by Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D.
From The Transmitter to God (UniversityPress.info, 2000).
Some peoples believe in an all pervasive spirit, others worship their ancestors or their rulers, yet others worship multiple gods and a hierarchy of gods that differ in their power and potency.
For example, the hymns of the Rig-Veda are addressed to various nature gods, gods associated with natural phenomenon. In return for worship and sacrifice the gods were asked for blessings, more food, an abundance of offspring, a long life, and so on.
The ancient Hindus developed a trinity: Brahman, Shiva, and Vishnu. Shiva, a great Yogi was the god of good and evil, fertility and asceticism; a creator and destroyer who taught his followers to transcend this reality and personal concepts of divinity through meditation. Vishnu is believed to have no beginning and no end, and sometimes take on human form, including that of Krishna who was believed to be a personification or rather, incarnation (avatar) of Vishnu.
The Sumerians also believed that the Earth was ruled by a pantheon of gods, and this same pantheon is alluded to in the Bible.
"And god said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." -Genesis, 1:26.
"And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become as one of us." -Genesis, 3:22.
"God standeth in the divine assembly, among the divine beings; he pronounces judgment among the gods." -Psalm 82:1.
Prior to the revolutionary visionary experience of Muhammed, the Arabs had long believed in numerous lesser gods, including jinn, as well as several greater gods, including a creator god, al-Lah. al-Lah, after creating the world, the ancient Arabs believed, withdrew from the world--just as we are told that upon the seventh day of creation, God withdrew from the world in order to rest.
In the seventh century, many Arabs also believed that the massive cube-shaped shrine in Mecca, the Kabah, had originally been dedicated to al-Lah, and were upset that another deity, Hubal, resided there. Moreover, it was believed by some Arabian Jews, that Ishmael, the son of Hagar and Abraham, built the Kabah, the first temple of the one God, and that Ishmael had become the father of the Arabs, such that Arabs were also the sons of Abraham.
Before his conversion, Muhammed had also come to believe that al-Lah, the High God of the Arabs, was different from that of Hubal, and maybe even identical to the creator God worshipped by Christians and Jews.
The more impersonal Allah does in fact resembles the creator God in a number of respects and lacks the continual upwelling rages and the terrifying behaviors associated with the Lord God. As stated in the Koran, it is Allah who "created the heavens and the earth and the succession of night and day... giving life to the earth after it has been lifeless, and causing all manner of living creatures to multiply therein."
However, like the Lord God, Allah transcends creation and time, acting as judge and bestowing punishment upon those who refused to obey His laws or heed his messenger.
Allah, and the Lord God of antiquity were judgmental and would dole out punishment to offenders.
THE TWO GODS
The peoples of antiquity believed in numerous goddesses and gods. These various gods included a benevolent creator "God" sometimes associated with Enki and the Great Mother of All. These gods also included a violent, commanding, mercurial, "Lord God" who makes demands of the people and who kills and murders innocent and guilty alike, and who leads according to some unknown purpose.
This Biblical creator God appears in some respects to incorporate aspects of the benevolence of the Mother Goddess. Thus the creator God sees everything as good. And, like the Great Mother of All, and Enki of the Sumerian pantheon, the creator God wishes nothing but good for his creations and seeks to promote life and its well being. The creator God does not lead, does not destroy, and in many respects is similar to the Tao and Great Spirit of the pagan world and predeluvial antiquity.
"The Tao produces all things and nourishes them; it produces them and does not claim them; it does all, and yet does not boast of it; it presides over all, and yet does control them. This is what is called The Mysterious Quality of the Tao." -Tao Teh King
The Lord God is more like the Babylonian Marduk who overthrows the old Anunnaki gods including Enki. It is Marduk, the son of Enki, who casts his father out of heaven, whereas in the Biblical version, it is the Lord God who casts his son, Satan, out of heaven.
The Lord God although claiming at times to be the creator, is also completely distinct from the God of the creation, the Great Mother of All. Instead of promoting life, He continually destroys life, and sees everything as evil and deserving of death, be it animals, or innocent women and children.
In the Biblical account of Genesis, "God" (who is referred to as "God") and the "Lord God" (who is referred to as the "Lord God") have completely different attitudes about humans and play different roles in the affairs of woman and man. The "God" who creates the Earth and all life sees these creations as "good" and "very good" and then decides to withdraw from these creations and to sleep and dream.
