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#136    eight bits

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

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I kinda wonder from what you say if you understand Spinoza anyway.

Why? Was there something about my objection to Ben's calling Einstein "embarrassed" to "reveal himself as a theist" that shed some light on my understanding of Spinoza, in your view?

Bigger picture, what are you arguing, exactly? Your position seems to be that Einstein wasn't a theist, I think he was happily and publicly a certain special kind of theist. How, then, could we disagree about whether he was embarrassed to be "revealed as a theist?"

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:48 PM

Einstein was not a theist.  Even your own site shows that.  He was very tolerant of religious people, and had a sense of the mystery of the universe that is not common in physics, but that is as far as you can go without stretching the evidence and doing the man a disservice by misrepresenting him.

Its arguable whether even Spinoza was a theist.  He clearly broke with Judaism early on, and doesn't fit the normal Englightenment mode of a deist thinking about a creator deity who creates it all and then goes away.  Spinoza had a more mystical, moral, indeed, "Taoist" sort of deity that is without personality or purpose and is not even the creator.  Whether these ideas of God -- a "thing" or "force" that permeates and makes the world moral and maybe sentient, but who does not act in history nor even have things like a personality, can be called theistic is a matter of definition.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:38 PM

Like a lot of words, theist has been used differently at different times. Sometimes, it has been used to distinguish believers in a single revealed supreme creator ruler from deists, polytheists, and believers in other conceptions of the divine. At other times, it has been used to include deists, polytheists, along with SRSCR-believers, and many others, too, to distinguish all of them from those who believe in no divine being.

It is perfectly clear in which sense I have used the word theist throughout my participation in this thread. So, if you want to play word lawyer, then fine, you go right ahead and you play at that. Less fine is for you to talk trash about the relationship between what I posted and the source material that I cited. The cited material does in fact back up what I posted, and I described its contents accurately, if not to your taste.

In any case, my observation stands:

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Your position seems to be that Einstein wasn't a theist, I think he was happily and publicly a certain special kind of theist. How, then, could we disagree about whether he was embarrassed to be "revealed as a theist?"

We obviously would describe the reasons differently, but the conclusion is inescapable. Einstein was not embarrassed to reveal himself as a theist, contrary to the OP's claim, the latest in his chain of slanders of the dead.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:30 PM

View PostBen Masada, on 01 April 2013 - 08:04 PM, said:

Well, how about some beef in the buns? I have found out that taking each other's word for it will take us nowhere. Open the Bible and tell me what is literal and what for you is metaphorical? And before starting anything I hope you have understood the metaphor of "beef in the buns."

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Hi Ben,

I think I'll start with a little background and then get to your post specifically.

What is a metaphor?

A metaphor is a "figure of speech" that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object. Another term that can be used to describe a metaphor is an analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegory, hyperbole, and simile.

In simpler terms, a metaphor compares two objects or things without using the words "like" or "as". A simile states that A is like B, a metaphor states that A is B or substitutes B for A.

So getting back to your post, what are some good examples of metaphores in the bible?

Genesis 3:14

The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.

This is a good example of a metaphor, it is actually one of the more discussed metaphores in scripture today. Initially upon reading it one might think that the serpent used to have legs and as a punishment, they were taken from it, thus forever forced to slither on its belly. In actual fact the reference is actually historically one of demonstrating total humiliation.

The humiliation the serpent will experience is described by two parts.

Both parts of the curse are pictured in the Ancient Near East of conquered enemies laid face down, prostrate before a conquering king as a footstool for his feet.

Evidence of this can be found in the Amarna Tablets 100:36 written in 1350 B.C.

The Tablet is entitled: "The city of Irqata to the king".

