From the priests of the Egyptian temples to today’s secret societies…this model [of explaining how matter comes from mind] has always been conceived of as a series of thoughts emanating from the cosmic mind. Pure mind to begin with, these thought-emanations…, energy…became gas, then liquid and finally solids…
These emanations have also always been thought of as in some sense…intelligent…
The reality of everyday experience is that thoughts are quite routinely introduced…The ancients understood this ‘somewhere else’ as being some-one else, the someone being a god, an angel or a spirit…emanations from the great cosmic mind – Thought-Beings in other words…
In this history gods and spirits control the material world and exercise power over it. We will see too, how sometimes disembodied beings break through, unbidden…commerce with the spirits was always considered highly dangerous…
Genesis 1:26 [sic] is usually translated as ‘In the beginning God made heaven and earth’, but…The passage properly reads, ‘In the beginning the gods made heaven and earth’…
An / Anu belongs to the oldest generation of Mesopotamian gods and was originally the supreme deity of the Babylonian pantheon.. authority figure, decision-maker and progenitor. In heaven he allots functions to other gods, and can increase [or decrease] their status at will…On earth he confers kingship, and his decisions are regarded as unalterable…An / Anu is sometimes credited with the creation of the universe itself…Of the three levels of heaven, he inhabited the highest…An / Anu frequently receives the epithet “father of the gods.” .
The Sumerian Anu is remarkably similar to the the Hebrew Ani / I Am.
It appears that the similarity between Anu and Ani is no coincidence.
A study of more than 6,000 languages from around the world shows a surprising relationship between certain words’ sounds and meaning … in two thirds of the world’s languages…
Until now, linguists thought that word sound and meaning were completely unrelated…
The new results directly contradict this.
“And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, Ani YHVH: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name YHVH was I not known to them.” (Exodus 6:2-6)
Recall that a name defines someones defining characteristic. The definition of YHVH is found in its first occurrence, of over 6,000 occurrences, in the Bible.
“the LORD / YHVH God made the earth and the heavens” (Genesis 2:4)
YHVH = Creator. In order for the LORD / YHVH to make anything, he had to existent prior to his creation. Therefore the name Ani = I am, always existent, Eternal One.
And the Enuma Elish acknowledges this about Anu.
the one bringing into being, life-giver, giver of existence, creator…he who brings to pass…performer of his promises…the one who is: i.e. the absolute and unchangeable one…the existing, ever living, as self-consistent and unchangeable…he will approve himself (give evidence of being, assert his being.
Anu retained his essential character and high status throughout Mesopotamian history.
“Indeed, when other gods are elevated to a position of leadership, they are said to receive the anûtu, the “Anu-power”. For example, in Enuma Elis the gods express Marduk’s authority over them by declaring:” Your word is Anu!” (Tablet IV, lines 4-6). Later An / Anu came to share or cede these functions.
Our Western culture is more familiar with the Greek correlates to the Sumerian pantheon, where the first class of gods are, like the Sumerian, anthropomorphized forces or conditions like light (Aether) and matter like gaseous sky (Uranus), liquid sea (Pontus), solid earth (Gaia) and fire erupting from under the earth via volcanoes (Tartarus). The Greeks enhance our understanding of what the ancients report by describing Nyx, who parallels Tiamat, as “the goddess of Night”, i.e. the worlds of darkness.
The first true Greek personal deity, the equivalent of the Sumerian Anu, is Ur-anu-s. He begets the first rank of hyper dimensional beings, what we call angels, and what the Greeks called the Titans.
Despite the fact that he is the named ancestor of all the rest of the equivalent of the Sumerian gods, no cult addressed directly to Uranus survived into classical times.
The reason is obvious. Anu / Ur-anus / YHVH could not be destroyed, so he is simply ignored by his rebel sons who developed cults centered on themselves.
Various analysts match the Sumerian gods differently with the other cultures’ gods because there is no Rosetta Stone to define their relationships for us. However, since the Hebrew religion is claimed to be a derivative of the Sumerian we can’t be faulted for using the Bible to define significant matches.
There is one massive difference.
- In the Enuma Elish’s version humanity was made to serve as the gods’ slaves,
- while in the Bible’s version humanity was made to be a beloved family.
A second massive difference is the availablity of life / energy.
- Only the Bible reports life energy sourced from the infinite supply of the Singularity Creator.
- The Enuma Elis makes it abundantly clear that the Sumerian gods only have a limited supply of energy. They needed humans to exploit our renewable sources of energy.
Marduk / Zeus…
3 opened his mouth addressing Ea / Nudimmud Lucifer…
5 “I will bring together blood to form bone, [the life is in the blood]
6 I will bring into being Lullû, whose name shall be ‘man’.
7 I will create Lullû—man [not “create” but “make” a man from existing material and life energy]
8 On whom the toil of the gods will be laid that they may rest / sit…
Contrast the biblical version:
God / Ani / Anu …by his [human] Son [Yeshua / Jesus],
- whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
- by whom also he made the worlds;
- being the brightness of his glory,
- and the express image of his person,
- and upholding all things by the word of his power
- sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…
to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?…Are they not all…sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs?” (Hebrews 1)
The two accounts clearly play off each other, exactly as a court recording of legal proceedings to determine truth.
