Copyright © By Dr. Adel Elsaie, Book Title: "History of Truth, The Truth about God and Religions"
4.5 God in the Bible
Humans are always looking to the sky for one supreme deity, who has created the world and governs human affairs. Belief in such a High God or Sky God is still a feature in many tribes in Africa, Australia, and South America. They look at the sky to ask God for help. The primitive tribes in south Australia climb a tree to be closer to God and then seek his help. Those tribes are higher in their concept of God Almighty than millions of the many humans who impose human characteristics on God. Though all theology originated with God, mankind played games with these pure and holy concepts.
The Old Testament had many imperfect descriptions of God portraying God after manís own image:
God regrets making man: (Genesis 6:6)
"And it repented the Lord that he had made man on Earth, and it grieved him at his heart."
This is in reference to the time of Noah, when people became evil and started associating idols with God Almighty.
God smells sweet savor: (Genesis 8:21)
"And the Lord smelled a sweet savor;"
God smelled the burned birds and animals that Noah sacrificed on the altar (a stoned table used for burning)!
God came DOWN: (Genesis 11:5)
"The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded"
This is a reference to the tower of Babel, where God caused people to spread all over the Earth. Babel is the place where God confused the language of the whole world, and Babel may mean "confuse" or the "gate of God."
God Wrestles with Jacob: (Genesis 32:24- 26)
"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacobís thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh"
God changed the name of Jacob to Israel which might mean, "he fights with God", or "he whom God broke his leg"!
It is logical that a prophet fights for God or with the devil, but how can we understand that a prophet fights with his Creator all night long, and that God is afraid of the light because He wanted to leave before the daylight!
Jacob saw God face to face: (Genesis 32:30)
"And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel; for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved"
God rested and was refreshed: (Exodus 31:17)
"For in six days the Lord made heaven and Earth, and on the seventh day he RESTED AND WAS REFRESHED."
Moses asked God to repent from evil things! : (Exodus 32:12)
"..Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people..."
Do you believe that Moses said that to God? The Easy-to-read Version of the Bible made this unacceptable statement as follows: "Please change your mind! Donít destroy your people"!
What is worst: God obeyed Moses and repented! : (Exodus 32:14)
"And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people"
Ask yourself now who is the god and who is the prophet?
Moses threatened God! : (Exodus 32:32)
"Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin-; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written"
Moses asked God to erase his name from his book, if he did not forgive the people of Israel! Again, do you believe that? Who is the god and who is the prophet?
Moses sees Godís back parts: (Exodus 33:23)
"And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen"
This is when God talked to Moses and was about to leave him.
God rejected Israel completely: (Psalm 78:59)
"And God heard this and became very angry, And God rejected Israel Completely!"
God like a drunken man: (Psalm 78:65)
"And the Lord awakened as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine."
This is when God reminded Israel of all the favors that He bestowed upon them when He took them from Egypt, and then they turned like their fathers.
Reading the Bible makes one wonder about the concept of God in the Jewish and Christian scripture. Here is a God that rested and refreshed to commemorate the Sabbath because God Almighty became tired and needed to be rejuvenated after His six days of hard labor.
Out of the 73 books of the Roman Catholics, and the 66 books of the Protestants of the Holy Bible, endless number of quotations can be found to illustrate manís various imperfect descriptions of God. No nation has had as much opportunities as the people of Israel had. And despite repeated warnings to the effect that:
Exodus 20:4-5 "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the Earth beneath, or that is in the water under the Earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy Lord am a jealous God"
And in our present time, you can see God in the movies: walking, talking, and even smoking cigar, in the Hollywood movie "Oh God." Also, you can see books or chapters in books with titles such as "When God does not make sense", "The future of God", and even "The death of God". One can only wonder about the effect of "The Holy Bible" in creating a human image of God.
Although the Bible said: "So God created man in his own image," Genesis 1:27.
It looks also that Homo Arrogans created God in their own images!
This is a standing insult to God, the most powerful, as the Quran says:
Surah 2 Ayah 255 "Allah! There is no God but He, - the Living, The Self-subsisting, Supporter of all, No slumber can seize Him Nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on Earth"
Surah 50, Ayah 38 "We created the heavens and the Earth and all between them in six days, nor did any sense or weariness touch us"
The above verses state clearly that God has no need for rest or sleep. His activity, like His Life, is perfect and self-subsisting. This is in contrast with expressions, used by the Bible, such as awakened, repented, rested, and refreshed. This Islamic perception of God confirms that of the prophet Isaiah that people canít imagine what God is like:
"Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting god, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding" Isaiah 40:28.