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April 14th, 2014
11:44 AM ET

Five things you didn’t know about Moses

By Joel S. Baden, special to CNN

(CNN) - Moses: the main character of the Torah, the paradigmatic law-giver and the star of multiple motion pictures.

As Passover rolls around again and Jews the world over retell the story of Moses’s big moment, it’s worth remembering that there are aspects of Moses that haven’t made it to the big screen or into public consciousness.

For example, here are five things you probably didn’t know about the Hebrew prophet.

1. Moses was probably Egyptian.

The most important piece of evidence for this is his name.

In the Bible, it is explained that his name is derived from the Hebrew word mashah, “to draw,” as in “to draw him from the waters of the Nile,” where he had been hidden as an infant.

Unfortunately, it is awfully hard to get from that verb to the name Moses, which would probably mean something like “the one who draws," which isn’t how the story goes.

The name Moses is in fact a good Egyptian name meaning “son.” It’s a common element in the names of many pharaohs, such as Tuthmoses and, most famously, Ramesses (“son of Ra”).

That well-known narrative in which Moses’ mother hides him in the Nile until he is found and raised by the pharaoh’s daughter looks a lot like a heavy-handed attempt to explain that despite all the indications that Moses was Egyptian — especially his name — he was actually Israelite.

There’s also the little passage in Exodus that suggests that Moses was uncircumcised, as was his son — unexpected, to say the least, for a native Israelite.

2. Moses wasn’t anti-slavery.

He has a reputation as the great liberator. And it’s true, he did liberate the Israelites from Egypt.

But Moses didn’t have anything against slavery as an institution, only against the enslavement of the Israelites by the Egyptians.

The Israelites themselves were expected to have slaves of their own: both their fellow Israelites, who were to be treated relatively well, and non-Israelites, who received no such kindness.

Moses tells the Israelites that if they hit a slave so hard that the slave dies on the spot, that’s bad. But if the slave survives for a day or two and then dies, no punishment is required, “since he is the other’s property.”

3. Moses had a black wife.

True story. And not his first wife, either; that was Tziporah, the daughter of Jethro, a Midianite priest.

This is his second wife, a Cushite, Cush being the ancient name for Ethiopia.

If you’re bothered by this, you’re not alone. Aaron and Miriam, Moses’ own brother and sister, think it’s a bad thing, too.

But if you think that their objections justify your discomfort, there you’re wrong.

God reprimands Aaron and gives Miriam a skin disease for speaking out against Moses.

To be fair, Aaron and Miriam are bothered by inter-ethnic marriage, not interracial marriage. Since, in all likelihood, Moses — being Egyptian and all — was probably pretty dark-skinned himself.

4. Moses didn’t come up with a single law.

Moses is the paradigmatic law-giver, not the paradigmatic law-maker.

There isn’t a single law in the Torah that Moses claims to have come up with all by himself. Every law he gives the Israelites was dictated to him by God.

The New Testament refers to the law, usually in a negative sense, as something that Moses commanded. But this is deceptive (intentionally or unintentionally).

It may be that the laws of the Old Testament were all consigned to the dustbin when Jesus came along. But they weren’t commanded by Moses; they were the word of God.

Don’t shoot the messenger.

5. Moses didn’t write the Torah.

Despite the well-established Jewish and Christian tradition, the Torah never says, or even remotely suggests, that Moses wrote it.

The Bible does refer to the Torah as “the book of Moses.” But this doesn’t mean that Moses wrote the Torah, any more than “the book of Job” was written by Job or “the book of Kings” was written by Kings. “The book of Moses” means the book in which Moses is the main character — as in Job, or Kings.

The Torah is written in the third person from start to finish. Even the great speech of Deuteronomy is a reported speech: It begins with “These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel” and ends with Moses’ death.

The verse in Deuteronomy that states that “Moses wrote down this Torah” isn’t proof that he actually wrote the Torah. Again: He’s a character, and in any case he’s taking dictation, not composing anything himself.

A final note on this point. If Moses did write the Torah, then consider this verse in Numbers: “Now Moses was a very humble man, more so than any other man on earth.”

If Moses wrote that, he’s at worst a liar and at best a serious humblebragger. It’s probably fortunate, then, that he didn’t write that verse, or any other, for that matter.

Joel S. Baden is the author of “The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero” and an associate professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. The views expressed in this column belong to Baden. 

