Can the notion that the Bible is conceptually one book—a God inspired, one creation story from Genesis to Revelation—be the subject of a rigorous scientific test?
In The Ultimate Context setting, potential evidence (without amounting to a proof) for and against God Rm1:28, can and must be liable to reason and currently normative, empirical validation standards. What many fear, I believe, is not the unscientific nature of such an investigation, but the extent of the possible evidence for the Creator Rm1:25.
If there was a test God Rm1:28 royal commission, this is the kind of evidence I would submit in support of the for case.
MAKE FOR ME A SANCTUARY
And I will tabernacle in their midst
The one Bible story, in the Isaiah 55:10-11 setting, begins with the one Bible blueprint given to humanity by the one Bible God some three millennia ago.
8 Thus they will make for Me a sanctuary, and I will tabernacle in their midst. 9 According to all that I am showing you, the model of the tabernacle and the model of all its furnishings, thus shall you make it. Ex25:8-9
According to The Ultimate Context, God wants to tabernacle Ex25:8 in our midst and the model of the tabernacle and the model of all its furnishings Ex25:9 is the model of the human being that God is creating for that very purpose.
Specifically, the court of the tabernacle Ex27:9 stands for the human body; the holy place Ex26:33 stands for the human soul; and the holy of holies Ex26:33 stands for the human spirit.
Is there empirical evidence for such a claim or is it all a matter of blind faith?
The Ultimate Context suggests that the Former of light and Creator of darkness, Maker of good and Creator of evil Is45:7 is not silent, reveals His immanent presence in a more magnificent than DNA blueprint and is subject to both experimental and experiential evidence.
The burden of evidence is upon the proponents of the Bible. The burden of goodwill critique of the evidence is upon the reader.
Represented by the Court of the Tabernacle
According to this ancient sanctuary Ex25:8 tabernacle Ex25:9 blueprint, the central event associated with the activity of the human body is the ritual of animal bloodsheding Hb9:22.
More specifically—if it is true that the model of the tabernacle and the model of all its furnishings Ex25:9 is prototypical of the human being that God is creating—the purpose of the human body (represented by the court of the tabernacle Ex27:9) is to facilitate the priestly entry into the soul realm (represented by the holy place Ex26:33) with the ultimate goal of entry into the spirit realm (represented by the holy of holies Ex26:33).
Of the three constituent realms of a human being, the physical body is relatively the simplest. A key function of the body, via its five senses, is to garner data from the physical world and feed it to the soul for processing.
Represented by the Holy Place
In The Ultimate Context setting, the individual items inside the holy place Ex26:33 stand for the three key descriptors of the human soul, namely, the functions of thinking, volition and feeling as represented by the lampstand Ex39:38, the altar Ex35:15 and the table Ex39:36, respectively.
The pure lampstand and its lamps, with lamps in array Ex39:38 stands for the light of human intellect and reason as evidenced by our logical constructs.
The golden Ex39:38 altar of incense and its poles, the anointing oil and the incense of spices Ex35:15 stand for the conscious ruling power of the human will expressed in our choices and decisions.
The table, with all its furnishings and the bread of the presence Ex39:36 stands for the human emotions and desires engendered by the table fellowship.
In processing sensual data delivered by the body, our soul thinks, decides and feels. That is to say, we reason, we get emotionally involved and we make decisions that express our individual personality.
According to this ancient blueprint, the soul is not its own independent end. Its activities are also informed by the spirit realm.
Represented by the Holy of Holies
According to this Bible blueprint, in The Ultimate Context setting, the main functions of the human spirit, represented by the items and the events in the holy of holies Ex26:33 are the sense of awe, ethical awareness and intuitive knowledge.
The two cherubim Ex25:18, in a posture of admiration, explain human propensity for adoration and worship.
The two tablets of the testimony Ex34:29 are essentially a witness against us. They represent the divine moral norm, as witnessed to us by our conscience. In the light of human ability to distinguish between right and wrong, they testify against our unprincipled conduct.
The column of cloud to guide them along the way, and by night in a column of fire, to give light Ex13:21 stands for divine presence and guidance delivered through our instinctive urges.
Thus, human spirit is a pointer to the divine realm and the ultimate purpose of human life and the identity of a human being.