Brmckay “Still just fine with the term “God”, but …”
When did god stop becoming an adjective and start being a noun?
I think the term “God” has created major problems in mankind’s thinking.
My objective was to read and understand the Holy Bible.
Figured it would take me from 3 to 7 years.
Got me several good books, study bibles, time charts and timelines.
Started with Genesis.
God did this and God did that according to the bible.
But my research showed that these gods had names and there were several different gods.
A couple of the gods are still being worshiped today.
And a couple of the gods that are not being worshiped today, you can go to places like Syria and their churches are still standing. Well maybe not visit Syria today with the war.
And it just wasn’t the gods. Take people like Adam. Means “Red earth man”.
No problem, that’s just the way our naming system works, right?
I mean, Mr. Smith got his name because someone back in his ancestry worked as a Smith. And the same for Mr. Baker.
But the bible did not seem to follow that path. It is very misleading and confusing.
So I sought help from a biblical institution in Israel that was a major interpreter of old scripts. They were very helpful with information and helping me understand what the problems were with the writings in the bible.
Short form – the information that is available to me by the internet says the bible is interpretations of interpretations of interpretations. Now the interpreters used were not that good. Maybe the best that could be found at the time, but they would not be hired in today’s standards for the job.
Example. They keep changing the bible from time to time. First it was the sea did not part, the latest is Mary was a young woman and not a virgin.
So, where do I go from here? The OT has if I remember right eleven separate gods who’s name has been changed to just god.
The reason the church did that was for …………
So even if you can get 100% good translations you have another problem. They are just stories that were told verbally for long periods of time. And they fill in stuff for missing data. Stuff like ages of people. When they were missing names of linage they just expanded people’s ages. That’s why there are people who are eight to nine hundred years old in the bible.
Conclusion. If you want to understand god or religion. The bible is the last place you should go. If you want to understand belief, it’s the best.
I feel that I accomplished my task in understanding god and religion. I have yet to read the bible as a whole. Mainly because there is so much better places to get information today. But I have to go to the bible a lot in my research. One thing I can say is the bible has shown no new ideas or concepts. It’s data is just base on older stories and religions that have evolved.
What do you think would happen today if they replaced the word god the with the original gods name?
By the way, most of those gods had wives.