Commentary: Who is Yahweh and where did he come from?

By Carol Hotte

I just love the folks who are featured on the Delaware States News Opinion Page who think they know God and are wont to translate their positions into politics and even history.

Whereas many maintain with fervent passion that the United States was founded on Christian principles that opinion while sort of correct is highly skewed. I’ve read our founder’s opinions. Mostly they were intellectual free thinking deists that went to Church sometimes because it was then the expedient thing to do.

Granted the public education system in this country has taught many of us that the United States was founded on Christian principles but those institutions don’t explore that theme in depth because the nuances and intricacies of that assertion do not jibe with certain elements of the belief system which ‘the powers that be’ promote. This while some of our fore-bearers ardently maintained a separation between Church and State and ultimately the Supreme Court supposedly took religion out of our schools.

I insist it is impossible to take religion out of our schools because the history of it is important to world civilization. However, if you teach one religion even clinically you must teach them all to show their relationships and what causes led to what effects. The school system is unprepared to teach that volume of material while the parents of students would object because most people don’t want their beliefs questioned.

I’m down with the notion that people are comfortable with their ideas but I maintain those ideas do not belong to everyone and even if the oblivious are the majority that’s no reason to assert intellectual dominion over dissenters.

I think if some of these editorialists read some comparative religion, archeology and anthropology they’d quickly discover the so called Judeo-Christian belief system this country was founded on was influenced heavily by the Egyptians, Sumerians and Hinduism.

Allow me to briefly comment on a few facts that prove my point that most people, even many preachers, are clueless when it comes to Judeo-Christian tradition.

Abraham originated from Ur, a Sumerian city. The Jews upon moving out of Egypt into Israel copied many of the Egyptian laws making them their own; including a financial formula that is important to every American today; i.e. it takes most ordinary working class citizens three months of wages to pay all their taxes (the Egyptians knew any more than that amount of taxation would incite revolt and modern economists agree).

Some postulate that Jesus actually spent some of his early adolescence in India. Surely some ancient Jewish person did because the word Christ according to philologists was derived from the word Krishna which means savior. Archeologists can prove that all these people were aware of each other. There were established trade routes and diplomatic envoys were exchanged. When these diverse people had contact naturally they shared their stories and talked about the divine.

Oh I know there are people who are going to say all sorts of horrid things about me, such as I suffer from moral turpitude. I encourage them to do a fact check.

Indeed, as far as my research has shown the monotheism that Christians so proudly boast of is actually of Sumerian inception. Sadly, the space available here dissuades explanation of the aforementioned. Truly, God our Father, who is often called Yahweh is a Sumerian deity. Betcha you didn’t know that. Ah well, lots of folks don’t know where their religions come from. Moreover it is very convenient for Christians to say that Jesus said (I paraphrase) ‘I am the way’; which essentially voided everything before him. But the Jesus entity was a Jew and Jews worshiped Yahweh.

I recall touring the Vatican and being amused by how shocked everyone in my group was when they were shown a very ancient statue and our guide asked them who it represented. Those people were mystified and so I responded, ‘that’s Yahweh, he who is known as God our Father from the old testament.’ The group turned to the guide for verification of the truth while I turned to an old man who had chortled out something vulgar. “No Sir,’ I reported, “those are not teats upon the statue’s breasts but pomegranates which were believed to be sacred to Yahweh and adorned the Temple in Jerusalem.’

Although I toured the Vatican and have read Catholic scholars among many others I am not a Catholic nor am I of the Pauline persuasion. Many fundamentalist Christians accuse Catholic Christians of being sheep but those who embrace Pauline philosophy are no better because Paul never met Jesus in the corporeal sense. Paul had visions of conversing with Christ that people are told to accept on faith and so that sect also is populated largely by lemmings.

Truly, I do strive not to be judgmental of people’s beliefs except when they try to verse the unwary in their presumptions or force their will on others because the contamination in Christianity (and all religions for that matter) is so rife one has to wonder who people are worshiping.

Carol Hotte is a resident of Felton

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