The "Lord God" takes a more active, commanding, judgmental and murderous interest in human affairs. And, he is a braggart who enjoys terrifying and humiliating humans, including even his faithful servants, such as Job. Job's children were murdered on orders from the Lord God, his livestock were stolen, and he was then physically tortured with sores and boils.
Even after the Lord God has ground these pitiful humans into the ground, and killed their wives and children, and afflicts them with boils and sores, He feels a need to lord it over and bully the children of woman and man.
"Then the Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind, and said Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge. Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth, declare if thou have understanding. Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades or lose the bands of Orion? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? Canst thou set the dominion of thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds? Canst thou send lightning that they may go and say unto thee: Here we are? Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook? Or his tongue with a cord? Have you an arm like God, and canst thou thunder with a voice like his?" -Job 38:7.
This bullying braggadocio is completely contrary to that we would associate with the Great Mother, a loving just god, or the Tao:
"He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm; he who stretches his legs does not walk easily. He who displays himself does not shine; he who asserts his views is not distinguished; he who vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged; he who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed him." -Tao Teh King.
Jung, in the masterwork, Answer to Job, explains that it is the Lord God's feelings of inferiority which fuels His incalculable mood swings and devastating attacks of wrath. It is this terrible sense of inferiority, this incredible self-doubt, that gives rise to His need to thunder and brag about his superiority, as well as his tendency to attack anyone and everyone, including even His most loyal followers.
For example, in the story of Job, we are told that beset by a doubting thought, the Lord God gives his blessing to the utter destruction of his faithful servant. Job is robbed of his herds, his servants are slaughtered, then his sons and daughters are killed by a whirlwind, and he is smitten with boils and sores and lay near death. He is at the brink of the grave. And although Job continues to display his faithfulness, and although the Lord God has broken three of His own commandments, He has no feelings of compassion, no mercy, no remorse, but instead reacts with more ruthless brutality and feels a need to go on for 73 verses shouting that He, the Lord God, is more powerful than anyone, including Job. His behavior is so bizarre, given the fact that Job is already well aware of the power of the Lord, that one can only conclude that he who doubts the Lord God's greatness, is the Lord God Himself.
"Yahweh projects on to Job a skeptic's face which is hateful to him because it is his own" (Jung, 1971; p. 543). Indeed, according to Jung, it is this sense of self-doubt, this terrible feeling of inferiority which gives rise to his "jealousy and irritable nature" and His need to be always "prying mistrustfully into the faithless hearts of men and exploring their secret thoughts."
"For the ear of jealousy hereth all things: and the noise of murmurings is not hid." -Wisdom of Solomon, 1:10; -Zechariah 4:10.
The Lord God is not only a jealous braggart, but He tells us He can listen to our secret thoughts, and that He alone is beyond judgment, because He is the greatest, most wonderful, most powerful, and the most righteous god of them all. Even when He commits heinous atrocities, those who have been wronged by Him remain miserable and accused because He is beyond good and evil and prefers to blame others for His cruel mistakes.
"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without insight? Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be justified?" Job 38.
GOD AND THE LORD GOD
THE RAGING LORD GOD
Is the Lord God, a "god" at all? Or, like the Sumerian gods, the Anunnaki, is He a being from another planet?
And if He is a god, or if he is a man, then why has He come to the Earth?
The "Lord God" of the Old Testament, is a "Destroyer" who is easily provoked to destruction and rage, who demands not love, but fear and sacrifice, and who repeatedly and indiscriminately murders his own people, his own "godly offspring," including Moses. Any and all innocent bystanders are exterminated by the Lord God; they are brutally butchered and their daughters enslaved and raped often for no good reason, or simply because they had the misfortune of living near the land or owning the property He wished to give to the wondering Israelites.
"When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land, and shall cast out many nations before thee, the Hittite, and the Gergashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite... and the Lord thy god shall deliver them up before thee, and thou shalt smite them, then thou shall utterly destroy them." -Deuteronomy 7:1-2.
"Of the cities of these peoples, that the Lord they God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breathest." -Deuteronomy, 20:16.
"Great and goody cities, which thou didst not build and houses full of all good things which thou didst not fill, and cisterns hewn, which thou didst not hew, and vineyards and olive-trees, which thou didst not plant, and thou shalt eat and be satisfied." -Deuteronomy 6:10-11.
"They exterminated them, they did not spare a soul." -Josh 11:14.
The Lord God even required that the ancient Jews kill their brothers, fathers, mothers, and children as a sign of loyalty:
"Each of you put sword on thigh, go back and forth from gate to gate throughout the camp and slay brother, neighbor, and kin... Dedicate yourselves to the Lord this day--for each of you has been against son and brother--that He may bestow a blessing on you today." -Exodus, 32:26-29.
