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Nimrod was in rebellion against Noah who worshiped Jehovah as God. From all the religions that have been built around Nimrod, he was put to a violent death, whether at the instance of Noah is not known . Nimrod by his political and hunting exploits had made himself a god in the eyes of his subjects . When he died, his wife Semiramis had him deified, claiming he had not died but was transferred to immortal heavenly life among the stars . To him she applied the Edenic promise of the seed that was to have his heel bruised, and she was the woman who had produced this seed for mankind's delivery from the Serpent . So the settlers of India carried this tradition of false religion with them from Babylon, as well as other distortions of the truth concerning the true God, the deluge, man's fall into sin and mankind's future destiny. 4 To illustrate, take the Indian triad or trinity, called trimfcrti, meaning "three forms" . It is composed of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Siva the Destroyer . Together, the three compose the one god Brahm . Brahma is the supreme god of the Hindus, but actually he is little worshiped, and it is said that in all of India there are only two temples devoted to him . But in him the Hindus preserved some conception of the true Creator, his perfections, his graciousness, for the name was of Hebrew derivation . It is simply the Hebrew word Raham, meaning "the merciful or compassionate one", with the digamma (soft V-sound) in front. Because one's intestines tremble at times in compassion, it came also to mean 3. What traditions of false religion did those settling in India carry with them? 4. How is this illustrated in Brahma and Vishnu of the Hindu trinity?

What Has Religion Done for Mankind?  

COPYRIGHT, 1951 by WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY

What Has Religion Done for Mankind?  

COPYRIGHT, 1951 by WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY

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