Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


THE MOSES OF HISTORY

Moses was supposed to have been chosen by God to lead the people of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land. The first five books of the Bible, Torah, are based on him and tradition says he wrote them. Jesus continually referred to Moses as the prophet of God who provided teaching from God and gave God's Holy Law to the people. Jesus used Moses to argue for his own position as prophet and saviour and son of God. Jesus and Moses rise together or fall together.

Israelís God killed the firstborn of Egypt to get Israel freed. Pharaoh had enough and let them go. Pharaoh pursued Israel with his armies after freeing it to try to enslave it again. The man would have been deposed for even suggesting they do such a thing.

The tabernacle described in the Law and which it says Moses had made could not have been made in the desert with all that gold and precious cloth. The world population was small in those days so it is impossible for Israel to have left Egypt with 600,000 warriors. And with the firstborn of Egypt dead Egypt could have been taken over by Israel.

Voltaire said that Moses did not write the Law at all because Leviticus says a man should not marry his sister-in-law and Deuteronomy says he should if his brother died without a family so that he could raise up children for his brother. Christians say Deuteronomy is only giving an exception and is not contradicting. What kind of God writes laws and then has afterthoughts? Why make babies for somebody else? God wants babies yes but why should he care whose name they are under? Babies should be made not for brothers but for themselves and made in love

The wandering of Israel in a tiny desert through getting lost for forty years is incredible. Yet that was Moses' main "achievement".

Voltaire suggested that since the Bible says there was one book of the Law in the time of Ezra, that Ezra wrote and invented the Law and passed his book off as long lost Torah which he pretended to have happened upon. The Egyptians did not use papyrus until so Moses would indeed have had to write upon stone tablets. And Ezraís volume was not stone tablets so it was a fake. There was no wood in the desert and when the people of Israel had to eat quails provided by God they had not many cattle or sheep to get skins to write on.

The story of Moses in the Bible is dubious. This book cannot be the word of God. There is no evidence that this man ever lived. His doctrine has fueled the bloodshed over territory in Israel to this day.

FURTHER READING

A Summary of Christian Doctrine, Louis Berkhof, The Banner of Truth Trust, London, 1971

A Test of Time, David Rohl, Century, London, 1995

Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible, John W Haley, Whitaker House, Pennsylvania, Undated

An Act of God, Graham Philips, Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1998

Answers to Tough Questions, Josh McDowell and Don Stewart, Scripture Press Bucks, 1988

Attack on the Bible, John R Rice, Sword of the Lord, Murfreesboro, 1965

Belief and Make-Believe, GA Wells, Open Court, La Salle, Illinois, 1991

Biblical Exegesis and Church Doctrine, Raymond E Brown, Paulist Press, New York, 1985

But the Bible Does Not Say So, Rev Roberto Nisbet, Church Book Room Press, London, 1966

Catholicism and Christianity, Cecil John Cadoux, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1928

Catholicism and Fundamentalism, Karl Keating, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1988

Creation and Evolution, Dr Alan Hayward, Triangle, London, 1994

Does the Bible Contradict Itself? Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1986

Encyclopaedia of Bible Difficulties, Gleason W Archer, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1982

Essentials, David L Edwards and John Stott, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1990

Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Vol 1, Josh McDowell, Alpha, Scripture Press Foundation, Bucks, 1995

Free Inquiry, Fall 1998, Vol 18, No 4, Council for Secular Humanism, Amherst, New York

God and the Human Condition, F J Sheed, Sheed & Ward, London, 1967

God Cannot Lie, David Alsobrook, Diasozo Trust, Kent, 1989

God, Science and Evolution, Prof E H Andrews, Evangelical Press, Herts, 1985

Godís Word, Final Infallible and Forever, Floyd C McElveen, Gospel Truth Ministries, Grand Rapids, 1985

Hard Sayings, Derek Kidner, InterVarsity Press, London, 1972

How and Why Catholic and Protestant Bibles Differ, Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ and Donald Senior, CP, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1983

How to Interpret the Bible, Fergus Cleary SJ, Ligouri Publications, Missouri, 1981