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Egypt • Holidays • Israel • Judaism • Moses • Opinion • Passover • Torah

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  1. believerfred

    What a sad state for what was once the source of great education led by clergymen both at Yale and Harvard. Harvard was the first to put a non clergyman at the helm and it did not take long to fall off the puritan band wagon. Those who bash the Bible and the works of God without a viable alternative founded in hope continue to do a great disservice to humanity. The world has only known an existence founded upon the hope that is greater than man himself. Godlessness has always existed but in very low numbers. I wonder what the death toll will be when a godless society runs into a shortage of necessities.
    If there is no Moses then Jesus was liar or the story is wrong. There is a point where a liberal thought ends in the removal of truth leaving only a lie in its conclusion. This is a classic foundation of demonic presence. It is not fitting to call Yale a school of divinity.

    April 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm |
    • new-man

      well said. I couldn't agree more.

      April 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm |
      • believerfred

        Not sure how one could hold onto their faith if they went to Yale Divinity School to prepare for a life teaching the truth as Jesus presented it. Perhaps it is a good thing in a way because it actually washes out those students that were not firmly grounded in faith to begin with. Even C.S. Lewis went so far as to see Adam and Eve as only representative beings. He however never doubted the words of Christ or works of Moses. If the words of Jesus are wrong at any point then all can be question. So far not one word of Christ has proven wrong. Baden has tossed about some speculation but no facts that change the works of Moses or prove Moses non existent.

        April 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm |
        • new-man

          I agree and because I am not here to please the "so-called-wise and logical" I will go ahead and say this:

          For the Bible to be wrong on even one single point, the entire universe will have to implode in a massive cataclysmic collapse and never be found again. The WORD of God is that potent, because it is HIS WORD that actually sustains our universe and it was by His WORD that our universe was created. His WORD is the only pillar upon which everything is built and sustained.

          Heb 1:3 He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,

          notice, it didn't say the power of His word, but rather the WORD of His Power!
          The WORD [the Living Word and the written word] is the expression of God's Power!
          .... no wonder daily the accuser of the brethren has his spirits attacking the WORD...

          Blessings friend.

          April 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm |
        • believerfred

          new-man
          Interesting, I was just with Walter Kaiser (excellent OT author) who said I was beginning to drift. He said the other nations were not afraid of God relative to their god but, they were afraid of the God that was with Israel. Your comment as to "Word" made me think it was the power of the Word in you that makes the difference.

          April 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
        • new-man

          did Mr. Kaiser mean you were beginning to drift because you were questioning the written word, (It's always great to have questions- even without verbalizing them, many times the Holy Spirit has shown me the answers through the teachings of others etc.) or because you were beginning to doubt the written word?

          April 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm |
        • sam stone

          i find it amusing and somewhat frightening that here in the 21st century someone would think that continuation of the universe is at all dependent on the translated, edited hearsay of iron age sheep molesters.

          April 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm |
        • believerfred

          new-man
          I was beginning to think too much of the Bible need not be taken exactly as it is written. I was using translations that were favorable rather than common translations. Not the extent I would agree with Baden however.

          April 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm |
        • alonsoquixote

          Believerfred, you wrote " So far not one word of Christ has proven wrong." Then, I suppose the unknown author or authors, as the writings appear to be the work of multiple authors in at least 3 stages, of the Gospel of John was putting words into Jesus mouth that he never said when he/they wrote in John 14:13-14:

          "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

          Unless you believe any wish you or other Christians make in Jesus name will be granted, that seems to be obviously false. Though I've heard some try to add caveats like "well only if he deems it best for you" that, obviously, aren't in the original text to avoid acknowledging that statement as false.

          April 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm |
        • sam stone

          "I was beginning to think too much"

          Yes, I can see how that would be a problem

          April 16, 2014 at 5:52 am |
        • new-man

          fred,
          understand.
          going back to Dr. Kaiser, in reality I've only heard of him through your post and checked and saw that he's quite the OT scholar and very prolific writer.
          with regards to the God of Israel and other gods, I agree with him. It was only recently I had the revelation God called Abraham at a time when the whole world was steeped in godlessness since Nimrod who was given great understanding of the spiritual realm turned away from God and instead used his knowledge for evil and to turn all the people away from God and into rebellion.
          Abraham visited Noah and Shem and there he received instructions in the ways of the Lord. So it was beginning with Abraham that God started rebuilding a nation that served Him as their God (and this nation is still being built even today). It was through comparison/observation/witnessing (meaning the nations would see how a man who has made Yahweh Elohim his God would be blessed, provided for, protected etc. compared to other men whose trust were in other gods) that the nations would see and decided if they want to make Yahweh Elohim their God, or if they want to continue in their pagan ways and worship self, idols, languages eg. science, philosophy etc.
          Nothing has changed, this still goes on to this day.
          So many think it's the believer's job to convert them, but it's not 100% true. The believer is to demonstrate the kingdom of God (though right now many were not taught how to do this, but it will change and very soon) to the nations- all those outside of the kingdom of God; now it's up to these nations to decide if Yahweh Elohim is who they want as their God, only they can decide for themselves.

          will stop here for now.