9 I will skilfully alter the organization of the gods / angels [recruit a faction to follow him, not Ani / Anu]:
10 Though they are honoured as one, they shall be divided into two.” [angelic supporters & opposers]
11 Ea answered, as he addressed a word to him,
12 Expressing his comments on the resting of the gods,
13 “Let one brother of theirs be given up. [“Theirs” not “ours” must be one of Lucifer’s enemies]
14 Let him perish that people may be fashioned.
Ea / Lucifer has to give a credible account of the origin of the life energy, but this obviously doesn’t explain where the life energy of that god / angel came from in the first place.
In contrast to: “God breathed into man the breath of life” and God continued to exist.
15 Let the great gods assemble
16 And let the guilty one be given up that they may be confirmed.”
17 Marduk assembled the great gods…
20 The king addressed a word to the Anunnaki, [offspring of Anu]
23 Who is the one who instigated warfare [opposed me!]…
24 and set battle in motion?
25 Let him who instigated warfare be given up
26 That I may lay his punishment on him; but you sit and rest.
27 The Igigi, the great gods [first order anthropomorphic beings, equivalent to Titans] answered him…
29 “Qingu is the one who instigated warfare…
31 They bound him, holding him before Ea / Lucifer,
32 They inflicted the penalty on him and severed his blood-vessels.
33 From his blood he (Ea) created mankind,
34 On whom he imposed the service of the gods, and set the gods free.
35 After the wise Ea / Lucifer had created mankind…
39 King Marduk / Zeus divided the gods,
40 All the Anunnaki into upper and lower groups.
41 He assigned 300 in the heavens to guard the decrees of Anu
42 And appointed them as a guard. [Sounds like the firmament as detailed in Days of Thunder]
43 Next he arranged the organization of the netherworld.
44 In heaven and netherworld he stationed 600 gods.
45 After he had arranged all the decrees,
46 And had distributed [sources of] incomes [from territories] among the Anunnaki…
47 The Anunnaki opened their mouths
48 And addressed their lord Marduk,
49 “Now, lord, seeing you have established our freedom [from their Creator and ruler]
50 What favour can we do for you?
51 Let us make a shrine of great renown…
55 When Marduk heard this,
56 He beamed as brightly as the light of day,
57 “Build Babylon…
62 They raised the peak of Esagil, a replica of the Apsû. [The primeval waters]
63 They built the lofty temple tower of the Apsû [ziggurat, pyramid / watchtower to heaven]
64 And for Anu, Enlil / ha-Adam / the Human, and Ea / Lucifer they established it . . as a [permanent] dwelling.
65 He sat in splendour before them…[note this singular He – Ea / Lucifer. Anu & Enlil are prisoners.]
67 After they had completed the work on Seagull
68 All the Anunnaki constructed their own shrines…
71 In the lofty shrine which they had built for his dwelling,
72 (Saying,) “This is Babylon, your fixed dwelling,
73 Take your pleasure here! Sit down in joy!…
77 They held a service in awesome Esagil.
78 The regulations and all the rules were confirmed:
79 All the gods divided the stations of heaven and netherworld.
80 The college of the Fifty great gods took their seats,
81 The Seven gods of destinies were appointed to give decisions…
95 The great gods assembled,
96 They exalted the destiny of Marduk and did obeisance.
97 They invoked a curse on themselves
98 And took an oath with water and oil, and put their hands to their throats.
99 They granted him the right to exercise kingship over the gods,
100 They confirmed him as lord of the gods of heaven and netherworld…
103 When he speaks, let the gods heed him,
104 Let his command be superior in upper and lower regions.
105 May the son [of god Ea/Lucifer], our avenger, be exalted,
106 Let his lordship be superior and himself without rival.
107 Let him shepherd the black-heads / Sumerians, his creatures…
The Enuma Elish parallels Genesis enough to provide detractors of the Bible with the claim that the Hebrews plagiarized the Sumerians while transferring credit to the Hebrew divinity.
But the Hebrew scriptures clearly did not plagiarize what they alone state confidently – that a Supreme Pre-existent Being created the heavens and the earth with forethought and intent and objectives.
The Bible’s thesis is that God created the material universe and everything in it. Every single element in the rest of the story, which builds systematically from The Beginning in Genesis through The End in Revelation, rests on this fundamental premise.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
- By not naming a Creator, the Enuma Elish and Hindu accounts
- do not detract from the Hebrew Scriptures,
- but rather externally validate what the Hebrew God claims exclusively as his power.
Creation is clearly the basis for trusting which hyper dimensional being holds supreme power.
Only the Hebrew Torah documents a specific individual and clearly describes his actions at the beginning and continuing throughout human history, with multiple means of validating the reports from a variety of scientific disciplines. Documentation of this power by eyewitnesses who saw first-hand what this sentient Being we call God did in the past is the only basis for believing what these same eyewitnesses say that he will do in the future.
- he that created the heavens, and stretched them out;
- he that spread forth the earth,
- and that which cometh out of it;
- he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein…
I am the LORD / Ani / YHVH: that is my name / attribute: and my glory will I not give to another. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.“ (Isaiah 42:5-9)
Every statement in a religious creed – like “ye must be born again” – every theological belief – like the virgin birth – derives its credibility and legitimacy from the first statement that God created, sustains, and controls the universe, and from proof of supernatural origin by future fulfillment of prophecies.
Blind acceptance of a religious creed is not faith in God.
Faith in God is recognizing that the known world proves the existence, power and nature of a Creator, in whom we then choose, or not, to place our faith for the unknowable and uncontrollable aspects of our own lives.
The opposite of faith is determined blindness against a Supreme Being’s evident power and authority and willingness to communicate with humanity.