Worshipping the bull god!? What does that mean? Well, are we bringing the bull god sacrifice? Are we leading a life in his service? Are we acting in an anti – scientific manner?
Who is this bull god? Is it the bull god of whom there is an image outside the Wall Str. Stock Exchange?
Surely not. We are modern people! We don’t worship any gods and certainly not a bull god! The Bible is full of anti – scientific stories; but educated Modern Western Men (and Women) would always act scientifically.
Look for example at today’s reading, Jesus healing Leprosy
 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:  And they lifted up [their] voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  And when he saw [them], he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where [are] the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Now isn’t that anti – scientific?
Prov. 25: 2, ‘[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.’
Who knows what the disease was. Most of the time Jesus healed people who had ‘evil spirits’. They were deaf and mute. They were forced to look down all their lives as in the opening scene of Les Misérable. Jesus touched those and thereby healed them.
But the above reading has a moral point also!
Only one came back to thank Jesus and he was a stranger! What did the others do? Once the disease let go of them, did they think, that’s just what Jesus does? Did they even doubt it was Jesus who had healed them?
Who knows? But these are possible answers.
So what do we think? How serious are we about Christianity? How serious are we about Love thy Neighbour? A lawyer once asked Jesus (Luke 10: 29), ‘Who is my neighbour?’ Then Jesus answered with the parable of the Good Samaritan! The people saw Samaritans as bad. They were strangers. The leper in today’s reading who thanked Jesus was a Samaritan. Strangers are our neighbours! Samaritans had another religion. Still they are our neighbours. So today Muslims are our neighbours!
Do you sometimes feel like a stranger in our Western society? Do you believe, we should love our neighbours, but we don’t? We don’t teach our children neighbourly love anymore in our schools. Instead we teach them of the survival of the fittest or strongest!
The survival of the fittest certainly is a natural law, but have you thought this through to the end? Isn’t the whole endeavour of medicine and pharmacy about making people survive, even though nature has ruled they shall die now?
Still we want to organise our society in that way?
Some might answer that we are not really serious about survival of the strongest. And maybe some Westerners of Christian background are not. But what about those who come to the West from a culture where only the strongest survives? So what about those who come from war torn countries? What about those whose religion tells them (Surah 4: 88 & 89),
‘What is [the matter] with you [that you are] two groups concerning the hypocrites, while Allah has made them fall back [into error and disbelief] for what they earned. Do you wish to guide those whom Allah has sent astray? And he whom Allah sends astray – never will you find for him a way [of guidance]. They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.’
Would they be serious about survival of the strongest, when they try to adapt to our way of life?
What about science and economics or the bull god?
Is this scientific or is this religion? Does planned obsolescence make any sense? Does it make sense to produce things that do not last? Not from the scientific point of view. To keep producing ever new products we are wasting non – renewable resources. We are wasting raw materials when we are throwing old things out. We are wasting non – renewable energy resources to make new products to replace the old.
What about Carbon Dioxide? We are not only producing unnecessary Carbon Dioxide to produce new products. We are also producing unnecessary Carbon Dioxide by transporting new products. Most new products come from China or India and they go all over the world! It seems like it does not really matter today whether there are English soldiers in India. Likewise it does not matter who controls Hong Kong. After all the people of these countries are doing exactly that what the English soldiers would force them to do; meaning producing low quality consumption goods for the West!
Why do we do this?
Well, if we don’t there would be unemployment. But the point of work is an outcome, not work in itself! In Gen. 3: 17 to 19 God cursed the man for the Original Sin! (See the so called chapter in Greetings from Paradise.) God said, for this sin, ‘cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.’ However, in Gen. 8: 21, God took back this curse! We may not work!
Everybody must work. You have to earn your living! Take for example a toaster. A toaster is there to provide toasted bread. What difference does it make, whether the bread is toasted by an appliance which lasts for several decades? Well, the labourers, who make toasters which break every couple of years would be unemployed. So to ensure their employment we get them to make non – durable toasters.
So they earn their money. From this money they buy their accommodation, food, transport, medical care and entertainment. They could get all this, even if the bread around the world would be toasted by durable toasters. But if they don’t have to work for their living, others would be jealous. So modern economics is based on moral, negative moral, yet moral values. These are jealousy, envy, greed, competition, survival of the strongest! They are not Love Thy Neighbour! Could this environment cause depression in Western society?
Anyway, modern economics is based on negative moral values
and it is anti – scientific. Does this sound like what we usually say about religion? The god of Western society is the bull god of whom there is an image outside the Wall Str. Stock Exchange. To this god we dedicate every moment of our working lives!
This is a violation of the First Commandments. Ex. 20: 2 to 5, ‘I [am] the LORD thy God, …. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;’
You don’t believe this? You doubt that that there will be punishment for our sins of wastage taken out upon our children?
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.