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minds his god of his oath to the patriarchs, to multiply their seed as the stars of heaver, and the gift of the promised land, that they should inherit it forever. Whether the writer affects that his god forgot this oath when his anger waxed hot against his people, he tells us that the lord repented of the evil designed, which, if done, would have placed that peculiar god in an awful and inextricable difficulty. If Moses had let the lord alone he would have consumed the people. In fact, Moses makes the dereliction, the crime of his peculiar god, perjury. I am at a loss to know which is the greater, the priestocracy's god or the priestoracy, as represented by Moses. Abraham proved him destitute of omnipresence and omniscience; Moses proves him both. Their peculiar god was only as they represented him ; the God of Creation is as the universe represents him : that is the inappreciable difference. To find out the peculiar god, we need only unveil the priestocracy; to know the Almighty, we have to solve the mighty problem of the universe. O, how disgusting is this priestocracy, reflected on their corrupt mirror, the bible. 16. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.” O no, Moses, this was all your work. God's works would prove themselves, as those of the universe. His pen is electricity, his books the spheres of the universe, that as much exceed your stone tables as religion exceeds your Judaism. 24. Then I (Aaron) cast it (the gold) into the fire, and there came out this calf.” Which was the greatest liar, Aaron or Moses? Who stood up to help murder the people ? “All the sons of Levi,” of the priestocracy. 27. And he (Moses) said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side--and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.' Now the awful thing, peculiar faith tyranny, works, and Christ's words can be well understood. If any autocrat of absolutism can devise more tyranny than that, then he ought to be master of a verdant world. And whom did this ancient Jesuit, this monster of inquisition, this leader of sectarianism, slay? The head of the sectarians ? Very clear of all that. 28. And there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. Men of the world, talk no more of inquisitions, of papal despotism, or fanatical bigotry; ye support it all, who support such a base book. The priests' laws and swords enacted all this tragedy.
And who, on the side of the priestocracy's god, shed all this blood? Who but the priestocracy, of course ? All the sons of Levi. And Moses called it consecrating themselves to that Lord, to slay every man his son, and his brother. Let it pass now, that Christ came to bring the sword, and to set the household in chaos and confusion. Fanaticism can never stop till religion rules, and sectarianism is no more. And who but the monster of persecution and intolerance could atone for the sin of the people, before the priestocracy's god, who did as the oracle-master directed? Yes, this murderer of three thousand people, whom he blinded with peculiar idolatry, and left in their woful ignorance, could talk of sin, when there were any sectarians to his sectarianism ; and any opportunity to show off his pretensions. 35. And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf which Aaron made.” The God of the universe is no respector of persons, and would have taken hold of Mr. Aaron the first man, as the great
Who was it that spoke in verse 34 ? Most clearly a man, and one that had lost his equilibrium. Ch. xxxiii. v. 1. And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart—unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, &c. 2. And I will send an angel before thee. 3. For I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiff-necked people ; lest I consume thee in the way.” And the peculiar god is thus again proved destitute of omnipresence, by his own peculiar dictator, who used up both himself and god, worse than all others can besides! 5. For the Lord had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiff-necked people : I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee." Beat that, autocrats of the world. But even this threat had not the proper influence in the place of suppressed rights of mind, for before we get through this bible, we shall find this imbecile complaining most awfully of impotent power. 11. And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." John said, no man has seen God. Was John right? Moses could not be. 17. And the Lord said unto Moses, Thou hast found grace in my sight.” Why not the whole world find grace, before the God of Creation? It has found existence, itself a grace of the Creator, and mind his constant beneficiary. The priestocracy, not mind, spoke. 20. And he said, Thou canst not see my face : for there shall no man see me, and live,
Ch. xxxiv. “And the Lord said unto Moses, and I will write upon these tables.” If God ever wrote on these tables, he wrote them eternal for the world, else the peculiar people were the sole world. Where are those tables ? Are they not in dust, as their language? What was the language? Hebrew! Has God created in Hebrew? Is his universe in Hebrew, or in unchangeable universal language, that mind in all ages of
eternity, and all variety of nations, reads and glorifies as the only book? Ye that have opposed Mormons, do so no more. They prefer golden plates. Of tastes, who can dispute ? There is no other position that the world of superstition can dispute.
