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The One and Only God: Ý̧̘̤̪͈͖̣̽̃̒́H̡̨͗̊̑̃͛ͦ͆͆҉͓̩̞͎̘͖̣̜ͅV̧͈̝͔͔͉̅̈́̏͊̊̋͂̀H̢̙͕̥̿ͨͦͫ̀̆̚͡/The Great Will/Yehowah

Supreme Being in Christianity, Judaism and Islamic religions. He is said to be the creator of everything in the universe and is all powerful, all good, and all knowing. Because He is a metaphysical being, the true gender of the Creator is unknown but He is generally accepted as male or nothing at all. It is told in lore that He is the One True God, with all others simply being demons who tricked humans into praying to them.

According to Christianity, God is split into three parts who are also one. These are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who symbolize God, Christ respectively. This vision of The Lord is considered blasphemy by Islamic religions, who state that Allah is unknowable and complete perfect in one shape.

He is both Christ and his father, the destroyer of Sodom and Gomorrah, the flooder of the world and the one who sent the plagues down to Egypt. In the ‘Old Testament’ He was often depicted as a wrathful god who would eventually mellow out during the ‘New Testament’. Some religions, such as Gnosticism, take this as evidence that the ‘God’ in the ‘Old Testament, is in fact, the Demiurge. This characterization of The Supreme One is possibly a left over from his original incarnation as Yahweh, a Canaanite war god. Over time worship of Yahweh grew to the point that all other gods were deposed and He was portrayed as the One and Only God.

The name Ý̧̘̤̪͈͖̣̽̃̒́H̡̨͗̊̑̃͛ͦ͆͆҉͓̩̞͎̘͖̣̜ͅV̧͈̝͔͔͉̅̈́̏͊̊̋͂̀H̢̙͕̥̿ͨͦͫ̀̆̚͡ comes from the Hebrew phrase known as the Tetragrammaton. The phrase is made up of the words ‘Yod, He, Waw, He’ and is sometimes translated as YHWH. Because the vowels included in the name were forbidden from being spoken or written down, they have become lost to history, rendering the true name unknowable and unpronounceable. Despite this, many ideas have popped up, including Yahweh, Yehowah, and even Jehovah. To get around this, Hebrews referred to The Lord as Adonai, while Christians simply use the word, God. The Tetragrammaton itself is said to mean ‘to exist’ or ‘to be’.

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Lucifer/Helel (Part 1)

Apparent name that was given to Satan before he fell from heaven in Christian lore. The name Helel is said to be Hebrew for the ‘shining one’ or ‘light-bearer’ and was translated in the ‘King James Bible’ as Lucifer, which was known to mean the ‘morning star’ or ‘Venus’.

The name itself was occasionally used to describe certain people including Christ Himself, before eventually become to refer to an angel. This is possibly due to the fact that the passage in which the name is first mentioned describes the morning star which was said to have been cast down to earth.

(Continued in Part 2 of 4)