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Did The Name “Israel” Come From Isis-Ra-El? [Kemet]

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1000509261001_2152013861001_History-Coroners-Report-King-Tut-SF-HD-768x432-16x9Over the years, I have observed a rise in the belief that Jesus Christ, the Gospel message, the Old and the New Testament Scriptures, and the Christian Faith derived from ancient mythology and ancient pagan religions.

The purpose of this belief is to disparage and disprove Jesus Christ, the Gospel message, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the Christian Faith.

The ultimate goal is to discourage professing Christians from believing in Jesus Christ, the Gospel, and the Holy Scriptures, and lure them away from the Christian Faith.

This belief is promoted online typically by individuals who ascribe to secular humanism, New Age philosophy, occult metaphysics, Neo-Paganism, and various forms of “African spirituality” or Afrocentric Neo-Paganism (especially Kemetism, also referred to as “Kemeticism” or “Neterism”).

The purpose of this article is to refute one of the many misleading assertions that are spread on the internet to advance this idea that Jesus Christ, the Gospel message, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the Christian Faith derived from ancient mythology and ancient pagan religions.

This particular assertion states that the name “Israel” derived from a combination of the names “Isis,” “Ra,” and “El.”

Maybe you’ve seen it promoted in images like the one below:

11873538_740873769392754_8484022432474100592_nI’ve actually encountered quite a few people who claimed that the letters “I-s” in Israel came from “Isis” (the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess), and the letters “r-a” in Israel came from “Ra” (the name of an ancient Egyptian false god).

This assertion might sound compelling at first glance, but it’s easily demolished by applying a little logic and critical-thinking skills.

The line of reasoning behind this assertion is that since there’s an “is” in both “Israel” and “Isis” — then these two names must be related to each other, and the name “Israel” must have come from the name “Isis.”

This line of reasoning is flawed for two reasons.

  1. Just because two words contain the letters “i-s,” that doesn’t mean they are related to each other and derived from the name “Isis.”

For example, the name “Mississippi” has an “is” in it. Does this mean that the name “Mississippi” is related to and derived from the name “Isis”? Of course not.

The name “Mississippi” came from the word “Messipi,” which is the French rendering of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe or Algonquin) name for the river, “Misi-ziibi” (meaning “Great River”).

The word “is” has the letters “i-s” in it as well. Does that mean the word “is” is related to and derived from the name “Isis”? Nope.

If you’ve ever taught or studied Language Arts, then you know that just because two words contain the same letters, that doesn’t mean they are related to each other or that one derived from the other.

2. The name “Isis” is an English word. It is the English rendering of the Greek name “Aisis” which is Greek for “Aset” (the Egyptian name spelling of Isis).

The English name “Isis” obviously didn’t exist at the time of Jacob when God named him named Yisrael. So it is erroneous to state that the ancient Hebrew name “Yisrael” came from an English word when the English language didn’t even exist at that time.

Did The “r-a” in Israel Come From The Name Of The Ancient Egyptian Idol “Ra”?

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There is no historical evidence to substantiate the belief that the “r-a” in Israel came from the name “Ra.” Zero proof. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Just because two words contain the letters “ra,” that doesn’t mean they are related to each other or derived from the name “Ra.”

The word “ran” contains the letters “ra.” Does that mean the word “ran” is related to or derived from the name “Ra”? Of course not. The word “ran” is the past tense of the word “run.”

The “ra” in Israel comes from the same primitive root as the “ra” in Sarah’s name — meaning “to contend, have power, contend with, persist, exert oneself, persevere, to prevail, to have power (as a prince).” (Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon H8280)

The “el” in Israel is the shortened form of “elohim” which has multiple meanings depending on the context: “God Almighty, god-like one, mighty one, mighty men, men of rank, mighty heroes, angel, false god, (demons, imaginations), mighty things in nature, strength, power.” (Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon H3478)

The connection between the name “Israel” and ancient Egyptian idols is imaginary and mythical. It doesn’t exist. People are making things up as they go and creating false connections based on a presupposition that the Christian Faith originated from ancient Egyptian mythology.

Followers of Kemet are attempting to cash in on phonetic similarities without philological justifications for it. And based on an English transliteration at that. Kinda New Agey.

