The probability of something being true or possible can either be figured mathematically or by existing evidence. In this analysis, I will concentrate on existing evidence or historical documentation to determine the probability of the existence of the vastly superior being we call God, Jehovah.
My source will be the Torah or first five books in the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy. The reason for the use of these texts is because the Bible has been proven to be historically correct. For over 100 years, archaeologists have used it to locate ancient cities for which there is no other record of these cities having existed. Even the US Supreme Court has authorized the teaching of the Bible as history in public schools because almost all of the Bible has been proved to be historically accurate. History is the recording of events, places, names, and dates and this is all very important because my analysis involves an event described in detail in the Torah.
After considerable study and meditation on the matter, I personally believe that the Bible was not originally meant to be a religious text. It is our scientific ignorance, superstition, and fears which have caused us to turn it into a religious text. I believe that it was originally meant to be documentation of the existence of the being, God, His laws, who He is, and His plans and promises for the future. What to us are mysterious prophesies (in our ignorance), are to Him promises to be fulfilled much like you promising a two year old child that you will do something in the future which you are very capable of doing and the child is not capable of doing. Therefore, I approach the Bible as a very valid historic document of things which have occurred in the past.
What I found in my studies of the Bible from a historic and scientific perspective was unlike anything that I had ever heard or seen about the Bible. It is incredible how incorrect media portrayals, common knowledge, and rumor are about the events of this ancient text. I have never seen mentioned or heard a sermon that even comes close to what I am going to show you in this analysis. I promise that this will be very interesting and surprising. I am including the scriptures so you can look them up and make sure that I have not taken them out of context.
The general view of what happened in the story of what we call the Exodus is that Moses was some old man wandering through the desert hearing voices in his head that we call God. This could not be further from the truth. Examine the following verses and see if they even remotely sound like Moses hearing voices in his head.
Exodus 19:9 And the Lord said to Moses, "I come to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you and will believe you forever."
When was the last time you heard the voice in someone else's head? That would be a pretty loud voice, wouldn't it. I personally have never seen someone else's voice come in a thick cloud either. But it gets better.
Exodus 19:11 And be ready on the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai.
Exodus 19:16-20 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceedingly loud, so that all the people that were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the lower part of the mount. And Mount Sinai was completely covered in smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire, and the smoke ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him by a voice. And the Lord came down on Mount Sinai, on the top of the mount, and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.
When was the last time you went to meet a voice in someone else's head and met it? An estimated two to three million people saw and heard this being in just this one meeting.
Exodus 24:9-10 Then went up Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. And they saw the God of Israel and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in its clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand also they saw God and did eat and drink.
This is a very incredible verse. 74 of the leaders of Israel saw and ate with this being whom we have been taught was just a voice in Moses' head and it infers that the being, God, put his hand on Moses in front of the others. I'm sorry, people, but this does not even begin to sound like a voice in someone's head. It sounds much more like an actual encounter with a real, live being of incredible proportions. Today, we would call this an encounter of the third kind. Incredibly, this encounter continued for over 40 years and is fully documented in these text. But it just keeps getting better.
Exodus 33:8-11 And it came to pass, when Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose up and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle and all the people rose up and worshiped, every man in his tent door. And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
This verse is beyond awesome. Millions of people saw Moses stand and speak with this incredible being "face to face, as a man speaks to his friend." How many other historic documents record millions of people witnessing a human being talking face to face with their god? How many times have millions of people actually seen and heard a being not of this world? It is recorded again and again in this ancient, 3,600 year old text that too often is dismissed as ridiculous. Yet, are we not ourselves spending billions of dollars looking for the possible existence of such beings? Shouldn't we investigate and rethink this?
There are many more such verses in this ancient text and I will leave you with a few more to consider.
Leviticus 9:23-24 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation and came out, and blessed the people and the glory of the Lord appeared to all of the people. (All two to three million of them.) And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed the burnt offering and fat on the alter, which, when the people saw, they shouted and fell on their faces.
