Lower than the Angels.
The Tanach – Psalm 8 – King James Version with Apocrypha.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: [Psalm 8:3-6 K.J.V.A.]
The Good news Bible
When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places—
what are human beings, that you think of them; mere mortals, that you care for them?
Yet you made them inferior only to yourself; you crowned them with glory and honour.
You appointed them rulers over everything you made; you placed them over all creation: [Psalm 8:3-6 G.N.B.]
Hebrew Scripture care of the SWORD Program – now extinct
The Holy Koran in K.J.V.A. type English
Sura 2 The Cow
And when your Lord said to the angels, I am going to place in the earth a khalif, they said: What! wilt Thou place in it such as shall make mischief in it and shed blood, and we celebrate Thy praise and extol Thy holiness? He said: Surely I know what you do not know.
And He taught Adam all the names, then presented them to the angels; then He said: Tell me the names of those if you are right.
He said: O Adam! Inform them of their names. Then when he had informed them of their names, He said: Did I not say to you that I surely know what is ghaib in the heavens and the earth and (that) I know what you manifest and what you hide?
And when We said to the angels: Make obeisance to Adam they did obeisance, but Iblis (did it not). He refused and he was proud, and he was one of the unbelievers. [Koran Sura 2: The Cow 30 – 34]
An Authorized English Version, Translated from the original by
Dr. Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D. in Modern English
Sura – 2 The Heifer ( Al-Baqarah)
Recall that your Lord said to the angels, “I am placing a representative (a temporary god) on Earth.” They said, “Will You place therein one who will spread evil therein and shed blood, while we sing Your praises, glorify You, and uphold Your absolute authority?” He said, “I know what you do not know.”
He taught Adam all the names then presented them to the angels, saying, “Give me the names of these, if you are right.” They said, “Be You glorified, we have no knowledge, except that which You have taught us. You are the Omniscient, Most Wise.”
He said, “O Adam, tell them their names.” When he told them their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of the heavens and the earth? I know what you declare, and what you conceal.”
When we said to the angels, “Fall prostrate before Adam,” they fell prostrate, except Satan; he refused, was too arrogant, and a disbeliever. [Koran Sura 2: The Heifer (Al-Baqarah) 30 – 34]
- 2. Word of god/s or Law of Man?
Most religions have a Holy Book or several which are said to be revelations from the god/s, and from which they draw a code of behaviour; of what is right or wrong.
These Holy Books are said, by some to be gifts of the god/s, spoken to Mohammed, or inspired by the Holy Spirit and given to Moses, krishna to record.
Yet today we realize more and more that it is the leaders of the People of Faith who write the Books and so enshrine power for themselves from the mouths of the god/s with which to control the little ones of the god/s.
As I was strolling through the Koran as part of my meditation I came across the passage, in Sura 2 : the Cow or Heifer, which refers to the angels being asked to, “Fall prostrate before Adam,” (and) they fell prostrate, except Satan; he refused, was too arrogant, and a disbeliever. [Koran Sura 2: The Heifer (Al-Baqarah) 34]
This passage led me to recall the words of Psalm 8 which, in the King James Version, refers to man being made a little lower than the angels and crowned with glory and honour. The Good news version of the bible says this: “Yet you made them inferior only to yourself; you crowned them with glory and honour.”
So the GNB concurs with the Koran in that the angels are asked to bow before Adam and therefore humanity is referred to as being inferior to God alone.
Going back to the early chapters of Genesis, evoked by the verses in the Koran we may deduce the following:
This first chapter of Genesis, in which the creation is described, is believed to be the work of priests in the 5th century BC. Priests, during the Babylonian exile who give us the impression of looking around them – to see what is in the world that God needed to create – and then devising the programme we read in genesis chapter one. They are Jews in exile and intend to give the lay people a reason to live and a reminder of who their god is and what he has done & so they write a story in which god creates the earth in six days so that he might rest on the Sabbath; Thus encouraging the Jews in exile to keep their law in an alien land.
The second chapter introduces another aspect of creation, the biography of the first humans. The Hebrew Scriptures situate Adam and Eve in a beautiful earthly garden called Eden. The Koran, just a few verses beyond where we have read suggests that this Garden was in another dimension from earth, a place without knowledge of shame or death or pain until…” the devil duped them, and caused their eviction there from. We said, “Go down as enemies of one another. On Earth shall be your habitation and provision for awhile.” Sura 2:36 For the Islamo-centric world view read Appendix 7 of the Authorized English translation of the Quran by Dr. Rashad Khalifa “Why were we created”
But what is this really all about? We know that the Universes were not made in 6 days and that man ascended from the oceans rather that descending from the skies!
The Point is that Religion is a Society of fear that would control what we believe in spite of what is really real!
If we look further into various world views by reading the Books of other Faiths then we will understand that what Faith leaders in various regional parts of the world want their people to believe about this world and its relationship to the next varies. What they all have in common is various forms of this proposition:
Based on the Assumption that there is a god of darkness, an anti-god who led humanity astray in the first place then unless we keep the laws of the books we shall not escape the anger of the god/s!
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