          April 16, 2014 at 10:26 am |
        • believerfred

          new-man
          I like how you phrase "who they want as their God". The Hebrew had God as their King for some time yet eventually demanded a King like the other nations had. God warned them of the consequences yet they insisted. Everything God said would happen came to pass and continues with us. Just as God allows us to choose who we want as our God we choose how we see our God. Is God our King or does something or someone else trump our King. I recall when Obama came to office he wanted a nation more like Europe and has taken us in that direction. At Harvard then Yale they wanted Presidents that were not 100% committed to God and the result eventually was theology being confined into a small corner and even that corner recently became dominated by liberal views of, as Pilate said, what is truth.

          April 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
        • new-man

          fred,
          " Everything God said would happen came to pass and continues with us."

          This was a huge revelation for me sometime ago when I realized that though we may be a "modern generation", we were still the continuation of generations past and the same rules and concepts still applies to us, in the same way it applied to then.

          I spent sometime unsuccessfully looking through for a comment you made regarding the vacuum that exists when a society is steeped in godlessness... these same godless nations and peoples who boldly declare there is no God, are usually the loudest in their accusations of "where is your God now" when the calamity they've sown into has come to bear fruit.

          Yes, when Truth is removed from any person, organization, etc. all that's left is deception, lie, and eventual death. God is truth, His Word is truth, His written word is truth. Remove truth and we're no more than pagans.

          Jesus said in John 17:8 I have given them the WORDS which you gave me...
          In verse 14 He says: I have given them they WORD, and the world hated them because they are not of the world...
          notice: Jesus has given us the Father's WORDS and WORD.

          This is just my point to punctuate just how important the Living Word and the written word are, and once they are deliberately removed from inst.itutions, nations and spheres, I shudder to think what's left.

          April 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm |
    • Bad Zut

      So only clergymen are qualified to teach/read the Bible, and the guy who has made that his specific field isn't? Do you realize with that view, not only are you unqualified to opine about Baden, but you want to take us back to the Dark Ages, when that was the norm?

      Did you know that Professor Baden has a Ph.D. in the Hebrew Bible? Which he is commenting on here?
      What is your educational level concerning the Hebew Bible that you are qualified to opine on how wrong Baden is?

      April 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm |
      • believerfred

        His few books are only accepted by a handful of "experts". We have all had the full out liberal instructor who would get a failing grade from all the other knowledgeable professors. CNN loves these types. Perhaps you should go on line and see his foot print with great reliable sources such as Huffington Post.
        I read his book and gave it away part way through. He goes off on speculative trails without any new evidence to support them.

        April 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm |
        • Akira

          So I take it he isn't a Fox News contributor, which of course ALL Biblical scholars should be?

          April 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm |
        • Akira

          And you didn't address Zut's question, which is: your level of education Re: the Hebrew Bible. I feel you are probably looking at his writing through the accepted Christian doctrine.

          April 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
        • Akira

          Or the question that you feel only clergy should teach/read the Bible. Instead, you answered by attacking Baden more. Can you answer Zut's questions? I'd be interested in your answers.

          April 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm |
        • believerfred

          Akira
          "So I take it he isn't a Fox News contributor, which of course ALL Biblical scholars should be?"
          =>Baden added things to the biblical account of David which is why I never finished the book. I will admit I was looking for the worst and found it quickly.
          =>I think he needs get better acceptance before Fox would have him. Writing a blog on CNN is not a claim to fame. I do not find reviews from strong theologians that advance his work. Would you listen to the Pope or the new kid doing a sermon at the small empty RCC church down the street?

          "your level of education Re: the Hebrew Bible. I feel you are probably looking at his writing through the accepted Christian doctrine."
          =>I did not study theology at school as God was not even on my radar in college. When Baden makes statements like "It may be that the laws of the Old Testament were all consigned to the dustbin when Jesus came along." It is time to close the chapter on Baden. That is a question firmly resolved among theologians. That is a question thrown out to the class just to see if anyone is awake.

          "Or the question that you feel only clergy should teach/read the Bible."
          =>No, I stated the Yale and Harvard began with clergy at the helm. When they (top leaders at the university) replaced clergy with a secular leader at Harvard they quickly lost their original puritan nature. That is simply fact.

          April 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm |
        • ssq41

          "...their original puritan nature..."

          Thanks, Fred. This is all we needed to know.

          Puritan....

          April 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm |
        • believerfred

          ssq41
          I never mentioned which clergymen at Yale or Harvard were known Puritan's, however I did address their puritan nature.

