Origins of Religious Concepts Other Notes:

INTERESTING NOTES ON OLD CONCEPTS:

*Gaia is the Greek Titan or Goddess that represents the Earth. Modern use equates her with "Mother Earth".  The Hebrew word for valley is pronounced ‘Gaya’ as well.

*Each name of G-d in Hebrew if spelled backwards is a word for reality or existence.

*The creation of man happened differently in the first chapter of Genesis than it does in the second. It is thought that 2 tribes of man were made, one in the land, and one in the grove of Eden (pleasure)

*The Hebrew word for name is pronounced "shame".  Is it possible that shame and a bad name comes from this?

*In a Hebrew Torah, If you find a name of G-d, and go to the beginning of the book you are reading.  Count the number of letters signified by that name, you will always come to an Aleph.  Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and it signifies the number 1.

*The name "Noah" Means grace and goodness.  His ark carried animals mostly by seven (7) each type, not by two (2) each.

*There is no letter "J" in the Hebrew alphabet.  all J sounding words are actually pronounced  with a "Y" sound.  Why "Jehovah"? not Yehovah? Possibly because "Jove" was the King of the Roman gods when Christianity was forming, so it became an adopted version that the masses could remember.

*Helios is Greek for the Sun.  Is hel fire actually sunfire?  Hel is also a Norse ideal of a frozen wasteland that dishonored warriors go to after death.  Is it possible that the Norse Hel combined with the Greek concept of Hade’s underworld to produce the major part of the modern hell concept?

*Zaroastic belief has 2 gods, one evil that is master of this living world (Azmond, later Asmodius), and One good that is master of the world after death (Uhura Mazda). They used this duality to describe why the evil seem to flourish in life and why you should be good, even though it never seems fair.  After all, you’re dead longer than you’re alive.  Until this religion, there was no thought of eternal judgment after death.

*All the modern names for "the devil" are actually names of gods of the tribes that the Hebrews fought in their warlike times (ex: Beelzebub, Baal of the Babylonians said as Baal-ze-Bab).

*The word Hell is never in the old testament.  The words Sheol (Hebrew for the cold of the grave), Purgatory (a place of waiting for resurrection),  and Gahenna (the Valley of Henom) were all changed to the word in English translations.

*There are 613 laws of G-d (commandments) in the old testament, not just 10.  Most of them are not only ignored, but many of them are blatantly against the law in the United States.

*Due to mistranslation and modern morality, the average person violates or ignores at least 6 of the 10 commandments each week.  (If it reassures you, not everyone is average).

*The Torah (Bible) was written with all consonants and no spaces between the words.  The original Torah was written in a language that is not fully understood (or translatable) any more.  Modern versions of it are a mixture of Hebrew and Palestinian that was invented in the seventh century.

*There are an average of 5 different versions of the Hebrew language at any given point in time.

*The word "Nunnery" whose current proper definition is a community of nuns, or a convent had a very different meaning.  Nunnery became the slang word for brothel.  When women were told to 'get to a nunnery' it was the same as calling the woman a prostitute.

*The torah was written in code.  Some things were left to verbal Torah so no one could understand it who was not Hebrew.  An example of this codified writing is the Sabbath.  The Jewish people celebrate Sabbath on Friday night, while Christians celebrate it on Sunday.  The Christian translations don’t contain Mishnah or Apocrypha.

*The Old testament specifically says that any book modifying it is not to be revered.  Only books that add to its knowledge are part of G-d’s word.  The new testament specifically denies or changes certain statements of the old.  It is for this reason that Jewish and Christian belief conflict so badly.

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