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Should Christians use the word "Amen"?:

 

Someone stated that the word "Amen" was pagan however some research information shows Amun (Not Amen) was associated with the Sun god, Ra, as Amun-Ra. This word "Amun" is pronounced in the Egyptian language like “Amoon” not “AMen”

The word “Amen” is of Hebrew origin and means (so be it) such as when Jesus was stating how to pray in Matt 6:11-13 “Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Jesus used the word to affirm his own utterances, not those of another person as in the teaching on how to pray in the scripture above.

Three distinct Biblical usages of amen may be noted:
1.) Initial amen, referring back to words of another speaker and introducing an affirmative sentence, e.g. 1 Kings 1:36.
2.) Detached amen, again referring to the words of another speaker but without a complementary affirmative sentence, e.g. Nehemiah 5:13.
3.) Final amen, with no change of speaker, as in the subscription to the first three divisions of Psalms.

In the King James Bible, the word "Amen" is preserved in a number of contexts. Notable ones include:
• The curses of the Law found in Deuteronomy 27.
• A double amen ("amen and amen") occurs in Psalm 89 (Psalm 41:13; 72:19; 89:52), to confirm the words and invoke the fulfillment of them.
• The custom of closing prayers with amen originates in the Lord's Prayer at Matthew 6:13
• Amen occurs in several places in Romans 1:25, 9:5, 11:36, 15:33, and several times in Chapter 16. It also appears in doxologies in the Pss (41:14; 72:19; 89:53; 106:48). This liturgical form from Judaism.
• It concludes all of Paul's general epistles.
• In Revelation 3:14, Jesus is referred to as, "the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation."
• Also it is very important to note that "Amen" concludes the book of Revelation in chapter 22: vs. 21.

Brethren we must remember that people are causing a great deal of confusion regarding the bible because they want a following or they may just have not researched as deep as they should because they got their information from someone else who wanted to discredit the word for their own reasons.

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Timothy M. Youngblood
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