This Lord God is so lacking in compassion, and is so viscious and sadistic that He "visits the iniquity of parents upon children and children's children, upon the third and fourth generations" (Exodus 34:6-7). The Lord God not only approves of and encourages murder, rape, and theft, but vengeance on future generations for the crimes of their parents.
And He repeatedly flies into crazed, infantile, almost insane, irrational rages, and behaves like such a crazed madman that He nearly completely annihilates his "chosen peoples" and nearly destroys His own well thought out plans.
For example, after escaping the Egyptians, who the Lord God utterly destroys, Moses ascended a mountain and then stayed to talk with the Lord God. The Lord God suddenly broke off his conversation and shouted in a panic: "Go get these down; for thy people which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves" for they are about to begin worshipping the golden calf. After He gets over his initial hurt and shocked surprise, He then proceeds to work himself up into a lather and in an enraged sulk cries out: "Now therefore let me alone" because He is going to get mad, and He is going to get even, and He is going to kill everybody. "Now therefore let me alone that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them" (Exodus 32: 7,10).
Fortunately, for the Israelis, Moses was able to appeal to His pride, by pointing out how foolish He would look, and how the Egyptians would laugh at Him if He killed His people. "Let not the Egyptians say, It was with evil intent that He delivered them, only to kill them off in the mountains and annihilate them from the face of the earth." Control yourself, Moses councils, and reluctantly the Lord calms down, for to look foolish and to have the Egyptians laugh and mock Him, is more than He can bear. So, instead he sends Moses down the mountain to kill the people for Him.
And not only is He a sometimes irrational killer, He promotes and encourages a savage system of slavery, including even the enslavement of his Hebrew children who can be beaten and slowly murdered at will by their masters:
"When a slave owner strikes a male or female slave with a rod and... if the slave survives a day or two, there is no punishment, for the slave is the owners property." -NRSV 21:20.
This Lord God even approves of sex slavery, including sex with little girls, and the rape of young Jewish virgins by Jewish men (Judges 21:11-13):
"As the Lord God commanded... kill every male among the little ones. But all the women and female children that have not known a man, keep alive for yourselves." -Numbers, 31
"Go and lie in wait in the vineyards. If the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh." -Judges 21:19-25.
The Lord God of the ancient Jews had an obvious contempt for the female sex:
"The daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with wanton eyes, mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet. The Lord will smite with a scab of crowns of their head...And it shall come to pass that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink." -Isaiah 3:16-26, 4:4.
The hatred of women is unique to the Lord God of the Israelis, for there is no suggestion of misogyny among any other creator god. Even the God of the Koran forbade the mistreatment of women. Instead of wishing that they should rot and be burned, as was repeatedly suggested by the Lord God, Allah gave women the legal right of inheritance and divorce and fostered equality among the sexes. The Koran does not prescribe the veil, except for Muhammed's wives which was meant as a mark of high status. It was only later that Muslims relegated women to a second class status. The Koran, in fact, insists that other religions and other peoples be respected.
"Do not argue with the followers of earlier revelations--unless it be such of them as are set on evil doings: For our God and your God is one and the same, and it is unto him that we surrender ourselves."-the Koran
"We believe in God and in that which had been bestowed upon Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and their descendants, and that which had been vouchsafed to Moses and Jesus...and to all the prophets by their sustainer: we make no distinction between any of them. And it is unto him that we surrender ourselves." -the Koran
By contrast, the Lord God is a god of rape, pillage, murder, terror, horror and hate, who repeatedly murders His own people.
"I will strike them with pestilence and disown them," He thunders at Moses (Numbers 14:11-18). In one episode of divine rage, He kills 24,000 of His people with a plague (Numbers 25:7-9). In fact, the Lord killed or allowed every Jew who exited Egypt to die in the desert, refusing to allow even Moses to set foot on the promised land.
The Lord God even brags that he purposefully made His people miserable even though His actions were completely unjustified. He tells us that He set for them impossible goals so that they would blame themselves when he ruthlessly and brutally attacks and murders them for their failures.
"I gave them laws that were not good and rules by which they could not live... I defiled them by their very gifts--that I might render them desolate, that they might know that I am the Lord." -Ezekial 20:25-26.
Is the Lord God a "god of love?" or a "just God?" Or, is He a Lord of death, murder, rape, pillage, and deception?
