Other gods

MoneyThou shalt have no other gods before me. (Ex. 20:3)

That short sentence is the very first Commandment. Which brings up a question…

Are there other gods — real ones, that is?

No-one counterfeits a three-dollar bill, but they do make fake tens and twenties. As any bank teller knows, the best protection against being deceived by a fake, is to know the real thing, really well.

In light of some counterfeit, esoteric, secret, good-sounding mysteries and “new” revelations going around today, I think we need to be reminded of the real thing: God’s word.

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (Deut. 4:2 KJV)

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Prov. 30:5-6)

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev. 22:18-19)

Also,

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Matt. 24:11)

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt. 7:22-23)

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matt. 24:4)

Now to that question, Are there other gods — real ones?

“For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.” (I Chron. 16:26)

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” (Isa. 43:10-11)

“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isa. 44:6)

“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me.” (Isa. 45:5)

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isa. 45:22)

Note: There are actual deceiving spirits masquerading as god, but they are created entities, angels who fell along with their master. They don’t go around looking like evil spirits, of course, they are charming, attractive, persuasive con men. If they didn’t exist, the Bible wouldn’t warn us about them.

“Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.”  (II Cor. 11:14-15)

Okay, who is Jesus, really – is he God?

“(God) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” (Heb. 1:2)

“And, Thou, Lord, (Jesus) in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.” (Heb. 1:10)

“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)

But aren’t there many ways to be saved?

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:17-18)

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

To reiterate:

“And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.” (Luke 21:8)

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Matt. 24:11)

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt. 7:22-23)

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matt. 24:4)

These cautions are especially relevant to believers today.

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