Makes One Wonder…

I’m Byzantine Catholic, and except for a time when I had some issues with the Church, I attend the Liturgy as often as possible. I was taught Creation (Catholic, remember?), but as I got older, there was no way, at least as far as I was concerned, that I could believe that the Old Testament could be taken literally. The ‘seven days’ had to be representative of a greater amount of time.

One of the books I read some years ago was entitled “The God Hypothesis”. An excerpt from the review at Amazon.com says the following,

…the God Hypothesis–that UFO entities are guardian spirits who have watched over and manipulated humanity since ancient times, perhaps as part of a divine plan. The serpent gods of the Sumerians, the Watchers of the Books of Enoch, the cloud pillar of Moses, and the angels of the New Testament represent interventions in the past. Modern UFO abductions are attempts by these beings to generate shifts in human consciousness toward a new spirituality, or evolutionary step. Although this sounds akin to Heaven’s Gate^-style cultism, Lewels takes a scholarly and progressive Christian approach and tries to reconcile the God Hypothesis with science, religion, and history.

Now, I’m not coming out and advocating beliefs in UFO’s and aliens and the such, though ya gotta wonder what all that hubbub is about. But after reading this book, there was a considerable amount of info that made me go ‘hmmmmm.’ (You’d have to read the book to pick up on the UFO reference, but suffice it to say, the book suggests that God is a being of higher intelligence.)

One of the themes mentioned was references in the Bible that, if pondered over, made the context of the verse seem confusing, and, if you’ll permit me the off-subject article today, I’d like to show you some. Please don’t take me for some blasphemous, needs-to-be-excommunicated religious zealot. I’m not. But there’s a side of me that has this insatiable curiousity for the supernatural, and religion is a part of that. So, that being said, let me list some of the out-of-the-ordinary verses in the Old Testament.

Genesis, Ch. 1, V. 26 – 

 Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

And

Genesis, Ch. 3, V. 22 –

Then the LORD God said: “See! The man has become like one of us, knowing what is good and what is bad! Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life also, and thus eat of it and live forever.”

Us? Our? Our? Doesn’t that mean ‘more than one’?

Genesis,  Ch. 6, V. 1 –

1When men began to multiply on earth and daughters were born to them,

2 the sons of heaven saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose.

3 Then the LORD said: “My spirit shall not remain in man forever, since he is but flesh. His days shall comprise one hundred and twenty years.”

4 At that time the Nephilim appeared on earth (as well as later), after the sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown.

Sons of heaven? And who are the Nephilim?

A short preface: One of the suggestions in the book is that there were actually two Gods of the Old Testament, one good, and one not-so-good. The good God was the one that delivered Moses and the Israelites from Egypt, told Noah to build the Ark, etc. The not-so-good God was the one that destroyed Sodom and Gemorrah and wanted the Earth wiped clean by the Flood.

Genesis, Chapter 11, v. 1-9

 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, [a] they found a plain in Shinar [b] and settled there.

    3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

    5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that they were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

    8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel [c]—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Why would a good and just God not want people to work together and to understand each other?

Genesis, Ch. 38, V. 7 – 10

7 But Er, Judah’s first-born, greatly offended the LORD; so the LORD took his life.8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Unite with your brother’s widow, in fulfillment of your duty as brother-in-law, and thus preserve your brother’s line.”9 Onan, however, knew that the descendants would not be counted as his; so whenever he had relations with his brother’s widow, he wasted his seed on the ground, to avoid contributing offspring for his brother.10 What he did greatly offended the LORD, and the LORD took his life too

God doesn’t leave much room for error in the Old Testament, does he? (Seeing the argument for two Gods?)

The list goes on throughout. There are numerous references where God spoke through a burning bush or from a cloud, or that fire came from the Lord’s presence, or that angels of the Lord appeared to Moses or others, indicating a much more hands-on Supreme Being.

Are there explanations for all of these verses in the Bible? I’m sure. But to go through and read and find verses such as those above, really makes a guy scratch his head.

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9 thoughts on “Makes One Wonder…

  1. Is the Bible the Word of God? Literally?

    Was the Bible inspired by God, written by man? Has the true meaning been lost during translation?

    If there are two Gods, what does that mean for the core/foundational beliefs of Judaism and Christianity?

    That book brings up quite a few questions!

  2. Liz,
    Brings up a whole slew of questions. None that are going to shake my core of beliefs, but enough that make me go ‘hmmmm’.
    According to a few websites that I just looked over after seeing your comment, this is what I’ve found:
    Authorities of the Scriptures: The Bible is its own legal power and God is the author and in control of the Bible as in 2 Tim 3:16 “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” This text tells us that the Bible is not only its own authority it has power and great influence in lives and many peoples’ lives are changed because of the Bibles. The following texts tell of God the Author of the Bible did the speaking through men. Heb 1:1 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets.” 2 Peter 1:21 “for the prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” There were forty authors and 66 books were written over a period of 1,500 years.

    As far as the two God situation, it would seem that the situation was taken care of by the birth, life and death of Jesus. Only the Old Testament had instances that could be attributed to two Gods.

    It was really curious, as I read through, to find instances that made my eyes go big. Take the situation where Moses and the Israelites were held captive by the pharoah. God tells Moses to talk to the pharoah, and tell him if the Israelites aren’t released, he will bring down various plagues on the Egyptians. And God says to Moses, ‘But he will refuse this, because I will make him obdurate.’ So God is setting the Egyptians up to be victims of the plagues, because He is causing the pharoah to say no.

    Thought it was quite interesting.

  3. “And God says to Moses, ‘But he will refuse this, because I will make him obdurate.’ So God is setting the Egyptians up to be victims of the plagues, because He is causing the pharoah to say no.”

    Now that brings up questions about free will!

  4. Definitely get a copy of “The God Hypothesis”, Kelly. Even my Dad read it, and he was raised, and raised me, very strict Catholic.

    I had bought a box of Tarot cards to do a college report way back when. While flipping through them, he glanced over from his newspaper, and said (and my Dad does NOT use bad language, sorry I didn’t follow suit, but foodservice employment does that to ya), “What the hell are you doing with those in my house?”

    But Dad read the book and thought it was really good. Really made him scratch his head, too, that it made some good points and raised a lot of references for discussion.

    On a side note, and one that has me doing even more reading: I recently read a book called “The Judas Strain”, about a bacteria that tweaks people’s DNA. It made a reference to an ancient Mayan calendar, that had marked December 21, 2012 for a huge event to occur to the Earth. I’m thinking, OK, I’ll have to look into that.

    Next book I picked up (love that fiction!) was entitled “2012”, by Whitley Strieber. Right inside the book jacket is the same mention of the Mayan calendar and event, and that something catastrophic will occur on that date. This date apparently coincides time-wise with other events that have happened in the past, as far as the time-span separating these events.

    As of right now, I’m planning on applying for a few more credit cards, so that come the summer of 2012, I’m maxing them ALL out.

  5. No Henery you aren’t in trouble you never were ….I haven’t read the book or in fact THE book ( cover to cover).as we know translations etc. and the political atmosphere at the time of the translations can myther.it was the Tudors that paid Shakespeare to write Richard the 3 as a deformed king in his play ..as the Plantagenents were extremely popular still in that period ant the Tudors weren’t and at that time those with deformaties were looked upon as being out of God’s grace and wicked evil…….so marketing of the Royals in Tudor Times 🙂
    As for the Mayan calendar I read that just after we purchsed our house and I thought Oh great it will only be paid off for 7 years before we all go belly up… 🙂

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