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CHAPTER III

When There Was One Religion AN you imagine our earth without a temple, a shrine, an altar, an image, a priest, or a sacred holiday? Well, that is the way it was on earth when there was but one religion throughout the universe . You are interested in how this could be, seeing that these things have become so associated with the various forms of worship. So let us examine the inspired Record of those days. 2 The first book of the Bible is entitled "Genesis" . This is a word drawn from the Greek language and meaning "beginning" . It corresponds with the opening words of the book in the original Hebrew, "In the beginning," and which words the Hebrews use to designate that book. From the first verse of Genesis on we are taught that there is but the one God, the Creator : "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth ." (Genesis 1 :1) Here the Hebrew word for "God" is Elohim . This Hebrew word Elohim is in the plural number, not to indicate that there are several persons in God, but to indicate the excellence

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i . What present-day religious things was the earth without when there was but one religion? 2, 3. (a) Why is the Bible's first book appropriately named? (b) What does Elohim, meaning "God", indicate, and what is his unique name? 33

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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