The Allegory of the Cave

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Plato wrote “The Allegory of the Cave” in the early 300 B.C. This parable has left many scholars dumbfounded throughout centuries because of the insight Plato fills the pages within the story. It is a story of prisoners trapped in a cave, but specifically about a mans journey from ignorance to knowledge. This is the worldly take on the story—in a biblical point of view it is still a journey from ignorance to knowledge, but in a very different context. The journey from the darkness of the cave into the light of the outside world in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” can be paralleled with the unbelievers journey into salvation. The story starts out with a group of people who have been chained and peering at a wall for all of their lives. The…show more content…
After more time he is able to see things themselves and look at the moon and starts and finally the actual sun. His time outside of the cave has opened his eyes to things he never knew existed, at this time he remembered his fellow comrades in the cave. An insert from “The Allegory of the Cave” says, “Wouldn't he remember his first home, what passed for wisdom there, and his fellow prisoners, and consider himself happy and them pitiable?” (Plato). He then travels back into the cave to spread his knowledge. This whole theme of this parable is the journey from ignorance to knowledge, but in a Christians perspective we can connect it to different stages of a person coming from darkness to salvation. Michael Belote, writer and author of “Rise of the Time Lords” states that, “Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is the closest thing to the worldview of the modern Christian as can be hoped for. Like Plato, we believe that there is a truer Reality than what we see around us today. As I argued in my book everything we know is a projection of God’s Truth onto the natural world. God is greater than our three-dimensional universe, and what we see here is less ‘real’ than the true Reality of His kingdom” (Belote). It is amazing that a man more than 300 years before Christ has this kind of parable. It is as if it was preparation for the coming of Christ a few centuries later. The prisoners are chained unable to move

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