9) Commands (mitzvoth) and interdictions

 

When we look at the commands of the bible in a scientific perspective, it seems that a lot of them make a lot of good sense.

The same way genetic codes determine biologic life, it is possible that genetic codes (although not shown yet) determine also social life. This is what ethologists observe in animal life.

Codification of these social rules (rule = lex > legere > relegere > religion) for a particular social group (the jewish people) introduced customs that not only perdured, but also were recuperated by the great monotheistic religions.

But once codified, how can these social appeasing rules be accepted? (more…)

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10) Love and marriage

 

 

AIMER

 

 

“Veohavto eth adochem

Bekhol levav’ho

Ouvekhol nafche’ho

Ouvekhol meodeh’o”

 

 

Aimer de tout son coeur

C’est donner le bonheur

Aimer de tout son corps

C’est embrasser très fort

 

Aimer de toute son âme

C’est faire brûler la flamme

Que la foudre a fait naître

Dans les coeurs de deux êtres

 

 

Aimer de tout son coeur

C’est chasser toutes les peurs

Aimer de tout son corps

C’est affronter la mort

 

Et quand tout se déchaine

Se brisent toutes les chaînes

Il faut pour fuir le drame

Aimer de toute son âme

 

 

Aimer de tout son coeur

C’est répondre à toute heure

Aimer de tout son corps

C’est caresser tres fort

 

Et quand dans la tourmente

La peine est peu clémente

Il reste au fond du coeur

L’amour de son âme soeur

 

W.Lip

2/11/’92

http://williamlip.wordpress.com/

 

 

The bible makes a distinction between 3 kinds of love opposed to English, knowing only two kinds of love. In the bible one makes the distinction between physical love, charitable love and spiritual love. One can find this back in the Jewish credo “Chema Israel”, little text one will find on the door post of every jewish family and describing the attachment of Jews to their god saying: “…You will love your god with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength…”

Extrapolating this verse to human love one can deduct that in order to find perfect harmony, a couple has to be united by physical love (lust), by charitable love (enjoying to give), but last but not least by a union of the soul (the Platonic love) in which a couple is the reunion of two halves fitting together as if they once were one.

This is symbolised in the bible by Eve being a part of Adam’s flesh. (more…)

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11) Beauty

Beauty is often cited in the bible. The essence of beauty in the bible is the absence of anomalies. And when beauty is cited it’s usually about the physical appearence of men and women. The culminating beauty is revealed in the song of songs where every part of the beloved woman (in this case a black woman) is described and compared to fruit, animals and aromatic plants.

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12) Children

 

Although the unborn child is precious, it won’t be considered by the bible as a human being before birth. ” The soul ” appears only after birth, or according to others 40 days after conception. Indeed, even if all organs are present, a fœtus is not able to survive on its own. It’s only when the umbilical chord is cut that the infant becomes responsible for it’s own life and that conscience appears : ” to be or not to be ? “, ” breath or die ?”, ” I am”. (more…)

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13) Death

A lot of Jewish traditions correspond with precepts of ancient Egypt. One exemple is the interdiction to mutilate corpses after death. This is based on the concept of resurection. Concept motivating the construction of gigantic pyramids in order to protect the corporal integrity of diceased personalities.

Although the bible says that ashes go back to ashes and that one does not has to mummify corpses, Joseph was mummified and brought back to the holy land after the exodus.

And when we think it over, preservation of corpses and writing are able to give a kind of resurection. Not the one of the simple minded people showing corpses coming out of their tombs, but the preservation of the memory of great men by the collective memory of people. A memory accentuated by the Egyptians by scripture and mumification. After thousands of years we still can learn about the life and suffering of deaths in ancient Egypt just by studying their remains with modern diagnostic tools and by reading their hyeroglyphs. One of the worse curses used in jewish tradition is the loss of memory : ” Yemar Chemoy ! ” (that his name should be erased !) (more…)

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14) Science

Knowledge is like a tool. Just as a hammer can help you fixing a nail in the wall (right), it can also help you knock down somebody by hitting on his head (wrong). Knowledge can also be used for right or for wrong. And if knowledge is used according to the manual (ethics inspired by the bible) men could live together without accidents.

But science can only be acquired by one method in order to be accepted by everybody. This method which is teached all over the world is the scientific method.

Scientific method doesn’t mean complicated technology. Not at all, scientific method means the research of absolute truth. In order to reach this goal our instruments are : observation, experiment and reproductibility of the experiment. The interpretation of the results remain always subject to criticism since every observation contains a margin of error. That’s it. Science, to say it simply in words just as Lapalisse would say, is what we know, but what we know with a certain amount of certainty. And to be accepted by the scientific community, an observation has to be reproductible.

This mere principle is actually a principle of the bible : in order to accept a testimony, this testimony must be coorroborated by at least two witnesses. The witness has to be reproductible ! (more…)

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15) Ecology

The equilibrium between men, earth, animal and vegetal is remarkable in the bible.All life is an equilibrium between sacrifice and benefit. For the benefit of life one has to sacrifice another life, whether animal or vegetal. (more…)

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16) Resolution of conflicts

 

The bible is very clear cut in it’s stands concerning the conflicts between the people of Israel and it’s ennemies. But before an extreme punishment is inflicted, a maximum of chances is left to it’s ennemies.

To those who inflicted slavery to the people of Israel the bible left ten chances before touching to the most precious i.e. life in the ten plagues of Egypt.

But for those like Amalek who want the extermination of Israel, no pity exists because only one survivor could generate a generation of revenge.

It’s a principle of survival. If someone has the intention to kill in the name of an idol, this potential assasin has to be neutralized before he can act.

Does that principle corresponds with all the pacific and reconciliatory attitudes of the bible ? I am rather sceptical, because this principle is compatible with a genocide. And the Jewish people paid enough itself to adhere to such principles. (more…)

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17) Psychology of human relations

2 laws present in the 10 commands need a lot of sensitivity to be transposed in everyday’s life and are often looked at as superstition. Actually here we have a nice example of oriental wisdom completely in opposition with occidental culture.

I am talking about the notion of ” lachon harâ ” (the bad tongue) and the ” ayin harâ ” (the bad eye). (more…)

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Conclusion

 

The bible brings a message. This message is specific to the Jewish people. This message has to be adapted day after day without denying the original message. This message has to be compared with scientific acquisitions. Scientific acquisitions have to enlighten the messages of the bible. The textual application of the bible led to Aushwitz, the application of the spirit of the bible led to Israel : The spirit of sacrifice is not vain and is present in the kibbutz, in the army, and even in some politicians. The spirit of the abolition of anthropomorphic idols is present in the replacement of prayer books by school books enabling the acquisition of modern scientific achievements by every Jewish child wherever he comes from. The spirit of hygiene (cacherouth) in the elaboration of the medical care results in one of the highest levels of age expectency despite the presence of war and terrorism. This underlines the importance of prevention in the medical organisation. (more…)

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