In the News (Gallup News Service): “About one-third of the American adult population believes the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally word for word. This percentage is slightly lower than several decades ago. The majority of those Americans who don’t believe that the Bible is literally true believe that it is the inspired word of God but that not everything it in should be taken literally. About one in five Americans believes the Bible is an ancient book of ‘fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.’
Belief in a literal Bible is strongly correlated with indicators of religion, including church attendance and identification with a Protestant or other non-Catholic Christian faith. There is also a strong relationship between education and belief in a literal Bible, with such belief becoming much less prevalent among those who have college educations.”
My comment: Obviously, a wide-spread and long-term systematic education is necessary to instill in people an objective view of the world, to raise them from their childish level of perceiving the world to the level where they don’t reject the Bible, but rather understand it sensibly: as the wisdom of a highest level, the next state of humanity.
Humans are created in the property of “reception” (egoism) and sense themselves in it. They call their feelings “this world.” The Bible talks about another way of perceiving the world, in the property of “bestowal” (altruism), and about a sensation in it called “the future or upper world.”
Kabbalah provides an opportunity for a peaceful transition from the perception in the property to “receive” to the perception in the property to “bestow.” Otherwise, the transition will be tragic.
Since we completed our development in the property to “receive” and exist at the beginning of the transition to the property to “bestow,” Kabbalah is being revealed to us today. It suggests that we use it to learn what to expect and how to plan the future.