Numbers 12:1-10 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married for he had married a woman of Cush. (Note: if you study the scriptures, you will see that Miriam was trying to get Aaron to seize control from his brother, Moses, so she could control Israel through manipulation of Aaron.) And they said, "Has the Lord only spoken by Moses? Has he not also spoken by us?" And the Lord heard it. Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the earth. And the Lord spoke suddenly to Moses, and to Aaron, and to Miriam, "Come out you three to the tabernacle of the congregation." And they three came out, and the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, called Aaron and Miram and they both came forward. And he said, "Hear my words; If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known to him in a vision and will speak to him in a dream. My servant, Moses, is not so, who is faithful in all my house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even plainly and not in dark speeches and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold. Wherefore, then, were you not afraid to speak against my servant, Moses?" And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle. (This continues to show how Miriam was punished for her crime.)
Deuteronomy 5:22-33 (Here, Moses is speaking to all of the people.) These words the Lord spoke to all of your assembly (Again, to all two to three million people.) in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice, and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone and delivered them to me. And it came to pass, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, for the mountain did burn with fire, that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders. And you said, "Behold, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and his greatness and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire; we have seen this day that God does talk with man and he (God) lives. (WOW!!!) Now, therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us, if we hear the voice of the Lord our God anymore, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, who has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire as we have and lived? You go near and hear all that the Lord our God shall say and tell us about all that the Lord our God shall tell you and we will hear it and do it." And the Lord heard your words when you spoke to me and the Lord said to me, "I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you; they have well said all that they have spoken. Oh, that there were such a heart in them that they would fear me and keep all my commandments always that it might be well with them and their children forever! Go, say to them, Get to your tents again. But as for you, stand here by me and I will speak to you all the commandments and the statutes, and the ordinances which you shalt teach them that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess. You shall observe to do, therefore, as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you that you may live and that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
When I read these verses, I wonder what book have the people who tell us Moses was hearing voices in his head been reading? I think they got lost and only thought they were reading the Bible. According to these texts, this being lived in the desert with these millions of people for 40 years, teaching, feeding, and caring for them. They were able to see his "cloud" day and night for the full 40 years. The irony here is that we have been searching the skies for evidence that we may not be alone while the evidence is right under our noses. Duh!!! Wake up, people!!! We are not alone!!! This being is real and He lives. He is not a religion. Think about it.
Contrary to what we have been taught about the first five books of the Bible, the Torah, being nothing but old wives tales, God actually dictated these books to Moses. Two examples of God telling Moses to write something down are Exodus 17:14 and 34:27.
At this point, I feel that it is necessary to state that this being, God, is not some wimpy, green skinned, bug eyed alien from another planet. Having considered this information in relation to science for over three decades, I believe that He is not even from our cosmos. I believe that he created our cosmos and planet to be a garden (Garden of Eden) for His personal enjoyment. Man was added to the garden for company and to care for the garden. We blew it, God destroyed the garden, and set us on a path of being tested. Those who pass the test will be included in the garden when God remakes it. Our test was initially to abide by God's laws, which all of us have failed and have earned a place in God's penal system, the Lake of Fire. Therefore, God, in love, came to Earth in the personage of Jesus, lived a perfect life in relation to His laws as only God could do, and died to pay for our crimes against His laws so we could have two choices. We can either accept the payment that God (Jesus) made for our crimes or we can reject that payment and spend eternity making that payment ourselves. We each get to make that choice individually.
Something I have often wondered about is that we know this being, God, intentionally told us about towns, civilizations, and kingdoms that He knew would become lost to the memory of Man to prove the historic validity of these ancient scriptures which are referred to as His Word. Did He also leave us hints or directions in the same scriptures as to the location of His kingdom, Heaven, that, maybe, only modern day astronomers would recognize? It would be interesting to see what an astronomer would recognize as a possible "address" that we would not even notice as being significant. A hint, I don't believe Heaven is even in our cosmos. :-)