The Apostolic Church, located on Route 202 in Augusta, has a message for those who pass by its gaudy marquee: “It was Jesus who spoke to Moses from the burning bush.”

I was raised in the Jewish faith. It is customary that Jews do not accept the belief that Jesus is the son of God. I did not make the rules, that’s the way it is.

It is also a common belief that Jesus walked on water. Moses parted them. Jesus died for the sins of his people. Moses led his people from the bondage of Egypt. He also delivered the Ten Commandments to us, handed down to him from God. Nowhere in those commandments, does God tell us that Jesus was the one who spoke to Moses from the burning bush.

Whether you believe in the Moses of the Bible or The Technicolor Moses played by Charlton Heston, both versions have God in the role of the burning bush.

The Apostolic Church would do well to ease up on dismantling centuries-old traditions and beliefs. We might as well say that Pinocchio was Jesus, because his father was a carpenter.

There is a Native American saying: I’ll fish from my side of the water and you fish from your side.

Gary R. Levine


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