© 2017 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner
IDOLATRY-13/The Predicted Path of Worshiping Nature
Know your CREATOR, know yourself and know the difference
1: False Brides
Last class we saw that by speaking in plural before making Adam,
ELKM opened the door for idolaters to erroneously believe they have more than One CREATOR.
Whomever ELKM consulted in plural voice, we’ve seen, would serve as a potential idolatry trap. It is as if the very consultation with ELKM has rendered it a magic status in Adam’s eyes, so much, that he would be fascinated by it and even worship it, like a False Bride.
Let’s see if this interpretation could predict the path of IDOLATRY in history.
One of the first Consultation that ELKM made, we’ve learned, was with the Six Days. ELKM turned to each Day, Consulted it like a Builder consulting his master plan, and made a layer in Adam accordingly.
This way Adam is made of Nature, eligible to reign over it, according to the rule that “From among your brother you shall have your king.” A King Who Consults must be chosen from among his subjects. Otherwise, how could he or she comprehend their whims? How else would he or she emphasize with them?
But this important Consultation with Nature, has also made the elements of the Six Days a predictable source of False Brides, of idols. Is this true?
4: The Predicted Path of IDOLATRY in History
A Hassidic tell says tells it all:
After their sin in Eden, the CREATOR YHVH ELKM called Adam (and his wife) “Where are you” (Ge3: 9) hopping that they would confess and repent. But Adam and his wife failed to do so and hide behind a bush. Instead of repenting, Adam blamed his wife, and she the serpent. As a result, they were all driven out to live on earth.
But here on Earth the reverse is true: Adam still hears the CREATOR calling him: “Adam, where are you? Come to me!” Only that this time the CREATOR is hiding BEHIND NATURE, while Adam is seeking him.
Adam, living on the Sixth Day of CREATION, hears the CREATOR calling him. Adam therefore seeks the CREATOR in items made on the Sixth Day close to him: in Crawling Creatures, Snakes, in Beasts and in Cattle. So fascinated is Adam by these creatures, that he adores them and even warship them, thinking they are his CREATOR. After all, had not ELKM consulted with these creatures to make Adam?
Thus, Cave Man was fascinated with Powerful Beasts, depicting them on the walls of his cave. Similarly, the ancient Chinese were fascinated with Snakes and Dragons and worshipped them. The ancient Philistines worshipped Flies (Book of Judges) whereas the ancient Egyptians, and the people of India, worshipped Beasts and Holy Cows.
But Adam’s knowledge grows, and he soon realizes the fallacy of these idols.
Still hearing the CREATOR calling “Adam, where are you? Come to me!” Adam seeks now the CREATOR deeper in Nature, in more remote items than in his close surrounding. He seeks the CREATOR in things created on the Fifth Day of CREATION, such as Crocodiles, Birds and Fish. So fascinated is Adam by these creatures, that he adores them and even worship them instead of his true CREATOR. Indeed, had not ELKM consulted the Fifth Day’s creature to make Adam?
Thus the ancient Egyptians worshipped Crocodiles, Birds and Fish. They depicted their gods as having faces of these creatures. Other ancient cultures followed suite, worshipping Eagles and Whales.
But Adam’s knowledge progresses, and he soon discovers the fallacy of these Fifth Days’ idols.
Still hearing the CREATOR calling him, “Adam, where are you? Come to me!” Adam now seeks the CREATOR deeper in Nature, in items created on the Fourth Day. Thus the Babylonians worshipped Celestial bodies and developed Astrology. The Egyptians and the Greek and the Romans followed suit.
But Adam’s knowledge continues to progress, and he soon discovers the fallacy of these idols.
Still hearing the CREATOR calling him, “Adam, where are you? Come to me!” Adam seeks the CREATOR even deeper in CREATION, on things created in the Third and Second Day. He seeks the CREATOR in majestic Mountains, Trees, Volcanoes. Oceans, and strong winds. Indeed, had not ELKM consulted these Third and Second Days to make Adam?
The Canaanites worshiped magnificent trees and high mountains. They worshipped also the Baal, the god of fertility. The Greek too worshipped tall mountains and beautiful trees.
But Adam’s knowledge grows, and he soon discovers the fallacy of these idols.
Still hearing the CREATOR calling: “Adam, where are you? Come to me!” Adam now seeks the CREATOR in the deepest layers of CREATION, in Space, Chaos, Energy, Darkness and Light. He seeks Him in the Beginning itself, in the Big Bang, and even in the putative pre-Universe Universes. Adam even seeks Him in the Wisdom and Science itself, or in Consciousness.
Many scientists believe today that our Universe is formed by our very consciousness. Quantum Physics has shown that the electrons may spin, in any given moment, in many directions, giving options to many Universes at the same time. Our consciousness dictates a specific Universe as we see it. This belief may be called the IDOLATRY OF THE FIRST DAY.
As you see, the entire course of human spiritual history has been set up by the miraculous Chapter One of Genesis.
Who told that story to Moses?
Now: With who else did ELKM consult at Adam creation? Who else may serve as our False Bride?