QUESTION SUMMARY: Can I call God my Creator or Chief?
I'm very pleased to come across your website. May the God of Israel look upon you with many blessings.
Just over a year ago, I went through a spiritual awakening, where I was put under this incredible strain of sorrow and worry. I was laid bare in terms that I could not hide anything anymore - not a thing.
This incredible burden lasted for 11 days - 24/7. I said in my mind that I have only one Lord and that is Jesus - and then second by second this burden just disappeared. My mother-in-law (a Catholic), said it was an, “epiphany” that I went through, and my mother said it was an, “anointing.” I only know that God/Jesus was testing me.
I've grown up knowing God as God and Jesus as Jesus. I'm a First Nations person of Canada (Tsimpsian), and my people say Symoighet D'im-lahawga (sim-moy-get Dim-la-hug-gah), which means Creator. Symoighet also means Chief. I've always had difficulty saying Creator in our language because we were told everything about us was pagan, dirty, and sinful.
Scripture tells me that every nation, LANGUAGE and tongue will be worshipping God before His throne. This told me that if I didn't speak one single word of
English, I would be saying Symoighet D'im-lahawga (Creator or Chief) – is this true to you?
From this, I was told by a dear Christian friend about the word God coming from a German word. Having this new information, it enforced what I believed about how our people say Creator. So I began saying to my people this new revelation/information; and just recently say that God is an English translation from German, which is a translation from Hebrew/Greek.
Am I right in saying this? After I finished saying
this to my people - I worried a little and prayed about it.
I always pray before I address my people that God would give me the discernment, knowledge, wisdom – His words as I speak to the people.
I look forward to your response.
Greetings Ivan my brother, how are you? I received your email early this morning while I was in prayer and seeking the Lord to help me endure the sufferings of this present time. I was excited you wrote to me because things you shared are the very heart of what God has been working in me for the past 10 years, and now I can finally be at peace that God’s word is reaching to the uttermost parts of the earth. Thank you for being faithful to seek Him brother.
Let me review what you wrote, because there are actually three or four issues in your email request. I will list them in linear form, and feel free to correct me if I am wrong in my interpretation, okay?
1. Just over a year ago, you went through a spiritual awakening, where God required you to be completely transparent. During this period of time He expected 100% honesty, and there was no hiding of your sins/faults; finally, the strength of the burden lifted as you acknowledged Jesus to be your only Lord and Master. To call him “Lord” meant you acknowledged he was the one who would have first place in what you say and do, and that his Father God would be your strength and sufficiency in all things. Along this line of thought, I have a few questions for you.
· Has the work of being transparent continued?
· Are you still walking in the light; that is, do you still openly confess your faults/sins/weaknesses/burdens to God, Jesus, or your brethren (ones you can trust) when necessary?
· How has the awakening influenced your relationship with the body of Christ? What I mean, is do you feel a stronger need for relationship verses religion? Is there an intense desire to build close, fond, affectionate and lasting friendships within the body of Christ? I don’t mean just where you attend church; no, I mean wherever God leads you, and to whomever?
2. You have grown up knowing, “God as God and Jesus as Jesus.” This is good; it helps my communication with you, as I need not traverse thru the muddy waters of orthodox theology & Christology.
· The modern application of the word “theos” as “magistrate” would be comparable to someone like the President of a country; someone vested with executive authority and power. It is VITAL your people understand this concept, even if it takes you a lot of time to study, pray and understand the subject, because it ties in DIRECTLY with the MEANING of the Greek word for “God” (theos) as it applies to JESUS, and not as it applies to the Father. I’ll describe this in more detail as we communicate, but the bottom line is that Jesus is God’s appointed chief; Jesus has been anointed as the “ruler” over God’s people, which includes all nations, tribes, tongues and languages. Very few Christian ministers teach what I am sharing because of the influence of Catholicism on the doctrines of the Christian church.
· The Greek word translated as “God” is “theos” and it is defined from the original Greek language as follows: 1) a deity, such as a pagan god 2) the Supreme Deity, the Almighty, the Father 3) a magistrate, that is, a judge, ruler; Jesus told the Pharisees, “Is it not written in your own Law, that, ‘You are gods.’”