Although God was going to do marvels before all the people, no man was to come up with Moses, when God wrote. Now this was the greatest of all marvels, and the worst of all suspicions, had the whole been a fact, instead of fictions. 11. “I drive out before thee, the Canaanite—and the Jebusite.” 13. " But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves. Go it, ye sectarians, most pagan of
“And it took God forty days and forty nights to write upon these tables ?" Not an iota, as you shall see by 28th. "And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights ; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.” If any doubt remains about who is the last he, the 27 explains, “ And the Lord said unto Moses, write thou these words.” Merciful God of creation! What a faith! to sacrifice their universal God, to their peculiar bible-god, all for the world. Sin of sins, thou, sin of blasphemy, art the blackest. In the hands of the priestocracy, everything that is honorable and just, even the veracity of their peculiar god, is sacrificed to their unholy purposes, to show off their peculiar brief authority. That is the last sacrifice, and when the day comes, when come it must, that their tricks are fully seen, none will or can be, more contemptible. They humbugged the world to make it believe, and sacrificed all to retain it! In faith they sacrificed religion, in idolatry they blasphemed God, and in bigotry, fanaticism and superstition, they immolated mankind, and crushed mind. Were the blasphemous priestocracy after all, afraid to say that the last tables were written on by their God ? What sort of a cork-screw mind had they? It was peculiar, unlike all others, perverted by their sophistications. They have helped divide mind into two classes, and have well defined thus the artificial one. They have taught mankind what taxings are. It would be a curious problem to know how much have been paid them by the world. Ch. XXXV. 2, “Whosoever doeth work therein (the seventh day), shall be put to death." What more bloody statute could despotism devise ? This is equal to another one, 6 Whosoever toucheth the mount, shall be surely put to death. There shall not a hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through ; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live.” 3. “Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the Sabbath day.” The elements of temperance were made to bow to the inexorable demon of blasphemy. After this, if never before, when the bible is put into our hands, the primary question arises, what proof is it that it is a bible, since its own household is divided into three Sabbaths ?
Pile up your burnt offerings, and give "the remnant of the meat offering, “ to Aaron and his sons,” but no atonement was ever made, by offering sacrifices of blood of animals or mankind. It is absurd. One of the great sins is, against the full jurisdiction of the Creator.
Leviticus, continue on, Moses, in your absurd regulations of priestocracy, as emanating from God Almighty. Desecrate his attributes and principles, to promote your object. Ch. vi. 7. “And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord ; and it shall be forgiven him for anything of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.” All the priests' bibles will tell us so, but who that reflects the true nobility of mind, will believe it? Ch. vii. 35, “ This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron.” Moses was the consecrator, consecrating and sanctifying the priests. What can be a greater curse of a people, tied up to such ceremonies and obligations ? The effects are now before the world. Little dreamed Moses or his coadjutors, that the best protection against idolatry was mind cultivated in philosophical science. There is no fear of images, when man thinks, speaks out justly and independently, by the rules of refined civilized society that is thereby best fortified. Does the bible talk of idolatry? Who was a greater idol than Moses? Ch. xix. “And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, 27. “Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.” It might as well have been said, ye shall not use soap nor water for cleanli
Ch. xx. 27, “A wizard shall surely be put to death.” What an existence was this, for a rational being? Who was so circumstantial in all the details of the ark, tabernacle, the vestments, the rites and ceremonies? What are they all worth? Not the notice of an enlightened mind, much less the details of God Almighty, the Creator. Wise legislation, such as improved mind originates, must be the best corrective of all irrational trespasses, united with the most rational education, rational religion.
We see most clearly that man is ridiculous in assuming perfection in any bible statutes, much less claiming it as of God.
Ch. xxv. 4. “But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard." Why
was there not a sabbath to the earth also, so that no fructification could be in existence every seventh year? What did this man understand? The proper principles of geology ? The mind that is now enlightened of the husbandman in agriculture, causes him to divide his fields, and rest one while he works another, not so much that, as alternation of crops on all his fields.
Can any mind that can analyze ideas, read this book without the deepest on of the writers? It will not be very long before this will be said of the adopters who know better.
V. 21. Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.” Never let any candid mind after this, pretend that the Jews were obnoxious to the deepest reproach in forsaking their peculiar god, for the gods of their neighbors, when they must have been wofully taught by want and famine, of this obnoxious statute. No: the result does not appear in the priestocracy's bible ; do you find them disclosing secrets that would convict them?
Ch. xxvii. 30. “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord. 32. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passed under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord.” The priestocracy shall be taken care of, is the decree of Moses.
Numbers, ch. i. The males are numbered as God said to Moses, but is there any evil or plague therefor? Was not the plague in David's time, an incident of history, unconnected with the numbering? Who can suppress his indignation at the stupid ignorance of the priestocracy?