What is clear is that He is a Lord God who forces his own people to butcher and betray their own children, their own fathers, and their own brothers and sisters. He is a Lord God whose first act is to create and then enslave a man and a woman who He forces to "tend and till" his fields and who He then condemns, and whose children he condemns, because they ate some fruit in His garden.
THE LORD GOD EVIL
It is a stereotypical Lord God stratagem to make His victims believe they are responsible for their own misfortune, when in fact, He planned everything, even humiliating them and forcing them to disobey so that He could punish or destroy them.
"But I will harden his heart. And thou shall say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is My first born son. I have said to you, Let my son go, that he may worship Me. Yet you refuse to let him go. Now I will slay your first born son." -Exodus 4:21-23.
"But I will harden Pharaoh's heart that I may multiply My signs and marvels in the land of Egypt. When the Pharaoh does not heed you, I will lay My hand upon Egypt." -Exodus 7:3.
This is just a prelude to the nightmare or murder and rape that this Lord God will soon unleash upon the land. The Lord God is as likely to murder and punish the innocent as the guilty and tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of men, women, children, and even their animals are slaughtered by the Israelis as they wonder in the desert of the Sinai for the next 40 years.
And even after He settles His children in the promised land He turns Jews against Jews and turns Jews loose on the innocent who they plunder, rape, and murder
"He multiplies wounds without causes. He destroys both the blameless and the wicked. If the scourge slay suddenly, He will laugh at the trial of the innocent. He deprives trusty men of speech, And takes away the reason of elders. He pours disgrace upon great men, and loosens the belt of the mighty. He exalts nations, then destroys them; He expands nations, then leads them away. He deranges the leaders of the people, and makes them wander in a trackless waste." -Job, 12:20-24
Even innocent children are slaughtered simply for laughing and jeering:
"Elisha... turned and looked at them and cursed them in the name of the Lord. Thereupon two she-bears came out of the woods and mangled forty two of the children." -II Kings 2:23
The Lord God even boasts: "I make evil!"
Because of the obviously wicked and seemingly dual nature of the Lord God, some theologians and popes, including Clement of Rome, believed and taught that the Lord God rules the earth with the left and right hand; the right being Christ, and the left being Satan--opposites which are united in God. God is a unity, both good and evil. Carl Jung referred to this as an antinomy, a totality of inner opposites.
By contrast, the Christian Gnostics believed there were two Gods, and they distinguished between the hateful, vengeful, murderous god of the Jews and the Hidden God of Jesus Christ. They argued that the Hidden God is the same God that had been worshiped by the entire pagan world, the god of the first cause which was also the God of Aristotle.
Even the Lord God repeatedly tell us there are other gods, and He warns his people that they dare not worship these other gods or He will destroy them.
"Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods; for in the things wherein they dealt, proudly he was above them." -Exodus 18:11
""Be circumspect and make no mention of the name of the other gods." -Exodus 23:13.
However, later in the Bible, He both admits and then denies the existence of others gods: "No god was formed before me, nor will be after me. I, I am Yahweh, there is no other savior but me." This view is also echoed in the Koran: "He is the One God; God the Eternal, the Uncaused Cause of all being. He begets not, and neither is he begotten and there is nothing that could be compared to him."
In fact, although the ancient Hindus, positing numerous gods, and the three great gods, Brahman, Shiva, and Vishnu, they also believed this trinity were three aspects of a single reality.
Because the Lord God is perceived as both good and evil, some believe it is possible to beg God to intercede on their behalf against the bad Lord God. Moses, Job, and Jesus, for example, clearly believed they could call upon God to provide them help against the Lord God.
"I desire to argue my case with God. I will defend my ways to his face," cries Job. "Do not lead us into temptation," Jesus calls out to Him.
Yet, He does tempt. He does destroy. The Lord God is a jealous tempest of destructive energies that he willingly unleashes without moderation. And none of his qualities are an obstacle to the others, as He gives in to every ruthless and destructive whim as it occurs to Him even it injures the innocent including those he professes to love: "Lord, where are thy former kindnesses, which by thy faithfulness thou didst swear to David?"
His behavior and that of His minions and divine sons, is so ruthless and horrible, that even "God" is appalled by His injustices and the wickedness of His people. God goes before the divine assembly not only to protest this ungodly behavior but to instruct them and the Lord God as to how they should behave and to cease these wicked ways.
"God standeth in the divine assembly, among the divine beings; he pronounces judgment among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly and accept the persons of the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and need; liberate them from the hand of the wicked." -Psalms 82:1-6.