This tablet-(i.e. tablet letter) is a tablet from Irqata. To the king, our lord: Message from Irqata and its el[d]ers. We fall at the feet of the king, our lord, 7 times and 7 times. To our lord, the Sun: Message from Irqata. May the heart of the king, (our) lord, know that we guard Irqata for him.
When the [ki]ng, our lord, sent D[UMU]-Bi-ha-a, he said to [u]s, "Message of the king: "Guard Irqata"! " The sons of the traitor to the king seek our harm; Irqata see[ks] loyalty to the king. As to [ silver ] having been given to S[u]baru al[ong with] horses and cha[riots] , may you know the mind of Irqata. When a tablet from the king arrived (saying) to ra[id] the land that the 'A[piru] had taken [from] the king, they wa[ged] war with us against the enemy of our lord, the man whom you pla[ced] over us. Truly—we are guarding the l[and]. May the king, our lord, heed the words of his loyal servants.
May he grant a gift to his servant(s) so our enemies will see this and eat dirt.May the breath of the king not depart from us. We shall keep the city gate barred until the breath of the king reaches us. Severe is the war against us—terribly! terribly!



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"You shall go on your belly"

The emphasis of this phrase is being conquered. This is a mark of deepest degradation from an exalted position. This outward curse symbolizes Satan's judgment. He was exalted (Isa. 14:9; Ezk. 28) as the most perfect, wise, and beautiful creature. One of the ways he has abused his lofty position is by orchestrating the fall of man. He will suffer defeat for his rebellion.

"You shall eat dust"

The emphasis of the first phrase is defeat. The emphasis found in this second phrase is disgrace.

Some commentators feel that the humiliation of the serpent is the fact that he will join the humble, creeping things of the created world. However, to say that the serpent will join the creeping things is not enough. God created creeping things, and in Genesis 1:25, He said they were "good." This physical act describes more than just joining a class of creatures which were good in God's sight. The idea of degradation is seen in this statement.

To eat dust speaks of humiliation in the scriptures. When one wants o describe the defeat of an enemy, he says, "He's crawling in the dust." Three examples of this would be Psalm 72:9; Isaiah 49:23; and Micah 7:17.

Another instance of metaphorical language is used in naming the being "a serpent" when no such thing is actually meant. In this case the term "serpent" is actually a "pun" in the Hebrew language. "Ha nachash" "The Sepent" has three distinct meanings:

1. A serpent or snake (literal meaning) and a noun
2. Someone who practices divination or is involved in the occult (figurative meaning) - Verb. It is highlighted quite clearly with the phrase "The serpent" - "The Diviner".
3. Something that is bright and glimmering like polished brass or bronze in the sunlight. (figurative meaning) - adjective. When accompanied by the word "The", we get, the one who shines, or the shinning one. Which is connected to a divine being of some kind, as can be seen from other examples in the biblical text where the word is used in this very context.


Another interesting metaphor that is used many times throughout the bible is the use of the word "seed".

Zechariah 8:12

"The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people.

This word is amazing in that it can mean any number of things:

Seed with an Agricultural Metaphor

Sometimes in the Bible seed is used the same way that we usually use the word seed, that what farmers and gardeners use to plant crops.

The dictionary defines seed as,
(1) "the grains or ripened ovules of plants used for sowing
(2) : the fertilized ripened ovule of a flowering plant containing an embryo and capable normally of germination to produce a new plant; broadly : a propagative plant structure (as a spore or small dry fruit)."

Seeds with this definition are the reproductive structures of plants. In nature the most common form of plant reproduction is by seed. There are some verses in the Bible that makes reference to this definition of seed where it actually means an agricultural seed. Looking carefully at Zechariah 8:12 one can interpret the whole verse within the context of an agricultural metaphor, where seeds are literally seeds.

Genesis 1:11-12

And God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

These verses take place within the creation story of Genesis. God created everything that we have today in six days; these verses took place during the third day. God devoted the third day of creation to the separation of water and dry land, and to the development of plant life. It wasn't until the fifth and sixth days of creation that God created animal life. Since neither animals/man had been created, nor Judaism or Christianity for that matter, the only possible meaning for seed in this verse is to mean seed, is seed from plants.

