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IPFS News Link • Religion: Believers

Obeisance to the "Greater Good"

•, by Jeff Thomas

The Israelites are saved. God provides Moses with a list of commandments that they are to live by – pretty basic stuff: Don't kill people, don't steal or lie, don't cheat on your spouse, etc.

But interestingly, the second commandment exhorts the Israelites not to create false gods, nor to bow down to nor serve them.

Unfortunately, when Moses was away, the Israelites did create a false god. They couldn't resist the very human urge to have a visible deity that would hopefully provide them with good times, as long as they were willing to prostrate themselves before it.

And past eras are filled with such stories – naïve pagans sacrificing animals and humans to the deities in the hopes that they would provide rain, a good crop, healthy babies, freedom from inter-tribal aggression, etc.

We can look upon otherwise-advanced cultures such as the Egyptians, the Romans, the Aztecs, etc., and shake our heads at their naivete. All of them created great ceremonies that involved blood sacrifices, in order to appease the deities.

So, how are we doing? Have we banished paganism from the modern world?

Well, unfortunately, no. We may live in a more technological age, yet human nature remains the same. Those who are not highly focused within themselves have the perennial tendency to want to put their faith in some magical entity out there who will smile upon them and make all the bad things go away.

But even more astonishing is the fact that, just as in days of yore, a majority of people are quite prepared to suspend logic in order to believe in such pagan deities.

A quick peek at the current religion of Climate Change reminds us of this.

It began as "Global Cooling" but fell flat since a solar warm spell happened to occur just when the concept was introduced. It took the Global Cooling scammers over a decade to decide that they were on the wrong track, but when they did, they changed the name of the conceptual deity to "Global Warming," to match the existing weather conditions. But unfortunately, a cyclical solar cooling period was due to arrive and Global Warming failed to match the new weather conditions.

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Comment by PureTrust
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The book that Moses started is called the Bible. The Bible is by far the best seller of all time. Part of the reason for this is that the Bible is God's Word. God has power. The point is to trust God rather than people.