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Out of the middle of this figure is proceeding the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove. But if the supreme divinity in almost all ancient heathen nations was triune, the futility of this objection must be manifest. There has been a great deal of babiloniias speculation in regard to the meaning of this name, but when the different statements in regard to Brahm are carefully considered, it becomes evident that the name Brahm is just the Hebrew Rahm, with the digamma prefixed, which is very frequent in Sanscrit words derived from Hebrew or Chaldee.
But there is reason to believe that “Deva” has a much more honourable origin, and that it really came originally from the Chaldee, Thav”good,” which is also legitimately pronounced Thevand in the emphatic form is Theva or Thevo”The Good.
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To this the answer is, Far otherwise. Now, as the language of Jeremiah, already quoted, would indicate that Babylon was the primal source from which all these systems of idolatry flowed, so the deductions of the most learned historians, on mere historical grounds have led to the same conclusion.
The Papacy has in some of its churches, as, for instance, in the monastery of the so-called Trinitarians of Madrid, an image of the Triune God, with three heads on one body. In the unity of that one Only God of the Babylonians, there were three persons, and to symbolise that doctrine of the Trinity, they employed, as the discoveries of Layard prove, the equilateral triangle, just as it is well known the Romish Church does at this day. Hence, from Dheva or Theva”The Good,” naturally comes the Sanscrit, Devaor, without the digamma, as it frequently is, Deo”God,” the Latin, Deusand the Greek, Theosthe digamma in the original Thevo-s being also hisslop, as novus in Latin is neos in Greek.
In the bavilonias of Menu,” he is characterised as “He whom the mind alone can perceive; whose essence eludes the external organs, who has no visible parts, who exists from eternity Table of Contents The Two Babylons: Zero, in this sense, had evidently come from the Chaldee, zer”to encompass,” from which, also, no doubt, was derived the Babylonian name for a great nabilonias of time, called a ” alexande.
When we look at the symbols in the triune figure of Layard, already referred to, and minutely examine them, they are very instructive. All who have paid the least attention to the literature of Greece, Egypt, Phoenicia, or Rome are aware of the place which the “Mysteries” occupied in these countries, and that, whatever circumstantial babilonis there might be, in all essential respects these “Mysteries” in the different countries were the same. Kennedy objects to the application of the name “Eko Deva” to apexander triform image in the cave-temple at Elephanta, on the ground that that name belongs only to the supreme Brahm.
Most other nations did the same. Layard regards the circle in that figure as signifying “Time without bounds. Here, then, we find that Brahm is just the same as “Er-Rahman,” “The all-merciful one,”–a title applied by the Turks to the Most High, and that the Hindoos, notwithstanding their deep religious degradation nowhad once known that “the most holy, most high God,” is also “The God of Mercy,” in other words, that he is “a just God and a Saviour.
Macrobius shows that the distinguishing feature of the Phoenician idolatry must have been imported from Assyria, which, in classic writers, included Babylonia. We beg to speak of it with due reverence.
While this had been the original way in which Pagan idolatry had represented the Triune God, and though this kind of representation babbilonias survived to Sennacherib’s time, yet there is evidence that, at a very early doss, an important change alexandwr taken place in the Babylonian notions in regard to the divinity; and that the three persons had come to be, the Eternal Father, the Spirit of God incarnate in a human mother, and a Divine Son, the fruit of that incarnation.
Layard, in his last work, has given a specimen of such a triune divinity, worshipped in ancient Assyria. The ancient Babylonians, just as bzbilonias modern Romans, recognised in words the unity of the Godhead; and, while worshipping innumerable minor deities, as possessed of certain influence on human affairs, they distinctly acknowledged that there was ONE infinite and almighty Creator, supreme over all.
We think it must be painful to any Christian mind, and repugnant to Christian feeling, to look at this figure. The identity of Nimrod with the constellation Orion is not to be rejected. All these separate facts–all these scattered testimonies, recur hislo that fruitful principle which places in the East the centre of science and civilisation. In prosecuting such an inquiry there are considerable difficulties to be overcome; for, as in geology, it is impossible at all points to reach the deep, underlying strata of the earth’s surface, so it is not to be expected that in any one country we should find a complete and bablonias account of the system established in that country.
We have only to bring the ancient Babylonian Mysteries to bear on the whole system of Rome, and hjslop it will be seen how immensely the one has borrowed from the other.
From Zonaras we find that the concurrent testimony of the ancient authors he had consulted was to this effect; for, speaking of arithmetic and astronomy, he says: Therefore, according to the genius of the mystic system of Chaldea, which was to a large extent founded on double meanings, that which, to the eyes of men in general, was only zero, “a circle,” was understood by the initiated to signify zero, “the seed.
Both Bunsen and Layard in their researches have come to substantially the same result. babionias
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The Egyptians also used the triangle as a symbol of their “triform divinity. Though modern Hinduism recognises millions of gods, yet the Indian sacred books show that originally it had been far otherwise. Back Table of Contents Forward moza butterfly. In both do such a comparison is most degrading to the King Eternal, and is fitted utterly to pervert the minds of those who contemplate it, as if there was or could be any similitude between such a figure and Him who hath said, “To whom will ye liken God, and what likeness will ye compare unto Him?
The statement of Bunsen is to the effect that the religious system of Egypt was derived from Asia, and “the primitive empire in Babel. So utterly idolatrous was the Babylonian recognition of the Divine unity, that Jehovah, the Living God, severely condemned His own people for giving any countenance to it: Now we find statements in their sacred books which prove that once a alexandfr different doctrine must have been taught.