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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Is the Principle Thing; Therefore, Get Wisdom and Forget It Not
For some time now, I have desired to discuss an
issue I discovered within the framework of the Christian Bible; particularly,
the King James Holy Bible. After completing three college courses at accredited
universities, I was left to question my entire religious perspective. What I’d
been taught over the years by parents and peers and/or educators about
religion, didn’t clarify the root of the knowledge encompassed within the historical
religious doctrine, we as Christians, cling to with all our heart and soul for
comfort and guidance.
This is why I was perplexed to find out a new piece
of the puzzle on the current religious warfare Muslims seem to continue being
involved in. The details in the discovery, evoked me to begin additional
research outside of the Scriptures. What I found out from both the Bible and
theological study resources, knocked my socks right off!
Here’s why: in the Old Testament, some Christians in
the past were introduced to the angel: Belial, whose history has been
repeatedly hammered with direct correlation to Satan, according to theological
studies. So when I began reading the entire Christian Bible, and learning about
other angels’ that exist within this story, I began speculating that God had conveyed this information to
Christians, in an effort to educate us about our ancestry.
Take for instance, the first acknowledgement of an
angel being referred to as God can be found in Genesis 31:11, which conveys: And the angel of God spakeunto me in a dream, say, Jacob: and I said,
Here am I. Now when you read further down to verse 13, the angels says, “I am
God of Beth-el, where thou
anointed the pillar, and where thou vowest a vow unto me: now rise, get thee
out from this land, and return unto the land of kindred” (American Bible
this surely evoked me to research a little more about angels.
After all, you hear music artist sing songs conveying
messages about angels and how they love and provide wisdom and guidance from a
divine perspective. Yet when reading about angels in the King James Holy Bible,
I began questioning the existence of celestial presence; wondering if such
divine existences were true. This thirst for understanding led me to I
Corinthians 15:40, which introduced this idealism: There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial…
Reading this evoked zeal for clarity. This is when I
began investigating the name: Belial, which I discovered in I Samuel 25:17,
which conveys: Now therefore know and
consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and
against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial that a man cannot
speak to him (1982). Then, I found the same name in Second Samuel 23:6- But the sons of Belial shall be all of them
as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands (1982).
Now as a Christian, I must admit: I never learned
much about this angel-Belial. I say angel because according to Theologian
Gustav Davidson, author of The Dictionary of Angels, Belial (Beliar and/or
Berial) is the great fallen angel, often equated with Satan. Gustave goes so
far as to explain that Belial danced for King Solomon; then, he shares a
Scripture from II Corinthians 6:15, which reads: What concord hath Christ with Belial? To me, this passage conveys, Paul
concern of Belial being the chief of demons. And as questionable as it seemed,
I couldn’t help conducting additional research, hoping to unlock more clues about
Ideally, this angel’s name is spelled differently
from time to time; so much, in some instances, it’s spelled Beliar, and is
often interchangeable with Beliel or Bilal.I learned this because the author points out this name in Deuteronomy,
Judges and I Samuel. He also shares details about this angel being written
about in the Apocryphal (forbidden books) found in the Septuagint; where Beliar
is the prince of darkness, supreme adversary of God.
Next the author shares a passage from The Gospel of
Bartholomew, when Bartholomew asked Beliar to tell who he is, and Beliar
answered: “At first I was called Satanel,
which is interpreted as messenger of God, but when I rejected the image of God
my name was changed to Satan, the angel that keepth watch over hell. I was
formed the first angel, Michael second, Gabriel third, Uriel fourth, Raphael
fifth, Nathanael sixth…these are the angels of vengeance that were first formed”
(Gustav, D., 1968, p.74).
Afterwards, the author shares this passage, “Beliar
was said to have been created after Lucifer” (1968). But what captured me most,
was when I read that Beliar is best noted for his role in Muhammad lore.
