Hello, interwebs, While I’ve promised myself I would blog every day but I’ve been having trouble organizing my thoughts in any communicable fashion. As such I decided that the best thing to do would be to ignore grammar stop trying to correct myself by rewriting every sentence and just write as if I’m rambling to myself, let’s see how that turns out (and I seem to not be doing that well since I just stopped to download a grammar app). But anyway I was thinking about the role of man in my biblical model of the world, I may explain my many models of the world in a future post.
In the (Jewish) Bible (as that is what I will be referring to when I say Bible) there are many cases when holy people are challenged to obey God’s commands, Abraham in the Binding of Isaac, and Moses when he is punished for hitting the rock instead of speaking for it. And yet we are named Am-Israel, the nation of the one who wrestled with God, and both Abraham and Moses are shown as moral paragons in cases in which they disagreed with god’s plan. for Abraham when he tried to convince God not to destroy Tsdom and for Moses when after the sin of the Golden calf, he refused God’s offer to destroy Israel and make a nation out of him. for me to make sense of this I tried to think how the Biblical God as an omnipotent and omniscient moral absolute could in any way be less capable than his human followers. and then it hit me God has given us free will and as such forgone any power in changing our decisions, a theme raised in this week’s Parsha in the existence of Balaam a Wicked prophet, one chosen by God to lead his people that instead of leading them to good led them to wickedness. And how only we have the ability to alter each other’s decisions giving us a chance to choose again and change our ways. Abraham and Moses in the above-mentioned cases were arguing for humans who in Abraham’s case if there were even 10 holy people in Tsdom they would have been given a chance to choose again, and in Mose’s place, he was the one with the power and influence over the people of Israel.