During the majority of the time I was a Christian, I probably only read about 1/100th of the bible. Nearly all of my reading was limited to the New Testament, 99% of the verses I read were cherry-picked quotes divorced from their context, and all of it was interpreted for me so I didnít have to use my own brain. Most of the quotes I heard from preachers were beautiful and elegant, but even the controversial ones were polished to a contention-free shine. This is why people wax poetic about the bible. When you only see the good bits, itís easy to assume thereís nothing but good bit, and when itís watered-down and reinterpreted, itís easy to apply the bible to your modern life and modern morals.
Years ago, in an attempt to become a better Christian, I decided to sit down and actually read the bible. I figured that further reading would only make me a more fervent believer. Fortunately, the exact opposite occurred. If you followed along in Genesis, you know how crazy ridiculous it is, and so it was the reading of the bible that played a huge part of my deconversion.
This leads me to Exodus 19:21-25, which offers up another one of those highly unbelievable moments the bible is famous for. Once Moses gets to the top of the mountain, God tells him to march right back down and tell the Israelites not to bum rush the mountain, because mortals will die if they see God. Please ignore the fact that a mortal is staring at God as he says this. Moses is also told by God to remind the priests that they must consecrate themselves before coming up the mountain. Of course, Moses reminds God that death waits for anyone who so much as touches the mountain. Which means that God forgot, and memory loss is not the kind of thing you attribute to the omnipotent!
Upon being corrected, God tells Moses to head back down the mountain, and then climb back up with Aaron, who must also be immune to Godís gaze of death. As Moses heads back down for his 800th descent, God reminds him to tell the priests not to touch the mountain, or God will violently kill them. He seems to remember quite clearly now.