THOU SHALT NOT KNOW
The "God" who is credited with the creation expects nothing more of his creations than to be fruitful and multiply. The creator god looks upon these creations and proclaims them as "Good... Very good!"
As is evident throughout Genesis, the Lord God does not see humanity as "good" as was the proclamation of the "god" who is credited with the creation. The Lord God sees everything as evil and flawed. And no wonder, He is gazing at his own image, his own unknown face--and that face is hateful. It is a face that enjoys nothing more than humiliating and frightening the peoples of the Earth; peoples which by all means, should remain stupid, without knowledge, and ignorant of good and evil so that they slavishly accept good and evil, especially His evil, without distinction and without the capacity to judge Him for what He is.
"Will you put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be justified?" Job 38.
Hence, the first commandment: Thou shalt not know!
"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden though mayest freely eat; But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it."
And then the first lie: "For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." -Genesis, 2:17.
The Lord God, however, underestimates these humans, and in so doing, shows a shocking lack of wisdom or foresight.
"And the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day... called unto Adam and said unto him, Where art thou?"
"Where art thou?" Why can't He find them if he is a god?
And why is He looking for them? Does He need them to get back to work tilling his gardens? Is he lonely?
The Koran teaches that God created Adam in his own image so that he could contemplate himself as if before a mirror.
"And Adam said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself."
"And the Lord God said, Who told thee that thou was naked?"
"Who told thee?" this Lord God bellows, for not only is He shocked, but he cannot figure it out himself. Indeed, it never even occurs to Him that these bags of bones may have actually eaten of the fruit. Instead, Adam blames the woman, and it is the woman who tells him. The Woman! which must have been galling indeed.
And this raging slave master who demands complete obedience from his slaves who He forces to "till and tend" His gardens, He not only flies into a petulant rage but He experiences this terrible urge to get even. He sadistically punishes these slaves who did not know any better until after they ate of the fruit of knowledge, and then promises to make their lives and that of their offspring as miserable as possible until the very end of time.
"I will put enmity between thee and the woman... I will greatly multiply thy sorrow... cursed is the ground for thy sake... thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee..." -Genesis, 3.
THE LORD GOD PROVOKES CAIN AGAINST ABEL
The Lord God also enjoys turning humans against one another, husband against wife, father against son, brother against brother, using a strategy of divide, humiliation, and conquer; a strategy that involves forcing His victims to believe that because He treats them badly, they must be bad, and thus deserving of the punishments and horrors that He inflicts upon them. .
"And Adam knew Eve and she conceived...Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel."
"Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground... and Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof."
"And the Lord had respect unto Abel, and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and is countenance fell."
Perhaps the Lord God simply loves meat and hates His vegetables, which explains why he has no respect for the offering of Cain who apparently doesn't know any better. Or perhaps Cain knows too much, showing imagination and a little god-like ingenuity by evolving beyond gathering to agriculture and farming.
Or maybe even the Lord God does not know why He is angry with Cain. Insight into human nature or into His own nature, is not a quality of the Lord God.
Or maybe He dislikes Cain because, unlike Abel, Cain may have been created in the image of God, much like Adam and the first man was created in the image of God. "I have gotten a man from the Lord," Eve tells us. She does not say that she gave birth to a son.
In any case, after rejecting his offering, the Lord God then proceeds to insult Cain and belittles his feelings. The Lord God, in fact, appears to enjoy "rubbing it in" by playing dumb.
"And the Lord said unto Cain, why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen?"
Cain is so devastated that he doesn't answer, though he could have certainly replied: "Because you rejected my love and the fruit of my labors. Because you kicked away my offering and then you kicked me in the teeth...and for no good reason. Because you are viscous, hateful, and cruel!"
It does not appear to occur to The Lord God that it may be His behavior which has caused Cain's countenance to fall. That maybe Cain's countenance has fallen because He just kicked Cain in the teeth.
Rather, Cain's wroth makes the Lord God suspicious. As if there were no reason for Cain to be angry and upset. And then He concludes, or at least wishes to convince Cain that because Cain feels badly, then he must have behaved badly, which is a sin. Therefore, in a neat trick or reversing cause and effect, the Lord God explains that it is because Cain has sinned, that the Lord God has decided to reject him and his offering.
"If thou doest well, shall thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin liest at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him."
Essentially the Lord God, has told Cain, that Cain is an inferior person, a failure, a sinner, and is not acceptable to the Lord. And why is that? Again, perhaps because Cain showed some ingenuity. Instead of stalking, herding, and killing animals, as does his brother, he instead has gained dominion over the land and has become a farmer!
