About the Bible
By Zev Kedem
(Editor: The following
are excerpts from a book manuscript by this author. He is a popular lecturer
in universities throughout the US, yet Iíve known him to speak with equal
interest to a small one-room country school. He writes with brilliant
intelligence from his personal Holocaust learning experiences.)
The Bible is the best
known and loved and least read book in human history. It is the most
successful publishing venture in the history of mankind. The book has been
continuously in print for thousands of years. It has been translated into
hundreds of languages, shaped the culture of half the world population and
formed the ethical democratic foundation of free Western Civilization.
The Bible raises
universal consciousness and defines the only God-oriented ethical basis for
universal justice and sanctity of life. From the first chapter of Genesis it
is meticulously structured and developed, like a classical symphony whose
central theme is the sanctity of life. The only hope to counter the
inevitable future devastation is the God-inspired rational counter-culture
of increasingly conscious man. To find answers and the one God, we must
overcome the instilled and deeply encrypted fear of offending God as we
diligently search for wisdom.
What are the secret
codes of the Bible that transcends three thousand years and remain
remarkably clear and fully relevant in modern times? It presents a simple
single finite ethical foundation that is much needed in times of immoral
confusion, fast changing world events and erosion of moral values, as
technology and weapons of mass destruction threaten the survival of mankind.
The splendid order of
Godís names demonstrates that three thousand years ago a higher intelligence
and consciousness and ethical literary creativity existed that remains
unsurpassed or improved to the present day. The first chapter of Genesis
establishes the first foundation upon which the whole Hebrew Bible rests Ė
more comprehensive than the brilliant but incomplete Darwinian theory.
technology develops and selfish individual control of power resources
continues to increase, a catastrophe that likely will destroy mankind is
unavoidable. Only the love and fear of the one God of the Bible offers hope
for mankind to become conscious of the sanctify of life and survive.