Everybody knows that Moses performed great “miracles” on his way to the promised land. Parting the Red Sea was the first one. Producers of the History Channel dedicated some of their time to shed light on that matter. In the film “The Exodus Decoded” produced by Felix Golubev and Simcha Jacobovici, it is tried to prove that the Exodus really happened. They give a rational explanation to all the plagues. They even explained the parting of the Red Sea. For starters, they say that it was not the Red Sea Moses divided. They claim that it was a mistranslation. They say that instead of Red Sea, it should have been translated Reed Sea. They also say that since it was a sea of reeds, it was not really a sea; it was a lake, because reeds do not grow in salty water but in fresh water. They may be right. Probably the bishops in Nicaea thought that parting a sea would be more impacting than parting a lake, so they decided to translate Red Sea, instead of Reed Sea. The director’s conclusion was that it must have been a tsunami cause by the Santorini Volcano, erupting in a Greek island, the event that parted the waters.


       There is a problem with that theory, though. As we all could see in 2004 when the tsunami hit in Indonesia, the water of the ocean went away from the beach just for a few minutes, and then it hit the land with its devastating force. Considering the large number of Hebrews fleeing from Pharaoh’s army_ around 3,000,000 if the bible is correct_ and taking into consideration that they were carrying not only babies and children, but also cattle and goods, there would not have been enough time for all of them to cross:


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12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.


       Let us stop trying to proof that all those “miracles” could have happened. The plain and simple truth is they never occurred. They are just folk tales the Hebrew priests made up to make their people believe that their god was really powerful and could do something for them.


       Witnessing such a feat must have been not only comforting for the Hebrews, because they knew that the only true god on earth was on their side, but also shocking. That sole act should have convinced Moses’ followers that he had been really sent by Yahweh or Jehovah. That miraculous event alone could have never been forgotten, especially in those times when people were so superstitious.

 

       Nowadays, huge crowds gather in stadiums and arenas around the world to see and listen to preachers like Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, etc. People have no doubt that those preachers can perform miracles, and just because they think they have cured some people or solved their problems. Just for that, they are willing to donate huge amounts of money and devote their time to them. Imagine what they would do for them if those televangelists could part, not the Red Sea or Reed Sea, but just the Mississippi River. The crowd would go crazy and forever be loyal to them. But according to the Hebrew bible, it was really difficult to impress early Hebrews. Short after Moses’ greatest “miracle”, they forgot about it:


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14:31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.


       Here, the children of Israel, after seeing what god did to the Egyptian army, feared him and Moses. But two and a half months later:


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16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.


16:2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:


16:3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.


       Seventy-five days later, the children of Israel, who had witnessed the plagues Yahweh or Jehovah brought upon Egypt; had seen him killing every firstborn in the Egyptian nation; had seen Moses part the waters of the Red Sea or Reed Sea for them to be able to pass, and had seen Moses turn salty water into potable water were doubting Moses! Just because they were hungry, they had lost all confidence in the servant of god, whose deeds they had just witnessed! Catholics and christians nowadays have never witnessed any miracle of such grandeur; however, they do not doubt Yahweh or Jehovah, and would do anything for him.


       The “miracles” did not stop there:


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16:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,


16:12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.


16:13 And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.


16:14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.


16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.


16:35 And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.


       This other "miracle" was not enough for them to learn to trust their lord; even though they were collecting bread that fell from the sky, they kept murmuring against Yahweh or Jehovah because they were thirsty. Is it not easier to make water fall from the sky than bread? Why did they not believe god could bring rain upon them?


       And then:


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17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.


       But it was true Yahweh or Jehovah could not make rain to fall. Is that not strange, bread falling from the sky, but not water? Moses had to find a way to get them some water. He stroked a rock with his rod, and some elders saw it. And the children of Israel quenched their thirst.


       Then the ultimate miracle happened. The evidence every Catholic or Christian in our days would literally die for; hearing God’s voice. Every Catholic or Christian in the world talks to the lord, and he/she thinks he answers him/her back, that is why they keep worshiping him. But the early Hebrews did not only imagine god talked to them. They actually heard his voice, coming from a cloud. Can you picture such an event? If that happened in a stadium full of parishioners during the preaching of Benny Hinn or Joel Osteen, for starters, some of the people would die of the impression. The rest would be marked forever. Nothing and nobody could convince them to follow other deities such as Allah, Shiva, Buddha, etc.


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19:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever.


19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.


19:17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.


19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, andthe whole mount quaked greatly.


19:19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

But for the children of Israel, hearing Yahweh or Jehovah talking to Moses was not good enough. They still were not certain that he was the real deal. Read what happened 40 days and 40 nights after that “marvelous” event:


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32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.


32:2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.


32:3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.


32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.


32:5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.


32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.


32:7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:


32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.


32:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:


32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.


       What was wrong with those people? What kind of beings were the children of Israel? After witnessing all those miracles and hearing god’s own voice, they turned their backs on him forty days later! What was the hurry? No army was after them anymore. Could they not wait one or two more days to resume their journey?


