The Ten Plagues

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When the Ten Plagues in Exodus are taken literally, as a history of external events, various troubling questions arise: If God is all-powerful, why did He not simply take the children of Israel out of Egypt in one swift stroke? Why did He make them endure so many years of pain? Why did He ‘harden’ Pharaoh’s heart, making it impossible for the poor king to comply even if he had wished to, and thus making sure that more suffering would ensue? What sort of cruel and immoral God would violently punish people, over and over again, for a situation which He Himself had deliberately caused?
But when taken internally and symbolically the meaning of the story is much clearer. It is a necessary part of the divine plan for the soul to fully experience the depths of hell. After their many years of suffering, the children of Israel, who represent our soul, had been hypnotized by the material world. Like us, they had pretty much forgotten God and most of them were content with their meaningless lives. Up to this point, all attempts by Moses to arouse them from their passive sleep had only angered them. Similarly, his dealings with the Ego (i.e., Pharaoh) had only made matters worse: Pharaoh was more enamored of Egyptian magic than ever and clung ever more tightly to his material realm. This is hardly surprising. We are stubborn creatures who do not want to change. Moses must teach the Israelites and Egyptians – two parts of us – about God, and he must do it in a powerful and shocking way that awakens every corner of our Being, overcoming all our intellectual sluggishness and emotional inertia.

Andrew Bowen says:

That’s an interesting take on the Exodus story by adopting metaphor as a lense. So much of the Old Testament can be viewed this way and become equally as interesting as a historical, descriptive text.

Have you heard of the theory surrounding the volcanic erruption on Santorini as the cause of the 10 plagues?