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Hebrew God (Asɛm), Our God Is Not Obosom, But A Distinct Supreme Being

Hebrew God (Asɛm), Our God Is Not Obosom, But A Distinct Supreme Being

Interviewing the Ghanaian healers who are known as Akomfo ₍Okomfo, Babalawo, singular₎ that are attached to the Abosom shrines, one gets the knowledgeable impression that the Hebrew God is supreme, overhead God, distinct and immutable though He shares some traits of character with the lesser gods such as the modes of their rituals of approaching them. He is nonetheless distinct as His encounter with other gods makes them tremble, and they confess to his having superior power which is beyond their comprehension. The idea that He is in the same class as the abosom ₍obosom, singular₎ must, therefore, be discarded or investigated further to avoid confusion, which currently is being spread in the mass media. I do accept many of the expositions being shared by these knowledgeable scholars and the so-called messengers of the Hebrew God but as to the conception that He is on the same level as obosom, I strongly disagree completely.

The God who has No Name
All the other gods have their names and some are represented by images such as gold, silver, statutes of stones, carved wood, carved ivory, or creative bodies such as the Sun, moons, mountains, rivers, Madame Watta, etc. The Hebrew God abhors all these other forms of gods ₍cf. Exodus₎, and made it clear before time immemorial that no one has seen Him nor has imagined how He looks like, therefore, He should never be represented. He is the only God who has no name ₍ cf. Exodus, mene mene, I am I am when Kwaku Mosi met him in the desert₎ though human beings have tried to give Him different names which concern his attributes. He has never accepted those names assigned to him through various wrong interpretations.

Ritual for Approaching Him ₍Goats, Sheep, fowl, and Cow₎ but not a Human being Sacrifice to gods is shared by all the different gods, Greek gods, and the Hebrew God are no exception. The Okra, which inhabits the animal or bird in the form of blood ascends to the spiritual beings ₍mogya₎, which becomes an indication that help is needed by his subjects. In the 66 books of the Bible that have been canonized, He had made it clear what sorts of animals and birds He prefers to be used for him. He is the only God who does not use the sacrifice of human beings. This was exemplified in the meeting between him and Abraham ₍Yaw Bram₎ where he pretended the latter should sacrifice his only son to him. But he changed this to a sheep when Bram was about to perform his sacrifice. Clearly, this showed that he was not interested in employing human beings and, therefore, the Christian principle of Yesu being sacrificed once and for all time to abolish the daily sacrifice that was instituted from the beginning was questionable. These animals and birds are killed by human beings and eaten daily, therefore, there is no question about how bad or good they are to be used for continuing sacrifice to God. The other gods “abosom” can exchange or turn these animals into human beings and sacrifice them without their petitioners’ knowledge.

Other gods tremble before Him
Not only in the histories of the Israelites but also in the histories of other nations around the Middle Eastern civilizations, the lesser gods trembled before the Hebrew God when they encountered him. He was vindicated in many wars as the great God who could predict the future, and when his warnings were not heeded, the people perished in their wars. He spoke through dreams and visions to his followers, and he could predict the changes that would occur in the scenes of the Great empires and civilizations of the Ancient world up until this modern day.

Creator of the Multiverse and Man
The distinctness of the Hebrew God appears strongly when he is viewed in history as the only God who owns the creation of man and the world. None of the abosom could categorically state that he was involved in the creation of man and his companion woman who were to procreate and fill the world. He also proved to have control over nature and the planets around him. He asserted that he creates but can also destroy at the same time. Planets, seas, the Sun, and moons obey His command. Zeus, the Greek god who was instituted by Antiochus Epiphanies to abrogate the Hebrew daily sacrifice, was made a statue and never claimed to be the creator of man and the world and the things in it. The Greek gods failed their people and, therefore, cannot be compared to the Hebrew God because they never wrote down his extensive laws and rituals that they abhorred or liked.

Confessions from the various Abosom
The abosom that are served by the Okomfo or Babalawo, for example, Baal god, Zeus, Dagon, Tigare, Tano, Brekune, Budda, Bosompra, Nana Obo, Yeve, Confucious, Akonodi, Antoa Nyamaa, etc. all state that before they request help for something important they must seek help and support from a higher God which is Hebrew God or a God without a name. In Ghana, especially, where I have spent so many years interviewing the akomfo and babalawo and their abosom, they categorically stated that they must always seek support and help from this superior being, otherwise, they could not be successful in their endeavors. They thank them also when they are successful.

God and Other gods’ ₍abosom, Babalawo akomfo₎ prophets all work in the Shrines

God and the abosoms have representatives that work or function in the native shrines. These places have been corrupted by the Westerners and have also been relegated to the lower level though God and these gods still function in them. Elijah, who is known as Mawuli, Elisha, Samuah ₍Samuel₎, and many prophets whom God worked with all worked in the shrines. Opoku Agyeman known as King David or Saul [Siaw] ₎, all worked with prophets who functioned in the shrines in the nation of Israel. They still have important roles to play in the spiritual world even though the Westerners view them with suspicion and believe that they do belong to the Satanic world. During the time of the Hebrews and the Israelites, Satan's name did not function in the activities of the people probably, because nobody existed on the planet who is called Satan. Or maybe the man himself is Satan when he engages in anything that is opposed to God‛s ways.

Concluding Remarks
God is not Obosom but His modes of Rituals Have been adopted by the Lesser gods

God is not Obosom in the same sense as those who worship stones, created bodies such as the Sun or anything carved with minerals or wood through His manners of working and meeting his followers, that is, the true Hebrews and the true Israelites have been copied by the latter because of their similarity in substance. He is a just and righteous God who demands the blood ₍Akra₎ of the very animals that are killed and eaten by man every day, for example, fowls, Goats, Sheep, and Cows but not Pig which he created to act as scavengers together with the vulture ₍Exodus 20 ff.₎. He has never asked the world to sacrifice a human being for his altar as this was never his plan in the olden days. Probably this is the work of Satan or 666. This differentiates him from all other lesser gods who can spiritually turn or exchange the very animals brought to them by petitioners for human beings that can later be slaughtered. He abhors this in the sacred world of his ministry. It must be made clear that God only requires these sacrifices whenever He is being beseeched by His people and, therefore, there is no coercing on these people to practice it daily if they were not in the priestly hierarchy, that is, among the Levites.

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