       And Aaron! Was he not the co-leader of the expedition? Had he not also witnessed the same miracles his brethrens had? However, when the rest of the people asked him to build another god for them because Moses had been gone for 40 days, 40 days! He immediately did so. He did not argue anything. He did not try to rationalize with them. He should have said, “Children of Israel. Think twice what you are asking me to do.  Haven’t you witnessed all of the wonders the lord have done for you? Weren’t you slaves for over 400 years before he set you free?  Didn’t you see the plagues on Egyptian land? Didn’t you walk on dry land because he divided the waters of the Red Sea? Aren’t you eating the manna from heaven every day? Aren’t you drinking from the spring in the rock? And now you want me to build another god! What’s wrong with you, people?”


       But nothing like that came from Aaron’s mouth. Instead, he was presto to build a different god for them. He probably thought, “If Moses can make gods, so can I.” Here you can see clearly how gods came to be. It was people who made them. The Hebrews knew it. That is why they asked Aaron to create one for them.

That is the truth! Yahweh or Jehovah did not perform any of those miracles, and neither did Moses.  Again, it is just folk tales. How could anybody abandon a god that has proved over and over again his great powers?

The children of Israel did not witness anything. They were talked into escaping, when they were happy working for the Egyptians. At least, there, they had food to eat and water to drink. That is what they kept telling Moses:


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16:2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:


16:3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.


17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?


17:3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?


17:4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.


       Among Catholics, who would dare to stone the pope? Among Mormons, who would dare to stone his prophet? Nobody! Nonetheless, the children of Israel were ready to kill Moses. Why? You may be wondering. Because they thought they were lied at. Moses told them they would be better off if they escaped. But when they felt the hardship upon their shoulders, they did not want to continue. They wanted to go back. They blamed Moses for all the calamities they were suffering.

Let us read what Moses did when he found out about the calf of gold Aaron made to be worshipped as a god:


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32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.


       According to the Hebrew Tradition, everything Yahweh or Jehovah touches is sacred. Mount Sinai was sacred. The ark of the covenant was sacred and the altar of the temple was sacred. And following that tradition, the two tables with the ten commandments had to be sacred, too. But Moses ignored that fact and slammed them on the floor! That is not the reaction a holy man who had just been with god and had received the backbone of his people’s code of conduct. That was the reaction of a man that had risked everything to save somebody else’s children. People, who, he thought, should have been grateful. But instead, they had turned their back on him just because it took him forty days to carve the two slabs out of the rock and chisel the ten commandments in. I know that you believe that Yahweh or Jehovah really gave Moses the tables, but if he did, why would Moses break them? If the people of Israel did not want them, he should have kept them for himself and cherish them forever. He broke them because he had gone through all the trouble of making them for nothing.


       In addition, according to Genesis, it took Yahweh or Jehovah six days to make the earth, light, the oceans, all plants, all animals, Adam, and Eve, and it took him 40 days to make two tables of stone! Somebody has to be kidding me. 

Moses had no powers and no power tools, either.  He had to work really hard to make those tables. No wonder his eyes turned red when he discovered that his people had betrayed him. 


       Now read what he did after smashing the tables:


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32:20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.


       See? Early Hebrews were like little children! Moses made all three million of them drink from the water he mixed with the gold. Children believe in Santa Claus just because their parents tell them he exists. If they saw the sled flying, they would believe in him even in adulthood. If the children of Israel had seen any of the alleged miracles, they would have never doubted Moses.

 

       Let us keep on reading:


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32:21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?


32:22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.


32:23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.


32:25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)


32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, who is on the LORD's side? Let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.


32:27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.


32:28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.


       In these passages, Moses lost all his divinity. He showed the human being he had always been. He acted like the military leader he wanted to become when he talked the Children of Israel into fleeing from Egypt. He decimated his army. He killed about three thousand men! Now you might be wondering why the author is willing to believe that and not all of the miracles Moses performed. The answer is simple. Killing was every religious leader’s resource to make the people accept their gods. That was the way Catholicism spread throughout the Roman Empire. That was how the Spaniards christianized the Americas. None of them made any miracles. They “converted” people with the sword. Moses was no different.  In fact, he set the example on how to deal with those who resisted. Constantine and, later, the hierarchy of the catholic church just had to follow Moses’ methods.


       Solid proof that Yahweh or Jehovah did not give the tables to Moses, but it was Moses himself who made them lays in the following passages:


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34:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the firs: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.


34:2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.


34:3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.


34:4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.


       Yahweh or Jehovah commands Moses to hew two tables of stone. Why? That does not make sense. Yahweh can create planets and stars, but he cannot hew two tables of stone! And before the incident of the calf of gold, Yahweh or Jehovah decided to talk aloud with Moses, so that the rest of the congregation could hear and every doubt about him could be erased, but he does not want them to see him write! If he really wanted the Hebrews to believe Moses and himself, why did he not write in front of them, too? Or talking was OK for them to hear but writing was not. Writing was to be kept a secret. Would that not be a better proof of Yahweh or Jehovah’s existence and power?


       Maybe that was why the Catholic Church kept writing a secret over a millennium. They were following god’s example.


       Here is the truth some do not want to hear. Moses had to climb up Mount Sinai by himself because he was going to chisel the commandments in the tables himself! If anybody had seen him doing it, nobody would have believed all his tales about Yahweh or Jehovah.


       Moses did not carry out any miracles. The writers of the bible made him perform them. Again, no Hebrew would have doubted him if he had seen Moses executing, not all but only one of them.


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