Jehovah, the lord of HOSTS or the lord of GHOSTS?


    Based on tradition that goes back thousands of years, in the Christian world it is understood that Jehovah and God the Father are the same, but by close observation we can see that their characters are extremely different:

    . Jehovah killed in the heat of anger (Exodus 32:10), whereas God the Father is always kind and generous, bestowing life through his Son (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

   
. Jehovah frequently uttered curses (Deuteronomy 28:15 to 68), whereas the Father redeems us from the curses through His Son who suffered for us (Galatians 3:13).

   
. Jehovah blinded the spiritual eyes of the people (Isaiah 7:9-10), whereas the Father opened them through the teachings of the Son (Matthew 13:16).

   
. Jehovah punished disobedience with oppression of bondage (Jeremiah 21:4-7; 28:14...), whereas the Father releases people from spiritual oppression through freedom in Jesus Christ (John
8:32).

    . Jehovah sought vengeance by sending plagues and pestilence (2 Samuel 24:15; 1 Chronicles 21:14-15), whereas the Son revealed all the love of the Father by taking our weaknesses on himself (Matthew 8:16-17).

   
. Jehovah killed a man named Uzzah simply for his good intention on trying to avoid the untouchable ark's drop, because the oxen stumbled (2 Samuel 6:6 to 8), whereas a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, had been healed simply because she touched the edge of Jesus' cloak.

    . Michal, daughter of Saul, was watching from a window when she saw her husband David leaping and dancing for ark’s back to Israel (2 Samuel 6:16). She despised David in her heart and because of that criticizing feeling, she was punished by Jehovah with sterility forever (2 Samuel 6:23).
 

 

A ghostly scenery...

    "You have not come to a mountain which may be touched, and is burning with fire, and to a black cloud, and a dark smoke, and a violent wind, and to the sound of a horn, and the voice of words, the hearers of which made request that not a word more might be said to them, for the order which said, if the mountain is touched even by a beast, the beast is to be stoned, seemed hard to them.
And the vision was so overpowering that even Moses said, I am shaking and full of fear"
(Hebrew 12:18 to 21).

    Considering the above fearful and terrifying  description, should Jehovah, who had given the Law to Moses at the
Mount Sinai, to be called  THE LORD OF  HOSTS or it would be better THE LORD OF GHOSTS?

    In Deuteronomy 5:22 to 24 we read that there was a deep darkness and the voice that gave the commandments came from the darkness. Considering that 1 John 1:5 says "God is light and in him there is no darkness at all", we make a question: How could a God that is light and gives spiritual light to the men (John 3:19) to be in darkness?

    If the Father were the same as Jehovah, He would not give his commandments in a scenario of darkness and fright like Jehovah did at Mount Sinai, because God is light and in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).

    Jesus is the true light of men and the light shines in the darkness (John 1:4 to 9).
Surely, the worst "darkness" is the spiritual one. It is the plague that dulls the mind to the understanding of God. But this is what Jehovah provided according to Isaiah 53:1 by blinding people’s eyes.

    However, Jesus came to heal these “blind” and to show them the way to salvation from the Father, as He said in John 9:39... “I have come into this world, so that the blind (spiritually) will see and those who see (physically) will become blind (spiritually).


A kingdom of terror and darkness
 

    If someone not knowing the general context of the Bible were to read only the Old Testament, he would be disappointed and confused with the behavior of the character presented as God in many situations. Below is a list of some of the many behavioral inconsistencies that disappoint anyone who concentrates their reading on the first 39 books of the Bible:

    . Jehovah repents of his actions (Genesis 6:6-7; 1 Samuel 15:35) whereas in James 1:17 it is written that the true God does not change like shifting shadows;

    . Jehovah change his attitude after discussions with men (Deuteronomy 9:14; Exodus 4:24) whereas contradicts himself by saying that he is not a man, that should change his mind (1 Samuel 15:29) ;

    . Jehovah destroys innocent children because of the sins of their fathers or ancestors (Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 16:27-50; Deuteronomy 3:6-7; 1 Samuel 15:1-3; Isaiah 14:21); even his friend's son had been killed because of David's adultery (2 Samuel 12:13-18);


    . Jehovah sends evil spirits, like the one that disturbed Saul (1 Samuel 19:9-10) or the lying spirit that led to the death of king Ahab (Judges 9:23; 1 Samuel 16:14-23; 18:10-11; 1 Kings 22:19-23; 2 Chronicles 18:18-22; Isaiah 19:14; Ezekiel 14:9);

    . Jehovah allowed retaliation based on “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, granted victory in bloody battles against enemies and incited peoples against Israel when its leaders prevaricated or needed correction (Exodus 21:24-25; Deuteronomy 19:12-21; Joshua 6:19-24; 11:20; Judges 2:14; 3:1; Psalm 7:11-13; Jeremiah 46:10-11; Nahum 1:2);