· Jesus is referring to Psalm 82:1-2, and it reads, “God stands in the assembly of the representatives of God; in the midst of the magistrates or judges He gives judgment as among the gods. 2 How long will you magistrates or judges judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah… pause, and calmly think of that!” Amplified Bible
· The Hebrew (OT) word for “God” is “elohim” and it is defined IDENTICAL TO THEOS: 1) a deity, such as a pagan god 2) the Supreme Deity, the Almighty, the Father 3) a magistrate, that is, a judge, ruler; the OT Book of Judges is an example; Israel had its “judges” (theos).
· Jesus is not the Almighty; he is God’s only begotten son. As such, he is the firstborn, meaning the one who is heir to God the Father’s kingdom. As such, he is appointed as magistrate, or ruler, or lord. Now you see the link to the spiritual awakening you had, and Jesus’ position as the preeminent one in the Father’s kingdom.
3. You are a First Nations person of Canada (Tsimpsian), and your people say Symoighet D'im-lahawga, which means Creator. You also said Symoighet also means Chief. Lastly, you indicated it has always been difficult for you to address God by saying, “Creator,” in your language because you were told everything about the Tsimpsian people was pagan, dirty, and sinful. Please allow me to comment in some detail about the meaning of words in your language. Keep in mind, languages have no intrinsic evil in them; they are a means of communication, and ever since the tower of Babel (meaning confusion) God has divided tongues to keep men from working collectively to glorify his own ego by erecting graven images (like the tower). I will tie in the MEANING of words you shared, and how the MEANING relates to concepts taught in scripture. It is a long-winded way of presenting a comprehensive answer to your questions.
· Symoighet D'im-lahawga really means “Principal (chief) Creator.” This concept is entirely in line with what the scripture teaches, so why would it be considered pagan, dirty or sinful? Who told you that saying, “Creator,” is dirty and sinful? Who told you everything about you was sinful and pagan? Whoever makes these kinds of statements is NOT speaking on behalf of God Ivan.
· The fact is Ivan, YOUR LANGUAGE BEST DESCRIBES WHAT THE ORIGINAL HEBREW & GREEK LANGUAGES TEACH! I have studied the original languages for nearly 30 years, and have somewhat to say about this topic. Whoever is saying these things about your people is first ignorant, second judgmental, third critical, fourth a slanderer, and fifth sinful.
· Ivan my brother, think about it. We all come from just two people… Adam and his wife, right? That makes us ALL from the same, “tribe,” (so to speak). The genetic connection can be traced thru the female mitochondrial DNA, so whoever segregates and shows prejudice for a people based upon their tribal ancestry is flat-out ignorant of what the scripture teaches my brother.
· Check out this verse: Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then do we deal faithlessly and treacherously each against his brother, profaning the covenant of God with our fathers? Amplified Bible
· Revelation chapter four is all about the Father, and He receives the highest praise for one main reason… He “created” all things (Read Revelation 4:11). Also see Ephesians 3:9, Genesis 1:1-2, 27.
· God the Father is the “Head” over all things, including Jesus Christ, His only begotten son. This makes Him both Creator AND Chief my brother. In our country (USA) we address our President as, “Commander in CHIEF.” The reason is our President is the Chief Officer over all the Armed Forces, Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, etc. Isn’t God the Father our Commander in Chief?? Doesn’t God the Father tell Jesus what to do?
· In John 5:19, Jesus said, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of himself (of his own accord); but he is able to do only what he sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way.” Amplified Bible
· 1 Corinthians 11:3 …God is the head of Christ. If He is the head of Christ, doesn’t that make Him the “chief” of Christ?
· Only God the Father can be called “Chief” Creator, because He alone brought all things into existence. There are a very few ambiguous scripture verses in the NT that allude to Christ “creating” but these are usually mistranslations, and furthermore, Jesus does his “creating” thru the power of his Father God; he can do NOTHING except that which the FATHER gives him to do. Therefore Jesus is the principal ruler in God’s chain of delegated authority, but he is never called by the title of “Creator.” That title belongs to the Father God only.
· Isaiah 40:28 The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth…
4. Symoighet also means Chief. Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “chief” as follows:
· Principal or most eminent, in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; commanding most respect; taking the lead; most valuable; most important; a word of extensive use; as a country chief in arms.