Seed with a Spirtual Metaphor

Many verses in the Bible talk about seeds being used to grow "crops", but these "crops" can also be a metaphor for something else as well. One meaning of the word seed as used in the Bible is the start of spiritual growth. There are many verses and chapters with these metaphors in the Bible. In Matthew 13 Jesus is talking about a farmer that is scattering his seed in different places which if you don't think about it means throwing seed around, but it has a different meaning which is explained in this chapter shortly after the parable/metaphor. Mark 4 is very similar to Matthew 13.

Zechariah 8:12 is also great verse with a spiritual metaphor. I understand this verse to mean, "The seed will grow well (people will continue to grow), the vine will yield its fruit (people will blossom and grow spiritually), the ground will produce its crops (the people will multiply), and the heavens will drop their dew (the heavens will provide the nourishment that the people will need to keep growing and prosper). I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people.

Seed as a Reproductive Metaphor

This is an interesting metaphorical approach to the term seed. In Genesis 3:15 the following is written:

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."

So said can be a metaphor for descendents, the seed of mankind is humanity. In this instance the specific seed is seen as the man who will overcome the serpent, who will give him the final humiliation. This man will be a descendent of Eve. This understanding was held by many ancient Rabbis, and they through this scripture predicted the comming of the Messiah.

As Thou wentest forth for the salvation of Thy people by the hand of The Messiah the Son of David, who shall wound Satan, the head, the king and prince of the house of the wicked.

Rabbi David Kimchi (1160-1235)


Our ancient Rabbis, as with one voice, have declared that by the seed of the woman, who was to bruise the head of the serpent is meant the Messiah. You know as well as I, their common saying, "that before the serpent had wounded our first parents, God had prepared a plaster for their healing; and as soon as sin had made its entrance into our world, the Messiah had made his appearance." Hence both the Targums, that of Onkelos, and that of Jonathan, say "that the voice which our first parents heard walking in the garden, was the Memra Jehovah, ie. the word of the Lord, or the Messiah, who is always meant by this expression;... In the Targum of Jonathan, and that of Jerusalem, it is said, "the seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent, and they shall obtain healing, or a plaster for the heel, (the hurt received by the Serpent,) in the days of Messiah the King."

  Joseph Samuel C.F. Frey, Joseph and Benjamin, (Jerusalem: Keren Ahvah Meshihit, 2002), p. 154-155   


I could add a few more examples but I just saw how long this post was getting, I hope that answers your question.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:46 PM

View Posteight bits, on 02 April 2013 - 08:05 AM, said:

Once again, you have slandered a dead scientist who was culturally Jewish but non-observant.

There is no evidence whatsoever that Einstein was ever "embarrassed to reveal himself as a theist." His religious ideas were largely formed in adolecscence, and his principal influence was Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza was called an atheist in his time, and a pantheist afterwards. Einstein's differences with Spinoza were sufficient to justify calling Einstein a deist, but if so, a very Spinozan deist, and proud of it.

There is nothing about Einstein's religious thought for him to be embarrassed about. There is a consistent record of Einstein being forthcoming about his devotion to Spinoza throughout his adult life. Einstein thought his ideas were typical of scientists, though he seemed to realize that his views weren't the usual pantheism that other people associated with Spinoza.

A reliable collection of source material on Einstein's views about the question of God, and about some other religious questions can be found here:

http://uncertaintist...-irreligion.pdf

This resource provides, in addition to apt quotes, discussion of the context in which the quoted matter was written.

Einstein did not approve of others personalizing God, or behaving as if God would do favors for his devotees. Unsurprisingly, Einstein didn't do those things himself, nor did he think it was in any way inevitable that a person who was mindful of God would do those things. He envisioned, with approval, a future religiion, based on ideas about God like his own.

