Christians should be grateful for Moses for many reasons. First of all, Book of Exodus is one of the most exciting parts of the Bible. Magic tricks, plagues, pharaoh’s army drowned in the sea, conflicts between allies… some action at least. Whatever ‘really’ happened, Jews finally made it to Israel, anybody can prove it.
Second, and most important, Moses understood the importance of the right equipment for a long journey. Every redundant piece of husbandry should be abandoned, useless slaves sold, food and livestock gathered, but what will we do with this huge altar, and statues, and ceremonial robes, and two tons of incense?
Idiots don’t become the leaders of the nation. Even though he had to crush first set of Ten Commandments, his arguments for pocket-size ???? prevailed. ???? -what a nice example of understanding the idea of God. Especially when our moral code will start from:
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I ???? your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me. You shall not take the name of ???? your God in vain, for ???? will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain”.
Who would liked to carry six meter high statue of own God, while facing forty years long trip without a map and without a road? How will it move over this mountain? Isn’t it just easier to start to distinguish between image and idea, material symbol and its meaning?
Today this skill may come handy for some Christians. Use this wonderful tool, discovered by pious monk William of Ockham, and cut off that part of God’s flesh that enlarges your carbon footprint, before you hit the road. And don’t forget this part about not taking His name in vain. It refers to the online rows with Atheists in the first place ;).
In the next episode - manual for atheists: How to understand Messiah.