· God the Father commands the most respect, Jesus second, and then those who walk according to the will of God and reflect His likeness.
· 1 Corinthians 15:23-25 But each in his own rank and turn: Christ (the Messiah) is the firstfruits, then those who are Christ's at His coming. After that comes the end (the completion), when He delivers over the kingdom to God the Father after rendering inoperative and abolishing every other rule and every authority and power. For Christ must be King and reign until He has put all his enemies under His feet. [Psalms 110:1.] AMP
· Highest in office or rank; principal. God the Father is highest in rank; Jesus is chief in rank beneath God.
· 1 Corinthians 15:28 When all things are subjected to him (Jesus), then the Son (Jesus) himself also will be subjected to the One (God the Father) who subjected all things to him (Jesus), so that God (the Father) may be all in all. NASU
· First in affection; most dear and familiar. God is love Ivan, therefore HE should be CHIEF in receiving our affection; however, our love and chief affection for God is seen FOREMOST in how we treat each other.
· 2 Corinthians 13:11 …live in peace, and then the God of love Who is the Source of affection, goodwill, love, and benevolence toward men and the Author and Promoter of peace will be with you. AMP
· A commander; particularly a military commander; the person who heads an army; equivalent to the modern terms, commander or general in chief, captain general. This application we would assign to Jesus primarily; he is the captain of our faith, and our commander in chief; God the Father delegates Jesus as His principal commander.
· Hebrews 2:9-10 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain (chief) of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
· The principal person of a tribe, family, or congregation.
· Hebrews 2:11-18 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason he (Jesus) is not ashamed to call them brethren,12 saying: "I (Jesus) will declare Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You." 13 And again: "I will put my trust in Him." And again: "Here am I (Jesus) and the children whom God has given me." 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things he (Jesus) had to be made like his brethren, that he (Jesus) might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he (Jesus) is able to aid those who are tempted. NKJV
5. You asked the following question: “Scripture tells me that every nation, LANGUAGE and tongue will be worshipping God before His throne. This told me that if I didn't speak one single word of English, I would be saying Symoighet D'im-lahawga – is this true to you?” My answer is, “Yes,” and, “of course.”
· English is not a sacred language, nor is Greek, Hebrew, Chinese, Spanish or any language for that matter. The explanations I provided above detail the correlation between Symoighet D'im-lahawga meanings and the meanings of the original Hebrew and Greek. Again, I don’t know who your critics are, but they are certainly speaking more from bigotry than knowledge brother. Stand your ground, and study the scripture, and let it be your guide.
6. You said: “Having this new information, it enforced what I believed about how our people say Creator. So I began saying to my people this new revelation/information; and just recently say that God is an English translation from German, which is a translation from Hebrew/Greek.”
· As noted above, your conclusions are correct. One slight correction however, and that is concerning the origin of the word “God.” God does originate from Germanic languages, but it gets worse. The word “God” originates from Indo-European languages, and can be traced back as far as the Hindu Sanskrit. The original meaning of this Germanic word is spelled, “gat” and it means, “the invoked one.”
· Thus the English word for “God” is actually quite pagan in nature; but it is the MEANING and USE of language that counts. Written grammar did not get going until the 17th century, and so prior to that languages were transmitted via oral tradition, something that has been lost in our country, for the most part. I have a study on the origin of the word God; here’s the link. Where did the word "GOD" originate?
7. Another study that may be of interest to you Ivan is one I titled, “God's Provision to Those Who Never Hear the Gospel.” Basically it is a treatise examining the covenant God made with Abram (Abraham), and his descendents. There is a link with the terms and conditions for salvation in Romans chapter two (below). The bottom line is this: If the Gentiles, who don’t have the “Law” do the requirements of the Law, then they ARE a Law unto themselves, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing them or acquitting them on the day of judgment.
I hope this has been helpful Ivan. I didn’t want to write too much, but I also wanted to provide you with enough information to equip you to speak the word of God to your beloved people. Your people are my people brother, and we are all brothers. In Jesus there is neither Jew nor Gentile, bond nor free, but we are all one in him.
God bless you…Craig
The Bible Answer Stand Ministry