On fatality of truth

.. it seems to me that an idea that happens to be true, or more exactly, as near truth as any human idea can be, and yet remain generally intelligible– it seems to me that such an idea carries a special and often a fatal handicap. The majority of men prefer delusion to truth. It soothes. It is easy to grasp. Above all, it fits more snugly than truth into a universe of false appearances, of complex and irrational phenomena, defectively grasped.

H. L Mencken’s Preface to the Antichrist

YHWH’s photocopy business

I don’t remember Moses going to meet with god, so we must assume god is giving Moses this instructions in his tent. While at it, who made the first stone tablets?

34 Now the Lord said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered.

What is so special in Mt. Sinai that god resides there, I thought he was omnipresent? Just asking, is it possible to have this tete a tete with him on the mount, I would go there some day. Seriously, flocks not to look at the mountain? What will Moses tell the cows? Or they will have a mask on their heads.

So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain. No man is to come up with you, nor let any man be seen anywhere on the mountain; even the flocks and the herds may not graze in front of that mountain.”

So the lord has legs or how did he stand?

The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord.

Does anyone see the contradiction in this statement? And who punishes a child for the sins of the grandfather? Seriously, why does anyone worship this this god?

Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth; who keeps loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

I don’t know why he has to bow, if they are going to have a face to face conversation

Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”

Someone tell me why god would need to perform miracles? And what is the point in scaring people while at it?

10 Then God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the Lord, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.

Please tell me why a loving and kind god would do some people unless he isn’t there is god?

11 “Be sure to observe what I am commanding you this day: behold, I am going to drive out the Amorite before you, and the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.12 Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. 13 But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim 14 —for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God— 15 otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods.

Oh, god had to up date his laws to take care of Aaron and the people who I think they already have had killed.

17 You shall make for yourself no molten gods.

What does god have against donkeys and women?

19 “The first offspring from every womb belongs to Me, and all your male livestock, the first offspring from cattle and sheep. 20 You shall redeem with a lamb the first offspring from a donkey; and if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. You shall redeem all the firstborn of your sons. None shall appear before Me empty-handed.

Why are women excluded from this appearance? Are they lesser beings?

23 Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. 24 For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the Lord your God.

Seriously god, you couldn’t think of something better?

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

Jesus wasn’t the first to fast 40 days and 40 nights, Moses beat it to it and I would say the gospel writers just copied this one and didn’t edit it at any point. We will build the legend Jesus by the time we are finished with the OT, we will have a cool picture.

27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

And Jesus doesn’t have a monopoly on transfiguration, Moses beat it to it. Is it that Jesus was transfigured when he came from the mountain or the creators of the Jesus story used the Moses legend and added doves to it.

29 It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

This is quite interesting. Moses wears a veil to talk to the people and removes it to talk to god.

 33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, 35 the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him.