14: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. ( Isaiah 14:14 KJV)
3: Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? (Psalms 24:3 KJV)
All through the Bible, the talk is about ascending. There are many articles, in print and on the internet, that speak of ascending somewhere and ascension is up from to a place we can not go and, in awe, wish we could. Then we, as students, learned the art of science and all of the many sections that comprise that particular art. One section deal with parallels. Then it’s broken down into parallel spheres (worlds, universes, planes, etc.). Then, to get into further conflict with the ultra religious individuals, wonder which is correct.
I have written a couple of times about metaphors and the usage of these are everywhere, especially in the Bible. Therefore, there should always be a conscience effort in looking for another meaning for everything. Maybe, what you were originally seeing have another, completely different meaning. Maybe what you saw was completely wrong and should be reviewed in a different way.
Let’s look at ascending in another way. The definition is: to move, climb or go upward; mount; rise. Now, from what I see mostly in the Bible, it is always going upward when the definition can also be to climb or to mount. There is always another way of saying things.
I give an example about things having more than one meaning, more than one way of saying something. It is all in an individual’s perception. Now, let’s say, you attend a church and listen to the sermon on a particular subject. The following week you attend a different place of worship, hear a sermon on the same subject. Both sermons are correct yet both sermons are different. That brings to the forefront, metaphors.
The definition of metaphor: a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance. Then to say it another way: something used or regarded as being used, to represent something else. There are ways of saying something and then there are ways of saying something. This mean, to say something one way does not mean the other way is wrong.
To ascend into whatever make a person wonder what was seen to make that phrase. Did, whomever or whatever, float upward, climb upward, or simply walk to higher ground? Which was it? My mind is open and, yet, wondering. I don’t need the true answer to come and bite me; I need the answer to clarify itself to be better understood in one combined answer, not two or more.
Ascending is not the only metaphor in the Bible. Far from it. There are many, many metaphors in the Bible and ascend is only one of, maybe, thousands. Before you get into a conflict with someone over this, always remember what I said. There is more than one explanation except to a person that is bent on saying their way is the only way. Alas, there are more than enough people that can be placed in that gigantic circle. Research more and learn more. There is more than one way in everything.