Friday, August 9, 2013

An Emotional God.

No doubt you have heard God referred to with words something like this, "the eternal unchanging deity".  Based on what the Bible writes about Jehovah I challenge that statement.  In many cases, the description given of God, in the Bible, would perfectly suit the way we understand ET's.

Is He sorry for what He has done?

Humankind is emotionally in the image of God. 
  • People make mistakes and express sorrow for their errors.  
  • People can be imposed upon by the pleadings of others.  
  • Humans can enjoy pleasure and experience hate.  
Jehovah is capable of all these emotions, to mention only a few.  For example, And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. Gen. 6:6  

Previously, mention was made about the gods discussing the feasibility of creating man on the earth, and that they decided to do so.  Now we find that Jehovah was sorry that he had anything to do with the creation of man.  

Is the Bible speaking of a God that makes mistakes?  Is it speaking of Gods that decide to undo what they have done and wipe out most of the human race because of their unexpected disappointment with it?

From the Epic of Gilgamesh comes this bit of interesting prose: The gods were frightened by the flood, they retreated, ascending to the heaven of Anu….Ishtar shrieked … how could I say evil things in the Assembly of the Gods, ordering a catastrophe to destroy my people!! The gods—those of the Anunnaki—were weeping with her, the gods humbly sat weeping, sobbing with grief.

Does God Get Jealous?

Jealousy is not a stranger to humankind, and it is also an emotion that the Lord has.  I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the Fathers upon the children. Ex. 20:5.  Is this the picture of an omnipotent, all-knowing, all-loving God?  No!  It shows a God who is subject to emotional variations.  

It is the God of the Hebrews that we read about in the Old Testament and there we read that  He is a jealous God; in fact, his “nickname” is, Jealous.  (For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God) Ex. 34:14.  He will not share his glory with any other God, from the people He has chosen.  

This emotion, incidentally, is a redundant sentiment, if there are no other deities vying for glory from mortals.

Does God get angry?

He, the Lord of the Jews, is a God who, in anger, disperses his people to other nations as punishment for sins committed, and, when His anger is abated, brings them home again.  These definitely are not pictures of an omnipotent and unchanging God but it is believable that ET's could react like that.

In the Bible is recorded an incident in which Balaam went, with the princes of Moab, to curse the children of Israel, and Then God’s anger was aroused because he went. Num. 22:22.  Is the Lord’s anger short fused?  According to the standards that the church has imposed on the ‘all-loving’ and ‘all-knowing’ God, it seems improbable that He should get himself into a situation in which he must compromise his divine characteristics; characteristics such as love and knowledge.  

It seems so much more in agreement with the Bible to think of God as being a superhuman who came to earth as an astronaut.  He seems to be a God who is physical, temperamental and with mental limitations.  This theory would certainly clear up many contradictions that traditional religion has taught us!

Did the decision of whether or not the Jews entered the promised land depend on His emotional variations?  It sounds as if it might have; He said, So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’  Heb. 3:11.  Conversely, we also hear Him say, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chron. 7:14.  

Can our words or our attitudes, our prayers, in fact, change the mind or the eternal, foreordained plans of an Almighty God?  

What we see here is not a picture of the almighty, creating, sustaining force of the universe; rather it is a picture of a father’s relationship with his child or a scientist's interest in his specimens.  This shows to us that when the gods (astronauts) created us they allowed for themselves to react emotionally.  They are Gods:
  1. who repent for what they have done; 
  2. who are jealous of other Gods; 
  3. who in anger, change their mind about plans they had for the humans. 
This does not sound like eternal, unchanging Beings.  
Yet, such is the God that we read about in the Bible!

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