In the Bibles Old Test (amen)t, Amen is hidden through out. The word literally means ” The Hidden One” 1 Kings verse 36 – Amen is described as “The Lord God of my God” Many are led to believe that it means “So be it” or “Truly”.
Q: “Is Amen’ the name of a pagan idol? Should we
refrain from using this word in our prayers and in
Let us consider this word on the following levels:
– Its pagan
– Its use and meaning in Hebrew
– Its use in Christianity
– Should we use it or not?
‘ Amen’ was one of
the main deities in Egyptian mythology, the worship of which spread to Greece,
Syria and surroundings.
According to ‘The
Concise Columbia Encyclopedia’, Columbia University Press. Copyright © 1991 by
Columbia University Press:
Amon (â´men, ä´-)
or Ammon (à´men) or Amen (ä´mèn), ancient Egyptian deity. Originally the chief
god of Thebes, Amon grew increasingly important in Egypt, and eventually, as
Amon Ra, he was identified with RA as the supreme deity. He was also identified
with the Greek ZEUS (the Roman JUPITER). (Ed.: Jupiter
or ‘Zues-Pater’ – ‘Zeus our father’).
The Official Internet Site of The Egyptian
Ministry of Tourism
has the following Web Pages with information about
Amen, the primeval idol:
and Amen-Ra, King of the Gods, and the Triad of Thebes
Amen of Thebes
Forms of Amen-Ra
Here are some excerpts from these informative
“Amen was the personification of the hidden and unknown creative
power which was associated with the primeval abyss, gods in the creation of the
world, and all that is in it. The word or root amen, certainly means “what is
hidden,” “what is not seen,” “what cannot be seen,” and the like, and this fact
is proved by scores of examples which may be collected from texts of all
periods. In hymns to Amen we often read that he is “hidden to his children,
“and “hidden to gods and men” … Now, not only is the god himself said to be
“hidden,” but his name also is “hidden,” and his form, or similitude, is said to
be “unknown;” these statements show that “hidden,” when applied to Amen, the
great god, has reference to something more than the “sun which has disappeared
below the horizon,” and that it indicates the god who cannot be seen with the
mortal eyes, and who is invisible, as well as inscrutable, to gods as well as
Amen, his wife, Mut,
and their son, Khonsu, represented the Theban Triad, the sacred family of
Thebes. Amen was the “King of the gods” during the period of the New Kingdom in
Egypt 1550-1070 B.C.E. when Thebes was the capitol of Egypt. (refer http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/EGYPT/NEW.HTM
It is during this
period that the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, building the fortifications and
lavish statues and temples of Egypt. During their 400 years of slavery, they
lost their patriarchal Yahwistic religion as they fell into Egyptian paganism.
Their epic exodus required a 40 year ‘cleansing’ period in the Wilderness,
before they could enter the ‘Promised Land of Israel’.
If during this exodus
they could build a golden calf idol, would it be far-fetched to surmise that
they also carried the blemishes of Amen-worship with them into the future – a
seed which may not have been uprooted to this day?
Which brings us to our
2nd point of consideration: The word ‘amen’ is popularly used in Hebrew liturgy
and Jewish worship.
root-letters a-m-n hold the following connotations in modern Hebrew:
educate, train, true, trustworthy, confirm, confidence, faithfulness,
Thirdly, its use in
modern day Judaism and Christianity:
The meaning for the
word ‘amen’ is given as “so be it”, “trustworthy”
Knowing the pagan idol
worship connotations of this word, it does raise concern when one hears those
phrases which are so popularly used in Christian prayer:
“We ask this in Thy
“We praise Thy Name, Amen.”
“We ask this in the Name which
is above every Name, Amen”.
“Praise the Lord” – with the communal response:
These above applications surely can pass for directly addressing
someone named ‘Amen’! It should surely be conspicuous to the alert worshipper
of the One True God of Israel!
Similar usage is also
common in Jewish worship liturgy.
Should we use it in
prayer and worship?
The position assumed
in all the Restorative Truths proclaimed by BIBLE REVELATIONS, is to avoid
extremism. This position is also maintained in our study on the use of ‘God or Elohim’ and the use
of the various forms of The Sacred Name.
Like with all other
considerations in the process of the Restoration of the Original True Hebraic
Faith though, the question remains: “What does the Almighty expect from us?”
Our intentions may be pure, but why persist in clinging to habits and traditions
which have spurious origins or connotations? Do we really need this word to
express our convictions and praises?
It also is curious,
that this almost mystical word, anciently referred to the “hidden god” – and it
would surely not be far-fetched to surmise that perhaps Satan has managed to
hide himself as the object of worship, to unsuspecting believer to this day?
Could this realization
and avoidance of such spurious terms lead us further from the Truth or closer to
Is this not after all
the purpose of true and pure worship, that we become aware of the traits and
methods of the Deceiver and refine and purify our worship as far as is humanly
possible? What are we defending by hedging against doubtful practices? There
are, after all, ‘pure’ words like “HalleluYAH”, or where necessary, the Sacred
Name itself, which can replace this questionable praise word ‘Amen’,
Ex. 23:13:“…and make no mention of the name of other gods,
neither let it be heard out of your mouth.”
2:17,19 “I (YHVH) will take the
names of the Baals (lords) off her (His Bride’s) lips”.
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