The patriarch Jacob and his progeny did live in Egypt. However, God had already named him Yisrael long before he moved to Egypt.

There is some debate over the exact meaning of the name Israel. However, one thing is safe to conclude from both Biblical history and the secular historical record — the name Israel did not come from the names of ancient Egyptian idols.

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Did The Ten Commandments Come From The Ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead?

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Over the years, I have observed a rise in the belief that Jesus Christ, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the Christian Faith were plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology.

A number of claims are made in an attempt to substantiate this belief. For example:

“Jesus is a pagan copy of Horus”

“The 10 commandments came from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead [also called the 42 Principles of Ma’at]”

“The stories of the Bible were borrowed from Kemet” [the term “Kemet” is the name of ancient Egypt in Egyptian]

Many other assertions are made, but the overarching belief is that the Christian Faith is a stolen religion which evolved out of ancient Egyptian mythology.

This belief is disseminated online mainly by individuals who ascribe to secular humanism, New Age philosophy, occult metaphysics, Kemetic [Egyptian] religion, and other forms of alternative African spirituality.

The purpose of this belief is to invalidate and discredit our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the Christian Faith.

The aim is to dissuade professing Christians from believing in Jesus Christ, the Gospel, and the Holy Scriptures, and ultimately lure them away from the Christian Faith.

Where Does This Belief Come From? What Is Its Origin?

The belief that Jesus, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the authentic Christian Faith were plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology doesn’t trace back to one sole origin, source, or founder.

Instead, it is a converging blend of theories from various Western European authors dating back to the late 18th century. The most influential theory being the Christ myth theory which you can read about by clicking here.

The materials below are often-cited as “historical documentation” and “factual support:”

-The Anacalypsis by Godfrey Higgins

-The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors (or Christianity Before Christ) by Kersey Graves

-The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Acharya S

-Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled by Acharya S

-Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection by Acharya S

-Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World (Gerald Massey)

-Christianity Before Christ by John G. Jackson

-Zeitgeist: The Movie

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Many of the assertions that were made in these materials have been debunked and dismantled by historians, Bible scholars, Egyptologists, Christians and nonChristians alike.

But unfortunately, many others have swallowed these assertions hook, line, and sinker and pass them on as if they’re the absolute truth.

While there may be some inconsequential similarities between ancient Egyptian mythology and the Christian Faith — these inconsequential similarities are overshadowed by fundamental differences between ancient Egyptian mythology and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

When I compare the teachings of Jesus Christ to ancient Egyptian mythology on some of the most important theological subjects, such as: the origin of all life, the nature of God, the nature of man, God’s relationship to man, the worship of God, death and the afterlife — I find that the two are drastically different and in many cases, diametrically-opposed to one another.

When it comes to life’s biggest questions, ancient Egyptian mythological beliefs are at odds with the Lord Jesus Christ and His teaching.

Instead of finding significant parallels, theological harmony, and striking similarities — I find stark contrasts, conflicts, and incongruity.

As such, the belief that Jesus, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the authentic Christian Faith were plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology is baseless, utterly absurd, and without merit.

From time to time, I will be posting articles and podcasts dismantling this belief.

The podcast below dismantles the false assertion that the 10 commandments originated from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

 

Gearing Up For Sexual Assault Awareness Month [Pulpits, Pews, & Predators]

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Since April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), I have decided to dedicate the entire month to raising awareness about child sexual predators in the church and informing Christians on how to recognize the signs of a child sexual predator in sheep’s clothing and prevent their children from becoming a victim.

Everyday another mugshot is posted online of an alleged or convicted child sexual predator who masqueraded as a “nice Christian man” and used his ‘godly’ veneer and perceived authority to prey on children.

How can something like this happen in a Christian church?

Why do child sexual predators gravitate to churches, especially leadership positions?

Is child sexual assault in the church as prevalent as the media makes it seem?

What are the signs of a child sexual predator in sheep’s clothing? What red flags should we look out for?

How should we respond to child sexual assault?

What can we do to protect our children and prevent them from becoming victims?

These questions among others will be addressed in the upcoming series “Pulpits, Pews, and Predators.”