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One of the main accusations against Catholicism is the use of crucifixes and Jesus’ image on the Cross as a form of idolatry. Let’s take a look at one of the earliest mentions of idolatry, as it pertains to the Christian faith. The story of Moses.
From the book of Exodus comes the story of Moses on Mt. Sinai. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, and to the base of Mt. Sinai. It was there that Moses had placed the priests Aaron and Hur in charge of the Israelites, before setting off on the climb to the top of the mountain. For six days, a cloud had covered the top of Mt.Sinai. On the 7th day, God called on Moses to enter the cloud. From the base of the mountain, the Israelites saw what appeared to be a cloud consumed by fire.
For forty days and forty nights, Moses stayed in counsel with the Lord.
God commanded Moses to collect offerings from the Israelites. Gold, Silver, Bronze, colored Yarn and linen. Goat hair and ram leather dyed in red, and hides of ‘sea cows.” Acacia wood and olive oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and fragrant incenses. Onyx stones and gems for decoration. Exodus 25.
Construction plans were given to Moses to build a table, an ark (box), a lampstand, a tabernacle, an altar, an ephod (priest garments), a bejewelled breastplate, and a building.
This was basically the birth of a new religion. The groundwork to what would eventually evolve into modern day Christianity.
So Moses was gone for forty days and forty nights. During that time, the Israelites grew impatient. People started sinning, and they started doing weird shit. They went to Aaron and demanded Aaron to make a god for them to worship. They didn’t know what was taking Moses so long so they lost faith. It took less than forty days before the Israelites started sinning.
Aaron, the guy that Moses left in charge, caved in to popular opinion. He told the people to break the gold off their wives’, and sons’, and daughters’ earrings. Then with all that gold, Aaron pounded out a golden calf. He then told the Israelites that this was the ‘new’ god and it was this ‘new’ god that had led them out of Egypt. Then the Israelites proceeded to feast and have sexual orgies.
God, with his telepathic powers, instantly sensed the abrupt corruption. He commanded Moses to descend the mountain before he was to break his shit off on them. God was pissed because he actually had plans to make a really sweet jewel encrusted ephod for Aaron. But that was before Aaron’s treachery.
Idolatry at that time was sort of a benign and culturally accepted practice; but to compound that with a lie (the gold calf leading the Israelites out of Egypt when they were all right fucking there witnessing God leading them out of Egypt), that made God really really angry.
Exodus 32:9 “I have seen these people, and they are a stiff-necked people.” God said to Moses.
So Moses pleaded with God, God please don’t kill them. It would look dumb in front of our enemies to know that we led them out of Egypt, only to slaughter them shortly after. Moses pledged to cleanse the corruption, and to make the Israelites worthy of God’s grace. God agreed.
Moses, upon setting eyes on the Israelites, threw the stone tablets (the ten commandments) to the ground, shattering them to pieces. People were worshipping a golden calf, and singing, and acting like retards, and having sexual orgies. Basically sinning and acting like fools. A laughing stock to their enemies.
According to Exodus 32:20, Moses took the golden calf, threw it into the fire, and then pulverized it. He then mixed it in with water and made the Israelites drink it.
So he said, “whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” The Levites rallied to him. He then told the Levites to strap on swords and go through the camp from end to end to kill friends, brothers, and neighbors.
Violent religion isn’t it?
That day, 3000 people were killed.
There is a specific mention of an ‘angel’ in Exodus 32:34.
God said to Moses, go, lead them to the promised land, and when the time comes, God will punish them for their sins. God eventually did strike them with a plague, but I’m sure that’s because of the STD’s.
End of part 1.
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