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Ehyeh! (Eh-heh-yéh) It’s a strange sounding word, yet capable of changing the world. Ehyeh! Its true meaning was corrupted by a mistranslation more than a millennium ago, and, to this day, remains a well-kept secret. Only recently did I discover the magnitude of its power. My primary goal for publishing this book is to reveal its full significance to the world, at last, and, by doing so, accomplish the following:

      1) Settle the contentious debate over evolution, and finally achieve a peaceful accord between science and religion;
      2) Restore the importance of God’s role in the lives of millions;
      3) Set the younger generation of Christians and Jews on an exciting path toward spirituality and harmony; and
      4) Present reasonable evidence of God’s existence.

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Ehyeh! Throughout these pages, you will learn the remarkable history of this word, its vast implications for the universe, and its ultimate impact on our understanding and perception of God, the Bible, and all mankind.

Ehyeh! You will also learn about the oral Bible as an instrument for updating, where necessary, the written version, yet without diminishing belief in its message. You will discover how, by overlooking this essential tool, Christianity and its principles have remained stuck in the Bronze Age. For religion to be effective and ultimately remain relevant, it must evolve at the same pace as the humanity it serves.

Ehyeh! A personal God who hears and answers our prayers is a difficult concept for many to accept. Certainly, deists do not believe in His existence, nor can many scientists envision Him answering millions of prayers simultaneously. And yet, I have uncovered proof that He can. Within these pages, you will read about Him as a social medium. And that, in fact, God is alive and Googling.

Ehyeh! Additional essays deal with other controversial issues on the topic of the Bible and our general belief systems pertaining to religion and science. It is my conviction that by opening your mind to these new ways of looking at old ideas, you will come away refreshed and renewed in your view of the world and of your particular role in its evolution.

Ehyeh! Why do I repeat this extraordinary word seven times? Any fewer, and you may not have gotten the message.

– Michael Bash – Los Angeles, August 2012

CHAPTER ONE Finding Common Ground

How does science and religion complement each other, you ask? Well, that is a very good question.

But before I can answer that—better yet, before you are ready to accept my answer—we should set some ground rules.

If you are a religious fundamentalist, and you truly believe that the Bible is the very Word of God and therefore infallible, you need to open your mind. Any person of intelligence has to admit there are inconsistencies in the Bible. Be assured, by this admission, you are not weakening your faith, nor are you diminishing religion or God.

Remember, if you have faith in God, then you must have faith that He knew what He was doing when He developed the Bible. So, if there are inconsistencies, and you deny their existence, are you not also denying God’s purpose by His declarations? By considering yourself an atheist based on lack of proof of a creator God, you can still be sufficiently open-minded to any new potential evidence to come your way.

To this end, I ask believer and non-believer alike to read Exodus 3:14. Many interpretations vary in their interpretation of this transcendental passage.

The New International Version (©1984), New Living Translation (©2007), English Standard Version (©2001), New American Standard Bible (©1995), GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995), and World English Bible all publish the following translation:

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”

The King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.), King James 2000 Bible (©2003), American King James Version, American Standard Version, Darby Bible Translation, English Revised Version, and Webster’s Bible Translation use this translation:

And God said unto Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.”

Douay-Rheims Bible gives the following as the translation:

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO AM.”

And the Young’s Literal Translation provides the following:

And God saith unto Moses, “I AM THAT WHICH I AM.”

The problem is, in the original Hebrew, the term used here—Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh—has a vastly different connotation than its commonly accepted translation, I am. The Hebrew word for “I am” is heenenee. By contrast, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, literally translated, means, “I will be what I will be” or “I shall be what I shall be.”

The worst thing about this mistranslation is that the word Ehyeh is used 43 times in the Old Testament and only here, in this one passage, is it translated wrong. In all other passages it is defined as, “I will be (or I shall be).” To add fuel to this argument, just two passages earlier, in Exodus 3:12, the word is used properly when God says, I will be with you. So, there are two separate passages, in close proximity, both using the same word, but with extremely different significance. And yet this corrupted and clearly inconsistent version of the Bible has survived multiple generations of modernized updates all across the globe.

However, in several translations of the Bible (such as the NIV, IBS, and New Living Translation Bibles), a small footnote has emerged, acknowledging that Ehyeh may also be translated as: I will (shall) be that which I will (shall) be.

You might be wondering why the fact of this misinterpretation may be important to our two warring factions, but if you consider the ramifications of this passage’s intent, the battle is over.