          April 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm |
  2. Saleh Bbumba

    Thank you again Mr Baden for a great article about the real Moses. The peoples where I live know Moses well in the way you describe for many many generations. All peoples must read the Bible the right way and study how to know the things you write about. It is not an easy thing and they need help to get it the right way. Some of the peoples replying like Rainer Braendlein are quite wrong in their view of the real Moses. They will try to use God's name and they will twist God's real purpose for everyone to satisfy their own desires and their fears. They will be judged most severely by God for misuse of His divine Word. We can only hope that before time runs out that people like Mr. Braendlein will meet a good teacher who will teach them the Bible the right way.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
    • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

      You are certainly payed by Mr. Baden. Why else should you support somebody writing such a nonsense?

      If you are not payed, I feel for you.

      April 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm |
      • Bad Zut

        What is payed?

        Where is Professor Baden wrong, and what is your educational level that you think you are so much more intelligent that a Hebrew Bible PHd?

        April 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm |
        • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

          I have the biblical evidence on my side. It is not a matter of intelligence.

          St. Peter was a fisherman, and had not undergone any theological education. Nevertheless, God gave him the gift of an apostle.

          I regard myself as an ordinary Christian. I would like to get to know a Christian who has got any special gift: apostle, prophet, teacher, etc.

          April 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          Read up on Mormon theology.
          Out of all the people in the world, God chose a backwoods, barely literate convicted con-man to speak with the Archangel Moroni and receive the gift of the Golden Plates and Seer Stones.

          April 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          So does he. And we're not talking about the NT. Try again.

          April 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm |
    • igaftr

      "teach them the Bible the right way"

      That is freakin' hilarious.

      April 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm |
  3. Bad Zut

    I see that this entire page has been taken up by the bigot. May he experience firsthand what he wishes for others.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
  4. Jill

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    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

    April 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm |
  5. Rainer Helmut Braendlein

    Currently the weather really acts up in Europe (just watch the news). Maybe it will become normal again.

    But even if the weather will become normal again, I will keep on holding my opinion that God will judge us soon. We cannot understand what an abomination and disgust gayness and fornication are to him. He cannot endure gay lifestyle and fornication. He cannot tolerate it. He will react.

    Unique in history: Toleration of gay lifestyle even through the churches. That is apostasy.

    Remember how He treated Sodom and Gomorrah. The should have accepted the admonition through Abraham and Lot.

    April 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm |
    • igaftr

      You claim "we can not understand" and then go on to say what you BELIEVE is your understanding. Seriously, do you ever think before you post?

      You have no idea if there are any gods, or if there are, what they want.
      All you have is a man made book, where the men claim to speak for god. You should be able to see that clearly, but instead you have seduced yourself into your belief, and think YOUR belief is everyone's reality.
      Pathetic rainman, simply pathetic.

      Have you done the experiment I told you to try. You think being gay is a choice, so go ahead, choose to be attracted to your gender. You do not have to act on it, simply choose to be attracted to your gender, and not attracted to the opposite gender. When you realize you cannot do it, you should then realize you are simply flat out wrong.
      Go ahead and try it. If you are correct, you should be able to choose to be straight. Try it, you have nothing to lose, and you will gain valuable understanding.

      Or are you too afraid?

      April 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm |
      • Bad Zut

        I wonder why he natters on so incessantly about gay people, when there are so many other behaviors, usually by heteros, that are so much worse?

        April 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
    • Bad Zut

      Hateful bigoted twit who thinks he speaks for God.
      The sin of Sidom and Gonorah was inhospitality and greed.
      Learn your OT before pretending you speak for God.

      You represent exactly why people are leaving the church. Your hate is palpable.

      April 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm |
      • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

        Who hates whom here?

        April 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          Your words speak for themselves.

          April 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Rainer Helmut Braendlein

    "This weekend is an important moment for our country," said conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who supports same-se-x marriage. "Put simply, in Britain it will no longer matter whether you are straight or gay – the state will recognize your relationship as equal."

    I predict "good weather" in the UK.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:39 am |
    • igaftr

      Your ignorant beliefs mean nothing rainman. Many countries accept same $ex marriage, and they are just fine. Get you head out of that ridiculous book...it has claerly turned you away from humanity, and you clearly have learned nothing from your christ character. Reality shows you are wrong.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:44 am |
      • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

        You should not consider your delusion as reality.

        April 15, 2014 at 11:51 am |
        • igaftr

          I am not the one who has convinced themselves that the contents of an often proven wrong book, that has no evidence at all backing up the supernatural claims, is reality. rainman. That is YOUR delusion, not mine.You then even go further , deluding yourself that YOU are the ONE that has it all right, and all other christians have it wrong.

