Biblical mythical creatures (part 4): The other gods of the Bible (C-M)

June 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm (biblical mythical creatures)

Continuing from part 3:

  • Chemosh: Moabite war god (1 Kings 11:7).
  • Dagon: Philistine/Ekronian/Babylonian god of agriculture (1 Samuel 5:2).
  • Diana of the Ephesians: Ephesian moon and nature Goddess (“divine/brilliant”) (Acts 19:35).
  • Jupiter: Roman God (possibly derived from “Zeus-pater”, Father Zeus) (Acts 14:12).
  • Lucifer: Literally “morning star”, but has been popularly incorrectly associated with Satan (Isaiah 14:12).
  • Mercurius: Also knowns as the Roman God Mercury, god of communication and travel, and messenger of the gods (Acts 14:12).
  • Milcom: Ammonite God (1 Kings 11:5).
  • Molech: Ammonite god, also called Moloch, most probably Baal-Hammon of Carthage (1 Kings 11:7).
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2 Comments

  1. Biblical mythical creatures (part 5): The rest of the other gods of the Bible (N-T) « The Evolving Atheist's Blog said,

    […] July 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm (biblical mythical creatures) Concluding from part 4: […]

  2. JMK Eph6:10-20 said,

    This is in reference to the comment about Lucifer “popularly incorrectly associated with Satan” in Isaiah 14:12. I have heard this before but for context of what Isaiah is saying, please look at the following:

    Isaiah 14:12-14 –

    “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
    For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
    I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

    This is clearly not just mentioning a “morning star” or planet that arises over the horizon. This is a biblical reference (believing on God or not) to a being that desires to ascend, exalt, go above, sit upon the mount, be in the sides of the north… all referring to taking God’s place. This is in harmony with the desires of Lucifer (Satan before his fall into sin) to take the place of God and be god himself. After all, Isaiah states “how art thou fallen from heaven…” He, Isaiah, cannot comprehend how a being in paradise would be able to conjure up a rebellious desire like this.

    A parallel context can be found in the book of Ezekiel 28:12-19. Here the God of the bible gave words to Ezekiel to record likening the King of Tyre to Lucifer (who is the dragon that was “cast out” of heaven, that old serpent, the devil called Satan – Revelation 12:7-9). Ezekiel shows that this being (Satan) was in the throne room of the Almighty God, was a covering cherub, but because of his own iniquity was “cast down to the ground” and will ultimately be destroyed.

    A text without its context is just a pretext.

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