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All idols are idolatry, but not all idolatry is an idol How Was Avᵊrâm's ël•oh•im Different From ël•oh•im Of Other Cultures

Your afterlife depends upon you knowing how your God is different in kind from the Gods of other cultures of the ancient world, Biblically defined as idolatry, as they all have become better understood and refined over the ages. What is the key difference in how they were originally conceived, developed, similarities and parallels between cultural gods discovered, with each thereafter evolving and being syncretized among advancing cultures—all children of the same Creator. In other words, how is ‑‑ of Yi•sᵊr•â•eil and Tor•âh universally different from the idolatry of all others?

Unlike the Creator-Singularity, ‑‑ is Alone in having been recognized through logical reasoning (scientific-method of the day), by Avᵊrâm. Everything Avᵊrâm understood in the universe had some cause. Included within that universe, necessarily the result of the same Singularity Prime Cause, were what others viewed as "the ël•oh•im"; i.e., idolatry. In short, Avᵊrâm reasoned that there had to be a Singularity Prime Cause for everything. He gave that Singularity Prime Cause a descriptive Name, ‑‑, meaning (roughly) "Self-existing Singularity" that is corroborated in our Shᵊm•a. See how this contrasts with all other human conceptions of ël•oh•im.

All of the gods and goddesses of all other cultures were assumed simplistically (and arrogantly – humans presuming to define the Creator of the universe when they can't even begin to grasp His creation):

Whatever you cannot understand and control is a supernatural miracle by some ël•oh•im that controls you. Therefore, you must worship and placate it in order to channel its power to your own ends.

Volcanoes were ascribed to a mountain god, lightning to a lightning god, wind to a sky god, love & fertility to a goddess of love & fertility, power of an army to its war god, etc. Between cultures, it reduced to a game of "My god is stronger than your god!" When cultures were friendly and trading, religious discussions led to the discovery of different names in different cultures for the same goddess of love & fertility, the god of war, thunder, mountains, waters, rains, lightning, etc.

Thus, cultures began to recognize that each particular god, with minor differences of cultural perspective (and local topographical differences), was the same except for the name. As a result, cultures began equating each other's sky god, mountain god, god of war, goddess of love & fertility, etc. As a result, there turned out to be no significant difference among the respective god of any particular force or power of nature. Water was pretty much the same among all cultures. So, too, the god of water was correspondingly similar. There was no significant difference between the Arabic god Allah and early Semitic god Eloh (since stricken from the Hebrew language, displaced by Eil), nor between the Arabic goddess Al•laht and the early Semitic goddess El•oh•âh (since stricken from the Hebrew language). Whether these were the lunar, solar or war gods of Arabs and pre-Yi•sᵊr•â•eil Semites matters not at all. They are all just "the gods ," which are spurned by Yi•sᵊr•â•eil in accordance with the Shᵊm•a. We know both that there were idolatrous Semites before Yi•sᵊr•â•eil (and, the Bible documents, that Yi•sᵊr•â•eil periodically dabbled in idolatry) as well as the expulsion of the patriarchs of the Arabs, Yi•shᵊm•â•eil and Ë•dōm, from the family covenant down to the time when Muhammad condemned idolatry—but retained Al•lah and renovated the Temple of Al•laht into today's Kaaba. Al•lah equates to pre-Yi•sᵊr•â•eil Eloh, but it's all idolatry, not the same as (lᵊ‑ha•vᵊdil) ‑‑!

All were internal to the universe, arrogating creation to phone displacement gods —idolatry!

Avᵊrâm reasoned a Singularity Prime Cause external to the universe. All other human conceptions of "the gods and goddesses," in all other cultures, conceived only powers and forces internal to the universe. Only Avᵊrâm's reasoning extended beyond our universe to contemplate its Singularity Creator. Every other god, of every culture and every age, is based on powers and forces created by the Singularity Prime-Cause Creator. Thus, to ascribe His laws of physics and the operation of His universe to any other source (which includes all gods) is arrogating His work to a fake god displacing ‑‑; and that is the core definition of idolatry!

Thus, power became equated to evidence of being pleasing to ël•oh•im; basis for claims of "divine right to the throne.") Thereafter, outside of Yi•sᵊr•â•eil, in their hunger for power, the goy•im sought to become spox (priests, clerics) of ël•oh•im, to prevail on and manipulate ël•oh•im to do their bidding, and to become the ël•oh•im.

Over time, all of the ël•oh•im throughout all cultures—outside of Yi•sᵊr•â•eil—evolved, mutated, morphed and were conflated and syncretized by other goy•im with their ël•oh•im. Thus, most of the ël•oh•im developed parallels equating to the ël•oh•im of other, especially neighboring, cultures.

As a result of these evolutions, mutations and syncretisms, the argument some try to make, denying idolatry based on some minor difference between them, collapses. Differences between your ël•oh•im and his Al•lah, or his Ash•tōrët or Aphrodite and your Al•laht is no more significant than the differences within these same idols over a couple of centuries of their own respective evolution and refinements.

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