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Thu, Jun 25 2009

Beautiful, but deadly

Whatever happens, you (probably) heard it somewhere else first. But just in case you hadn't heard it, Ethiopa claims to be about to unveil the Ark of the Covenant. In modern times this brings to mind thoughts of Indiana Jones movies, in which people try to possess such artifacts for their own worldly gain and end up with the flesh melting from their bodies.

There has always been a lot of supernatural talk associated with the Ark of the Covenant, probably stemming from the whole incident in the Bible whed Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark of the Covenant on a cart and paid for that act with his life.

One author suggests that perhaps Uzzah was not alone in his transgression and, as often happens when humans become bull-headed and make a mess of things, others also suffer. That particular author's passage also refers back to hordes who lost their lives from just sneaking a peek inside the Ark of the Covenant. Some have suggested that the interior of the Ark of the Covenant contained something akin to a nuclear power source, which indeed, could have made gazing upon it risky business. For whatever reason, Bible writers chose not to go into detail about these things. If mankind is capable of discovering and harnessing nuclear energy, one can't even imagine the sort of power the Creator is capable of using. It may be that Uzzah and the others died from something like what we would call radiation poisoning. If so, there exists the possibility that God did not make rigid instructions for the handling of the Ark of the Covenant in order to be a Big Meanie, but to protect the people from the unintended consequences of their (possibly well-meaning) mishandling of God's power. If one considers today's power struggles among major religions, maybe not much has changed, in a metaphorical sense.

Whether the Ark of the Covenant to be revealed by Ethopia is the literal original remains to be seen. But the fact that they may bring something out into the open at this time is good if it gets people thinking and studying about the meaning and purpose of the lessons behind the original.

posted at: 07:49 | category: /Religious and Spiritual | link to this entry

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