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Into this dust of death and night faded all the promises of God. Into this rottenness of wandering despair fell all the dreams of liberty and home. Millions of corpses were left to rot in the desert, and each one certified to the dishonesty of Jehovah. I cannot believe these things. They are so cruel and heartless, that my blood is chilled and my sense of justice shocked. A book that is equally abhorrent to my head and heart, cannot be accepted as a revelation from God.

When we think of the poor Jews, destroyed, murdered, bitten by serpents, visited by plagues, decimated by famine, butchered by each, other, swallowed by the earth, frightened, cursed, starved, deceived, robbed and outraged, how thankful we should be that we are not the chosen people of God.

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No wonder that they longed for the slavery of Egypt, and remembered with sorrow the unhappy day when they exchanged masters. Compared with Jehovah, Pharaoh was a benefactor, and the tyranny of Egypt was freedom to those who suffered the liberty of God.

While reading the Pentateuch, I am filled with indignation, pity and horror. Nothing can be sadder than the history of the starved and frightened wretches who wandered over the desolate crags and sands of wilderness and desert, the prey of famine, sword, and plague.

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Ignorant and superstitious to the last degree, governed by falsehood, plundered by hypocrisy, they were the sport of priests, and the food of fear. God was their greatest enemy, and death their only friend. It is impossible to conceive of a more thoroughly despicable, hateful, and arrogant being, than the Jewish god.

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He is without a redeeming feature. In the mythology of the world he has no parallel.

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He, only, is never touched by agony and tears. He delights only in blood and pain. Human affections are naught to him. He cares neither for love nor music, beauty nor joy. A false friend, an unjust judge, a braggart, hypocrite, and tyrant, sincere in hatred, jealous, vain, and revengeful, false in promise, honest in curse, suspicious, ignorant, and changeable, infamous and hideous:—such is the God of the Pentateuch. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses. Katika Biblia, Musa aliitwa mjinga alipokiuka amri ya Farao ya kuendelea kuwafanya watumwa wana wa Israeli nchini Misri; Nuhu aliitwa mpumbavu alipohubiri kwa miaka mia kuhusu gharika, katika kipindi ambacho watu hawakujua mvua ni nini; Daudi aliitwa mjinga alipojitolea kupambana na Goliati bonge la mtu, shujaa wa Gathi; Yusufu aliitwa mjinga alipokataa kulala na mke wa bosi wake, baada ya kuwa ameuzwa na nduguze kama mtumwa nchini Misri; Abrahamu aliitwa mjinga alipoamua kuhama nchi aliyoipenda na kwenda katika nchi ya ahadi, eti kwa sababu Mungu alimwambia kufanya hivyo; Yesu aliitwa mjinga mpaka akasulubiwa aliposema yeye ni Mfalme na Mwana wa Mungu.

Nuhu aliokoa dunia. Daudi alimshinda Goliati. Yusufu aliokoa familia yake kutokana na njaa. Abrahamu alikuwa baba wa imani. Yesu aliyashinda mauti. Wakati mwingine tunatakiwa kufanya mambo makubwa kulingana na jinsi Roho Mtakatifu anavyotutuma, bila kujali watu au dunia itasemaje. Nielsen, Seed. Grilled fish leaped out of rivers of wine onto your plate.

Roast geese waddled down streets paved in pastry, just begging to be eaten. Flying pigs and buttered birds fell from the sky like rain, directly into people's mouths. People lived in edible houses made of pancake roofs and walls made of sausage. Kutokana na woga usio na kifani na kukata huko kwa tamaa waliamua kutosubiri tena kusikia neno kutoka kwa Mungu, au kuiona sura halisi ya Mungu kama Musa alivyokuwa amewaahidi, hivyo wakamlazimisha Haruni awatengenezee mungu kutokana na taswira ambayo tayari walishakuwa nayo vichwani mwao kuhusu mungu waliyemtaka; yaani ndama wa dhahabu, au mungu mpya ambaye angewapa chochote walichotaka muda wowote waliotaka.

It's hidden oil spilled for the mass to fall over and trip. God Himself had led them up from Egypt, and finally the moment of truth had arrived. And bring some of the fruit of the land. And here they were, carrying a bunch of grapes so large that two men had to carry it between them! It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Everyone wanted to have a share of the fruit. In the New Covenant we have also been told to take a Promised Land. We are promised that we can be partakers of the divine nature by fleeing the corruption in the world that comes through our lusts.

The spies had also encountered the inhabitants of the land: strong people dwelling in fortified cities. The people of Israel sank into despondency and wept the whole night through.

Had all their dreams come to this? Had they really suffered so much hardship, only to be thwarted at the very threshold of the Promised Land? It can often seem like that in our Christian lives as well. We give up our old life to follow Jesus, with high hopes of a better life.

But then our enemy, the sin in in our nature, looms up large and threatening, seemingly impossible to overcome. He has too much respect for the free will He has given us. In fact, without faith, it is impossible to please God. On the other hand, He richly rewards those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews Joshua and Caleb, two of the spies, spoke up. You would have thought the people took heart, remembering the promises God had made and the miracles they had seen Him perform. But no.

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Because of unbelief, when they came up against resistance, they would rather have stoned these men of faith than take up a battle and fight for the Promised Land. But then God stepped in. This different spirit was a spirit of faith. Faith means not looking at what is visible, but believing that God is Almighty. God wants us to choose to believe, and choose to obey. He wants us to sacrifice something. God was with Joshua and the Israelites, but they had to show that they wanted it. In the conquest of Canaan that followed the fall of Jericho, not one city was taken without a fight.

In that same spirit of faith we fight our own battle against the sin in our nature. We must give up our own will and sinful desires. God gives us strength when we diligently seek Him in faith, and when we overcome, all the glory goes to Him. Nothing is taken without a fight, but when we fight, there is nothing that we cannot take.

One by one the enemies will fall before us. Love, joy, peace, and all the virtues — we will hold them in our grasp and taste them.