Amen is the Name of a False Pagan God
So we try to make it clear what we mean when we say, ‘Amen.’
As in many such spiritual conundrums, using the actual name of the creator (Yahweh) clears up most of the confusion.
The slipshod prayers in the left-column below surely can pass for directly addressing someone named 'Amen'!
|Ambiguous, Pagan-sounding Prayer||Clear, Biblical Prayer|
|"We ask this in Thy Name, Amen."||We ask this in the name of Yahshua. Ah-mane.|
|"We praise Thy Name, Amen."||HalleluYAH.|
|"We ask this in the Name which is above every Name, Amen."||We ask this in the Name of Yahshua, the Name above all names. Ah-mane.|
|"Praise the Lord" - with the communal response: "Amen."||HalleluYah. Ah-mane.|
Praying with clarity, as in the right column, indicates that you have a desire to avoid speaking pagan names, instead of simply parroting the traditions of men.
Why get all technical about something so harmless as saying, "Amen?"
True, the root-letters a-m-n hold the following connotations in modern Hebrew:
educate, train, true, trustworthy, confirm, confidence, faithfulness, treaty.
The meaning for the word 'amen' is given as: "so be it", "trustworthy."
But the Egyptian word “Amen” has a dark and unbiblical history:
"Amen" is a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath; worshiped especially at Thebes.
Some notes from a page we stumbled across at: http://revelations.org.za:
'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:
Originally the chief god of Thebes, Amon grew increasingly important in Egypt, and eventually, as Amon Ra, Amen was identified with RA as the supreme deity.
Amen 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:
Amen (Amon) and Amen-Ra, King of the Gods, and the Triad (Trinity) of Thebes
Amen of Thebes
Forms of Amen-Ra
Here are some excerpts from these informative pages:
"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 everything therein.
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 Amen is "hidden to his children" and "hidden to gods and men" ...
Now, not only is the god Amen 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 "Amen" indicates the god who cannot be seen with the mortal eyes, and who is invisible, as well as inscrutable, to gods as well as men."
Amen, his wife, Mut, and their son, Khonsu, represented the Theban Triad (Trinity), the sacred family of Thebes.
Amen was [worshipped as] 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.
During this 1550-1070 B.C.E. period the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, building the fortifications and lavish statues and temples of Egypt.
During the Israelites' 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 the Israelites 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?
Hosea 2:17,19 "I (YHWH) will take the names of the Baals (lords) off her (His Bride's) lips."