From the book "A Biology of Albert Einstein" and also from the a video in the "You Tube" I witnessed his giving answer to a question if he was an antheist by denying that
he was neither an atheist nor a theist of a personal god. He was implying that he could not believe in a personal god. Perhaps he was too influenced by Baruch de Spinoza who adopted the same views. It means that theists must be careful not to take God with human attributes. I mean on a personal basis.  In fact, Jesus himself said that God is a Spirit. (John 4:24) IOW, that God is not to be brought down to the level of man.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:55 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 02 April 2013 - 10:49 AM, said:

My impression is that Einstein was a friendly, polite man who did not like to disagree with people.  He also had the habit (I think a bad one but very common in physics) of referring to the laws of nature as "God." (I.e., "God does not play dice" to which Bohr -- a known atheist -- gave the famous response that Einstein is no one to tell God what to play with).

Whether he was really a theist is hard to say.  He liked Spinoza, but I know of nowhere that he explicitly endorses him.  He only says that he is good or attractive.  Besides, that kind of theism is not really theism, not even as far as the Deists would go -- a moral force, but without personality, in the universe, but not a creator.

IMHO, Einstein meant "by the laws of nature" as the tools in the hands of God to govern the universe. In fact he believed in the expansion of the universe in connection with God. As he was asked if he believed in God, he answered and said that all his life was trying to catch God at His work of creation. I see in this answer something
akin to the expansion of the universe.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:03 PM

View PostBen Masada, on 05 April 2013 - 08:46 PM, said:

From the book "A Biology of Albert Einstein" and also from the a video in the "You Tube" I witnessed his giving answer to a question if he was an antheist by denying that
he was neither an atheist nor a theist of a personal god. He was implying that he could not believe in a personal god. Perhaps he was too influenced by Baruch de Spinoza who adopted the same views. It means that theists must be careful not to take God with human attributes. I mean on a personal basis.  In fact, Jesus himself said that God is a Spirit. (John 4:24) IOW, that God is not to be brought down to the level of man.

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Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.

If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him

But Jesus also said that he was the exact reflection or representation of God, what do you think that means?

The Greek word "Charakter" means "express image" refering to a tool for stamping or engraving or making an impression on coins, stamps, etc

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

View PostJor-el, on 05 April 2013 - 09:03 PM, said:

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.

If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him

But Jesus also said that he was the exact reflection or representation of God, what do you think that means?

The Greek word "Charakter" means "express image" refering to a tool for stamping or engraving or making an impression on coins, stamps, etc

Jorel, you must give a grain of salt to those gospel declarations about Jesus for two reasons: First they were written by Paul's former disciples 50+ years after Jesus had been gone and seemed to be desperately trying to enhance the divinity of Jesus in order to establish the Church. And the second reason is that of
Deuteronomy 4:15,16 where we have that God has no image for man to be designed after. The text says that it would be akin to degrade someone down to the level of an idolater. Besides Isaiah says in 46:5 that God cannot be likened or compared to anyone or anything whatsoever.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 10:16 PM

View PostBen Masada, on 06 April 2013 - 09:12 PM, said:

Jorel, you must give a grain of salt to those gospel declarations about Jesus for two reasons: First they were written by Paul's former disciples 50+ years after Jesus had been gone and seemed to be desperately trying to enhance the divinity of Jesus in order to establish the Church. And the second reason is that of
Deuteronomy 4:15,16 where we have that God has no image for man to be designed after. The text says that it would be akin to degrade someone down to the level of an idolater. Besides Isaiah says in 46:5 that God cannot be likened or compared to anyone or anything whatsoever.

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I counter with Exodus 3:1-5

3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

So can God be seen or not?

I rather think so, the text above is quite specific on two things, the angel of God was within the flames of the burning bush, it is clearly distinguished as such and then this angel speaks to moses and guess what, Moses says quite clearly he was looking at God.

So how is this differnt from Deuteronomy 4:15,16?

Because here we have God the father speaking to Moses at Horeb but with no physical appearance, so here we have God the Father and in Exodus 3 we have God the son, the physical manifestation of God, his word, his memra, also called the angel of God, but who is not an angel at all since, this angel recieves worship and speaks in the 1st person... he is God in physical form. We see him appear countless times in the Old Testament. In Genesis 3:8 we find him again...

