Mr. Wickersham may receive, from the fundamentalists, letters in response to his article printed April 17, but I write from a viewpoint associated with the Gnostic Christians.
Many people, including the fundamentalists, think that to “believe every word” of the Bible means that all statements are referring to the physical plane — for example, that Jesus walked on water. When Jesus walked on water, he was demonstrating the ability of his first etheric body to both condense into solid form and to become ever more subtle so that he could appear to walk on the water or to disappear. Jesus’ ability to disappear was mentioned many times in the New Testament.
Jesus was able to calm the sea because he was the wind, the sea and the sun. If anyone cannot understand that statement, then they are reading the “letter” of the Bible and not the “spirit.”
A “day” in the Bible can sometimes mean a period of a thousand years. So a “thousand years” could mean 1,000 times 365 times 1,000 years.
If the fundamentalists believe that the “rapture” will physically remove people from the physical earth, then perhaps they are not considering that when Jesus said “I go and make a home for thee,” that he was referring to the new earth which may be already with us on this “old” earth in a more subtle form or higher dimensions. The “rapture” would then indicate that those who disappear are simply shifting into their etheric bodies to occupy their new home.
The physical earth could very easily be destroyed by humanity. Armageddon may mean that the “Armies of Heaven” may descend in etheric form to assist in a worldwide conflict.
Staunch atheists and staunch fundamentalists can argue endlessly and to no avail if they adhere too strongly to the literal understanding of the Bible.
The Old Testament says that God “is spirit” and Jesus warns many times about all forms of materialism. Two of the worst forms of materialism are the support of the literal Bible and the opposition to the literal Bible.