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  1. A priest is most certainly a bridge between God and man. The word pontifex translated to English is "bridge builder" which is the reason the pope is called "pontifex maximus." The etymology of the English word priest is "one put over others" related to "prime" as in first. So a "priest" was over the people and below a god. The etymology of "kohan" is soothsayer/to divine. So, a kohan of Baal or whatever would speak to a claimed god, then tell the laity what the claimed god said, thus a bridge between the god and man. The Hebrew testament used the word "kohen" for the priests of the pagans such as the Philistines, see the quote.
  2. God cannot be a woman because a female would be called a "goddess." There are a bunch of other reasons too, but that seems to me the most obvious.
  3. The Levi priesthood was only for a short time. See below. The word "priest" means to make a bridge, as in bridge to god. That means it would be necessary to go through the priest.
  4. Two covenants, two priesthoods.Priesthood of Levi (Aaron) and Priesthood of Melchizedek. Melchizedek is the higher priesthood because Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. The "old" and "new" covenant designations are a false dichotomy.
  5. CATCHING A LIVING GHOST A ghost is something left over from the past that no longer exists. An example of ghosts are memories, artwork, writings, etc. This essay will concern itself primarily with ghosts from bad memories. A bad memory will disturb people long after the person that caused the event is long gone. This memory will haunt the person like a ghost would because it is a form a ghost. This type of ghost could be said to be living because living brain cells are storing it. The concept of catching ghosts is not new. There has long been folk methods of catching ghosts such as candles in bottles or the use of buried boxes. Modern day ghost hunters try to use electromagnetic containment, EMF meters, and thermographic cameras. The Ghostbusters movie was based on this. A more provable concept of a ghost is what has been left over after a person dies. An imprint on the Earth, so to speak. Dante wrote about artists that gain immortality thought their art, instead of having children to gain the same goal. I first started thinking about this when I saw the shadows left of people at the location of the Nagasaki nuclear blast. People sometimes video record their wills and have it played back at the lawyer's office for the descendants to listen to. A ghost like this has an effect in the living world. Some people even created interactive computer chatterbot programs that would respond to questions as the creator would, making it possible to talk to the dead and get a response. Long term memories are stored in various parts of the brain that fire in a pattern to recreate the past experience, For example, the memory of sight is stored in the visual cortex. In other words, unlike other types of ghosts that are imprints of a dead person's life, this type of ghost is alive. There is a reason for bad memories. It aids in survival to remember wrongs to a person. If a person does not remember a wrong, there would be no way to retaliate and the person would be extremely vulnerable to the point of not being able to retaliate. It would not be possible to convict a criminal without bad memories because the victim would not be able to testify. So bad memories have a useful purpose. If the evil person dies, the bad memory stays with the crime victim. So the ghost of the evil person lives on as a bad memory in the person's brain. There is no need for this type of evil ghost. The living trauma ghost is real and is alive. It is an evil ghost it lives in brain cells where it causes harm. It is working on behalf of the evil person who is in a grave or crypt. It is a haunting from the grave. The way to catch the ghost is to use techniques out there that are used to treat trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is not within the scope of this essay to include techniques to deal with traumatic memories. The intention is to demonstrate that a living ghost representing a dead body can be caught.
  6. The intent of the Statue of Liberty was to celebrate the end of slavery. Not democracy and surely not immigration. It is a myth that the Lazarus poem is on the Statue of Liberty, it is actually located in a Museum below it. Libertas was the patron goddess of freed slaves and was used as a symbol by the abolitionists. Below is a picture of the neo-pagans. Notice they dress similar to the Statue of Liberty, and they even hold a torch. I do not know why atheists are required to pay in their taxes to a statue of a goddess that people worship. Shouldn't they pay for it? How about a statue of Frederick Douglas instead?
  7. Does that mean the Statue of Liberty is violating the constitution twice? The group of people that worship the Goddess Libertas (Liberty) are called "Cultus Deorum Romanorum" and "Nova Roma." The people of this religion perform their wedding rites and other rites just like the Cult of Rome did. The big question is, why is the Federal Government paying for the maintenance of a statue of a religious figure? Is there a way to post pictures on this web forum? I would like to post some pictures of neo-pagans doing their rites so people can know more about what I am talking about.
  8. I am asking, what if there are two gods with the same name and attributes, can they be two gods or are they the same god? What if one god impersonates another? What if another group of people create a false god that is a mirror image of a real one? Who are they worshiping then?
  9. Since the Statue of Liberty is a statue of a the goddess Libertas, does that violate the religion establishment clause of the First Amendment to the constitution? Here is a link to people that still worship and perform the rites of the Greco-Roman gods . Is permitting the Greco-Roman goddess statue on Federal property not fair to other religions? How come the Greco-Roman get a statue to worship on Federal property and not Hindus? Why do atheist have to pay for a statue of a religion on government property? Especially since there are people that can use it for their religious rites?
  10. Can a god be different from another if the name, attributes, etc. are the same, so people think it is the same god? I put this in the interfaith forum because it involves people worshiping a god of a different religion. A person would think he is worshiping one god, but is really worshiping another. If someone cannot tell the difference, would it really be the same god? Except if it is not?