          You show no love for your fellow man, and even seem to revel in your belief that others wil suffer.
          You are a fine example of what happens when one corrupts the metaphors that encompass your dogma.
          Get help rainman. Professional, non-religious help.

          April 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm |
        • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

          Keep on dreaming!

          April 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          May your words come back to haunt you, Rainier.
          You are the epitome of the stereotype "hateful Christian".
          Sig Heil, nasty man.

          April 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm |
    • kudlak

      As if areas with a majority of conservative, "Bible believing" Christians living there never experience disastrous weather.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:48 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Gay marriage has been legal where I live for more than a decade.
      After the initial celebration by the rainbow flag brigade, everybody – whether gay or straight – very quickly stopped giving any sh1ts whatsoever.
      The total number of detrimental effects on society has been NOTHING.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:50 am |
      • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

        When God is patient for a while, we should not conclude that he will never strike.

        April 15, 2014 at 11:54 am |
        • midwest rail

          More mind numbing nonsense. Standard fare.

          April 15, 2014 at 11:56 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          You sound as crazy as Hojatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi when he said that earthquakes are caused by women dressing immodestly.

          April 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
        • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

          Nobody thanks God for the rain. Why shouldn't he educate us through drought?

          April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          If Germany is going through a drought, I suppose it never occurred to you that God is punishing hateful, spiteful bigots like you?

          Although why he should punish the good of Germany instead of just you is puzzling.

          April 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm |
        • Saleh Bbumba

          I will pray that you will receive a proper teacher to educate you in all things Mr. Braendlein. Mostly about the Holy Bible, but all things to cure your negative and misplaced thoughts. Amen!

          April 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm |
        • sam stone

          Rainy: Your god is every bit the impotent bloward that you are

          April 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm |
    • Saleh Bbumba

      Each society will face the issues of inequality. This is not the concern of God. In the same way, the Holy Bible should be understood properly and not in the way of Mr. Braendlein who has a very perverted view our most sacred text. The author of this article has the proper understanding of the Bible.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:57 am |
      • Bad Zut

        Rainier Helmut Braendlein has a lot in common with Frazier Glenn Cross.

        Nobody who wants a clear understanding of the Bible should listen to this man.

        April 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm |
  7. lookatuniverse

    Quran says (Islamic Scripture)

    “Do you say that Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs were Jewish or Christian? Say, "Do you know better than God? Who is more evil than one who conceals a testimony he has learned from God? God is never unaware of anything you do." [2:140]

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    “It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” [19:35]

    “No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. ... [35:18]

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “Recall that your Lord said to the angels, "I am placing a representative on Earth." They said, "Will You place therein one who will spread evil therein and shed blood, while we sing Your praises, glorify You, and uphold Your absolute authority?" He said, "I know what you do not know." [2:30]

    “They say , "We live only this life; we will not be resurrected. If you could only see them when they stand before their Lord! He would say, "Is this not the truth?" They would say, "Yes, by our Lord." He would say, "You have incurred the retribution by your disbelief." [6:30]

    “We have honored the children of Adam, and provided them with rides on land and in the sea. We provided for them good provisions, and we gave them greater advantages than many of our creatures.” Quran [17:70]

    “O children of Adam, when messengers come to you from among you, and recite My revelations to you, those who take heed and lead a righteous life, will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.” Quran [7:35]

    “O children of Adam, do not let the devil dupe you as he did when he caused the eviction of your parents from Paradise, and the removal of their garments to expose their bodies. He and his tribe see you, while you do not see them. We appoint the devils as companions of those who do not believe.” Quran [7:27]

    “Losers indeed are those who disbelieve in meeting God, until the Hour comes to them suddenly, then say, "We deeply regret wasting our lives in this world." They will carry loads of their sins on their backs; what a miserable load! [6:31]

    ‘Say, "We believe in God, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters." [2:136]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to visit whyIslam org website.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:34 am |
    • Span.k Your Imam

      Universe, do not be spamming us thusly with your website and the Coo-ran-ran so verbosely and pastedly. Here it is now said. Hearken:

      For such overt and voluminous spamming, you must nakedly assume the to-be-spanked position, and so receive. Lean forward now, with hands grasped tightly on ankles. For you it will be quite cerebral as such.

      You must receive high frequency applications at significant vigorousness and amplitude to cause bright blushness. Imams present should receive such spanking thusly in triplicate.

      Sitting difficulties will proceed but temporarily if Allah is willing and healing of reddishness is granted.

