- Discounting Miracles
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Reader: I
had a secular class a long time ago that talked about how many of
G-d's miracles were hidden (wrong word) as natural phenomenon. What
made me think about this was seeing your JewishTimes cover of the
parting of the Red Sea. I had heard that Moses would have actually
crossed the Reed Sea, not the Red Sea. That area had a tendency to be
dry but would experience flash flooding and that may have accounted
for the miracle. I have also heard that at certain times during the
millennia, certain chemicals and reactions were happening in the
atmosphere that would have created a substance that could have fallen
to the earth and were edible - possibly Manna.
- Mesora: It
always amuses me when I hear of such far-fetched attempts at
explaining away religion. Isn't it interesting that such phenomena are
not seen or heard of today? Yet, these suggestions are conveniently
proposed to have taken place at the precise times when God's miracles
took place! How convenient. During my life, I have not heard any news
report on Channel 7 describing chemical substances which are edible,
and that fall from the sky. This never took place in the US this year,
nor in Paris during the 1700's. Nor do we hear the NY Times suggesting
that there was an earthquake which split the Baltic Sea in the 1400's.
No. We hear the NY Times suggesting an earthquake that occurred
precisely when the Jews arrived at the Red Sea 3315 years ago. We hear
suggestions that during the 40 years in the desert, some rare, edible
chemicals fell from the sky, precisely over the area where the Jews
journeyed, and that these chemicals followed the Jews travels through
the desert, precisely for those 40 years, and in the precise quantity
of chemicals required to sustain those Jews. Additionally, such
chemicals fell on a daily basis, unlike any other natural phenomena.
It also just happened to occur when God told the people he was sending
Manna - discounting God's word.
- Allow me to display the absurdity more
clearly: "In New York City, it rained, and only in the morning,
in a 20 block radius which needed water, it rained the exact quantity
required for each and every one of those New Yorkers, it did so for 40
years, and followed only those townspeople down every street they
traveled, and it only stopped raining when the people all found
- This is the credibility of the NY Times and
any irrational person supporting such claims - a fool is wiser.
Clearly, the proponents of these ludicrous claims have a desire to
explain away God and His miracles, thereby freeing themselves to live
with no obligation to God's Torah and His commandments, be they 7 for
gentiles, or 613 for Jews.
- Israelis who claim Israel as their land, but
do not observe God's Torah, are similarly at odds with reality. Their
claim to Israel comes only from Abraham's divine gift of Israel from
God. These Israelis who say Israel is theirs, pick and choose which
parts of the Torah they wish to follow. They accept the section in
which God's promises Israel to Abraham and his descendants, but they
ignore the rest of the Torah requiring their observance the
commandments - commandments which would give them such joy in their
life. But no, they feel they have a better solution to life than God.
- So let them continue in their denial of
reality and in their contradiction, and let them eat the fruits of
their actions. They will continue to bury their relatives, as they
abandon God's Torah, and God abandons them.
- The message is clear, as is the proof of God's
word. He created the world, and favored Abraham's monotheistic truths.
God then created a nation from Abraham to circulate and direct the
rest of mankind towards what is true and real. God then gave Israel
the Torah to perfect their lives. Subsequently He gave Israel as a
safe haven for the practice of that Torah.
- God created the human being, He knows what is
best for our happiness. He controls all and as His miracles show, He
can stop Arab violence immediately, just as he terminated the
Egyptians. No army stands a chance against Him. But Israel has decided
a different course; the Creator is not as strong as foreign dollars.
Israel decided to placate those who finance her, instead of using
proper military action to permanently end the murders. For the act of
kidnapping his nephew Lote, Abraham warred against those four, mighty
kings. They didn't kill Lote, they kidnapped him. But this was grounds
enough for Abraham to attack.
- Today, Israel restrains her hands from doing
that which reason and every moral demands. Israel cowers to other
nations requests, instead of accepting the reality of God. That is as
simply as I can put it. Israel's reality is foreign dollars and global
acceptance, and this she values more than the lives of her own people.
I ask you Israel, if life does not weigh more than politics, what are
you trying to save? Compliance with foreign demands just so you can
continually be blown to bits is no goal to be supported.
- Israel, if you accept that God gave the land
of Israel to you, then read the rest of His words. They state that
abandoning Him results in His abandon of you. But if you follow Him,
history has proven His abilities to do defend us from any evil.
Military actions devoid of Torah adherence will not prevail. Both,
military maneuvers, and Torah adherence are required. As long as God
is not a reality to you Israel, you will not be a reality to Him.
- You cannot have God's land without God.