One of the words that are most commonly spoken in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is the word “Amen.”
The Jews pray and speak about Yahweh Adonai, but end all their prayers and their invocations with AMEN.
The Christians pray and speak about Yahweh all the time, Elohim, El Shaddaï, Jesus, etc… But end all their prayers and their invocations by AMEN.
The Muslims pray and speak about Allah but end all their prayers and their invocations by AMEN – AMIN -.
This word Amen is spoken after prayer, before and after meals or when someone says something holy. The agreed upon definition for the word “Amen” is “so be it” like an affirmation of your action or speech.
For Jews, Amen is also an acronym for El Melech Ne’eman, which means “Mighty, Faithful King”.
Muslims use Amen (Amin or Ameen) in the same way as Christians and Jews, even though the word does not appear in the Qur’an.
Muslims say it after reciting Surah al-Fatihah, after completing their prayers, at the end of letters, etc.If you go a little further back in time there is a very strong link to Amen and Egypt.
Amen (Amun) is the Egyptian god known as “king of the gods” and it is believed he was later emulated by the Greek god Zeus.
Amen was an ancient Egyptian deity, first a local deity worshipped in the area of Thebes.
When the two kingdoms of Egypt united, early in Egyptian history, he grew in importance until he emerged as the chief deity. This did not take place until the 18th Dynasty (1570-1293 B.C.).
Amen means “that which cannot be seen,” for as a local deity Amen had been the god of the wind. Later, as the chief deity, he was considered king of the gods.
After the merging with the Sun god “Ra” to become Amen-Ra.
He became the singular god for worship in the New Kingdom of Egypt.
This period was under the rule of Akhenaten and ran from 16th to 11th centuries BC.
Amen-Ra was seen as the manifestation of absolute perfection and Akhenaten elevated his position to that of the singular god for worship in the New Kingdom, meaning Amen-Ra was thought of as what Jews, Christians and Muslims would now call “God”.
The Jews settled in Egypt for around 400 years and during this sojourn there is no doubt they would have been fully exposed to the worship of Amen-Ra. Amen would certainly be in their language even if it was not their god.
It would be a word that had associations with reverence and majesty.
This is not difficult to understand.
People still talk about Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha, and often use those names completely out of context as expletives. Amen was seen as a powerful god and the name continued, out of context, as an exclamation or salutation; a classic example of language evolution.
From the Jews, the word was adopted by Christians and found its way into traditional Islam from either Christian or Jewish sources almost 200-300 years after the death of the Prophet when the Hadith books came into existence. The fact that “Amen” came from Jewish sources into Christianity is acknowledged in the Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 1 1907.
A traditional Muslim may argue that although “Amen” is not mentioned in the Quran, the Prophet did ask them to say it in their prayers.
Moreover, since there is nothing wrong with it’s meaning it should be acceptable. However, this assumption can have serious implications if we trace back this word’s origin in history, for we find that the word “Amen” has pagan idol worship connotations.
Jews may argue that Amen is an acronym for three Hebrew words:
1. Ay (one of the names of God)
2. Melech (king) and
3. Ne’eman (faithful).
And Christians may argue that Amen is an interjection associated with the Hebrew words for truth and dependability conveying the idea of agreement or emphasis, and its meaning can be translated different ways depending on the context.
But if we really dig deeper then we realized that’s not the case. The rabbit hole goes so deep.
Let’s listen to what historians, researchers and experts have to say:
“It is common to end a discourse on spiritual matters, (or end a prayer) with (the word) “Amen”. Few of us realize that the word ‘Amen’ is an Egyptian word. It refers to the Egyptian god of Thebes. The Hebrews adopted the word and it passed into Christian use as “Amen”. It is a petition for (the god – Amen) to fulfill our words. ”
– MYSTIC GIFTS FROM ANCIENT EGYPT By Dr John Palo ; 1999.
“By ending our prayers in ‘Amen’…one could very well ask, “Have we been misled to invoke the name of the Egyptian ‘Sun-god’ at the end of our prayers”? ”
-United Hebrew Congregation by Charles J. Voss.
“Again we can see how the pagans have been made welcome, been conciliated, by adopting the name of a pagan deity into the prayers of the Church [of Rome]. This deity became known as ‘Amen-Ra’, but he was only known as ‘Amen’ among the Thebians.”
-The Final Reformation by Chris Koster.
“When we did it in ignorance, maybe God looked past that. But now that you know the truth, what will you do? Will you continue to use the name of a pagan god to close your prayers? Is it too hard to change that now? Because you’ve been using the ‘Amen’ tradition for a long time – will you rationalize and justify why you keep on invoking the name of the Egyptian god, Amen? Will you find a pastor or teacher to reassure you that “it’s okay to say ‘amen’ – Or … will you give thanks to God for revealing His truth and stop using the name of a pagan god?”
-And they all Said, “AMEN” by J.D. Roberts.
“No other “god” of the Egyptians has left so indelible a stamp upon the world – as this First Father of the Egyptian gods, known as Ammon, Amon and “Amen” which means
“THE ONE HIDDEN WITHIN,” Amen’s spell is so mighty that over twenty centuries after his last Sanctuary was abandoned to the desert sands, every Judeo-Christian prayer that is uttered – still whispers his name in closing. ”
– The Egyptian Mystical Rites by Jerry Clifford Welch.
“The Egyptian Ruler Akhenaten had the people worship in the temples of Amen Ra, meaning God’s Sun/Son. At the end of the services they would say “Amen”, because they
were sending a prayer to the gods through Amen-Ra, God’s Sun/Son.
Amen-Ra, served as a personal savior to them, since it (SUN) gave them all life.”
-Awaken to the Truth, Coptic Prayers. St. Basil Liturgy.
“AMEN: In Egyptian Mythology, the mighty one (god) of life and procreation …later identified with the Sun-god as the supreme deity of Egypt, and was called “Amen-Ra.”
-Funk & Wagnalls, Standard College Dictionary.
“Isn’t it strange that “Amen” was an ancient Egyptian god that was supposed to be very powerful, so much so that every prayer began and ended with his name.”
-Praying To Egyptian God, Amen, By Subterfuge.
“The Israelite exiles from Egypt knew that Jehovah was not the same as the Egyptian god Aten, and so they presumed he must be the equivalent of the great State God of Egypt. It was decided, therefore, to add the name of that State-god of Egypt to all prayers thereafter, and the name of that Egyptian god was “Amen”.
To this day, the name of Amen is still recited at the end of prayers in both Jewish and Christian religions.”
– Genesis of the Grail Kings by Sir Laurence Gardner; pg. 6.
“Yet another hint of an Egyptian influence in Christianity is the fact that even today, we still end prayers with the word “Amen”. Amen-Ra was the chief god of the Egyptians. The Church’s main tool for the conversion of the “pagans” was always the appropriation of the local religion’s most holy days and rituals. This allowed the locals to feel they were still worshipping the old Gods in the accustomed ways,”
– The Swindle of Truth: Ancient Egypt by Per Ankh.
“Finally, we may note that the word “Amen” occurs in gnostic spells…..especially of Egyptian origin, and a sort of magical efficacy seems to have been attributed to this word..
The practice of answering “Amen” at the end of prayers appears in
the Canons of Hippolytus (No. 146) and in the Egyptian Church
Order (p. 101).”
– New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia Thurston, Herbert. “Amen.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907..
Finally we come to Jesus actually referring to Himself as the Amen. Very interesting…
Revelation 3:14 (KJV)
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Can I get an Amen?