      Do not be embarrassed as such with red post-spank posteriority. We have experienced vestal goats close quartered in Tehran if you need to be resanctified.

      Of this year, shall no imams be spanked without above goats. No more. The Coo-ran-ran. The Coo-ran-ran.

      Here it is written and must be so.
      Here it is written and must be so.
      Here it is written and must be so.
      The Coo-ran-ran. The Coo-ran-ran. The Coo-ran-ran.
      Said thricely. Hear well. You have been spanken.

      SYI
      Tehran there.

      April 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
  8. Rainer Helmut Braendlein

    The Guardian, 27 March 2014

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the Church of England will mount no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers.

    What weather would you like, Great Britain?

    April 15, 2014 at 11:26 am |
    • kudlak

      Yup, we all know that Canada was just wiped off the face of the planet after it legalized same s3x marriage.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:50 am |
    • Bad Zut

      The same types of weather that has been occurring for thousands of years, bigot.

      April 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm |
      • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

        Wake up!

        April 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm |
        • Doris

          Lol. That's pretty funny coming from someone who makes Rumpelstiltskin seem appropriate for a 5-Hour Energy commercial.

          April 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          I am. I am sorry that you are woefully ignorant of the weather patterns over the millenia, but it has nothing to do with gay rights.

          Just admit you are a bigot. Maybe that will be the first step toward healing your sick heart.

          April 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
        • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

          You got too much sunshine.

          April 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          You haven't gotten enough.

          April 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm |
        • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

          Do you come from Northern Uganda? There is a tribe exposing their infants to full sunshine not regarding that as bad (Karamajong).

          April 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          Uganda seems to share their hatred of gays with you, so why are you focusing on sunlight?

          April 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm |
        • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

          I don't hate gays but legalization of gay lifestyle. Be exactly enough, please!

          I wish that every gay would repent and live right now.

          April 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          Repent for what? Being as God made them? Are you woefully ignorant on the pathology of gay people as well as weather throughout the ages?

          You need to repent your bigotry. It belies your words.

          April 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
  9. Saleh Bbumba

    Thank you again Mr Baden for a great article about the real Moses. The peoples where I live know Moses well in the way you describe for many many generations. All peoples must read the Bible the right way and study how to know the things you write about. It is not an easy thing and they need help to get it the right way. Some of the peoples replying like Rainer Braendlein are quite wrong in their view of the real Moses. These peoples are disgusting with their perversion of God's Holy Word but maybe some day they will meet a good teacher who will teach them the Bible the right way.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:23 am |
  10. Jill

    Ponderously boring and dimwitted Rainer Helmut Braendlein, sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

    So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

    Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

    Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

    Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:19 am |
  11. Jill

    Ponderously dimwitted and boring Rainer Helmut Braendlein, sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

    So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

    Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

    Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

    Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:17 am |
  12. Rainer Helmut Braendlein

    I am really convinced that the second coming of Christ is at hand.

    Why?

    It is not only the secular world legalizing gayness and fornication, but also nearly all churches. That is the great apostasy St. Paul predicted.

    Furthermore, nearly no more Gentiles convert to the faith in Jesus. Seemingly, the plenty of the Gentiles has entered the kingdom of heaven, and within a short time God will open up Israel's eyes that they may realize Jesus as their Messiah.

    We will face significant changes soon. Are you ready?

    Even if we would have most pleasant weather in Europe (actually the weather acts up), I would hold this opinion.

    God, the Almighty, will never tolerate gay marriage, gay clergy and gay church goers, and a general society legalizing gay lifestlye or fornication.

    Be careful, my friends!

    2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12

    1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:15 am |
    • Jill

      Ponderously dull and dimwitted Rainer Helmut Braendlein, sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate.

      So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

      Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

      Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

      Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

      And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:20 am |
    • ausphor

      Helmut
      You survived the red moon, pity.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:23 am |
  13. Jill

    Ponderously dull and dimwitted Rainer Helmut Braendlein, sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

    So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

    Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

    Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

    Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:14 am |
  14. Rainer Helmut Braendlein

    I am really convinced that the second coming of Christ is at hand.

    Why?

    It is not only the secular world legalizing gayness and fornication, but also nearly all churches. That is the great apostasy St. Paul predicted.

    Furthermore, nearly no more Gentiles convert to the faith in Jesus. Seemingly, the plenty of the Gentiles has entered the kingdom of heaven, and within a short time God will open up Israel's eyes that they may realize Jesus as their Messiah.

    We will face significant changes soon. Are you ready?

    Even if we would most pleasant weather in Europe, I would hold this opinion.

    God, the Almighty, will never tolerate gay marriage, gay clergy and gay church goers, and a general society legalizing gay lifestlye or fornication.

