Elohim

Elohim in the Book of Genesis

“In the very first chapter of the book of Genesis the plurality of God is very prominent. It cannot fail to draw the attention of a critical and secular reader. If you read just a few verses on the first page, down to verse 26, you will see: …And God said, Let us make man in our image, The word used in the Hebrew for God is ‘Elohim’ which is a plural word, and literally means ‘Mighty Ones’.

“So, if these religious people insist that every word is literally true, then they must accept that their God is really a group of Mighty Ones. If we are to take it literally it means: .. And the Mighty Ones said, let us make man in our image, From which we should deduce that these putative ‘Mighty Ones’ look like us. That is the outcome of a literal understanding. In fact, in Genesis 1 v 1, the very first words of the Bible, the word translated as ‘God’ is actually the plural word ‘Elohim’ or Mighty Ones. ….In the beginning Mighty Ones created the heaven and the earth. ” ~George Curtis and Jack Lewis

Ancient Truth

The authors of the book “Ancient Knowledge” are using the information quoted above to tell us that we shouldn’t interpret everything in the Bible literally. To do so, they say, leads to contradictions. The primary message they are trying to point out with the words from Genesis is that God is called “Elohim”, a plural word. There are also phrases like “Let us make man in our image”. These are example, the authors say, of why the Bible should not be interpreted too literally.

While they certainly have a point about the Bible, and most other ancient scripture, being allegory, the references to God in a plural form may not be one of those cases. Christians, after all, say that God is three persons in one. So the fact that there is but one real God doesn’t necessarily mean He is singular. Continue reading “Elohim in the Book of Genesis”

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Gospel of John: The Shepherds and the Light

“The coming of Christianity represents, in a sense, the central moment, the turning point between involution and evolution. This is why it radiates so brilliant a light—a light that is nowhere so pregnant with life as in the Gospel of St. John. …
“It cannot be said that modern theology has this conception of the Gospel. From the historical point of view it is considered inferior to the three synoptic Gospels, as being, in a sense, apocryphal. …
“During the Middle Ages a number of Brotherhoods saw in this Gospel the essential source of Christian truth. … All were engaged in practical occultism and looked to this Gospel as to their Bible. … It was the popular expression of the secret doctrines. … Such truth as this regenerates the souls of those who become aware of it.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Gospel of John

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. … The true light that gives light to everyone.” ~Gospel of John

It is unfortunate that this Gospel is probably the least understood of the four Gospels in the Bible. John is clearly an advanced spiritual person, a person of higher consciousness, who knows what he is talking about. Materialists, unfortunately, think it is all nonsense, of try to bend and twist the spiritual truths into something material. Continue reading “Gospel of John: The Shepherds and the Light”

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The Bible and Allegory

“To accept the Bible as a ‘revelation’ and nail belief to a literal translation, is worse than absurdity—it is a blasphemy against the Divine majesty of the ‘Unseen.’ If we had to Judge of the Deity, and the world of spirits, by its human interpreters, now that philology proceeds with giant-strides on the fields of comparative religions, belief in God and the soul’s immortality could not withstand the attacks of reason for one century more. That which supports the faith of man in God and a spiritual life to come is intuition; that divine outcome of our inner-self, which defies the mummeries of the Roman Catholic priest, and his ridiculous idols; the thousand and one ceremonies of the Brahman and his idols; and the jeremiads of the Protestant preacher,…” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Bible2Much of what is in the Bible is revelation, of course, but not when you reduce these holy writings to ridiculous materialistic literal meanings. What is especially strange and laughable is that many of the people who do this are the ones who claim to be such devout followers of Jesus, yet they seem to be calling Him a liar when He said that He spoke to the crowds in parables because they were not capable of understanding the truths that He revealed only to his closest disciples. Of course, not everything is the Bible is revelation. A lot of it is simply the opinions of men, and often men who are obviously not very spiritual despite holding an office like High Priest (Leviticus immediately comes to mind). Continue reading “The Bible and Allegory”

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