Ch. iii. 10. “And the stranger that cometh nigh (the tabernacle) shall be put to death"! What can be worse than to have the secrets betrayed ? 38. “But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron, and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary, for the charge of the children of Israel ; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death”! Is not the secret of the priestocracy worth more than the blood of the people? Who are the last, at best, but vulgar, compared with the dictator ?
Had Moses really been a great man, this nation could have become much greater and better ; but no mere priest-nation ever flourished well. The sin-offering was an equivalent for the atonement made by the priest, who had all the perquisites possible.
Ch. v. 9. “ And every offering of all the holy things of the children of Israel, which they bring unto the priest, shall be his.”
Ch. vi. 22. “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23. Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, on this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel.” God help the blessing of the priestocracy.
Ch. ix. If the passover was not kept by those in a proper situation, they were to be cut off from their people. What a burden to life, what oppression and tyranny! 15. 66 The cloud covered the tabernacle.” This was to deceive posterity, you, even you, if you are green enough. 23. “They (the children of Israel) kept the charge of the Lord, at the commandment of the Lord by the hand of Moses." And Moses acted as Moses thought. Ch. x. This was a military priestocracy.
V. 31. “And he (Moses) said, leave us not, I pray thee : for as much as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes.” Why did Moses want Hobab for eyes, if the angel was sent by God who said besides, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” ? Also, 33. “And the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them—to seek out a resting-place for them." Moses is convicted abundantly, of availing himself of mind all the time.
Ch. xi. The people complained. No wonder; they got enough in having this military priestocracy. Why should the people be blamed for doubts and dissatisfaction, when their consecrator, Moses, chides his god right out in verse eleventh, and tells him indirectly about his doubt of his god's veracity, in verse twenty-one and two, “and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.” 23. And the Lord said unto Moses, is the Lord's hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not." No, Moses, the burden is of another kind, that will pronounce you a blasphemous desecrator of the God of creation. These plagues are very convenient to the bible writers; they prove conclusively the sins of the people, as if mind could be exempt entirely, and be kept perfect.
Ch. xii. What amiable people these priests and prophets are ? Aaron and his wife are envious of Moses. V. 3. Now the man Moses was very meek above all other men which were upon the face of the earth.” He was very meek when he caused three thousand of his people to be slain for mere sectarianism. This chapter is one of the greatest efforts of priestocracy. And now, though Moses himself wanted Hobab for eyes in the wilderness, we find that the Lord came down and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and proclaimed the chief Moses as above all vision-prophets, for Moses received all directly from God. To fix this as certain that god did come down and do all, Miriam becamě leprous, white as snow.
And Moses caused her to be cured. Many a pious disposed soul will think this all so! Not a word of proof is brought. The mere statement of a book that was gotten up, merely to uphold the dynasty of Judaism. And the priestocracy of much of the world wishes it to uphold all the dynasties practicable to be raised on its capital. That is the trick. Of course whilst all this is available, the affiliated will affect to believe it, and no longer. They must laugh at the people, the vulgar herd, in their sleeve, to be such simpletons.
Ch. xiii. Remarkable indeed. The peculiar god directs Moses, as Moses says, to send men that they may search the land of Canaan. Why so?
Moses needed the eyes of these twelve men to cause his peculiar god to speak. Moses used this god as he chose, being a privileged question.
V. 19. Whether it (the land) be good or bad. 20. And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean. What! Moses, doubt thy Lord, who said it was a land flowing with milk and honey.” ?
V. 33. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants ; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. Who blames these liars, when taught by the bible of their peculiar faith, about the giants and children of the sons of God and daughters of men ? But who believes others than the pensmen told the tale ?
Ch. xiv. Proves that the people sought to return to Egypt. What, Moses, after all your miracles and the display of your peculiar god! We believe this proves conclusively, that you did not truly inspire them at all. You could not.
V. 11. And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? And how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have showed among them ?
What, God not know this, but had to inquire of Moses? The people believed these spies, rather than their God? What a remarkable point this is in this bible? It proves that this god had not made the impression that belongs to the God of the universe. Well might a second God, the mortal Christ, call him father, for both are human dramas. Both are dramatized by the stupid, blundering, botching priestocracy. I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them. 13. And Moses said unto the Lord, 14. For they, the Egyptians, have heard that thou, Lord, art among this people ; that thou art seen face to face, and that thou goest before them, by day time, &c. 15. Now, if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations will speak, saying, 16. Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore hath he slain them in the wilderness. 17. And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken. 20. And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word.
