Your post is interesting as there are so many different ways we can interpret words and names. When these are ancient like Elohim it is important to recognise that these different interpretations are often complimentary and equally valid. I am particularly interested in the fact that Elohim is plural, essentially ‘Gods’ rather than just ‘God.’ Scholars tell us that many Gods were recognised in the beginning of the biblical period. The Hebrews only really became monotheistic some centuries later, though there is naturally debate over dates and interpretations and everything else in any religious statement !
The Book of Job begins with ‘the sons of God’ and, in St John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, ‘Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said, Ye are gods, and all of you are the children of the Most High.’ So we shouldn’t be too single-minded about monotheism !
The Hindu religion is a good example of recognising many gods in an essentially monotheistic theology which dates back to the first Upanishads about 800 BC. Brahma, with the Universal Spirit of Brahman, is the basis of the Hindu monotheism while the pantheon of Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Rama and so many more, present the many faces of God. This is not unlike the theology of the Christian Trinity with the Three in One doctrine of the Godhead, though Christians don’t really seem to understand this difficult concept very clearly any more.
I believe the Tree of Life presents just such a picture with the overwhelming unity of the Universal Spirit of the Sun at the centre, including the lesser divine spirits of the other planets and this seems to be the astrological model for the theology both of the Hindu pantheon and the Christian Trinity, as Heaven on Earth explains.
I’m afraid the middle of your message has succumbed to those rogue emoticons etc so I’m not quite clear what you’re saying there. This problem seems to come from pasting text in from another programme, eg Word. Using Preview will enable you to identify such problems and retype those bits. I’ve deleted the first identical message as it isn’t any clearer and meant we had two new Topics on the one subject.