The Christian Pantheon

 

Christianity is considered a monotheistic religion, a faith with one God.  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three heads or personalities of ONE God.  This doctrine of the Trinity makes little sense.

God the Father becomes flesh, as the book reads, and yet The Son prays to the Father.  Pointless if they are one.  The Son sits on the right hand of God’s Throne.  Father God cannot open the book of life and has to wait for the Son to do so.  Examples like this refute the trinity doctrine and Dogma.  In fact this doctrine makes such a God literally have multiple personality disorder.

At his baptism the Holy Spirit descends upon The Son, and “a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This is problematic., if the three are one whole, this would never be needed.  In Theology and Dogma they give reasons and rationales for this which most Christians accept on its face, but all of that is Extra-Biblical.  It is not the Word from which this triune God, or Trinity comes from, but the reasoning of men.  It is simply not a part of the Bible.

“Scripture contains neither the word Trinity, nor an expressly formulated doctrine of the Trinity. Rather, according to the Christian theology, it “bears witness to” the activity of a God who can only be understood in trinitarian terms.”  In other words, it does not make any sense without this Extra-Biblical addition to the text.  Neither are Christians in agreement over this.  They do not agree upon the details of how it all plays out, and not all Christians are even Trinitarians.

“The doctrine did not take its definitive shape until late in the fourth century.  During the intervening period, various tentative solutions, some more and some less satisfactory were proposed.  Trinitarianism contrasts with nontrinitarian positions which include Binitarianism (one deity in two persons, or two deities), Unitarianism (one deity in one person, analogous to Jewish interpretation of the Shema and Muslim belief in Tawhid), Oneness Pentecostalism or Modalism (one deity manifested in three separate aspects).”

It is due to these contradictions and internal conflicts that the “Doctrine of the Trinity” was formulated by men.  “The Fourth Lateran Council declared, “it is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds . . . Accordingly, the whole work of creation and grace is seen as a single operation common to all three divine persons, in which each shows forth what is proper to him in the Trinity, so that all things are “from the Father”, “through the Son” and “in the Holy Spirit”.

In this manner the Triune Godhead is created by a council, which many modern Christians think was always the belief.  It is therefore impossible to be a divine revelation but is instead a decision by a council of men.  Imagine all the Deacons at your own church talking and deciding “THIS IS THE TRUTH”, and then teaching that as truth.  How could that be divine?

This makes Jesus the author of the Flood of Noah even though he knew it was pointless as he would be coming to Earth to save mankind, which wrecks the idea of a loving Jesus.  It makes every act of carnage perpetrated in God’s name in the OT, done in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and thereby bloodies their hands.  It does not however end with this, there are more God’s yet in the Christian Pantheon.

By common definition Jesus is not a celestial God at all, but a Demigod.  Fathered by a celestial God (The Father) he is born of a human woman in human form.  The very definition of a Demigod.  “A demigod or demi-god is a divine or supernatural being in classical mythology. The term has been used in various ways at different times and can refer to a figure who has attained divine status after death, a minor deity, or a mortal who is the offspring of a god and a human.”

In this fashion Jesus was a Demigod who is elevated after death to a celestial God, in the text.  This concept however flies in the face of a divine Jesus or a Trinity.  As a result of the commonly understood aspects of Demigods in the ancient world this concept of the Trinity was developed by men to make their God more appealing and consistent.

Now we come to the Evil God, Satan, Lucifer, or The Enemy.  This being is claimed to be Celestial, an Angel of God (minor God) who rebels and falls from God’s grace.  However God does not simply unmake him as he spoke the world into existence, but allows him to run rampant on the earth, he even makes bets with him,  allowing him to torment his loyal followers just to prove their faith.

Satan also gets many titles, like the Father of lies, the Beast and so forth.  The issue of sin is another problem in this aspect as God cannot tolerate sin, it is like acid and burns him, and Satan is the originator of Sin in the world.  If this were the case then the sinful nature of Satan was created by God (makes no sense if God is intolerant of Sin) and makes God evil himself, but I digress.

So if God the Father cannot tolerate Sin, and Satan is the creator of Sin, how could he throw Satan out of heaven?  Would not the sin burn God like acid and prevent that?  The common story is that God used the Angels and there was a war in heaven and the archangel Michael(minor God) threw Satan/Lucifer (another minor or even co-God to the Father) from heaven.  Yet that is all Extra-Bilical.

