hundred years. About one-fourth of the Bible claims to have been written by inspiration, and much of this is clothed in symbols and metaphors.
Whatever -we may think about the process of inspiration, we must interpret the great prophetic symbols according to the fixed analogies of nature. The laws of symbolism are exact; they are based upon analogies, upon fixed laws of relationship in the nature of things. No person can think of using the tiger as a symbol of mercy, or the fox as a type of candor.
It is as easy to distinguish between the figurative and the literal language of the Bible as it is to distinguish these in the common speech of every day life.
In prophetic writings as well as in common language the power of the lower faculties and the back brain are symbolized by the dragon, the wolf, the lion, the serpent and other lower animals, in which these lower faculties are ruling elements. The gentle qualities of the lamb, the dove and the horse, led to the adoption of these as types of the higher parts of man's nature.
In the Bible Jehovah is represented as the spiritual ruler of our solar system; as the head of its spiritual system of government, with subordinate officers associated with him. All this corresponds to what we should conclude from the laws of analogy. That Book does not say that Jehovah is either infinite or omnipresent. Human experience does not show that he superintends the details of our daily life. Nor do we understand in what way he was concerned in the evolution of the earth. The primary laws of