God loves salt

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

God loves salt

I’m not going to post all the time about where I’m at in reading the Bible, but this struck me as completely ridiculous. I’m reading Leviticus, and in Chapter 2 God tells the Israelites they must always put salt on their offerings

" neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt." (Leviticus 2:13, KJV)

This is sounding more and more to me like Moses and/or Aaron are coming up with a list of things THEY want: they want a fancy, minutely-detailed Arc of the Covenant with gold, bronze, and all, and say it’s God’s will (God only talks to Moses generally, so everyone just has to take Moses’s word on all this).

And all the very specific ways the meat must be prepared for the offerings, so that it will please God. Why? And now, all the offerings HAVE to have salt on them?! Why would God need salt on his offerings?!?!?!? He just likes salty food? He doesn’t have to worry about dying from high blood pressure and wants to flaunt it??

It sounds more likely to me that it’s Moses and Aaron who like salty food. Either that, or they want to make sure it’s preserved for when they eat it later.

Why else would God want salt on it? I’m trying very hard not to laugh at the Bible and keep an open mind, but come on. I had to laugh in spite of myself when I read that. Certainly someone must have suspected that these offerings weren’t really for God…

They must also have really liked barbecues, since they keep saying how much God likes the smell of burning meat. This also doesn’t make sense to me why God would love to smell his creations burning, and why sacrificing all these animals would forgive any so-called sins. It simply makes no sense.

Anyway, back to reading!