Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Installment 9: Religion and the lies we call History

                                                 Chapter 4 & 5 of Life today the Real Story

Let’s discuss the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Genesis: 1-28. I just finished reading this for the umpteenth time trying to put into context the movie on this subject.

 I’m sure most of us have seen it many times. Obviously Lot was looked on with favor. Genesis 19:1-28 tells us how Lot was urgently warned to take his wife and daughters and flee the city. He was told that under no condition are any of you to turn around or you will die. They hastened him along as if they were on a schedule.

 They finally  had to help him on his way. His wife turned around out of curiosity of course and was turned to a pillar of salt.

Personally I found Genesis 19:30-38 to be particularly disturbing. Lot, after escaping, went up into the mountains and slept in a cave with his two daughters. His daughters plied him with wine and then one at a time spent the night with him. They did this so they could preserve the seed of their father.

The firstborn bore a son called Moab. Today he is known as the father of the Moabites. The younger also bore a son named Ben-mime. He grew up to become the father of the children of ammon unto this day. I find this disturbing because now it sounds like the Old Testament is advocating incest.

I wish scientists would test this area plus the sediment at the bottom of the Dead Sea. They should be checking for any signs of radioactive isotopes or radioactive traces in the sediment. It sounds to you once you read this epic that they were on a predetermined schedule.

 You come to this conclusion since they couldn’t look back for reasons of radiation fallout. I personally am not talking nuclear weapons. However, I am sure science could tell us exactly what was used. Is this another one of those ancient events where we don’t want to know the truth?

I was just reading Ezekiel and man, this does not sound like a forgiving understanding God to me. He obviously got joy in, and he bragged about, killing Jews. He did this while all along having no pity or mercy. He did this even while bringing famine to his people.

 Still in Ezekiel we read that those chariots of the Gods were even at the Garden of Eden. Now that really makes one suspicious of events, depicted at the Garden between Adam and Eve. Especially since, as it is depicted by the people it seems as though this event was supervised.

Still on the subject of Ezekiel we notice that there is a lot of talk in regards to these vehicles that God came down from heaven in. I thought he was God? He shouldn’t have needed a vehicle to travel around in.

 Witnesses then say behold, a whirlwind came out of the north a great cloud, and a fire unfolding itself, and brightness was about it, and out of the midst the color of amber and fire, came the likeness of 4 living creatures. What is this God didn’t travel alone? They had the likeness of a man and every one had four faces and four wings. Ezekiel gave precise details of the vehicle and its landing.

I won’t go into too much detail; it is in the Bible if you want to read further. His description was astonishingly good. To our present way of thinking what he was describing was like one of our lunar vehicles used today.

I’m really looking forward to discussing the Arc of the Covenant. This really amazed me. In Exodus 25:40 Moses was given by God exact instructions for building the Ark of the Covenant. The instructions were given down to the smallest detail so no mistakes would be made.

 The directions were given to the very inch. How and where rings and stave's were to be placed and from what alloy metals were to be made.

The instructions were meant to be followed out exactly as God wanted. He even warned Moses several times not to make any mistakes. He told Moses that no one should come close to the Ark of the Covenant. Even giving precise instructions as to the type of clothing that should be worn and the footwear that would be worn while transporting it.

 Then in Samuel 2, 6:2-7 David had the Arc of the Covenant moved and while moving it Uzzah accidentally grabbed it and fell dead on the spot as if struck by lightening.

Sounds like God struck him down because he did not follow his instructions implicitly. In reality, if we construct the Ark today using precisely the instructions handed down to Moses from God. What we would have is an electrical conductor capable of producing several hundred volts. Hmmmm, I know coincidence right? The story continues to take shape. Installment 10 tomorrow!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma 

1 comment:

Demeur said...

First off if you took everything in scripture as literal then we'd all be the result of incest. There was only Adam and Eve in the beginning.
So it's all a matter of moral teachings. It seems we are by our very nature self centered. That's probably what's kept us alive all these millennia. That and the fact that we can work in groups at times.
Much of what I've found in the old testament is based on the conditions of the period so you need to put that into context. Much of Levitical law is based on the less than hygienic conditions of the time.
As to the stories I suspect that many were perpetuated much like parents have passed on stories about the kid who put his eye out doing this or that always referring to him via a friend of a friend's cousin etc. The actual individual not being that important but the end result and circumstances always. You could easily substitute "corruption" for Sodom and Gomorrah.
Ironically the word verify for this comment was indulge.