Do Some Christians Worship El or Baal Instead of Jesus Christ?

Is God El, Lord, YHWH, or Baal (or the numerous derivatives of those title-names)? Is Jesus Yeshua or Yahoshua? Does the fact that the letter J didn’t exist when the New Testament was written mean that Christians need to worship other names? Too many Christians have failed to strengthen their faith and knowledge in these matters, so it’s time to shed some light.

The short answer is that Jesus Christ is the only name under Heaven by which men can be saved. Jesus Christ is the only One we can go through to access the Father, because in fact, He and the Father are One! The Apostle John tells us that the Word (Jesus Christ) is God (Our Heavenly Father). Jesus Christ said He and Our Heavenly Father are the same, that if you’ve seen Jesus Christ, then you’ve seen the Father. Take time to look up all the appropriate verses in the New Testament.

Given all of this, why is it still necessary for some Christians to try to access Our Heavenly Father through other names? Do you even know the history behind those so-called names of God? Let’s first look at El.

El was a pagan god of the Canaanites. If you recall in the Old Testament, the Canaanites religious system called for them to sacrifice their own children to El. El and his pagan goddess wife Ashtaroth (which is also the name of a demon) had, among other sons, Baal. The word “Lord” comes from Baal if you follow the Hebrew language’s version history back to what’s called the Northwest Semitic language family, which comes from the Canaanite language. Beelzebub, then, is literally “Lord of the flies” and is mentioned in the Bible.

From Wikipedia: “Astaroth (also Ashtaroth, Astarot and Asteroth), in demonology, is a Crowned Prince of Hell. He is a male figure named after the Canaanite goddess Ashtoreth.” Notice the change in sex identity from female to male. Might explain the demon behind the current movement to normalize homosexual behavior and the confusion of sexual identity.

YHWH is a 4-letter pointer to God’s name. The reason the Hebrews decided to keep it this way is supposedly to avoid using His name in vain, and was too holy to mention. So they eventually substituted Adonai (also a form of the word Lord) and used this indirect name extensively. But does that even make sense when you think about it? How do we even know this is not also a pagan name? There are no laws in the Five Books of Laws in the Old Testament that justify substituting names for God’s name. If you look at the history of El, Lord, Adonai, and YHWH, you will find a convoluted, almost incomprehensible mess of histories and splintered, fragmented names that may or may not be God. You’d have to be an expert on all the versions of Hebrew in history to even come close to knowing the history of God’s names and titles. No wonder Jesus told the Jewish leaders at the time that they have put themselves in a position to have the key to knowledge, but deny it to others.

The New Testament was, thankfully, written in Greek and some in Aramaic. The Early Church maintained it and the early Catholic Church translated it into Latin and kept it going until the Reformation era decided to reintroduce the unnecessary name complexity and obfuscated it. Just look at the history of the Hebrew word El here. In Greek, which is much simpler than the various Hebrew language versions, Jesus Christ is Iesus Christos, which when brought into the English language, became Jesus Christ. This name is still valid and can be easily tested by casting out demons (they will flee as long as you resist sin and hold fast in your faith). No need to pray to El Shaddai or Adonai or El Yarusalyim or YHWH or Yahweh or Jehovah. Jesus Christ is sufficient for thee.

So why did El, which is a form of Baal worship, get introduced into the Hebrew Bible? And why the current movement to substitute Yeshua in place of Jesus Christ?

There are those who are working secretly against the Church to get us to accept the Messiah of Judaism over the true Savior, Jesus Christ. Some of these have come out of the Jews for Jesus camp, but they are from other groups too. Even though the New Testament was written in Greek, and the name Jesus Christ in English is derived from the Greek, some messianic Jews want us to believe that if we don’t pronounce His name as Yeshua, then we are not worshipping the true Messiah. This is a dangerous trend as it sets Christians up to believe in a lie. To help bolster their messianic claims, they have demonized the Pope, saying he is the Anti-Christ, and Yeshua of the Jews is the true Messiah. Beware, Saints! Satan will send you a decoy Anti-Christ to set you up to believe in a false messiah who they will push as the true savior of mankind.

As for El, it seems that those who worked on the Septuagint Hebrew Bible decided to use El because they were used to it from their Canaanite language ancestors. Here’s an interesting take on El:

Also note that the Hebrew name אל (El) transliterated into Greek forms Ηλ, which constitutes the first syllable of the word ηλιος, (helios), meaning sun and which originates in a very ancient proto Indo-European root.

This quote seems to imply a possible link to sun worship. Here’s another source:

“El” = GOD or god (‘el 410).  This term was the most common general designation of deity in the ancient Near East.  While it frequently occurred alone, ‘el’ was also combined with other words to constitute a compound term for deity, or to identify the nature and functions of the “god” in some manner.  Thus the expression “God, the God of Israel” (Genesis 33:20) identified the specific activities of Israel’s God.

