus, uncertain, “going about,”  from ambigere: to wander about. When we seek literal interpretation over spiritual interpretation, choose carnal practices over spiritual practices, offer carnal sacrifices instead of spiritual sacrifices, we become as Cain, wandering about, running to and fro, getting nowhere spiritually, our world becoming uncertain, which the children of Israel illustrated for us, wandering in the wilderness because they chose carnal sacrifice over spiritual sacrifice, a service that could not make them perfect.

“The Holy Spirit thus signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience. Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation." -The Holy Bible

The way into the holiest of all has been made manifest through an understanding of the symbolism. The time of reformation is now!  All that took place physically in the previous “era of Isaac” (e.g., baptisms, ritualistic baths, anointings, fastings, healings, speaking in tongues, casting out devils, etc.) are now, in what is the third and final "era of Jacob" to take place spiritually. Any physical demonstrations of these are connected with the negative aspect of the era of Isaac, which is mockery.

“And he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod; for they hardened their hearts, even as ye have; and the Lord straitened them because of their iniquity. He sent fiery flying serpents among them; and after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed; and the labor which they had to perform was to look; and because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished.” -The Book of Mormon

It was so simple. Their labor was to look into their own heart and heal it by cleansing it of its spiritual impurities. But they chose physical obedience over spiritual obedience, dying in the wilderness, never entering the promised land, symbolizing the good life one inherits through the healing of his heart. The rod, which Moses lifted up, symbolizes the power of the holy spirit, which exposes what is in the heart, allowing for its purification.

“… if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather than, when he saith, Wash, and be clean? And then he went down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”
-The Holy Bible

So the children (refusing to obey the spiritual law of God, which would have resulted in the purification of their hearts) remained in bondage to the physical law for 1500 years, until the coming of Messiah, at which time they were to satisfy the letter of the law by keeping the spirit of the law. But they rebelled once again, unable to grasp the spiritual concept, which would have set them free, not only of their physical bondage to the carnal law, but of their spiritual bondage to the seven (spiritual) impurities of their heart.

“Do you not yet understand that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies”
-The Holy Bible

Physical things do not defile the man, neither can they purify him. Carnal sacrifice or service to God has no power to purify the heart. Man may strive against these seven in the physical sense by controlling his mind and body, but it is time to move beyond these mind-body disciplines and go on into perfection by fighting these seven abominations in the deeper spiritual sense through a heart discipline.

“When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.” -The Holy Bible

These seven abominations (as the seven nations the children of Israel were to drive out of the promised land) are the spiritual enemies residing in the heart; residing in the spiritual temple or mosque!

“Drive them out of the places from where they drove you. Idolatry is more grievous than bloodshed. But do not fight them within the precincts of the Holy Mosque unless they attack you there; if they attack you put them to the sword. Fight against them until the idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme.”
-The Holy Quran

We are to drive these spiritual enemies out of the places they drove us. These spiritual enemies of the heart have driven us to some very negative and destructive places in our life, and yet it will be the enemies that work in these dark places (through the havoc they wreak in our life) that will drive many back to their heart as they begin to question the circumstances of their life. These spiritual enemies have attacked us “within the precincts of The Holy Mosque,” which like The Holy Temple symbolizes The Heart. We are to “put them to the sword,” putting them up against what the sword symbolizes, which is truth. And what did Abraham ultimately sacrifice with his sword? The ram, symbolizing idolatry. Idolatry: the worshipping of images. Spiritual idolatry is the worshipping of false images or beliefs (religious and personal). We are to fight against these until God’s religion reigns supreme. Until truth reigns supreme!

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2000)
Author; The Bible Decoded; The Little Book for the Soul