The commonly held Christian belief about the origin of Lucifer/Satan comes from two  OT passages; Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.  Christianity.com says “It would seem from the context of Ezekiel 28 that the first ten verses of this chapter are dealing with a human leader. Then, starting in verse 11 and on through verse 19, Lucifer is the focus of discussion.

What is the rationale for the conclusion that these latter verses refer to the fall of Lucifer? Whereas the first ten verses in this chapter speak about the ruler of Tyre (who was condemned for claiming to be a god though he was just a man), the discussion moves to the king of Tyre starting in verse 11. Many scholars believe that though there was a human “ruler” of Tyre, the real “king” of Tyre was Satan, for it was he who was ultimately at work in this anti-God city and it was he who worked through the human ruler of the city.

Some have suggested that these verses may actually be dealing with a human king of Tyre who was empowered by Satan. Perhaps the historic king of Tyre was a tool of Satan, possibly even indwelt by him. In describing this king, Ezekiel also gives us glimpses of the superhuman creature, Satan, who was using, if not indwelling, him.”–Christianity.com

So this is NOT Biblical either, but a very human re-interpretation of the King of Tyre, proclaiming him to be indwelt by Satan many, many years after the book was written.  This is a rationale to attempt to give weight to the concept, it is not Biblical but a human interpretation, accepted by most Christians without thought or the effort of a little research.

Isaiah 14 is also a re-interpretation of scripture to fit this model.  That entire chapter is what is left of Israel ranting about Babylon.  Books however require interpretation, and so these verses were also twisted out of context and meaning and given a new meaning by men.  Again, far less than divine, this is the creation of Dogma to support a religious idea.  Twisting passages by interpretation and out of context.  Bringing to bear concepts of a future period of history, which did not exist in the period of the original writing.   All in order to support an idea held by men seeking to create Biblical support of their modern idea.

We are not done with our Pantheon yet though, now we have Archangels,  (minor Gods) like Michael.  Michael and Gabriel are the only archangels mentioned in the Bible.  According to Jewish tradition there are seven archangels:  Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Saraqael, and Remiel, and these were once associated with the days of the week, one Archangel for every day.  Let us not forget the “heavenly host”.  God’s literal army of lesser angels, who carry out tasks for God and aid believers in all sorts of ways.

“Did you ever notice how in the Bible, whenever God wanted to punish someone, or make an example, or whenever God need a killing, he sent an angel?  Did you ever wonder what a creature like that must be like?  A whole existence spent praising your  God, but always with one wing dipped in blood.  Would you ever really want to see an angel?”—The Prophecy Film

There are also the forbidden Gods, “thou shalt have no other gods before me”.  Baal, Ashera, and Yahweh were all Gods of the early Semite peoples, Jews and Canaanites and Moabites and Philistines.  Baal was the God of the harvest, Ashera of fertility, and Yahweh of battle.  An internal struggle among the early Hebrews led to the adoption of Monotheism and the elevation of Yahweh to “El-ohim” or most high God.  It is a return to these early beliefs which led Moses to smash the commandments in the text.  God himself saw these other Gods as real Gods, not Satanic imitations or demons because he specifically tells his followers he is Jealous and will not tolerate any other Gods around.

Oops, I forgot Jehovah didn’t I?  Jehovah is little more than a translation change of name, used to preserve the holy name Yhwh.

“The Masoretes, who from about the 6th to the 10th century worked to reproduce the original text of the Hebrew Bible, replaced the vowels of the name YHWH with the vowel signs of the Hebrew words Adonai (“Lord”, editor) or Elohim. Thus, the artificial name Jehovah (YeHoWaH)  came into being. Although Christian scholars after the Renaissance and Reformation periods used the term Jehovah for YHWH, in the 19th and 20th centuries biblical scholars again began to use the form Yahweh. Early Christian writers, such as Clement of Alexandria in the 2nd century, had used a form like Yahweh, and this pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton was never really lost. Other Greek transcriptions also indicated that YHWH should be pronounced Yahweh.’—Encyclopedia Brittanica

Let’s not forget the Cherubim, heavenly beasts guarding the throne in Heaven.  There are also lesser things which are mystical in nature, but not necessarily Gods or Minor Gods, Lesser Gods, or Demigods; like Giants and mixed breed angels called Nephilim, and Dragons, as well as the Leviathan.  This all bears a striking resemblance to fantasy literature.

