The first proof is, that unless G-d Himself intervened and visibly prevailed upon the people to receive this unique G-dly Law from Him, the people of Israel, or for that matter any other people, would never have accepted this kind of a set of laws from anybody else. If the whole nation of Israel actually did not receive this particular set of laws the way it is claimed by the promulgator of this law, then this law could not have been perpetuated even for one generation. For no father would ever earnestly and consciously mislead his son to believe in a complete falsehood even temporarily, let alone hand it down to him for the rest of his life, and generations after him. It is especially true when the falsity and lie imposes special burdens, hardships, and serious obligations and duties on the son throughout his life. Thus, as far as Judaism is concerned—and I refer to Torah-true Judaism, with its six hundred and thirteen commandments to be observed in the strictest way and minutest details every day of our lives—it is inconceivable that all of these commandments would be handed down to us by each one of our fathers as the explicit words of G-d if they were not convinced and had not actually heard, seen, and witnessed by themselves its true occurrence.The refutation: just read Da'as Hedyot's insightful observation in his post Finding Religion in College!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Bad Proofs of Torah #1 - The Burden of Mitzvot
The "Acceptance Of A Burden On Themselves And Their Prodigy [sic]" proof is the first of Gottlieb's "10 Proofs of Torah" (hey kids, collect 'em all!) in his book, The Inescapable Truth - a Sound Approach to Genuine Religion. Here is the opening paragraph: