Leviticus must be frustrating for those wishing to learn more about the words in the Bible, and how it all meshes with modern religion.
Modern religion seems to be a frankenstein like beast, put together with fragments of dead stories which fit best with modern times and norms. The rest of the pieces of the stories are ignored or not discussed.
Who’s to blame them? There are so many foreign concepts and ideas in Leviticus, it’s almost as if the entire book of Leviticus, AND Genesis and Exodus, were clearly written for a specific set of people in a specific time in history in a specific geographic location. Which is one of my primary points in this blog, and Leviticus only solidifies my argument.
So why do modern Christians believe the bible, from beginning to end, is applicable to them as a whole? Is it the misused usage of words like “forever” and “the whole earth” when we see that “forever” ended A LONG TIME AGO (i.e. the Levitical priesthood) and the “whole earth” really only describes the geographic locations the author knew about at the time.
After all, it wasn’t until 1492 that people realized there was an entire Hemisphere between them and India. Suddenly, the concept of the “whole world” changed!
People today believe Jehovah is the creator of the universe. Yet Leviticus states that there are many rituals that are to be performed “for ever”. They have not been performed in thousands of years in the presence of the tabernacle. Yet the world moves on and progresses and the punishments Jehovah laid out in Leviticus 26 are not here.
Heave offerings, wave offerings, burnt flock, burning fat, altars, anointing, oils, priestly regalia. All foreign to most anyone outside the Middle East proper. Yet I’m supposed to believe this book is for all people throughout the world?
Oh, and who can forget the body count between Jehovah and the Devil at this point in the Bible, the end of Leviticus. All death and destruction has come at the hands of Jehovah. NOTHING from the devil. His only “evil” was telling Adam and Eve the truth about eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Bible is clear on this point.
I can almost hear the cry of Christians saying I am a devil apologist, etc. I’m only repeating what the Bible clearly states. Jehovah said they would die if they ate the fruit; The Serpent said they would only open their eyes if they ate the fruit. They ate the fruit and opened their eyes. Who is the liar in this story!?
Look at what happened to the two sons of Aaron, burnt to death by Jehovah. Look at how Leviticus treats medical issues like leprosy, no actual treatment, except through burnt offerings and priestly rituals. Does this pass in modern times? Does a parent kill their children for bringing them the wrong food? When you have a flu, do you burn a goat to heal yourself?
The dichotomy between Jehovah and Elohim is briefly touched upon in Leviticus. Elohim gave us the stars to track days and times; Jehovah says do not observe times.
The church tells us there are 10 main Commandments. Well the 10 they talk about are actually part of 13 total if you single out the specific chapter they are mentioned in. Conveniently those last 3 are left out in modern times (picking and choosing?) Not only that, there are HUNDREDS more commandments laid out.
The writing style of Leviticus seems to be continuous from Exodus, but oddly scattered, as we find smack dab in the middle of the constant commandments coming out of Jehovah, a story about a man who cursed Jehovah and was stoned to death.
Leviticus 26 is probably the most potent chapter of them all when studying the personality of this god, Jehovah. The brutality of his punishments tells me he is no better, nay, he is much worse towards the Israelites than the Egyptians were.
The Israelites are clearly still under slavery and servitude, except instead of to a Pharaoh and his nation, they are shackled under an invisible god working through an intermediary via Moses and a priesthood clan.
I still stand on my belief that either a) Jehovah at this time is NOT the same Jehovah in Genesis and Exodus, but the entity (or Moses) has hijacked his name; OR; b) The Jehovah concept is being used by a powerful magician via Moses, who utilizes volcanic and natural events to control his people through fear.
The idea that Jehovah walked among Adam, Abraham, etc. but can not appear to anyone but Moses in Exodus and Leviticus tells me they are not the same entity. The term “elohim”, despite being the entities credited for all the good creation in Genesis 1, have all but disappeared from the Bible at this point. Yet modern churches preach that it is the same entity from beginning to end.
If I was being proselytized to, in a foreign land far from the cultures of the historic (or even modern) Middle East, this book thus far would have absolutely ZERO applicability on my life. The majority of the story would be completely foreign and inapplicable to my survival.
YET! This story has spread all across the world like wildfire. Is it because it is, indeed, applicable to all the world?
OR! Is it because the manner in which it was initially spread (by book or sword) and the ultimate message (follow this or you are going to burn in hell forever) have put absolute fright into those who receive the message?
Millions have died as these Abrahamic religions that reference these early books in the Bible spread around the world. At some point, a parent is going to accept these teachings in order to save their children from death at the hands of the religious fanatic. The children grow up, and pass it on to their children, etc. At some point, we forget just HOW this doctrine was given to us and we accept it all as fact, never remembering the dismembering, torture, burnings, and death that accompanied these religions as they spread into distant lands.
Problem is, unlike the peoples of the past, TODAY we are free people, we can read for ourselves, we can research the past for ourselves, we can analyze what religions tell us is “true” and make decisions on our own. Is it any wonder people leave modern religions despite the promise of burning hell and fire and brimstone as punishment if they do?
At some point the Boogy Man no longer puts fear in the child who has become an adult when the adult realizes there really wasn’t an actual Boogy Man. Reading the actual words of the Bible is slowly removing said fear, despite the modern churches still teaching this fragmented doctrine of eternal hell and an angry vengeful god.
I could easily toss this book aside at this point in the Bible for all said reasons above, but I am continuing forward because I enjoy the process of discovery.