Exploring the human tradition of killing each other and killing innocent children in the name of God.
Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrated extensively throughout the world. It is said commonly that it commemorates the culmination of the Hebrew people’s enslavement by the Egyptians.
But what does the term really mean and what does it really refer to?
[From Wikipedia] In the story of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God inflicted ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves, with the tenth plague being the killing of firstborn sons. The Hebrews were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, hence the term “passover”.
Let’s break this thing down.
If you believe what most religious people believe, God created every single thing, creature and person in the universe. That, the largest blanket statement in history, would technically mean that he also created the Egyptians that are enslaving the Hebrews. Apparently, somewhere down the road he either stopped liking the Egyptians or started liking the Hebrews a little too much and began showing signs of “preferential treatment” which seems way too worldly a behavior for an infallible being, if you ask me.
In any event, this infallible being that is all mighty couldn’t just pluck his “people” out of harm’s way and place them in a safe environment; he had to get a representative (Moses) to go and first negotiate then threaten the Egyptian ruler with plagues and disaster.
If you have watched the Charlton Heston movie you know about the darkness, the frogs, the blood, the locusts, etc. But I want to concentrate in the whole “Pass-over” incident.
Again, this almighty God that sees everything and knows everything needed a worldly sign (namely the blood of a lamb) over the doors of everybody that was “in on it” so that their innocent first born children were not murdered in the middle of the night.
Even Santa Claus does a way better job at knowing who’s naughty and who’s nice without the need for blood signs over the door.
You see, my objective here is not to prove or disprove that there is a God (I’m sure I will tackle that one later) but instead is to show how clearly man made these “legends” and stories are and how effectively they have been used to scare entire communities into exodus, mass murder, war and all sorts of nonsense.
Please attempt for a second to put all your religious beliefs aside and as a reasonable person, analyze the story of the Hebrew emancipation from the Egyptians. If you were to hear the story without all the “divine intervention” embellishments you would probably conclude that the “Pass-over” events could very well describe a covert operation of a military nature or simply a revolt.
What seems to be more factual than the rest of the story is that Egyptian kids (or any other without blood on their door) were killed in the middle of the night in order to scare the Egyptian ruler into “releasing” the slaves.
God, as we have been led to believe, is as intolerant, vindictive and ultimately evil as the ones that created the idea of God, no surprises there.
Am I exaggerating? Well, to better answer this question let’s fast forward to “good Friday” 33 AD.
[From Wikipedia] Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by adherents to Christianity commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Golgotha.
To summarize, there’s this guy Jesus running around the streets telling people that he’s the son of God and that they should not hate each other (including their “enemies”) or stone women to death because they like sex.
Again, we’re not talking about whether Jesus existed (there is some historical evidence he did) or not nor whether he is of a divine nature or not.
What I am discussing is how the religious leaders of that time, should have been involved in the commemoration of “Pass-over” and instead were consumed with the lynching of some “do-gooder” that was gaining a little too much notoriety.
One would assume that the leaders of these people that were so thankful for having been liberated by this murder-a-bunch-of-innocent
Anyway, the joke was on them. The Christians then countered with the legend of resurrection that turned Jesus into even more of a rockstar and gave Christians plenty of “moral authority” to kill some more people later in history.
I know what some people are going to say, this is an attack to the Jewish religion. Spare me. This is a swipe at all organized religion and hopefully an approximation to an intelligent look at how these stories and legends are manipulated into beliefs then into crusades and finally into war, violence and murder.
Think, ask questions and demand answers. Religion wouldn’t be nearly as destructive as it is if people had a critical approach to it and practiced it with the responsibility found in other disciplines.