Erasmus wrote: RELIGION IS THE CULT OF THE INVISIBLE
ERASMUS of Rotterdam (1466-1536)
In all Semitic languages El means God
El-Elyon = The Most High God
El-Shaddai = The Almighty God
Jacob became Israel—The Old Testament Bible: Genesis 32:22—Jacob wrestles with God. 32:27—“What is your name,” the man asked. “Jacob” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob but ISRAEL, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” 32:30—So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
Eliakim, son of King Josiah, became Jehoiakim
King Josiah (630 BCE) made all the people pledge themselves to the Covenant (2Kings 23:2-3). The scrolls of the Torah were found during renovation of the Temple in Jerusalem. The high priest Hilkiah handed them to Shaphan the scribe who read them to King Josiah.
The symbol for a god was a STAR
How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like The Most High.”
1 KINGS 20:28
The Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys
O Lord, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the land of Edom, the earth shook, the heavens poured, the clouds poured down water. The mountains quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel.
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Biblical historical writing: the books of Samuel-Kings and Chronicles
Book of Ruth 1:16
“Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Ruth the Moabitess was the grandmother of Jesse, father of King David and whose son Solomon built the Jerusalem Temple.
New Testament—Letters—2 Timothy 2:8
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel”—the apostle Paul wrote.
Paul speaks to the Crowd (ACTS 22:17). “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance and saw the Lord speaking. ‘Quick’, he said to me ‘leave Jerusalem immediately, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’” (22:21)”Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”
All religions tell a story—have a message of hope and promise
However, nothing is more readily believed than what—regardless of the truth—meets our wishes and illusions halfway.
THE BRAIN—the sacred generator—envisions invisible realms