    Be careful, my friends!

    2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12

    1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:12 am |
    • Jill

      Ponderously dull and dimwitted Rainer Helmut Braendlein, sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

      So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

      Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

      Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

      Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

      And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:15 am |
    • incredulousmark

      Avocado!

      April 15, 2014 at 11:16 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "It is not only the secular world legalizing gayness and fornication, but also nearly all churches."
      Unitarians and some Anglican churches perform the ceremonies. And I'll eat my hat if the Catholics or Baptists start sanctifying same gender union.

      Furthermore, nearly no more Gentiles convert to the faith in Jesus.
      There's around 7 billion people on the planet, 2 billion of whom are Christian. What about the other 5 billion?

      Intimacy outside the bonds of holy matrimony (or fornication as you like to call it) in the Western world was criminalized for a grand total of a decade in England back in the 1600's. Since then, it has pretty much only been illegal in hard line Muslim countries – perhaps you should move to one of those.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:37 am |
      • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

        Muhammad presumed to conduct divine judgement. He had got no divine order. All religious killings through Muhammad were crimes. The same is valid for religious killings through Muslims.

        The Lamb will carry out God's judgement. All killings by Jesus will be legal because he has divine order.

        April 15, 2014 at 11:48 am |
        • Dyslexic doG

          cult speak

          April 15, 2014 at 11:50 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          Killings done by Jesus?
          You mean Jesus "Turn the Other Cheek" Christ, right?
          The embodiment of pacifism and forgiveness?
          And you think He's going to go on some kind of slaughtering spree?

          April 15, 2014 at 11:58 am |
        • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

          You must distinguish between the earthly Jesus and the glorified Jesus. There is different behaviour.

          After resurrection God invested Jesus with a divine office: Judge of the whole mankind. This is God's reward for the meek and humble Jesus.

          April 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm |
        • Doris

          Ah yes, the new covenant. It certainly does come slowly, but inevitably man does now and then do a make-over of his gods.

          April 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm |
        • Bad Zut

          And you must distinguish between what Jesus said, which was NOTHING about gay people, and what you think he said, which was apparently anything your fever dream imagination wants Him to say to confirm your bigotry.

          April 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
        • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

          Jesus confirmed the validity of the whole Old Testament. There you can find a lot of statements about gayness and fornication:

          Gayness and fornication are an abomination and disgust to God. He has ever judged the persistant fornicators.

          Somebody who does not repent, believe in Jesus, and get sacramentally baptized (or remember infant baptism) until Judgement Day will get judged.

          There is still time to repent, but gradually it runs short.

          Repent now, and live. God is gracious until Judgement Day, then he will judge.

          Jesus has borne our sins when he died for us on the cross. Ain't you touched by that. Get forgiveness and deliverance through faith in Jesus right now.

          April 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm |
        • igaftr

          "Gayness and fornication are an abomination and disgust to God. He has ever judged the persistant fornicators."

          Your posts actually show it is an abomination to YOU, and you try to justify your vile hatred with your bible and belief in myths. You think your bible teaches you this level of hate?

          YOU are an abomination to humanity, rainman.

          April 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          Lots of things are "abominations" to God. In the Biblical sense, it means "ritually unclean".
          Shellfish are abominations too.
          Should I expect to read a news story about you bombed a Red Lobster?

          April 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
  15. Jill

    Ponderously Boring Rainer Helmut Braendlein, sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate.

    So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

    Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

    Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

    Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:07 am |
    • incredulousmark

      While I can't say I understand everything you wrote, it still makes more sense than the tripe posted by the kooky Mr. Braendlein.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:15 am |
  16. Saleh Bbumba

    Thank you Mr Baden for a great article about the real Moses. People where I live know Moses well in the way you describe for many many generations. People must read the Bible the right way and study how to know the things you write about. It is not an easy thing and they need help to get it the right way. Some of the peoples replying are quite wrong in their view of the real Moses. These peoples are disgusting but maybe some day they will meet a good teacher who will teach them the Bible the right way.

    April 15, 2014 at 10:23 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      pssssst ... Saleh.

      here's a hint: it's a story book. it's not real. it's a story book.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:52 am |
  17. alphabatt1

    The Israeli Antiquity Authority searched the Sinai Desert for the 12 years they occupied after the 6 day war. As the OT says..
    603,500 Israelites, besides women and children and the Levites spent 40 years wandering the Sinai. During that time there would have been deaths, countless sacrifices of animals over fire pits and dried fecal remains. The IAA reported not even a shard of pottery was discovered nor were any bronze weapons found.

    April 15, 2014 at 9:36 am |
  18. Rainer Helmut Braendlein

    Jesus said: "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:" (from Matthew 5, Sermon on the Mount)

    What does that mean?

