“There’s no future in the past.” — Lyrics and song by Vince Gill.
The men who wrote the Bible did so in a world that was clearly flat, composed of atoms that were clearly solid and in which the sun traversed the sky from east to west each day and on time.
Additionally, the Bible covers three great ages: The age of Taurus and the worship of bulls; the age of Aries and the prophecies of a sacrificial lamb; and the age of Pisces and the Fisher of Men. Each of these ages had a unique set of values and each represented an evolutionary jump in humankind.
We are now clearly in the age of Aquarius, which is symbolized by The Water Bearer. Our stunning picture of the world from the moon allows us to see our Earth as the water bearer in the cosmos. This, too, is an evolutionary leap we are taking.
Each of these ages required new ways of seeing the world and of relating to each other. We revere the Bible because it has been through three ages and now is in the fourth, but much of the laws and rules of the Bible have been superseded by new adaptations to current reality. There is an old hymn that says: “New Truths make ancient good uncouth.”
Beginning in 1990 with the Hubble Telescope, we have discovered our world is a small part of at least a trillion galaxies which contain more stars than there are grains of sand on Earth. This new age and this new discovery, this new understanding of who we are demands we search for new answers.
We keep some of the old rules because they have stood the test of time. The Ten Commandments is clearly the best example.
But the rest of the laws were summed up by Jesus in Matthew 5:17-20 when he said:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill... I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them.”
And here is how He described the new evolutionary law which was to supersede all of the old laws up to that time: “God requires only two things of you: To love your God with all of your heart, all your mind, and all your soul. The second is that you are to love your neighbor as yourself. There is no law that is beyond this.”
And it is fitting and timely that just two months ago, Pope Francis called for the writing of a new Bible that will reflect the leap we are taking in this new age.