Surely, any knowledgeable religious study understands this is in reference to
Muslims. Then it dawned on me. The local Muslim Mosque here in Canton, MI has a
sign outside it that has -Bilal on it as its primary welcome sign.
Honestly, I’ve always wondered what Muslims believed
differently from Christians. So when I took college courses on Western World
Religions, and learned about the history of Christianity, Islam, Judaism,
Shinto, Catholicism, Hinduism, and many others, I couldn’t help trying to put
all the piece of the puzzle together. After all, I was introduced to theological
research conveying the angel Gabriel, was the one who inspired Mohammed, to
compose the Hole Quran, sura by sura. Of course, learning this was quite
baffling, because Gabriel is the angel who informed Mary that she would
conceive a child name: Jesus, as it is written in St. Luke 1:19 and St. Luke
Question is: Why does angels play more of a role of
God in our ancestors’ lives than God? I ask this, because in Matthew 1:20, the
Scripture conveys: But while he thought
on these things, behold, the angel of
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David,
fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is
of the Holy Ghost (1982).
Almost immediately after reading this, I turned back
to Genesis 31:11, which I pointed out earlier, to you: “And the angel of God spakeunto
me in a dream, say, Jacob: and I said, Here am I. (1982).
Surely this mystery has been tucked away from the
minds of those who seek to know more understanding on the Word many classify as
the Book of God. Even though many theologians and Bible committee members have
repeatedly shared insightful clues on how they revise the Scripture and try and
provide readers with a more clear understanding of what the text is explaining.
I Corinthians 2:15, conveys: But the natural man does not understand the things
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned (1982).
If man is considered spiritually discerned (he is without
knowledge), therefore, how can any one sitting on a Bible committee, determine
what the original authors intentions were when they compiled those fragmented
scholarly books together, to complete what we have now: The New International
King James Bible, The New Revised King James Bible; the New NIV King James
Bible, and the countless other bibles, we are forced to purchase at Barnes and
Nobles for various prices.
The whole concept of these historical religious
documents, is to provide us with some understanding of what was happening
during those eras of time, when our holiest of ancestors were groomed with
oppression, misled, and mistreated because people didn’t have the same
anthropology skills and knowledge required today, to provide thorough answers for
us, who seek to understand today’s revised Holy Bibles. Fact is, had I not
began studying eMarketing and forced to take courses that teach me about
cultures, religions, and beliefs; I would not have learned as much as I have
shared with you about the angel Belial/Bilal and his history closely related to
the teaching of Muslims.
Clearly, over the course of years, someone twisted
the story of each religion; added a few changes that unleashed the meaning of
the text, but in a different format than originally presented. Afterwards,
groups of ‘learned’ scholars joined together and swore each other to secrecy
about the mysteries woven within the structure of all religious bodies. I guess
this is why the Scripture found in 2 Peter 1:20 teaches us: Knowing this first
that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation (American
Bible Society, 1982, p.994).
Christians, Ibelieve it’s time to invest more interest in the root of our religious
history; in order to better combat the seemingly endless negativity that
continues eroding our communities because of religious misunderstanding, deeply
rooted in our history, established centuries before today. After all, we now
live in a world where unbelieving and ungodly fearing people, do not respect
your First Amendment right to religious freedom. Or, your 14th
Amendment right in compliance with the Bill of Rights; to liberty (freedom),
life, and the pursuit of happiness.
We are the body of the Church; each of us who takes
stock in the message of faith offered through the divine words of wisdom left
behind by our ancestors’, to inspire us, protect us, guide us, and console us.
Christians, isn’t it time we got back to walking in the rhythm of LOVE, LIGHT,
and HAPPINESS? Otherwise, religions such as Islam, will continue looking at us
as enemies and not supporting contributors of God’s universe.
strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city”-
American Bible Society, (1982). Holy King James Bible.
Davidson, Gustav, (1968). A Dictionary of Angels
including the Fallen Angels. The Free Press a Division of MacMillian, Inc. p.