In Defence of the Faith, Dave Hunt, Harvest House, Eugene Oregon, 1996

Inspiration in the Bible, Fr Karl Rahner, Herder and Herder, New York, 1966

It Ainít Necessarily So, Investigating the Truth of the Biblical Past, Matthew Sturgis, Headline Books, London, 2001

Jehovah of the Watch-tower, Walter Martin and Norman Klann, Bethany House Publishers, Minnesota, 1974

Letís Weigh the Evidence, Which Bible is the Real Word of God? Barry Burton, Chick Publications, Chino, California, 1983

Know What You Believe, Paul E Little, Scripture Union, London, 1973

Know Why You Believe, Paul E Little, Scripture Union, London, 1971

New Age Bible Versions, GA Riplinger, Bible & Literature Foundation, Tennessee, 1993

New Evangelicalism An Enemy of Fundamentalism, Curtis Hutson, Sword of the Lord, Murfreesboro, 1984

None of These Diseases, SI McMillen MD, Lakeland, London 1966

Our Perfect Book the Bible, John R Rice, Sword of the Lord, Murfreesboro, 1958

Proof the Bible is True, Rev JMA Willans BD, Dip.Theol. Vermont Press, Larne, 1982

Radio Replies Vol 3, Radio Replies Press, Minnesota, 1942

Reason and Belief, Bland Blanschard, London, George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1974

Remarks on the New King James Version and Revised Authorised Version, DK Madden, 35 Regent Street, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, 7005, 1991

Return to Sodom and Gomorrah, Charles Pellegrino, The Softback Preview, New York, 1995

Science and the Bible, Henry Morris, Moody Press, Bucks, 1988

Science Held Hostage Whatís Wrong With Creation Science and Evolutionism, Howard J Van Till/Davis A.Young/Clarence Menninga, IVP, Downerís Grove, Illinois, 1988

Science Speaks, Peter W Stoner and Robert C Newman, Moody Press, Chicago, 1976

Set My Exiles Free, John Power, Logos Books, MH Gill & Son Ltd, Dublin, 1967

Testament, The Bible and History, John Romer, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1988

The Authority of the Bible, Ambassador College, Pasadena, California, 1980

The Bible Fact or Fantasy, John Drane, Lion, Oxford, 1989

The Bible is the Word of God, Jimmy Thomas, Guardian of Truth, Kentucky

The Bible or Evolution? William Jennings Bryan, Sword of the Lord, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

The Bible, The Biography, Karen Armstrong, Atlantic Books, London, 2007

The Bible, Questions People Ask, A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication, Liguori Publications, Missouri, 1980

The Bible Unearthed, Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman, Touchstone Books, New York, 2002

The Canon of Scripture, FF Bruce, Chapter House, Glasgow, 1988

The Church of Rome and the Word of God, Rev Eric C Last, Protestant Truth Society, London, Undated

The Early Church, Henry Chadwick, Pelican, Middlesex, 1987

The Enigma of Evil, John Wenham, Eagle, Guilford, Surrey, 1994

The History of Christianity, Lion, Herts, 1982

The King James Version Defended, Edward F Hills, The Christian Research Press, Iowa, 1973

The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, Edited by Raymond E Brown, Joseph A Fitzmyer, Roland E Murphy, Geoffrey Chapman, New York 1990

The Theology of Inspiration, John Scullion SJ, Mercier, Cork, 1970

The Unauthorised Version, Robin Lane Fox, Penguin, Middlesex, 1992

Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, John R Rice Sword of the Lord, Murfreesboro, 1943

What is the Bible? Henri Daniel-Rops, Angelus Books, Guild Press, New York, 1958

When Critics Ask, Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, Victor Books, Illinois ,1992

Which Version Now? Bob Sheehan, Carey Publications, 5 Fairford Close, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH16 3EF

Who is a Fundamentalist? Dr Curtis Hutson, Sword of the Lord, Murfreesboro, 1982

Why Does God..? Domenico Grasso SJ, St Pauls , Bucks, 1970

Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer, Freeman, New York, 1997

BIBLE QUOTATIONS FROM:

The Amplified Bible