    . Jehovah sends plagues and issues curses much more frequently than blessings (Genesis 3:16-19; 4:11-15; 5:29; Numbers 25:9; Leviticus 28:15-68; 2 Samuel 3:29; Isaiah 5:25; Jeremiah 25:31-33; Malachi 2:2);

    . Jehovah advocates the punishment of the disobedient and sinners by stoning or burning to death for banal offences such as working on the Sabbath (Exodus 31:15; Leviticus 20:9-16; 20:27; 24:17-23; Numbers 15:32-36; 13:9-16; 17:5-7; Deuteronomy 22:20-24; Joshua
7:24-25);

    . Jehovah didn't cut out a lady's sacrifice by her own father (Judges 11:30 to 38), because he had vowed to sacrifice whatever comes out of the door of his house to meet him in the event of a triumph against the Ammonites;

    . Jehovah authorized the plundering of the Egyptians  by the Jews (Exodus 3:22), setting a negative example to all that proceed this way;


    . Jehovah discriminates people on the basis of sex, race and even birth defects (Leviticus 21:21; Deuteronomy 23:1-3);

    . Jehovah recruited unscrupulous and fanatic disciples such as the Pharisees and his priests (Matthew 15:12-14; 16:11-12).

    . Jehovah issues his laws and commandments in a scenery of darkness, thunder and shadows, so that even animals were afraid to come near (Exodus 19:16-21; 20:21; Deuteronomy 4:11-12; 5:22-23).



A constant spectation of punishments and chastisements
 

    Jehovah established a kingdom of terror in which there was a constant expectation for punishments and chastisements because of the sins.

    Jehovah was invariably implacable and his mercy was only after a plea from someone familiar, like Abraham or Moses (Genesis 18:16 to 33; Numbers 16:44 and 45). In Deuteronomy 9:14, Jehovah said to Moses: “Let me alone, so that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they”.

    According to a Jewish tradition, the high priests from OT entered in the “most high place” with a rope tied on his ankle in order to be towed from outside, if he would put into death by Jehovah in the inner room.

    The reason for the rope is because it was forbidden to everyone to enter in the “most high place”, except for the high priest, once a year, and never without blood to be offered for himself and for the sins of the people (Hebrews 9:6 and 7).

    This fact could explain the reason to the high priest for using the “gold bells” around the hem of his robe. In Exodus 28:34 and 35 we read about the sound of these bells that indicated while the high priest was still alive. When the sound was finished, that was a sign to tow the high priest by the rope from outside.

 


The killing of Onan
 

    In Genesis 38:8 to 10 Judah said to Onan: “Lie with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother”. But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his, so whenever he lay with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother. What he did was wicked in Jehovah’s sight; so he put him to death as well as his brother Er.

    This text says that Jehovah punished Onan, killing him because of his “wicked” contraceptive method. Now the question is: What think Jehovah about intentional prevention of pregnancy?

    Which would be the fate of those who use nowadays contraceptive devices or drugs, if Jehovah kept on punishing people who avert children with the same chastisement of Onan?

    Another question is: Why did Jehovah close such time the womb of Hanna, wife of Elkanah (1 Samuel 1:5 and 6) and other women in the OT, if he so appreciates the offspring?

    The Son of true God came not to condemn the world but to save whoever believes in him and to give them eternal life (John 3:16 to 18).
 

A spirit of violence


    Over and above all this, Jehovah's spirit overpowers people through aggression and violence, as it does with Saul and Samson who, after some of these “incorporations”, first kill a lion and then an army of 1000 Philistines with the simple bone of an ass (Judges 14:6-20); 15:14-15; 1 Samuel 11:6-7).

    What kind of spirit is that who operated in the Old Testament?


Who is the real God?
 

    Jehovah is presumptuously called "the almighty" (Jeremiah 31:35) whereas the Father is simply called "love" (1 John 4:8).

    In the face of so many inconsistencies, we are led to ask whether the God of the Old Testament and the God revealed in the New Testament are the same.
We cannot conceive of a God with two sides in his personality, manifested so differently in two consecutive periods in the course of history. 

   
In the Old Covenant we see terror and cruelty whereas in the New Testament we see love and mercy, as we read in James 1:16: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows".

    Jehovah is a "tribal god" of the earthly Israel whereas the Father is the absolute and universal God, whose Son is Jesus Christ.

    Definitely Jehovah and the true God the Father are not the same. Jehovah is an angel whose name is Melchizedek. In spite of  being an angel, Jehovah stands qualified as an archangel with ascendancy over the other angels, including Satan (Lucifer), who takes part of occasional meetings to decide together the destiny of the man or to execute Jehovah's punishments (Job 1:6 to 12; 1 Chronicles 21:1 to 15).

 

 
   

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