For the creationist fundamentalist: You say the Bible is the Word of God, and therefore infallible. Well, I submit to you that God, in His original words (not the varied translations made thousands of years afterward) more accurately transmitted the message: I am evolving.

This one Bible mistranslation of the many represents nothing less than a game-changer for the atheist perspective, which asks, if God is perfect, why does He continue to change throughout the Bible? It also puts to rest the controversy over the age of the earth and the creation of Man. If God is evolving and Man is made in His image, it follows then that Man, too, evolves.

Now, consider what God said to Moses in the following verse: Say to the Israelites, “The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.” This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.

Take a moment to consider the impact of this passage on your belief system. First, God appeared to be saying that He was evolving. Then, in essence, He commanded: This is what you will call me forever, what your children will call me, what your grandchildren will call me, etc., etc. for all of eternity. Basically, this would be like me introducing myself as Michael, and from then on, you choosing to call me Bob.

For the atheist fundamentalist: You say there is no God because no one can show you irrefutable proof. Remember, these passages were written at the end of the Bronze Age, when people still had no idea how the sun rose and set each day. Also, remember that people of that day—for that matter, even people of today—had difficulty accepting an imperfect God, which likely accounts for the mistranslation.

Can you not accept the possibility that if someone wrote about evolution during the Bronze Age, perhaps they knew something of the concept of human creation that was as yet unfathomable to the rest of the population?

A more contemporary example of this would be a child asking his parents where he came from. In order to frame an answer to accommodate their child’s innocence, parents would generally explain the process on its most basic level.

The same rule as easily holds true for the Bible. When the people asked God how they came to be, He wove His explanation into a simple allegory: God made man from the dust of the ground. (Genesis 2:7). Is that not the simplest description of evolution you have ever read? Whereas you have been educated to accept that mankind evolved over millions, if not billions, of years, Bronze Age man, who did not even understand how the moon suspends in space, would certainly have had no way to conceptualize the passage of so much time.

But a question remains. Why would some intelligent entity have offered such a simple explanation unless He also knew that the facts were too complex for the people to understand?

So try to open your mind to the possibility that there was a greater intelligence at work 3,300 years ago than can be accounted for within the general population. Not only did someone from that period write about an evolving God, he also tried—and failed—to pass along God’s true name from generation to generation.

Imagine! Someone proposed a scientific concept at a time when science was generally viewed as little more than sorcery, and additionally asked the reader to pass it along forever, knowing that mankind’s knowledge and comprehension would not catch up with the facts for several millennia. While you may not fully accept the line of reasoning I have proposed in this chapter, surely, as a pragmatic thinker, neither can you readily dismiss the argument. Read More

 

Burning-BushUntil Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859, there had been little serious discourse on the subject of evolution. The theory that species evolve over the course of generations, and that only the strongest survive the process, ran counter to the tenets of the allpowerful Church of England. From its inception, Christianity taught that species existed as an unchanging part of a God-designed hierarchy and that humans were unique and separate from animals. In the 150 years that followed the publication of Darwin’s discoveries, advancements in Bible study led to a number of new translations, including the aforementioned finding in Exodus 3:14. As an educated observer I am merely pointing out a fresh perspective that may justify taking a new look at God through the fine lens of modern science. I culled my evidence from only a few of the more widely circulated translations, keeping in mind that the original Bible was written by and for ancient people with an understandably narrow frame of reference.

One of the greatest and most far-reaching blunders in Biblical history is the mistranslation of God’s Name. Uncover the explosive secret Of God’s name, and why it has been a closely guarded secret for more than 3,000 years!

The book sent shock waves throughout the Christian and Jewish religious networks and, indeed, the worldwide scientific community. Read it not once, but twice or three times to fully absorb the astonishing and vast implications of its historic messages.

”Evolution by God”, reveals what has been in plain sight for thousands of years, but persistently ignored by religious scholars.

Hebrew BibleA sampling of the book’s topics:

1. How the literal truth is used to suppress the real truth.

2. Why there is no inherent conflict between science and religion.

3. How a contemporary group successfully applies science to the practice of religion.

4. Why, despite the claims of Christopher Hitchens, religion does not “poison everything.”

5. Why Stephen Hawking, in his best-selling book, The Grand Design, does not disprove the existence of God.

6. Why it is self-defeating to define God as a designer; we now have a better choice.

7. How God can answer millions of prayers simultaneously.

8. How science and religion can create a better world together.

 

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