In the ancient world, knowledge of a person’s name was believed to give one power over that person.  Knowledge of the character and attributes of pagan “gods” was thought to enable the worshipers to manipulate or influence the deities in a more effective way than they could have if the deity’s name remained unknown.

To that extent, the vagueness of the term ‘el’ frustrated persons who hoped to obtain some sort of power over the deity, since the name gave little or no indication of the god’s character.  This was particularly true for El, the chief Canaanite god.

Nonetheless, not sure why the ancient Hebrews decided to borrow God’s name from the Canaanites, seeing how  He detested their practices and baal worship, especially the burning of children as a sacrifice to Baal (Moloch), which the Bible calls “passing through the fire.”

Here’s a better idea: Why not just worship Jesus Christ? When we pray to Jesus Christ, we are praying to the Father. That’s simple enough. No weird family of name derivatives to figure out. No Canaanite gods to confuse with Our Heavenly Father. Just Jesus! Some will attack this work, but we welcome any challenge in a spirit of love and stand firm in the only name by which men can be saved, Jesus Christ!

Sources:

http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/inspirationalteaching/vonBuseck_Foundations_GodsName.aspx

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/Adonai/adonai.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astaroth

http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Elohim.html#.VZBkm–YaHs

http://www.behindthename.com/name/beelzebub

http://www.shamar.org/books/vines-dictionary-hebrew-words.pdf

http://www.adath-shalom.ca/hebrew_words_history.htm

http://www.bibleanswerstand.org/God.htm

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Moloch

Did Solomon Have the Help of Demons to Build the Temple?

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From SeedsMission.org

The short answer is no. Demons are destroyers, not builders. But there are some who think otherwise. Here’s a quote from the Jewish Encyclopedia:

 

The most important of Solomon’s acts was his building of the Temple, in which he was assisted by angels and demons. Indeed, the edifice was throughout miraculously constructed, the large, heavy stones rising to and settling in their respective places of themselves (Ex. R. lii. 3; Cant. R. l.c.). The general opinion of the Rabbis is that Solomon hewed the stones by means of the Shamir, a worm whose mere touch cleft rocks. According to Midrash Tehillim (in Yalḳ., I Kings, 182), the shamir was brought from paradise by the eagle; but most of the rabbis state that Solomon was informed of the worm’s haunts through the chief of the demons, who was captured by Benaiah, Solomon’s chief minister (see Asmodeus). The chief of the demons, Ashmedai or Asmodeus, told Solomon that theshamir had been entrusted by the prince of the sea to the mountain cock alone (the Hebrew equivalent in Lev. xi. 19 and Deut. xiv. 18 is rendered by A. V. “lapwing” and by R.V. “hoopoe”), and that the cock had sworn to guard it well. Solomon’s men searched for the nest of the bird and, having found it, covered it with glass. The bird returned, and, seeing the entrance to its nest closed by what it supposed to be a glass door, brought the shamir for the purpose of breaking the glass. Just then a shout was raised; and the bird, being frightened, dropped the shamir, which the men carried off to the king (Giṭ. 68b).

Solomon, in his prophetic capacity, realized that the Temple would be destroyed by the Babylonians, and therefore he caused an underground receptacle to be built in which the Ark was afterward hidden (Abravanel on I Kings vi. 19). For each of the ten candlesticks made by Solomon (I Kings vii. 49; II Chron. iv. 7) he used 1,000 talents of gold, which, being passed 1,000 times through the furnace, became reduced to one talent. There is a difference of opinion among the Rabbis as to whether Solomon’s candlesticks were lit or only the one made by Moses. A similar difference exists with regard to Solomon’s ten tables, five of which were on one side and five on the other side of the table made by Moses (Men. 29a, 99b). Solomon planted in the Temple different kinds of golden trees which bore fruit in their proper seasons. When the wind blew over them the fruit fell to the ground. Later, when the heathen entered the Temple to destroy it, these trees withered; but they will flourish again on the advent of the Messiah (Yoma 21b).

Even with regard to his noble act in building the Temple, however, Solomon did not escape the severe criticisms of the Tannaim. The construction of such a magnificent edifice, they said, filled Solomon with pride; consequently when he wished to introduce the Ark of the Covenant into the Sanctuary, the gates shrank to such an extent that it could not be brought in. Solomon then recited twenty-four hymns, but without avail. He then sang: “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; . . . and the King of glory shall come in” (Ps. xxiv. 7). The gates, thinking that Solomon applied to himself the term “King of glory,” were about to fall on his head, when they asked him, “Who is this King of glory?” Solomon answered: “The Lord strong and mighty,” etc. (ib. verse 8). He then prayed: “O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed, remember the mercies of David thy servant” (II Chron. vi. 42); and the Ark was admitted (Shab. 30a; Num. R. xiv. 10; comp. Ex. R. viii. 1 and Tan., Wa’era, 6, where this haggadah is differently stated in the spirit of the Amoraim).

via SOLOMON – JewishEncyclopedia.com.