reply to post by SpeakerofTruth
Hashem, G-d, could be argued to be many things. A storm god is a new one to me and I don't see the support for it.
Some scholars have called G-d a Volcano god, others say he was the same as Yam, the Canaanite god of the sea. Others say he was El, king of the
Canaanite pantheon known as the Elohim.
The Jews or more accurately Israel was not polytheistic as a whole. Some parts of society flirted with it. This would be like me saying all Italians
are monotheist. Which we know is nonsense. Some are and some are not.
His appearance on Sinai could be argued to be volcanic in nature. I have heard numerous scholars speak on that. G-d has a special association with
Fire and Darkness. Thats not typical of any storm god.
The G-d of Abraham is a complex deity, not easily categorized. Some of the ancient Greeks and Romans thought he was Chronus or Saturn. The Gnostics
thought he was an evil demiurge.
The truth is that the G-d of Abraham doesn't fit into any neat little box.
He is who He is.
I know some people have issues with death and suffering, but they are a part of finite reality. The Gnostics used that to label G-d or any creator as
evil. Plato and Platonism told the Gnostics they were full of nonsense. Plato had this concept, a realm of archetypes and ideas. That place was
ultimate reality. The death and suffering in this world are finite shadows. In other words it is illusion.
In the ultimate scheme of things, this finite shadow and all of its carnage and violence are illusion. All of the wars and slaughter are in the long
What you are doing is no different than the Gnostics, ascribing importance to the finite shadows of illusion we call our reality. Like the Gnostics,
so much importance has been given to it, that its become blinding.
This blindness prevents people from seeing beyond the threshold of the flesh.
Love, compassion, and forgiveness these are transcendent of this finite reality. When one is able to finally open their eyes to the truth, they
understand all the pain and suffering of this world are ultimately nothing.
All that truly matters is that which transcends our existence.