Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Catechism #8

Question: Is there more than one God?
Answer: There is only one, the living and true God.

There are many gods in the world.

If there was only one God, then why would God begin the 10 Commandments by saying, “You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3)?”

There are several gods listed in the Bible: Baal, Molech, and Asherah, to name a few. Today we see gods named Allah and Brahman; in mythology we read about gods named Zeus and Osiris; pantheists believe that god is in all of nature. Atheists live for themselves, making themselves the god of their lives. Today people make their jobs, hobbies, possessions, and other temporary things their gods.

While there are many gods, there is only one living and true God. The word god means “ruler,” and there is really only one Ruler, and that is the God of the Bible, whose name is Yahweh.

These other gods are not real deities; their only power exists in the minds of their followers. Zeus and Osiris only existed on the paper where their stories were written; Baal, Molech, and Asherah were carved idols—none of their followers ever believed they were real people, so how could they be gods?

Brahman is a belief in the unity of everything, not a real person or powerful being. Only Allah is thought to be a real, genuine god, but even he is powerless, for he never really existed.

There is only one powerful Ruler. His throne is in heaven, yet He dwells within the hearts of His followers. He says of Himself in Isaiah 45:3 “I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.”

Are you looking to Yahweh alone as your God, or have you replaced Him with someone or something else?

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