Exhibit showcases Indiana Jones’ quest for the sacred

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The Ark of the Covenant from 'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark' is on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washinton, D.C. Photo courtesy of the National Geographic Museum

The Ark of the Covenant from 'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark' is on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washinton, D.C. Photo courtesy of the National Geographic Museum

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WASHINGTON (RNS) What is it about Indiana Jones and, more broadly, the quest for religious relics, that captures people’s imaginations?

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  • Sam

    Good for you to require teaching of the whole bible. So that would have include all the animal sacrifice prerequisites in Leviticus. Great stuff! Go catch that calf and get the bonfire started…

  • Bernardo

    “quest for the sacred??” No, quest for the magic and superstitions involved!!

  • Sam

    Rionni you bad sinner you said the WHOLE bible and so it must be done. Grab that calf and put it on the fire now or god will whup your backside bigtime. Go do it quick you sinner. Repenting a million times won’t save you if you keep flouting god’s written orders.

  • Rionni

    Sam-Again the whole Bible needs to be taught but some Scripture was for
    a certain people and a certain time plus the part you mentioned no longer
    applies for today so get some context for what you are talking about.

  • Ben in oakland

    Well, Karla, we are told over and over again that God’s word never changes, except of course when it does. How do we distinguish which Commandments were made for a particular time and a particular people, and those which are universal, always, and forever.

    The Levitical Commandments are A perfect example of this. Some Christians pretend that only the moral laws apply, except when you point out that the moral laws are very inconvenient for them. In which case, they no longer apply, anymore than the prohibitions against eating pig apply. homosexuality us toevah, eating pig is toevah, but we really want to eat that bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich, so we ignore the part about eating pig. Likewise, we ignore the part about slaying all the unbelievers, or stoning or daughters if they’re not virgin, or any of the rest of the things we ignore.

    Excuse me, any of the rest of the things that so-called Christians ignore.

  • Greg1

    Ben, the Jews of the Old Covenant were very earthy people, and were taught in very earthy ways by our Lord. The Epistle of Barnabas covers much of the underlying meanings of the Jewish dietary laws, the allegorical sense of those laws. As for the slaughtering and sacrifices, when the Jews were in slavery to the Egyptians, they began to worship bulls and calves, so God made them sacrifice those to him instead. In the New Testament we are more spiritual, and instead of offering animal sacrifices, we offer all of our work, joys, prayers, sufferings, and sorrows of each day to the Lord as a gift, offering our very selves in total Love. That is what it means to be a Christian. And of course we stay between the lines, keeping to the moral directives of the Lord Jesus, and when we fail, we ask forgiveness, and try anew. That is how we live both a happy life, as well as a happy eternity. We don’t try to tell God how it needs to be, but follow His Wisdom.

  • Larry

    ” when the Jews were in slavery to the Egyptians, they began to worship bulls and calves, so God made them sacrifice those to him instead”

    Which isn’t in the Bible at all. You are confusing animal sacrifice which was done for the one God of the Hebrews with the Golden Calf of the Exodus which was a sign of slipping into polytheism.

    The excuses Christians use to rebut the issue of “cafeteria-style Old Testament” are always pretty dodgy. They use the Old Testament and claim its entirety as law when they want to sound tough to others and disavow it when it is applied to themselves.

    Hypocrisy is not an aberration of Christianity, it is an integral feature
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rolltodisbelieve/2015/07/16/hypocrisy-a-feature-not-a-bug/

  • LinJenkins

    Greg,
    the Epistle of Barnabas is interesting and was probably written around the time that several canonical books were being written as well, but it’s not part of the canonical New Testament. It does indeed make pretty much the arguments you cite here. This brief description (http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/barnabas.html) does a nice job situating it and provides tons of links for anyone interested in reading more.

  • ben in oakland

    As I said, Greg. when you want that bacon sandwich, or that divorce, god’s eternal laws no longer apply. Thanks for explaining it all more clearly than this poor atheist could.

  • Cynthia Astle

    I remain amazed at how much time and effort trolls put in trying to debunk religion on a religion news website. One wonders what the advantage is beyond some temporary, fleeting sense of moral superiority. If I were convinced that religion has no value, I certainly wouldn’t waste my time and pixels trying to sway believers to my perspective. So why don’t you trolls just go back under your bridges?

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