- Dec 2015
I am impressed by your knowledge about Egyptians, and is there a reasonable, reliable source for such information?The Egyptians always understood that they could never know what any of the gods really looked like or what their real names are, therefore they gave names to the gods so they knew who they were talking about, and give them magical power over the god, and form so that the attributes of a god could be seen and for the image to provide a focus for religious practice. So we can see that their gods began as invisible and unknowable beings, rather like the Hebrew god, and needed to be made visible and knowable. They did not start by looking at, for example, a lion and thinking that's a powerful and impressive looking animal so we'll worship it as a god, but by using the image of a lion to express the power of Ra via the "eye goddesses".
It could be seen like this. Christianity moved from prosaic polytheistic origins to being esoteric, but still needing imagery, and even a crucifix is imagery, to provide focus, and images of Jesus are those of an anthropomorphic god no less than Egyptian gods. The Egyptians started by having gods so esoteric they didn't even have a name let alone any imagery, and moved to a more prosaic position, but, never letting go of the fact that their gods could never be really seen or known. Here there is an element of "us and them" as regards priesthoods and the people, for the people need names and images while the priests dealt in numinous and formless clouds of "energy", and we get a glimpse of this in the Memphite creation myth.
My impression is that Christianity actively distorts historical understanding, why and how?