Knowledge, imagination, creativity, and any semblance of independent thinking is hateful to this Lord God.
And what of the fact that this Lord God fears that Cain shall rule over his own desires? Why is self-mastery a sin?
The Lord God also turned Cain against Abel whose offering He approved of. The Lord God recklessly puts Abel at risk for retaliation by provoking Cain. By rejecting Cain and engaging in this humiliating act of favoritism, He turns Cain against his brother.
Did the Lord God simply lack any semblance of insight or foresight as to what would happen? Is this part of a grand, long range stratagem? Or is it just stereotypical for the Lord God to behave an incredibly self-centered, arrogant, cruel, insensitive fashion that puts even those He favors at risk?
"And it came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him."
Given that this Lord God repeatedly claims to be all knowing, it is thus rather surprising that He does not know that Cain would kill or has killed Abel.
And, how is it that an all knowing Lord God repeatedly loses track of his human creations, first Adam and Eve, and now Abel?
"And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?"
But this is a characteristic of this Lord God. He did not know that Adam and Eve would eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And, just as He couldn't find Abel, He couldn't find them when he sought their company in the garden.
Perhaps He is just being shrewd? Perhaps He is just pretending to be an ignorant, insensitive brute that has no understanding of human nature, so that they will underestimate him? Is it a test? For He is fond of giving tests.
What is clear is that whereas the God of the Biblical and Sumerian creation proclaims that all is good, the Lord God sees these creations as evil and deserving of every misfortune He can lay upon them even if they have done absolutely nothing wrong, as is the case with Cain, and more vividly, with Job.
Insofar as the Lord God is concerned, there is something bad about these humans. Something that He hates. Hence, the Lord God feels compelled not only to treat them badly but to kill them. Indeed, He finally decides to destroy not only woman and man, but every innocent living thing.
"And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man and best, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air." -Genesis, 6:6,7.
ALLOGENES AND A JEALOUS LORD GOD
Obvious, the Lord God hates all living things that are of the Earth. And what is the source of this hate? Jealousy, perhaps? He repeatedly tells his people that "I am a jealous god."
But jealous of what? Jealous of whom?
Perhaps jealous of that god, of the "god" that is the source of all creation? Jealous of those creatures and those humans who this original "god" created?
A careful reading of Genesis informs us that this benevolent creation "god" not only created the first woman and man, but this "god" created their first children, perhaps in much the same way that Eve was supposedly fashioned from Adam.
"And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth...and Seth begat sons and daughters in his own likeness, after his image." -Genesis, 5: 3,4.
Seth, who was perhaps the first "son" of Adam, was not born of woman, but created in the "likeness" and in the "image" of Adam. Seth was, in essence, a second Adam. Moreover, the sons of Seth were also created "in his own likeness, after his image."
Although we may be tempted to ponder and then reject the possibility that these gods were creating genetic clones and even clones of clones (hence Enki's emblem of the double helix), it is noteworthy that ancient books presumed to have been written by Seth and his sons are referred to as the Allogenes (Doresse, 1986).
Allogenes, however, does not refer to genetic engineering. Rather allogenes means: "stranger" and "one of another race." Seth and his children were different from the other children of Adama and Eve. They were "of another race" and fashioned in the image of Adam who through the help of god, became a "living soul." Thus, it may well be that Seth and his son are thus of the Sethian spiritual race (Robinson, 1988) containing whatever special seed or substance that god/Enki mixed together before inserting the concoction into the womb of the Mother of All.
And as to Adam and Eve and their other children, according to the Sumerian account, these children were not created by the Lord God, but by Enki. Adam and Eve, Seth, Cain and Abel were created not in the image of the Lord God, but in the image of the creator god, Enki, the Anunnaki god of the snake.
Is this why the Lord God turned Cain against Abel? Did He in fact Hate them both?
The Lord God repeatedly informs us that He is "jealous." What is the Lord God jealous of? Of other gods? Of other gods and their creations? Of other gods and their children!
"Be circumspect and make no mention of the name of the other gods." Exodus 23:13.
WHY HAD THE LORD GOD COME TO RULE THE EARTH?
As is stated in the Sumerian account, the God of the snake, of the Morning Star, Enki, creates humans by taking tissues of the gods and mixing it with human tissue. He creates an embryo and implants it in a female goddess, the Mother of All, who gives birth to the first man.
