Bible Anomalies

Is the God of the pulpit the God of the Bible? Are the religious leaders the creation and tool of God or is God the creation and tool of religious leaders?

 The Church:
The Church has a rather simple view of God.  One being, creator, unseen, all wise, all-powerful, vengeful, and intolerant.  And most importantly, if they donít tell you, donít ask. 

The Bible:
The concept of God is a matter of each individual's belief and there are probably no two alike, not much unlike any individual's opinions about any given subject. Therefore this is not an attempt to form opinions, rather to present what the Bible says about the God of the Bible, not the God of any religious belief.

The Number

      The first thing that must be considered is the number of Gods spoken of in the Bible. That would be somewhere between two and an infinite number. The very first time the actual word God appears in the Bible it is translated from the word 'elohiym, the plural form of the word elowahh, in the first verse of the first book. In this verse it speaks of the Elohiym creating the known world. And this is the word that is most often translated into God in the Old Testament, which appears almost 4000 times.
 The word that appears over 31,000 times to describe the mightiest of the Elohiym is Yhovah, pronounced yeh-ho-vaw'. This is the Elohiym that first made contact with Moses, appeared to and spoke with the prophets, and became the first human incarnation of the Elohiym, Jesus the Christ. (See JESUS )  Yhovah, though not specifically named, is probably the God of record in the Garden of Eden. Jesus referred to a higher being than himself called the Father from the word "pater", which literally means father.  This distinct relationship is outlined here:
      1 Corinthians 8: 5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
     The power is from the Father God and the action is from Jesus, AKA, Yhovah. Therefore, there are at least two distinct entities.  There is one verse in particular that could indicate other Elohiym:
Psalms  89:6  For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?

The Appearance of God

     The general appearance of the Elohiym, in general, can be found in the Old Testament.  The appearance of Yhovah, in more detail, can be found in the New Testament.

The Elohiym:
     Genesis 1:26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

If the Elohiym made man in their image and their likeness, then an Elohiym must have a body a head, arms, legs, nad other similar parts to men.  How close that similarity is can not be determined here but is made more clear in the descriptions of John in the Revelations.

Yhovah, an Elohiym:
     Revelations 1:9.  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13. And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  14. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;  15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.  17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:  18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
     Here Yhovah, an Elohiym, God, is described as having feet, a chest, a head, hair, hands, eyes and a mouth.  This verifies that indeed man was designed to look like the Elohiym.

The Names of God
These are not all the names of God, just the prominent and important ones.

Strong's # 3962, pater, pronounced pat-ayr', a primary word; a "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote):

Strong's # 3068, Yhovah, pronounced yeh-ho-vaw', (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God:

Strong's # 430, 'elohiym, pronounced el-o-heem', plural of 0433 (Elowahh, below); gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:

** Mistakenly or purposefully mistranslated to angels in; Psalms 8:4. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

 Strong's # 410,  'el, pronounced ale, shortened from 'ayi (352 below); strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity):

352 'ayil, pronounced ah'-yil; properly, strength; hence, anything strong; specifically a chief (politically); also a ram (from his strength); a pilaster (as a strong support); an oak or other strong tree:

Strong's # 433, elowahh, 'elowahh, pronounced el-o'-ah; rarely (shortened) 'eloahh {el-o'-ah} probably prolonged (emphatic; a deity or the Deity: elowahh

Strong's # 3050, Yahh Pronounced yaw contraction for Yhovah, above, and meaning the same; Jah, the sacred name: KJV--Jah, the Lord, most vehement. Compare names ending with "-iah," "-jah."

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