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Wed May 16, 2012, 01:50 AM

82. How is that not a different god than YHWH?

Note, I'm using that designation because "god of the Bible" is cumbersome to talk about.

Anyways, YHWH is called, repeatedly, the God of the Israelites, his chosen people, indeed this was typical of deities of the Middle East of that time period(around 600 B.C.). Local gods and pantheons for local cultures and nations.

YHWH isn't an exception to this rule, except during development of monotheism later than 600 B.C.

YHWH was typical of gods of the time as well in other ways, performing miracles and fighting on the side of his people. He was the Ares to Sparta, or Athena to Athens, a patron god for a certain people. They prayed to him for strength, etc.

Again, far different than the god you believe in, a transcendent being that is universal and non-interventionist, a deistic deity, to put it simply. Such a being would bear no relation to YHWH, who is distinct and separate being from the one you conceived of. A non-interventionist god would not, and indeed cannot have any influence in writing the books of the Bible, and given the tribal nature of that deity, it would be rather insulting to call the creator of the universe, assuming such a being existed, YHWH, wouldn't it?

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