Enki conducted several experiments, creating all types of hybrid half-human and human creatures, including better versions of woman and man. Finally, he created humans of such god-like perfection and young women who were so god-beautiful that the sons of the gods came down from heavens to have sex with the daughters of man, with these goddesses, these daughters of Venus, the serpent, Ishtar, the morning star.
"When the morning stars sang together all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:7.
And we are told in the Sumerian account that gods were not supposed to impregnate the daughters of man, that it was against some divine law, and that the women had to be sterilized.
We are told in Genesis, when the Lord God discovered that the daughters of men had children by the sons of god, that He too viewed this and the behavior of these godly children, as evil, as against some divine law.
For these crimes, for creating humans in the image of the gods, who know of good and evil, for allowing the daughters of men to become pregnant and have children of the gods, Enki, and his creations were condemned.
Enki, the god of the two entwined double-helix snakes, is tossed out of heaven, he becomes a fallen angel, for he has broken the laws of the divine pantheon.
Did this same ruling pantheon of gods send Yahweh to Earth to enforce the law? To destroy the unlawful creations? Is this why "God" went before the divine assembly to complain about what they have unleashed upon the planet, upon his people?
Yahweh was a Destroyer, and Yahweh, the Lord God, sees it as His mission to destroy not only "god's" human creations but the children of the sons of god. Was this not the point of the flood and then again, the first exodus?
THE ANUNNAKI GODS OVERTHROWN
The ancient Sumerians tell us that the ruling pantheon who controlled the Earth, the Anunnaki, were overthrown. That a new god arrived from the heavens and established himself as King. We are told that the rule of the Anunnaki was abolished, in part, because they had failed to foresee and to prevent the flood.
However, it is also said that the flood was the work of the new god, a destroyer, who orchestrated this world wide disaster so as to kill the children of the gods and to cause havoc and turmoil among the Anunnaki, so they could be easily overthrown.
Yet other accounts tell us that it was the son of Enki, the son of the Anunnaki god of the snake, Marduk who claimed the godhead and who deposed the former king of the Earth, Enlil following the failure to prevent the flood.
Yet another version is that the pantheon of gods who ruled not the Earth, but the Universe, decreed the overthrow of the old gods and the destruction of all life, because the sons of the gods had been impregnating the daughters of woman and man. The birth of these children of the sons of god, was not a sin per se, but a violation of some cosmic law. And the penalty was death by cosmic destruction.
According to the Sumerians it was decreed that "A flood will sweep over the cult centers to destroy the seed of mankind. This is the decision, the word of the assembly of the gods" (Kramer, 1991). According to Genesis, the punishment for breaking this law was to be enforced by the Lord God, Yahweh the Destroyer.
According to Genesis, the Lord God arrives, looks down upon the children of the gods and the humans of the Earth who act out everything they imagine. What annoys Him most, are the activities of the children of the gods--now the heroes of old, giants who were the direct descendants of those sons of gods who had sex with the daughters of woman and man. The Lord God decides to kill them all. "Every thing that breathes shall die."
GOD WARNS NOAH THAT THE LORD GOD WILL BRING A FLOOD
Yet in attempting to destroy mankind, this Lord Gods shows Himself to be inept. "God" not only warns some of the people so that they escape the destruction that the "Lord God" had planned but he saves the children of the sons of God, including those of the Sethian (Allogene) race. In consequences, the Sethians and at least a few of the children of the gods (who may be one and the same) escape the divine wrath and must be hunted down.
According to the Sumerian version of Genesis and the flood, Enki, the god of the snake, warns a man named Zisusundra of the coming catastrophe, and in so doing again violated the laws of the ruling pantheon. And why would he commit yet another crime? According to the Sumerians, it was because Enki loved them so, for they were the children of the children of his many creations, beginning with Adam and continuing with the sons of Adam which were also created in the image of Adam and the Gods. It was the Sethian children, each an image of their father who was created in the image of the gods, who Enki/god seeks to save.
"Adam... begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth...And Seth lived an hundred and five years and begat Enos... who begat Cainan... who begat.... who begat.... who begat.... who begat Lameeh... who begat a son: And he called his name Noah" (Genesis, 5: 3,4).
Enki warned his children, his creations, of the coming flood, whereas in Genesis, it is "God" who warns Noah.
According to the Biblical account, God decided to sabotage and wreck the Lord God's plans by informing Noah of the Sethian race, of the coming floods so that at least some representatives of humanity and at least a few of the living creatures of the Earth could escape the destruction planned by the Lord God.
