May 16, 2011

God Defined

Image from the game; God of War
By Francis Nye

The most misused and misunderstood word in the English language might well be the word “God”. It is a word used freely like water from a public drinking fountain in today’s society.  Literally hundreds of millions of English-speaking people use this word.  It is used by Christians in reverence and as a curse word by the not so reverent.  Yet so many do not understand the true meaning of the word and what it represents.  So can it be that misuse of the word has today given the Creator a bad name?  I think it has.

What is really surprising is that many Christians acknowledge a belief in the Bible. Yet in a literary sense, the word “God” never actually appears in any of the original languages of the Bible. Instead, such words as Yahweh, Elohim, Ho Theos, Adonai or Ho Kurios are used.  The word “God” is Germanic and dates back to before the 12th century.  It found its way into English-language through such translations as the King James Bible of 1611. But its origins are decidedly both racial and “pagan.” So the most important word in the Christians lexicon first of all is a term that is far-removed from the scriptures.

What has done probably the most damage to the idea and word of “God” has been the use of it by religious adherents in their justification for war. Throughout history, more people have been slaughtered in the name of God or its ideological derivatives than for any other word.

This fact perplexes me since the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines God as the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.  He is also merciful, loving, and compassionate.

Churches also show their bigotry when railing against homosexuality while saying little or nothing about corporate greed and political power plays that place profits and selfishness over people and destroy our precious environment in the process. Today’s hypocrisy of the Christian churches is leading many to flee the teachings of Christ for a secular life style.  More and more people have had enough.  This is collaborated by the Pew Forum on religion that shows a steady fall in church goers year after year.

Either religious people need to change their ways to emulate their creator’s mercy and love or we as a society need to redefine the word God to mean hypocrisy, violence, and hate.  Ω TRT

What are your thoughts on this situation?  Please let me know below in the comment section.

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