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Once traveling, it’s remarkable how quickly faith erodes. It starts to look like something else — ignorance for example. Same thing happened to the Israelites. Sure it’s weak, but sometimes you’d rather just have a map.

— Peace Like a River

Leif, Enger

Actually, when the Israelites ran out of faith, they started praying to cows. Which leads to one of my favorite verses in the Bible, “out came this calf”:

Exodus 32:21–24 (AV)

21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? 22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. 23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.