There’s Only One God

Milky_way_(8322292662)God, the dictionary tells us, is “the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being” (Oxford-American Dictionary).

Can there be more than one Supreme Being? Turning to the dictionary again, we find “supreme” means

• superior to all others
• strongest, most important, or most powerful

In short, there can’t be multiple beings superior to all others or more than one strongest, most important, most powerful. There can be multiple claimants to the position, but only one who truly fulfills the role.

Today we have pretenders. The god of the Mormons is a pretender. The Hindus worship thousands of gods, none actually being God who is Supreme. The Sikhs worship one god as do the Jews and Muslims, but these too are pretenders.

I know that latter statement might be controversial, but the truth is, Jesus is the one who shows us God. Without believing in Him, a person will not know the One True God.

In the western world, the greatest pretender is Mankind. Atheists in particular, but others also, see Man as the one who is supreme, in practice if not in ideology.

How else could a person dogmatically state that in all the vastness of the multiverse, God does not exist?

Or how could those claiming to believe in God so emphatically rule out the idea that He might judge humankind to be wanting and deserving of judgment? No, people of this persuasion believe they get to determine what god is like and if they don’t want a god who is angry at sin and the hurt people subject each other to, well, then they declare him to be what they want—in reality, making them their own god.

A commander of Assyria made the mistake of thinking the One True God was just another spiritual being like so many of the nations in the Middle East worshiped. When he came against Judah, he tried to talk them into surrendering by belittling God:

Beware that Hezekiah does not mislead you, saying, “The LORD will deliver us.” Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? And when have they delivered Samaria from my hand? Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their land from my hand, that the LORD would deliver Jerusalem from my hand?’” (Isaiah 36:18-20).

Well, sure, he’d have been right if God were one among many. Why should one be more dependable than any of the others if there is no One Supreme Being? But in fact, God, the God of the Bible, stands above all.

He alone is self-existent. All other spiritual beings are part of His creation. King Hezekiah had a chance to declare this truth so that people for all time could know the truth:

“O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to reproach the living God. Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, LORD, are God.” (Isaiah 37:16-20)

God in fact heard Hezekiah’s prayer and answered him accordingly. Assyria never did conquer Judah. The army was decimated, and the king returned to Nineveh where his own sons assassinated him.

God, the One True God, will not be mocked. He wants the nations to know Him and worship Him. To want anything less would be to suggest that someone else is as deserving as He is. Should God lie in order to appear humble—Thank you all, you’re all too kind. I don’t deserve all this attention. Please, feel free to praise each other or one of the angels or the pretend gods. I want to be fair and pass the attention around so you all can experience this great feeling of being adored by so many.

That’s the kind of thinking the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have produced. We think all the Little Leaguers should get trophies, that all people can do whatever they want if they just put their minds to it, and that god should not be so selfish as to demand all praise be given to him.

But to whom else should we give praise?

Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales. . .
All the nations are as nothing before Him,
They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.
To whom then will you liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare with Him?
. . .
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
Scarcely have they been planted,
Scarcely have they been sown,
Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the storm carries them away like stubble.
“To whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.
. . .
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable. (excerpts from Isaiah 40)

God, the One True God, deserves to be treated as the Supreme Being He is!

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Published in: on January 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm  Comments (29)  
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  1. Becky

    Funny isn’t it? That’s one of the things non believers get upset about, that God would have the audacity to want to be worshiped, the “love me or burn” argument. I’m sure you have heard it. But the folks who would deny God are doing the same thing..only its themselves they want to worship.

    Your post are always very compelling by the way. Nicely done.

    Just a small question, maybe I just misunderstood. You had quite a good list of pretender Gods, especially glad you mentioned the Mormons, as they claim to have faith in Jesus too. Hardly the same Jesus, though. Anyway, what concerned me was that you said the God of the Jews is a pretender too..kinda lost me there. They absolutely tossed Jesus aside as Messiah, and are quite lost until they accept Him, just like anyone else is. But…same God. Anyway, thought you might want to check out those words before your comment thread blows up.

    But, to say again. I love your writing, Keep up the good work you are doing.

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    • Agree, Wally. Though Mormons use Christian language, they do not mean the same thing as we do when they talk about Jesus being God’s Son.

      I knew the statement about Jews would be controversial. Here’s what I’m basing it on: John 8:42, 44, 47–Jesus speaking to the Pharisees:

      If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. . . . He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

      I’ve thought a lot about this, and here’s what I conclude: anyone from the Jewish or Muslim religion who wants to know God, He will reveal Himself to them, just as He will atheists or people who make themselves out to be God or any from another false religion. God promises to draw near to those who draw near to Him.

      But people who are comfortable in the Jewish faith and think they can worship God according to that tradition, I don’t think they’re any different from the Pharisees Jesus spoke to. They are rejecting Jesus in favor of the image they have of the Old Testament god. It’s just like the progressives who reject the Old Testament God in favor of their image of Jesus.

