When a question has no correct answer, there is only one honest response. The gray area between yes and no. Silence.
The definition of faith – acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.
The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven. The Bible is a product of man. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.
Telling someone what a symbol “meant” was like telling them how a song should make them feel – it was different for all people.
History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books – books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?’