The Use of "Elohim" and Its Consequences
The word "Elohim" -- to the detriment of the understanding of most "Christians"
in this world -- has been used incorrectly in Genesis 1:26-27. The confusion
that is rampant at this time would not have occurred if the name of YEHOVAH
had not been replaced by the PAGAN title "Elohim."
The word "Elohim" replaced the name of "YEHOVAH" in the scriptures, incorporating
the pagan tendency to employ PLURAL forms of Canaanite gods -- which the early
Hebrews unfortunately adopted. Soon afterward the people began to think that
Lord God or Lord GODS (plural -- as in more than one god: a "TRINITY" or a "DUALITY,"
depending upon the group) created the heavens and the earth. Most translators
follow the same error when they reproduce the scriptures, even though they know
full well that it is grammatically incorrect to do so.
The spiritual harm that has been done to millions is immense. Unfortunately,
those false ministers who want to promote the FALSE concept of a "pre-existent
Messiah" pounce upon these verses in an effort to "prove" that Yeshua was the
god of the Old Testament. Being themselves unlearned and ignorant of YEHOVAH's
plan and the basics of the Hebrew language, these pastors of perversity deceive
many into believing a FALSE SAVIOR.
The plain fact is that the Creator was never known as "Elohim" in any of the
ORIGINAL writings! The earliest manuscripts we have use the name of YEHOVAH
exclusively within their writings. The word "Elohim" was accepted into the Hebrew
language many years AFTER these early manuscripts. -- John D. Keyser