Often, when I speak about the Bible, not so many people engage with what I say. There are not as many likes or shares. Yet, the Bible is the bridge to a true understanding of evolution.
Evolution is our future history, understanding it helps us understand ourselves. It helps us make sense of what we are going through day by day.
These words from Rudolf Steiner explain why I write about the Bible, trying to nut out the inner meaning – or as I put it, the esoteric meaning that lies just beneath the surface of the words.
“The New Testament stands as a record for humanity — but the whole future course of the Earth’s evolution will be required to reach a full understanding of the New Testament. In the future, men will acquire much knowledge of the external world and of the spiritual world also; and if taken in the right sense it will all contribute to an understanding of the New Testament.
The understanding comes about gradually, but the New Testament is written in a simple form so that it can be absorbed and, later, gradually understood. To permeate ourselves with the truth that resides in the New Testament is not without significance, even if we cannot yet understand the truth in its deepest inwardness. Later on, truth becomes cognitional force, but it is already life-force, in so far as it is imbibed in a more or less childlike form.” Christ and the Human Soul: Lecture 4 Rudolf Steiner
Painting by Arild Rosenkrantz