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

I particularly love the Targums and their spin on the text...

Targum Onkelos

And they heard the voice of the Word of the Lord God walking in the garden in the evening of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from before the Lord God among the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where art thou?

And he said, The voice of Thy Word heard I in the garden, and I was afraid, because I (was) naked, and I would hide.

The Targum of Palestine

Walking in the garden in the strength of the day......And the Word of the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, Behold, the world which I have created is manifest before Me; and how thinkest thou that the place in the midst whereof thou art, is not revealed before Me? Where is the commandment which I taught thee?

And he said, The voice of Thy Word heard I in the garden, and I was afraid, because I am naked; and the commandment which Thou didst teach me, I have transgressed; therefore I hid myself from shame.


and again in Joshua 5...

13Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
14“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lorde have for his servant?”
15The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Please note the (e) in verse 14... the term there is Adonai, could you please tell me who else is called Adonai by the Jewish people?

http://www.jewishenc...cles/840-adonai

There are 50 or so instances where this angel appears and always it is God who speaks and once in Genesis 16:7-13 The Angel is clearly identified as God himself.

We could even mention Genesis 35:1-7 where Jacob wrestles with an angel, who Jacob clearly identifies as God himself.

Like I said there are literally dozens of these instances and this my friend is where Paul got his views from, this is where most Jews got their beliefs from as well, but that changed when christianity came into existence, it became heresy, an evil that needed stamping out if Judaism was to survive.

And who else but God can be likened unto God?

That being said, could you please comment on my other post, I did a ton of work on it, it took at least an hour and a half to write out.... greatly appreciated thanks.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:53 PM

View PostJor-el, on 06 April 2013 - 10:16 PM, said:

I counter with Exodus 3:1-5

3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

So can God be seen or not?

I rather think so, the text above is quite specific on two things, the angel of God was within the flames of the burning bush, it is clearly distinguished as such and then this angel speaks to moses and guess what, Moses says quite clearly he was looking at God.

So how is this differnt from Deuteronomy 4:15,16?

Because here we have God the father speaking to Moses at Horeb but with no physical appearance, so here we have God the Father and in Exodus 3 we have God the son, the physical manifestation of God, his word, his memra, also called the angel of God, but who is not an angel at all since, this angel recieves worship and speaks in the 1st person... he is God in physical form. We see him appear countless times in the Old Testament. In Genesis 3:8 we find him again...

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

I particularly love the Targums and their spin on the text...

Targum Onkelos

And they heard the voice of the Word of the Lord God walking in the garden in the evening of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from before the Lord God among the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where art thou?

And he said, The voice of Thy Word heard I in the garden, and I was afraid, because I (was) naked, and I would hide.

The Targum of Palestine

Walking in the garden in the strength of the day......And the Word of the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, Behold, the world which I have created is manifest before Me; and how thinkest thou that the place in the midst whereof thou art, is not revealed before Me? Where is the commandment which I taught thee?

And he said, The voice of Thy Word heard I in the garden, and I was afraid, because I am naked; and the commandment which Thou didst teach me, I have transgressed; therefore I hid myself from shame.


and again in Joshua 5...

13Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
14“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lorde have for his servant?”
15The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Please note the (e) in verse 14... the term there is Adonai, could you please tell me who else is called Adonai by the Jewish people?

http://www.jewishenc...cles/840-adonai

There are 50 or so instances where this angel appears and always it is God who speaks and once in Genesis 16:7-13 The Angel is clearly identified as God himself.

We could even mention Genesis 35:1-7 where Jacob wrestles with an angel, who Jacob clearly identifies as God himself.

Like I said there are literally dozens of these instances and this my friend is where Paul got his views from, this is where most Jews got their beliefs from as well, but that changed when christianity came into existence, it became heresy, an evil that needed stamping out if Judaism was to survive.

And who else but God can be likened unto God?

