Monotheism: So What's The Problem Then?  

DustyWidget 59M
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6/14/2006 5:09 am

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Monotheism: So What's The Problem Then?

We all hear it do we not? The Jews did that to the Christians and the Christians did it to the Muslims etcetera as if there was this great divide between these three great monotheistic religions and there isn’t. There even isn’t a great divide between these and the fourth great monotheistic religion ‒ Hinduism. Before you all throw your hands up in horror shouting it’s a poly (many gods) theistic religion have you ever asked a Hindu? They have a Creator and all else are just aspects of that Creator.

Let’s go back to basics. Judaism began when the Lord appeared to Abram and from thence he was known as Abraham and became the father of the Jewish people. Over time they evolved into 12 tribes and carried the Ark of the Covenant or rather the tribe of Levi did for whom Leviticus must have been written. Leviticus sets out very harsh dietary laws and it is these that mostly differentiates Judaism and the other religions.

Now let’s return to the Ark of the Covenant. This religious artefact was primarily a weapon of war of war and if those who carried it were not religiously purified then it had a nasty habit of turning on them and obliterating them. In the wilderness it was put inside a portable temple and kept safe there and only the High Priest and presumably highly placed acolytes were allowed near it. As I remember two of Moses’ or Aaron’s sons had the temerity to approach it when drunk and for their trouble were obliterated. An unforgiving friend!

So I would hypothesise that most of Leviticus was written as a life preserver for those required to be around it often. Those other things like the banning of pork and the eating of shellfish were again for general good. If your sole aim is to expand a small band of disparate people into a viable proto-nation ready to take over the land of Canaan you want as many soldiers carrying weaponry as opposed to dying through dodgy food ‒ and let’s be honest pork does spoil very quickly especially in a hot climate and as for shellfish any been laid low by a bad prawn etc. Dysentery in Biblical times of Biblical proportions - not good for expanding the tribes. I would say that the dietary laws are outmoded and should be relaxed but what do I know?

So that is why Judaism in my opinion will always be a minor religion in terms of its number of adherents purely because its dietary mores and practices limit its appeal and I suppose the only way to be considered Jewish - through the mother does limit numbers also. So when the Diaspora took place and the Sephardi and Ashkenazi settled into Europe they were not large enough in number so could be expelled at will from countries when they enquired whether they might have the money they had lent the king to fund that war back.

So looking at God’s mighty plan, He had in the grand scheme of things a loyal band but limited in number and self-limiting. God was called YHVH and there were no vowels until He became Yehova by adding e, o, a into the mix. This is important.

So along comes the Messiah or so we Christians believe ‒ disputed hotly by Jew and Muslim ‒ and we now have a second monotheistic religion rooted deeply in Judaism and its holy book the Tanakh the first of which the Torah is also known as the Pentateuch and forms the first five books of what we call the Old Testament.

Because Christianity has no dietary restraints its followers could increase out of all proportion to its original size. But with it came religious corruption. Church and State vied with each other to steal land and power and life a life of opulence whereas the poor and huddled got shafted.

So when an illiterate called Mohammed came along and began gaining influence in Medina and Mecca denouncing Judaism and Christianity as corrupt and schismatic he was absolutely right! The reason that Jesus was sacrificed was because the Pharisees and Sadducees felt threatened by him and his death meant his original message was taken up by Paul and bent to his view. The Christian clergy through the centuries then bent the original message out of all shape.

So Mohammed arrives with a new message and a new way and fires up the Arabs. His word has been dictated by the Archangel Gibril (Gabriel). So now with have a situation where a massive sector of the world has now received the word of God that were pagan before. Three times has this happened so far ‒ or should we take the argument to Hinduism as well?

Anyway we have a third monotheistic religion with different mores alien to the others but more suited to the Arabic temperament ‒ hand of God here mayhap? And this God is called Allah which means ‒ God!

So we have YHVH, Yehova and Allah? Relate to the first two and not the third. Yes?

Let’s return to those three vowels e, o, a shall we. There is/was a secret name of God so holy that the ancient Jews could not bring themselves to utter it nor to write it in full. That name is Eloah which means God. Whoop di Doo, getting somewhere aren’t we? Coincidence that Allah looks like Eloah and both mean God. One is Judaic and the other Arabic like Gabriel is so Gibril, like Mary is to Mirrim, like Samuel is to Ismail etc etc.

So can we all agree that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have the same God and his name is God? So once we cross that barrier we can then address the differences in style and interpretation. So Jesus is not the Judaic Messiah nor the Islamic either. Has the world stopped turning? Would the world stop turning if I said I do not give two hoots if Jesus was only a major prophet, my open and freely given loyalty is to the Lord my God and all the other ways He chooses to reveal himself.

Two things to wrap this up. If you ever get the opportunity to read the Q’ran please do so. It is a very easy read and instructive as it sets out how woman should be treated ie fairly ‒ nothing like others enforce it now (ring any bells?). Secondly as soon as the prophet died Islam schismed creating Sunni and Shi’a so that’s how you explain Iran and Iraq.

So are we any clearer to understanding each other ‒ well we now clearly see there is one God we all call God and that’s a start. Everything else is interpretation by? Yes you guessed it those who benefit most!!

real36CgirlPA 37F

6/14/2006 4:53 pm

(applauds and gives standing ovation)

It seems like every religion gets judged by others on the sole basis of its weakest followers, like the fundamentalists and the cult groups. Thanks for making it easy for lazy people like me to read, by the way.

micahbiguns 50M

6/14/2006 6:35 pm

Good post

Serenely_Yours 116
9198 posts
6/15/2006 6:48 am

Dusty Dear, for what I believe theres only one God. And I have been reading the Quran. ( Am glad that you read too! ) I feel that no religion should be easy in a way as everyone should be going through thousands and millions of tests in order to get pass this world to go to the seventh heaven. There is hell too awaiting for those who failed. It can go on and on to say what it will be too complicated in this site to mention. Hmmmm. I will keep it neutral.

٭ ˚ °◦○☻ Serenely Yours ☺○◦° ˚ ٭

shylena256 42F
1967 posts
6/19/2006 1:25 am

I always say that too about the one God...
As an atheist most people don't take me seriously when I say it, but really seems clear as day from over here.

There's one god and I don't believe in it.

I do believe in miracles and the power of prayer.

Maybe I will try the Koran too, the bible was ok.

QueenOfWands_ 45F

7/16/2006 12:10 am

Yeah well, my family has followed the old way for generations and we have a saying - you get the gods you deserve.

I think Rilke said it well, though:

"Religion is something infinitely simple, ingenuous. It is not knowledge, not content of feeling (for all content is admitted from the start, where a man comes to terms with life), it is not duty and not renunciation, it is not restriction: but in the infinite extent of the universe it is a direction of the heart".

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