The intercession—no, the pretence of Moses, carried the day with Moses--that is, the priestocracy's action was different from the world that has the past, as theirs is future. We should suppose that God would prefer his own oath, to all Moses' words, and the opinion of the Egyptians and all the nations. 22. Because all those men which have seen my glory and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice. If any body else had stated it, it would be perfectly incredible, that God could not influence his peculiar people, after his most earnest endeavors. This necessarily results that this was not the right kind of a God, or he mistook his people, in either case proving his imbecility. But Moses and his priestocracy authors were the ones mistaken, and mis-stated.
23. Surely they shall not see the land which I swear unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it. Did god make any reservation of these people to Jacob, when he said, “ And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land" ? Did god make any reservation to Isaac, when he said, “I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father”? “ And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven,” saying to Isaac, " for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries." What reservation did he make to Moses, when he came down to bring them unto a land flowing with milk and honey? When he said to Moses that he had established his covenant with the patriarchs to give them the land of Canaan, swearing to give it to the patriarchs, to the Israelites, for an heritage? 'Tis needless to multiply words. The position proves afterthought of man, not of God. Men swore, and perjured themselves blasphemously before the God of the universe, who is immutable. The prophets were caught as false, that is all. 45. Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites,
which dwelt in that hill, and smote them,” &c. How convenient, yet how utterly worthless is prophecy. The Lord did not assist them; nay more, Moses “ departed not out of the camp.
Ch. xv. But why, 18 v. speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, when ye come into the land whither I bring you,” after the preceding chapter? Caleb and Joshua alone were reserved, of the numbered males, to see the land.
Was Moses competent to take the people into Palestine? Was he not timid ?
Ch. xvi. Now we see the supreme power of this priestocracy. The republican Korah and friends sought to establish a more equitable order of things, for the sovereignty of the people, but these two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown, whose spirits might have been as patriotic as a Washington and a Hancock, a Tell and a Warren, and a host such, asserting that the dictators “took too much upon them, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them : wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord;" made vain efforts. The people were not prepared, and the priests circumvented them. These were sons of Levi, Korah particularly, and they asserted enough proof, for they saw the humbug. These men of renown felt the deep oppression. Were these men maniacs, that they forgot all the wonders of the Lord ? Who believes that these men, famous in the congregation, had ever been prepossessed by any such impression, else they would have committed any other suicide. This is too good a point to overlook ; this is enough to prove most conclusively that these men could not digest this odious fanaticism. Whether it was ventriloquism or no it matters not, a more potent pen-power was used. The priestocracy is uppermost. They have a charmed power.
Let us notice these points. 19 v. “ And the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. 20. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 21. Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a mo
22. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, &c. 35. And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.” And this last puts the noble resolves of these famous men on the ground that none but of the seed of Aaron were to come near to offer incense before the Lord. But after all these reported terrors, enough to make the earth quake, Behold, 41. " But on the morrow, all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, ye have killed the people of the Lord.” Now are they going to kill these two murderers ? Not at all.
It is only the platform of the priestocracy, a higher story. 42. “And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation ; and behold the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared.” Well done, Moses--the stroke of the pen is better than the stroke of the sword. Moses turns from the wrath of the people, to appease the wrath of his peculiar god. That is something worth while ; that of the people was too vulgar. 44." And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 45. Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces." What was to be done? Of course the atonement of the priestocracy was to be made. Moses and Aaron only killed fifteen thousand lacking fifty by their pen. Did they have a plague? It was sent by the angry god; and if one cause was not good enough, another could be invented. As they had little artistic skill, it was best to have the deaths all caused by the Lord. Their peculiar god was their great peculiar refuge for causes.
The greatest plague was the priestocracy surely. We have their account only ; but where is the people's account? We have only false pretences, all the time, of these murderers. What could the poor ignorant people do? We see here, how impotent their chiefs were. Moses was clothed with the most terrible of all power that superstition could give. What influence could be greater than what Moses wielded ? When he said unto the congregatiou, depart, they got up on every side.
Had these priest bigots souls above their censor-pots, they would have given more credit to Korah, as a patriot. But did they ever dream of constitutional liberty ? Of that the world had not true visions of, rightly, till 1776. Much of the world's history has been dark and lowering, proving the supremacy of usurpation over mind. If it were not for modern Moses and adopted bibles mind would be happier.
The whole majority of the world, nay the whole world might testify to the bible, but it would only perjure itself, not confirm what of itself was not tenable. If any one were to tell the world that the bible was true, he, as dupe, could know nothing of what he asserted.
He betrays his want of sagacity or honesty; one, if not both. Let it be affirmed by