Moses Was High on Drugs |

TBC Staff

[TBC: It is interesting to read between the lines. Here is an Israeli researcher who does not believe the biblical account given to his ancestors, but nevertheless admits that Moses saw "something." Here is his lame explanation.]

Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher [Excerpts]
High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.

Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil's Amazon forest in 1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," Shanon said.

[TBC: The Israeli psychologist quoted in the article is in a difficult place. He admits that the Bible records actual events, but his unbelief promotes an explanation limited to his own experience. In contrast, consider the words of a hymn composed by Henry Baker: "I am not worthy, holy Lord, That Thou shouldst come to me; Speak but the word; one gracious word can set the sinner free." The God of Israel is still in the business of setting the sinner free.]