Sunday, March 09, 2008

Today's Sermon: Was Moses Higher Than A Proverbial Kite?

We'll never know.

But it's worth considering...

JERUSALEM (AFP) - High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.

Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Hm. Anything is possible.

Thus endeth today's sermon.

Go forth today and question everything even remotely associated with coercion, domination, and crushing man's free will.

And ask yourself: Cui bono?

And while you're at it, also ask yourself: How convenient was this...?

67. Then Moses went up the mountain again, accompanied part of the way by Aaron, Nedab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. They seemed to be walking on a "paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. [Moses' laws made perfect sense to them] But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and the ate and drank" [The felt like they could "see God" without dying, because they accepted and believed in Moses' laws]. But then God told Moses to go up further and promised to give him tablets of stone for use as a teaching aid. So Moses put Aaron and Hur in charge, took Joshua (a stone cutter) with him, and told the rest of them to wait for his return. A cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day, the Lord summoned Moses into the cloud. It was forty days and forty nights before the children of Israel saw Moses again.

Think about it.

I mean it, damn it!

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


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