How is this Monotheism?  AT the present time, not including the Catholic Saints, which would add hundreds of Demigods (elevated humans) to the pantheon, not including Nephilim, Cherubim, or Giants and Dragons,  what is the count up to?  Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Lucifer, 7 Archangels, Baal, Ashera, and Yahweh or Jehovah. That is 15, 14 if you count Yahweh and Jehovah as the same; 11 if you count the Trinity as one.  This is not counting the heavenly host.

A Host is a non-specific term for a very large formation of troops.  In the Bible this might well be a countless legion by some descriptions.  Every one of these celestial angels would be a Minor God by definition.  So we can add the 11 or 15 to a host, and now you are really getting up there into thousands or even countless lesser Gods and Demigods, all under the top God, Yahweh.

This is a depiction of polytheism (many Gods) which twists its own sacred text by redefining and interpreting in order to still claim there is one God.  I can count, and the Theology and Dogma of the faith is not convincing evidence that the religion is about one God, but about many Gods, and One claiming to be the top dog.

D.N.B.

10 thoughts on “The Christian Pantheon

  1. God the Father did not become flesh. God the Son, became flesh.

    This is stated very clearly in the first few sentences of the Gospel of John.

    Additionally, that you don’t understand something, does not make that something stupid.

    It just means that you don’t understand that something.

    We cannot ever learn much if we have a hostile attitude toward what we find hard to understand.

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    1. i do not have a hostile attitude sir, I just find it not believable and self contradictory.
      I understand the various Dogmas, the simple fact that they are created by men in council shows that it is not divine.
      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Contradicts itself, if you are with someone you are not that someone, BI God two AS one
      “4 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”
      So now you have two gods as one who become human, clad i flesh.
      This was a part of why some sects think God is TWO not three things combined in one God.
      SO, if Father Son and Holy Spirit are ALL in Jesus, what Spirit descends upon him at Baptism and What voice from the heavens speaks?
      ALL of these ideas are just that, ideas and human interpretations of them.

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      1. DNB,

        It is natural to find the nature of God incomprehensible since he is infinite and human beings are finite.

        Additionally, that means that only God can reveal God since he is incomprehensible to us.

        The Bible is a story about how God revealed himself to man.

        Furthermore, there is much wisdom written in the Bible that is completely comprehensible since it concerns the nature of man and universe.

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      2. The Bible is a series of claims about how God revealed himself to man, it is a record of the evolution of religion from Polytheism to Judaism to Christianity. It was rewritten by the Jews, and then the Christians who re-interpreted almost every meaning the Hebrews believed in their own text in the light of the belief they held.
        The very definition of a cognitive Bias.
        That is not to say it does not contain interesting poetry or slices of wisdom, but those things exist in a great many written works.
        The difference is people CLAIM it is divine, and all the evidence says otherwise.

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      3. DNB,

        Can you give examples of where the Bible makes the kind of claims you are referring to?

        When I read the Bible, I am thunderstruck at being able to peer into the hearts and minds of cultures from a long, long time ago and far, far, away.

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      4. Silence
        I am often struck by that in literature in general, in ancient literature I am often amazed at the unchanged nature of human emotions.
        Much of the above piece is more Dogma from various sects rather than the text itself, which is a large part of the problem with seeing the text as representing absolute truth.
        What are you talking about in particular?

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    2. it just means you don’t understand something – and there is a whole lot none of us understands – like what time was it before the Big Bang … 🙂

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      1. Is that not a rather large part of the issue? I am not claiming some special knowledge. I am comfortable with we do not know (yet).
        There are a lot of leaps between “I do not know” and since we do not know, therefore a supernatural agency betond space and time did it.

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  2. I’m falling in love with your interpretations of the Bible. As a kid, I asked these questions in catechism classes. We were told to compare the many African Gods with the one true God and I pointed out the many lesser gods in Christianity. Of course the catechist had no definite answer, and I stopped questioning. Now I have been questioning again

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    1. Thank you. For me it is all about the definition you carry about God. IF you believe you definition is true, but the Bible does not support or conflicts with that definition, one of two things is wrong, your definition or the Bible.
      apologetics is just rationalizing why God still meets the definition when the book shows that Yaweh does not.

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