| kfoxx1998 wrote:|
Exactly. And there are many elements that actively work to distort words. Jezebel is my favorite example.
bible calls Jezebel a whore and besmirches her character
aggressively. Today people just think Jezebel was an actual historical
Qeen who was morally and sexually deviant and did terrible things.
The purpose of the story was to besmirch the religious follower of
Yaweh's closest competitor his brother god Baal.
The word Jezebel
or Jeze-Baal literally refers to a "Priestess of Baal" whom the
worshipers of Yahweh called "Whores of Baal". Jews of that time would
have understood that there was no actual Queen who worshiped "false
idols" and tried to force the people to convert, but that this story was
an anecdote to warn them that Baal was not to be worshipped. The God
of Jews was Yahweh and he was a jealous war god who would punish those
following the whores of Baal.
Baal's symbol was a bull. The
story where they created the "false idol" of Baal in the form of the
bull while Moses was off getting written tablets is another place Baal
is mentioned without being mentioned. The bible is very clear that the
Jewish god Yahweh acknowledges the existence of these other gods by
saying "Though shall have no other gods before me". I think they probably wished later they had redacted that commandment. It tells too much.
I'm not mistaken, the golden calf that you are referring to that was
built right after the exodus was to reverence Apis (cow god), one of the
many idols that the Egyptians worshiped. I wouldn't be surprised if
throughout the years Apis evolved into what we know as Baal or Moloch though...
has 3 meanings such as "Baal exalts", "unchaste" or "baal is the
husband". Idolatry amongst the heathens (people outside the nation of
Israel) existed for a long time. That is nothing new. The Egyptians for
example worshiped all types of idols such as Anubis, the scarab beetle,
that golden calf, Ra, etc.
The other nations worshiped
their own gods/idols and typically their gods had relations to each other. Just like the other nations had their own gods,
the Jews had their own God. That's why in the scriptures whenever YHWH
spoke to someone of importance, he always said "I'm the GOD of your
fathers" (fathers being the people that worshiped/obeyed him before
Moses). After the exodus when YHWH communicated with an Israelite (or
had an angel mediate), he will say "I am the GOD of your fathers...the
one who delivered you from Egypt."
The mass confusion comes into
play due to the Roman catholic church, creating a UNIVERSAL doctrine
trying to somehow incorporate the exclusive God of Israel along with the
many other idols and pagan practices of the other nations (which the
God of Israel clearly ain't dealing with). All of those ingredients have
been compiled into one idol which is Jesus Christ. This
is why you will hear about a savior (Biblical/Hebrew doctrine), who
taught all nations (catholic doctrine) who was born around christmas
(babylonian/nimrod doctrine), through a virgin (queen of heaven doctrine,
which goes all the way back to ancient Egypt) and died for the sins of
mankind (but sin is the breaking of the law 1 John 3:4; laws that were
only given to one set of people, not mankind
Arabs (Ishmaelites) worshiped over 300 gods until Islam (another branch
from the catholic church) came on the scene. Judaism was a doctrine
created by the swagger jackin Amalekites (fake jews/khazars). The "Juda"
in Judaism comes from Judah (or Yahawadah in Hebrew) the tribe that
King David, Solomon and Yahawashi came from.
I know that there's a
slew of gods/idols that are being worshiped around the globe. But as
for me I will be reverencing The God of my
forefathers and foremothers. If the ancient Egyptians and Greeks have that right, I won't hesitate to exercise mine.