      In other words, to know God, we must accept Jesus as the image of the invisible God–in all His wrath as well as love. Anything else leaves us worshiping a figment of our imagination, not the One True God.

      Becky

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      • I concur 100 percent Becky. Yep Jesus said so…no one comes to the Father but by me….thank you for clarifying what you meant. Sadly not even non believing jews….ask Levi..I bet he would find this interesting.

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  2. Great thought provoking post, Becky! I understand Wally’s point above and kind of agree with him, although I know what you mean. We had David Brickner from Jews for Jesus at church this morning. He shared a video clip of him and a couple of rabbis on Larry King Live several years ago. They kept trying to get him to say that he believed they were going to hell, but he kept turning it back to Scripture and Jesus as the Way.

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    • Carrie, I’d love to know what someone working with Jews thinks about this. I grew up in the tradition of Jews who come to Christ referred to as completed Jews. I don’t know about that, though, in light of the passages of Scripture I quoted in my comment to Wally. It seems to me, Jews today most likely have heard of Jesus and may have even heard of His claim to be their Messiah. If they persist in Judaism, then, it seems to me they are rejecting Jesus, and therefore rejecting the God of their fathers who believed wholeheartedly in the coming Messiah.

      I mean, Simeon recognized Jesus when He was just a baby, and so did Anna. It seems that what we do with Jesus is still the clearest way of judging who someone worships—the One True God or a pretender.

      Becky

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  3. The Middle Eastern Abrahamic god you worship is called Yahweh.

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    • Arkenaten, I find it interesting that you point out God’s name so often. I assume you also know that YHWH is derived from the Hebrew verb To Be. In the English translation, when God tells Moses His name, it reads I AM WHO I AM (Ex. 3:14). In other words, His name is His testimony of His self-existence. So every time you mention God is called Yahweh, you’re declaring God’s existence. Quite interesting.

      Becky

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      • Wrong! No one actually knows the etymology and you are simply stretching.
        The ”I AM” just like everything is pure specualation.
        And yes, of course I know there were no vowels.

        Good grief,To what lengths of cherry picking are you prepared to go to find the perfect match for your ridiculous beliefs?
        YHWEH coould just as easily be the sound an alien made when he stopped of for a cup of tea.
        And for the record, Moses is a fictional character.

        How on earth all this makes Yahweh, El, Elohim, Jehovah or whatever name you wish to refer to him as a pretender is still the funniest thing i have ever read from a self proclaimed Christian.

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        • Just because you make these blanket statements as if they are fact, Arkenaten, does not make them true. And you’re using two of your favorite tactics—deflection and misrepresentation.

          As to the deflection regarding Moses, see the paragraph above. Why do you make such unsubstantiated claims, as if you have this secret knowledge that such a man never existed? You have no evidence that he did not exist and the Bible gives a quite extensive record of his life.

          As to the misrepresentation, I never, not once said The One True God is a pretender. That the Jews say they worship Him doesn’t mean they actually do. They may even call Him Yahweh, but their continual rejection of His Son makes it clear, they are only worshiping their own idea of Him, not the God He has revealed Himself to be.

          Becky

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          • You make blanket statements all the time , Becky, don’t you realise this fact?

            Ah! Well the Jews, are perfectly entitled to reject Yahweh’s ”son” as he is not the creator deity of the universe, he, Yahweh is.
            Unless you would like to demonstrate how the character, Jesus of Nazareth is the creator deity you genuflect to?

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        • Actually I already wrote that post, Arkenaten. It’s called “A Good Man, Or God?” Hard as it is to digest, Jesus is the Creator, even as the Father is the Creator. I know. An atheist like you thinks I’m talking mumbo-jumbo, but stuff that sounds incredible makes perfect sense if a person realizes that God is transcendent—He is Other, greater than we are, beyond our ability to see or understand Him if it weren’t for His revelation.

          At any rate, Jesus is God and He most certainly made it clear to His followers that He is God.

          Becky

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          • Lol.
            You are talking about the Trinity.
            This is a wholly man-made concept and if you are too darn lazy to research its history, or simply refuse to acknowledge the truth then this is not my problem.

            I don’t consider you are talking mumbo jumbo. I do , however, beeive you are suffering from some form of mental illness.

            No. Jesus never once said he was ”God”. In fact he denied it and there are plenty of examples throughout the gospels that clearly indicate he considered he was merely human.

            If you can find a single line in the bible – any bible, that has Jesus stating ‘ I am god’I will become christian in two seconds flat.

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          • I’m assuming you didn’t read the other post or you wouldn’t have made such a blanket claim about things you don’t know, Arkenaten. It’s completely understandable that you think the trinity is a man-made concept, since you don’t believe in God! But as I’ve said before, someone who disbelieves in God can’t possibly understand what an omnipotent, sovereign, transcendent God is like. I believe in Him and I don’t understand more than what He’s told us. But what He’s unveiled, I understand a bit at a time, more today than yesterday.