    The Jewish leaders, the Scribes and the Pharisees, did not tell the People of Israel (the ordinary Jews) of a redeemer, but required them to keep the law (by natural power which is impossible). When the ordinary Jews failed to keep the law (nothing else was to expect), they were cursed, and insulted by the Jewish leaders. The Jewish leaders also were angry with the ordinary Jews. The Jewish leaders did not love their people.

    In Matthew 5: 21-26 Jesus interpreted the commandment "You shalt not kill!". Jesus tells us that we yet kill somebody, if we are angry with him, curse him, or insult him. If we are angry with people, curse and insult them, then we will face God's education: Prison and bankrupt.

    Probably the Jewish leaders were not aware that they constantly broke the law of the Torah, the 5th commandment: You shalt not kill!

    These self-righteous people were extremly guilty, they were no servants of God.

    Better they had told the people in a kind and friendly manner that there was a redeemer who could enable them to live a life of love of neighbour and love of God which would not be in conflict with the law. That way they had fulfilled the law both the leaders of Israel and the ordinary Jews.

    Ain't there a greater love than to teach the releasing gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Prayer: May God open up the eyes of the current Jewish leaders, so that they may realize that Jesus from Nazareth is their Messiah. All their current "divine service" is in vain!

    April 15, 2014 at 8:32 am |
    • Saleh Bbumba

      I will pray you will get a better teacher of the Holy Bible some day soon.

      April 15, 2014 at 10:34 am |
      • Rainer Helmut Braendlein

        Go jump in the lake!

        April 15, 2014 at 10:48 am |
        • doobzz

          Not very Christian of you, Rainy.

          April 15, 2014 at 11:42 am |
        • sam stone

          Jesus is fully engorged and waiting on your silky mouth, Rainy. Don't keep him waiting.

          April 16, 2014 at 5:57 am |
    • Jill

      Ponderously dimwitted and dull Rainer Helmut Braendlein, sequester your mustard and abolish your putrid leotards. Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

      So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

      Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

      Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

      Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

      And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      April 15, 2014 at 11:16 am |
  19. Rainer Helmut Braendlein

    "The New Testament refers to the law, usually in a negative sense, as something that Moses commanded. But this is deceptive (intentionally or unintentionally).

    It may be that the laws of the Old Testament were all consigned to the dustbin when Jesus came along. But they weren’t commanded by Moses; they were the word of God."

    Unquote.

    Mr. Baden shows again that he has absolutely no notion of the Bible. My new t-itle for him: "Associate professor of biblical confusion."

    Jesus Christ never rejected the law of the Torah (how should God reject his own words).

    Matthew 5:

    17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one ti-ttle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    The New Testament writers are only opponents of "keeping the law of the Torah in the Jewish manner". The Jews (or Jewish leaders) did not really understand the law of the Torah and kept it litarally, but not according to God's, the law-givers, intentions.

    Who keeps the law according to God's intentions?

    This is the man who FULFILLS the law.

    What does that mean?

    If somebody is simply led by the Holy Spirit or in Christ, he or she fulfills the law of the Torah. The Holy Spirit causes LOVE of neighbour and LOVE of God within us, and love is the fulfillment of the law as St. Paul says:

    Romans 13: 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

    Jesus and St. Paul teached exactly the same. And even Moses, if the old people of Israel had asked them how they could get the power to keep the law, he had told them of the Redeemer who could set them free.

    Gospel of Jesus Christ, Amen!

    P.S: The Jewish leaders, the Scribes and the Pharisees, extremly stressed the keeping of the Sabbath according to the law. They considered it as work when Jesus cured sick people at the Sabbath, and therefore Jesus broke the Sabbath in their eyes. Yet, what Jesus did was no work, but divine service: Jesus forgave sins, and that became visible through cure. Jesus fulfilled the command of Sabbath according to God's intention. By there litarally keeping the Jewish leaders broke the Sabbath command in fact: They did not rejoice in God's (Jesus') presence.

    Mr. Baden will face some trouble at Judgement Day.

    April 15, 2014 at 7:58 am |
    • carmah24

      Thank you for getting the semantics correct!!

      My understanding of God cannot be shaken by a mans words for I have found answers no man can give. I know that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisest man.
      The words of men are therefore subject unto Gods law with or without their consent for He is the truth giver.

      April 15, 2014 at 8:40 am |
      • TruthPrevails1

        Suffering from some form of psychosis? Perhaps Religious psychosis?

        April 16, 2014 at 6:34 am |
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  20. bluebyyou666

    and oh yeah, he was gay!

    April 15, 2014 at 7:28 am |
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