Under the influence

Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, recently claimed that Moses was under the influence of psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai according to this report. He further claimed that mind-altering substances formed “an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times.”

pestle.jpg“As far as Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned,” he said, “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.”

I had fully intended to write a parody of this situation implying that, perhaps, Mr. Shanon had come to his conclusions while under the influence of similar substances. Then I read the following in the report…

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

So, we can’t believe the account of Moses in the Bible because he was under the influence of mind-altering substances. And, we are to accept this new revelation based on the testimony of a professor who admits to having been under the influence of mind-altering substances.

I can’t attest to the authenticity of the report, but if it is true then Mr. Shanon is a parody of himself.

There’s nothing more I can do…

…except laugh.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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