Sunday, 11 September 2016
The Bible: A Very Grim Fairytale - Exodus: Chapter 37, 38, 39 and 40 - God's Blueprints
So why are we combining three whole chapters into one now? Because these are fantastically boring. Worse than that, these are repeats. We already had all of this detail earlier in Exodus. Now we get the same stuff all over again just in case we weren't sufficiently bored the first time.
So essentially the end of Exodus is all about telling us about God telling us how great he is and how he wants to be worshipped because of it. No false modesty with God. Oh no. And it's not as if he doesn't have much to be modest about given that he is a vain, vengeful, lying, deceitful, murderous, genocidal, racist dictator. But like all the best dictators he wants praise too.
In reality of course, as we cannot repeat often enough, this is because all of this is created by vested interests. Who were the vested interests? Anyone who benefited from an organised religion and the ability to invoke a god in support of man-made laws. We see it all the time even now. What is the excuse of those who want Sharia law? That god made law is inherently superior to man-made law. Talk about protesting too much.
So in these chapters at the end of Exodus we get in tiresome detail the instructions about how to build the Tabernacle and all of its tasteless furnishings. How all of this was created of specific woods and overlaid with gold that desert dwellers just happened to have about them. It is a ludicrous story, but one it would have been dangerous to dispute, still less to actually ridicule. Once something is imbued with that kind of authority it slowly gets the imprimatur of truth and even of holiness. Never mind the contradictions, never mind the immorality, never mind the logical absurdities and non sequiturs.
I won't sport with your intelligence or boredom threshold by repeating all of the details. Suffice to say that God wanted a horrible, big, gaudy tent of excess and questionable taste. If people had really been living out in the desert and had been close to starving they might in all probability have questioned why any of this was necessary. But of course that is because Exodus is myth and fairytale created by an ignorant and unexceptional Arab tribe. For reasons of happenstance and coincidence they somehow managed to have those myths survive and prosper and to create a religion, then a second and a third religion. Then it became something that could not be questioned and then it became dangerous to question it and only recently has it lost its power. None of this happened because it made any sense. It happened despite it not making any sense at all.
After six chapters of this, of more detail than they went into for the building of the Ark that supposedly carried all of those animals that survived the flood, of more detail than they went into for when God supposedly created the Earth and the moon and the sun and the stars, we finally reach the end of Exodus. Moses looked upon all that had been done for God and he blessed them.