However, in a strange twist, although the Lord God initially takes credit for the flood, in later chapters of the Bible, the flood is blamed on the serpent, Venus, the morning star, also known as Ishtar, The Great Goddess, and goddess of war.
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried travailing in birth and pained to be delivered...
And there appeared another wonder in heaven: And behold a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns upon his head. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and did cast them to the earth...
And there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon: and the dragon fought and his angels. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan which deceivith the whole world: He was cast out and his angels were cast out with him...
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood. And the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out his mouth. And the dragon was wroth and went to make war." -Revelation, 12
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O' Lucifer star of the morning. Is this the one that made the earth to tremble, that did to shake kingdoms. That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities." -Isaiah, 14
By making himself the cause and later the hero, The Lord God is in this respect identical to the Babylonian God, Marduk. Marduk's primary rival was Ishtar, Venus, the Morning Star and Tiamat the great dragon. In the Babylonian version it is Tiamat and Apsu who attempt to destroy the Earth, and in this regard, these forces of evil become identical with the Lord God:
"Apsu...said unto Tiamat: Their ways are loathsome unto me. I will destroy, I will wreck their ways... and Tiamat was wroth..."
As noted, according to Sumerian accounts, the Anunnaki were forced to quickly depart the Earth for the heavens, and they left without sufficient provisions. According to the Sumerians, after the floods had subsided, the Anunnaki returned from the heavens, famished and starved, and immediately sought out Noah/Zisusundra who was preparing a sacrificial offering over a roasting fire.
Smelling "the sweet savor" of the roasting, sweet succulent meat "the gods gathered like flies over the sacrifice" for even gods grow hungry.
Likewise, according to the Biblical version, the "Lord smelled a sweet savour" and He joined Noah and his family.
And, upon partaking of the bloody, roasting sweet savouring meat, the Lord God immediately begins to boast and to lie, and promises to never again unleash his rage against woman and man and the living things upon the Earth (Genesis, chapters 8, 9).
THE TWO GODS
In the story of Abraham we are again presented with the oppositional tendencies of the two Gods. After Sara, in her old age finally has a son, Isaac, "God" but not the "Lord God" informs Abraham that he is to take "thy son, thine only son, Isaac, whom thou lovest... and offer him there for a burnt offering" (Genesis, 22: 1,2). Upon building an altar and binding Isaac and laying him upon the altar with knife in hand, "the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven... and said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him" (Genesis 22: 10, 11, 12).
Hence, one "god" seeks the death of a boy that is a product of something the Lord God did to Sarah by opening her womb. And, at the last moment, as Abraham is about to kill the boy, the Lord God intervenes. Is one god attempting to sabotage the plans of the other god?
And again the Lord God opposes himself by attempting to kill his prophet Moses soon after he instructed him to travel to Egypt and lead the Israelites to the promised land, the purpose of which is to destroy the Nephilim, and the children of Canaan of the Sethian race.
"At a night encampment on the way, the Lord encountered him and sought to kill him." -Exodus 4:24
And once Moses arrives in Egypt, God influences Pharaoh's mind and turns him against the Lord God's plans. Yahweh responds with escalating fury each time God manipulates Pharaoh's mind so that he does the exact opposite of what Moses requests. Every time Pharaoh begins to yield due to the plagues sent by the Lord god, he then become again stubborn when god "hardened Pharaoh's heart."
However, just as it is a characteristic of the Lord God to deny as well as take responsibility for various crimes committed against humanity, the Lord God also claims that it is He who does not want His children, His "first born son" to be released. He claims that He stiffens Pharaoh's resolve so that He can kill the first born sons of every Egyptian and demonstrate His power for all to behold.
Perhaps in this case, He is telling the truth? Perhaps He truly wishes to covertly prevent Pharaoh from acting on His overt wishes. And why is that? So that He has yet another excuse to kill--as if the Lord God would need an excuse.
"When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in thine hand: But I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.... When the Pharaoh does not heed you, I will lay My hand upon Egypt." -Exodus 4:21; 7:3.
So, again we are presented with a god who opposes the Lord God, and a Lord God who takes credit for opposing His own plans. However, regardless of who was truly responsible for Pharaoh's behavior, The Lord God also decides to murder all the first born sons of Egypt and the first born son of Pharaoh when in fact Pharaoh had no choice in the matter and was apparently only doing as dictated by the Lord God's Divine will.
"Behold I will slay thy son." -Exodus 4:23
"And it came to pass, that at midnight, the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt; from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne upon the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the first born cattle...And there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead." -Exodus 12: 29,30.