That being said, could you please comment on my other post, I did a ton of work on it, it took at least an hour and a half to write out.... greatly appreciated thanks.

No, God cannot be seen with the eyes of the flesh. The case of Moses and the burning bush was a vision. Moses had just returned from pasturing the flocks of Jethro his father-in-law and sat down at the proximity of Mount Sinai to rest his legs. Then as a result of his thoughts about his people back in Egypt suffering a hard slavery he must have slumbered and observed the bush burning which would not extinguish. Then, in that vision he came to the resolution to return to Egypt to try to free the Israelites. A vision usually happens between the RAM phase of a dream and the almost awakened state or just during a slumber.  BTW, according to Numbers 12:6 "If there is a prophet among you in a dream I will make Myself known to him; in a vision I will talk to him." That's the only way the Lord can reveal Himself to man. Jesus himself said that God is a Spirit and a Spirit cannot be seen. And that the only to connect oneself to Him is in a spiritual manner. (John 4:24)

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:22 AM

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No, God cannot be seen with the eyes of the flesh. The case of Moses and the burning bush was a vision. Moses had just returned from pasturing the flocks of Jethro his father-in-law and sat down at the proximity of Mount Sinai to rest his legs. Then as a result of his thoughts about his people back in Egypt suffering a hard slavery he must have slumbered and observed the bush burning which would not extinguish. Then, in that vision he came to the resolution to return to Egypt to try to free the Israelites. A vision usually happens between the RAM phase of a dream and the almost awakened state or just during a slumber.  BTW, according to Numbers 12:6 "If there is a prophet among you in a dream I will make Myself known to him; in a vision I will talk to him." That's the only way the Lord can reveal Himself to man. Jesus himself said that God is a Spirit and a Spirit cannot be seen. And that the only to connect oneself to Him is in a spiritual manner. (John 4:24)

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He must have slumbered?

So he must have been half asleep and imagined the whole and detailed thing?

Is there absolutely any and I really mean any indication in the text itself that we are talking of a vision or even a dream?

The answer is no... one has to start with that assumption, the text makes no such mention of such an occurrence in any way, form or shape.

You on the other hand, need it to be read in this light, otherwise you would have to admit to "Two powers in Heaven" theology.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:47 AM

One can fairly readily trace the evolution of God in the Abrahamic faiths from a storm god who loses his temper and fights with other gods and is really vengeful and often brutal into the transcendent, infinite loving deity of the more liberal modern faiths.  Unfortunatly the traces of that old god are still around giving people of closed mind and hateful tendencies something to pin their smallness on.


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:01 AM

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One can fairly readily trace the evolution of God in the Abrahamic faiths from a storm god who loses his temper and fights with other gods and is really vengeful and often brutal into the transcendent, infinite loving deity of the more liberal modern faiths.  Unfortunatly the traces of that old god are still around giving people of closed mind and hateful tendencies something to pin their smallness on.

Demonstrate please... you say "readily", so it should be easy...

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:15 AM

Oh come on now; just read the early OT compared to the late OT compared to the NT compared to Augustine and Aquinas.


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:14 AM

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Oh come on now; just read the early OT compared to the late OT compared to the NT compared to Augustine and Aquinas.

The Old Testament throughout its entirety portrays the very same God without variation, what seems to get in the way is peoples interpretation of what this God seems to be in view of their own cultural foundation. Ignorance of the bible does tend to widen the rift even more. Polytheism, Henotheism, monotheism, they are actually all the very same thing.

The early OT when compared to the late OT does not differentiate, so what exactly do you mean by them being different?

As for the New Testament, I would agree with you only in the respect that Augustine was not a Jew and thus interpreted it in the light of his own gentile views. In effect he was responsible for the final seperation between christianity and Judaism.

When two camps come into opposition their views become extremist in regard to what they accept and view, neither kept the view as held by the bible and the Jews from the beginning of the bible to its end.

But the bible itself is quite clear from Genesis to Revelation as to who and what God is and his plan for humanity from the start to the finish.

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