Is The Word Amen A Reference To The Egyptian Sun God Amen Ra?
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Question: During some research I came across many sources stating that the word amen is used in reference to the Egyptian sun god amen ra. It is further thought that the word amen was purposefully put into the bible to “trick” Christians into worshiping amen ra at the end of every prayer. I understand in hebrew it is simply an affirmation, so it is. Should this be a valid concern?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Thank you for the question. Christians can be tricked into a lot of things like anyone else, but this is not a valid concern and I will explain in a moment. The only “trick” Christians should be concerned about is Satan who will claim to be Jesus Christ, Satan is the false Messiah. Aside from that, from my understanding, the Egyptian god you are referring to is “Amun-Ra,” not “Amen-Ra”.
Additionally, this was the combination of two separate god’s, “Amun” and “Ra”.
There are a lot of websites and people in the world that sure seem to put a lot of effort into making up nonsense and confusing people rather than teaching God’s Word like He asked us too. It almost makes you wonder what their true intentions are…
Crystal, it sounds like you are aware of what the word “Amen” means, but we are going to cover it for everyone. “Amen” first appears in Numbers 5:22 and it is Strong’s word 543 meaning,
From H539; sure; abstractly faithfulness; adverbially truly: – Amen, so be it, truth.
“So be it” or “truth”, as in of a truth with reference to the statement at hand. The base word is 539 as you can see and also has a similar meaning.
The final usage of the word “Amen” is the final word in the entire Bible which occurs in Revelation 22:21. How fitting to sum of the Bible with this word meaning the scriptures are of a “truth”, “so be it”!
Revelation 22:21 – “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
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