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GOD. From the Saxon god, good. The source of all good; the supreme being. 1. Every man is presumed to believe in God, and he who opposes a witness on the ground of his unbelief is bound to prove it. 3 Bouv. Inst. u. 3180.
     2. Blasphemy against the Almighty, by denying his being or providence, was an offence punishable at common law by fine and imprisonment, or other infamous corporal punishment. 4 Bl. Corn. 60; 1 East, P. C. 3; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 217. This offence his been enlarged in Pennsylvania, and perhaps most of the states, by statutory provision. Vide Christianity; Blasphemy; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394.
     3. By article 1, of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, it is provided that "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In the United States, therefore, every one is allowed to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

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The proof can be seen from the writings of Epiphanius who interchangeably used the terms Ebionite and Nazareans in the late 4th century in his attack on them for rejecting godhood of Jesus and the Church.
His topics include a philosophical approach to ancient Israelite religion, descriptive currents in philosophy of religion for Hebrew Bible studies, philosophical criticism as biblical criticism, the concept of generic godhood in the Hebrew Bible, and epistemologies in ancient Israelite religion.
It describes the dark chaos of the hero's rise to godhood when he reaches Paris and writes Tropic of Cancer.
But the simple fact is that we are in this current predicament because we have for too long ceded Myth to our adversaries, leaving in their corrosive care the schools and universities, the entertainment complex and its manifold, manipulative tentacles, and the journalistic watchdogs turned lapdogs, those complicit myth-makers that were once empowered by the Founding Fathers to strip away pretense to godhood and expose false idols, and who now eagerly serve as Pharisees and docile votarists, chanting their faint hymns through the thick incense of ink, insular self-delusion, and the occasional leg-tingle.
But in the 1916 "opera within an opera" Ariadne auf Naxos by librettist Hugo von Hofinannsthal and composer Richard Strauss, Ariadne's life is renewed by the arrival of the god Bacchus, who in turn, through the love of Ariadne, attains his full godhood.
Eventually Zeus matured into godhood, forced Kronos his father to disgorge his devoured offspring, and dethroned his father with the assistance of his newfound siblings (Hamilton 1998).
Dictators work hard at building and maintaining the illusion of godhood.
A God who said a little while ago, "I'll have no creed;" and of his Godhood straight Patched up a creed unwittingly--with which He went and killed his father.
Even more disturbing, Hitler seems to meet the same conditions for godhood as Jesus: an individual who awakens his fellow men to new possibilities of being and experiencing.
After an interval vaguely noted as many days, Moses learned that the Pharaoh from whom he had fled was dead--in Egyptian belief promoted to godhood.