Gods and Spirituality
Gods before Yahweh (Jehovah), Jesus (Trinity), and Allah
Of course, Moshiite (Judaism adherents), Christians, and Moslems, Islamists, Mohammedans claim that their monotheistic gods have always existed. We only have to delve into history to find the truth.
To begin, we state that all gods have been created by men and look like men and women in their physical forms.
Since we know from history and science that Africans lived in Africa long before Mohammed and his god, we can say that there were African gods or deities who that are older than Allah.
Every culture has recognized the existence of an awesome creator. Even atheists, when challenged, agree that there is a possible existence of an intelligent being because evolution cannot explain all the complex systems in place in the universe at the macro and micro levels that enable a harmonious operation and existence. Who is behind that intelligence is usually the question of debate.
So in all the primitive and not so-primitive cultures, humankind has created a system of acknowledgment of this supreme intelligence and called it spirituality.
All cultural groups in Africa, there is the recognition of a Supreme Deity with subsidiary subordinate deities. Africans have various forms of acknowledging the power and benevolence of these external entities who play a part in their lives. These entities include our dead ancestors, whom we believe have transformed as protectors of the living and intercessors between the living and the gods. Africans have always honored their gods and their ancestors by pouring of libation – with alcohol or water and sacrifice – animals, vegetables, and food.
This has been an age-long practice.
For example, there were more than 200 deities and gods recognized in the ancient African kingdom of Kemet (present-day Egypt). A few are as follows:
Aten (representing the Power or Force behind the Sun)
King Akhenaton recognized that life on earth depended on the sun, therefore there must be a force, god, or power that enables the sun to provide constant energy for the existence life. He determined that this Force, Power, Energy must be recognized and worshipped as a God.
Maat (Goddess of Morality)
Ma’at was the representation of moral and physical law. Some scholars consider her the most important goddess of Ancient Egypt. Ma’at’s worship spread throughout Egypt because she helped judge the dead.
Among all the multitude of Egyptian deities, the god Amun was considered to be the king of the gods, a supreme creator-god. He was the ancient Egyptian god of fertility and life.
Other countries equated Amun with their own deities:
- Egyptians equated him with the god Min.
- The Greeks equated Amun with Zeus.
- The Romans equated him with Jupiter.
Over time, the Egyptians combined Amun with Ra to form Amun-Ra. Alternate spellings of this name include Amen-Ra, Amon-Ra, Amon-Re, Amun-Re and Ammon-Ra. Egyptians referred to Amun-Ra as “one one” and “no second” because they considered him the supreme god.
Osiris was the god of the dead and resurrection. He was the ruler of the Tuat and people would appeal to him to care for their departed ancestors. Osiris was the king of the gods until his brother killed him.
Isis was also associated with the other Egyptian goddesses, Sekhmet and Hathor. The Greeks worshiped Isis and they associated her with their goddesses; Persephone, Tethys and Athena.
- Her positions as the wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus.
- Isis’ role as a fertility goddess was also important and caused many women to worship her.
- Her position as a goddess of magic: people would look to her and her cult for spells to solve problems. It is told that she managed to trick Ra into revealing his secret name to her and in doing so, Isis obtained many magical powers.
Depicted as a falcon or as a man with a falcon’s head, Horus was a sky god associated with war and hunting. In the earliest forms Horus is known as Horus the Elder. First seen in pre-dynastic Upper Egypt, neighboring tribes most likely brought stories of Horus into Egypt. Egyptians quickly adopted him into Egyptian mythology as the son of Ra and one of the creator gods. Horus took the form of a falcon and flew up at the beginning of time as part of the creation. Also known as Horus of Two Eyes, his left eye represented the sun and his right eye represented the moon. With the power of the sun and the healing of the moon, Horus ruled both the day and the night. In the earliest forms, Egyptians viewed him as the brother of Osiris and Seth.
Ptah was the head of a triad of gods worshipped at Memphis. Ptah’s original association seems to have been with craftsmen and builders. The 4th-dynasty architect Imhotep was deified after his death as a son of Ptah.
The goddess Hathor was usually depicted as a cow, as a woman with the head of a cow, or as a woman with cow’s ears. Hathor embodied motherhood and fertility, and it was believed that she protected women in childbirth.
Anubis was concerned with funerary practices and the care of the dead. He was usually represented as a jackal or as a man with the head of a jackal. The association of jackals with death and funerals likely arose because Egyptians would have observed jackals scavenging around cemeteries.
Thoth, the god of writing and wisdom, could be depicted in the form of a baboon or a sacred ibis or as a man with the head of an ibis. He was believed to have invented language and the hieroglyphic script and to serve as a scribe and adviser for the gods. As the god of wisdom, Thoth was said to possess knowledge of magic and secrets unavailable to the other gods.
All these included Imhotep, the scientist who was elevated from human to the status of god were older than Allah.
In fact, the gods or deities of the Persians in the Zoroaster religion, Marduk, Ahuramazda, Hurmuz, and Anahita, also existed before Allah.
The more than 200 deities and gods of Kemet were older than Allah.
A few are Aten, Ra (Re), Amun, Aussar, Auset, Heru (Isis, Osiris, Horus), Ya, Seth, Ptah, Hathor, Anubis, Thoth. All these included Imhotep, the scientist who was elevated from human to the status of god were older than Allah.
The Romans who controlled the Levant as a world power believed in their gods as the source of power for world conquest.
Some of their gods are Apollo, Aurora, Bellona, Caelus, Cupid, and many more. They all existed before Allah.
So Yahweh (Jehovah), Jesus (Trinity), and Allah have not always existed from the beginning of time. Like all gods, they were created by men for their religions.
These monotheistic gods are relatively new. They came into existence only during the past 2,500 years.