            Becky

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  4. The Sikhs worship one god as do the Jews and Muslims, but these too are pretenders.

    The Jewish god is a pretender!

    Oh, this is priceless. One of the most ignorant , yet totally hilarious things I have ever read from a proclaimed Christian.

    The god of Moses. The god who created the universe. The god stepped onto Mount Sinai and handed over the Ten Commandments. ”Oi! Mo.Take these.” This god is a pretender?

    The god of the OT who Jesus claims is his father is a pretender
    Was his dad really Joseph all along, then?

    All the things JC said about his Father in heaven.
    All the references he made to the OT.

    So are accusing Jesus of complete ignorance or being a liar?
    It can only be one or the other. So which is it, Becky?

    I have made a copy of this post and I shall cherish this statement.

    Made my day!

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  5. Yes, Arkenaten, just because a person or a people group believes in one god doesn’t mean they’re worshiping the One True God.

    The Jews today reject Jesus as their Messiah, and Jesus Himself said He came to show us God. So the touchstone revealing whether or not a person worships the One True God or a pretender is simply what do they do about Jesus.

    Now in the Old Testament the Jews were looking forward to the coming of Messiah. Some believed and some didn’t even though all remained part of the Jewish nation (Judah or Israel)–at least until the exile. In fact it was because of this unbelief, demonstrated by how they handled God’s commands, that God exiled them.

    Certainly God the Father whom Jesus came to reveal and to whom He prayed is not a pretender. Nor is the God of Moses or David or Rahab or Daniel or Josiah or Abraham or Samuel or Ruth or Deborah or Job . . . They all believed God, meaning they believed in His promises as well as His existence and His commands. They looked expectantly forward to the crushing of the serpent’s head, the blessing of the nations through the seed of Abraham, to the King who would reign forever.

    And God reveals Himself as the Creator of the universe, so of course He isn’t a pretender.

    It would seem, Ark, that you’re unaware of the effect Jesus’s coming had on Judaism. It’s not like Judaism was the religion of choice but when Jesus came, He introduced a second acceptable religion, maybe a little bit better.

    That view shows a fundamental error in your understanding of God—not at all surprising since you don’t believe He exists. How could you understand what you deny?

    Becky

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    • You state that the Jews worship a pretender then you go on to say that Yahweh is The god, God? And that the god of Moses is ‘God’
      I don’t actually believe you understand this yourself, but are merely parroting doctrine.
      A convoluted way of trying to express the Trinity.
      And this is the fundamental error, and it isn’t on my part, I’m afraid.

      You need to research the origins of the Trinity and you could start with Nicaea.

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      • No, Arkenaten, I’m afraid it’s you who don’t understand. As I’ve told you in the past, there is only One God. If that One God came to earth and took on flesh and lived among men, as He said He did, then anyone saying He did not do this, is calling Him a liar (an accusation if true, which would make Him, not God) or is worshiping their idea of god. In either instance, they are not worshiping the One True God. It’s not possible for the Jews to say, they are worshiping the One True God but not accept Jesus any more than it’s possible for the Muslims to say the same thing. They simply are worshiping their idea of God, not God Himself, as He has revealed Himself.

        Becky

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        • What on earth are you waffling on about, Becky?

          The One God according to the bible, is Yahweh. Period.
          He walked in the Garden of Eden, He enacted the flood, and stepped upon Mount Sinai to say ”How d’y do?” to Moses.

          What other god is there but Yahweh?

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        • You actually sound like you know Him, Arkenaten! But you say you don’t believe in His existence. In the same way, there are Jews today who do not believe in God as He has revealed Himself, particularly through His Son, Jesus. And in the days of Moses and Abraham and all the other Old Testament people, there were people who still did not accept Him as He revealed Himself. They thought they could do better. (See Aaron and the golden calf he had made).

          So no matter whether or not they say they believe in Yahweh, by their practice they demonstrate they don’t. Consequently, it’s fair to say that whatever god they are actually worshiping is a pretender.

          Becky

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          • Amazing;one minute you are babbling that Jesus is your god, the next you are saying Jesus is the son of your god, and Yahweh is your god.
            I truly don’t think you understand what you believe, but merely espouse this clap trap simply because this is the effects of mindless indoctrination.

            And your last paragraph is simply an assertion, with no more substance that any other silly god-belief.

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          • I can’t help you understand what you already don’t believe, Ark. Wish I could. To me it’s as plain as the fact that the sun shines. But why should you who don’t believe in God understand the Father-Son relationship of the Godhead? And since you think God doesn’t exist, why should you understand the difference between the real deal and pretenders? It’s just not possible. It’s knowledge beyond your ken.

            Becky

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  6. Becky

    Thanks for all of the followup you have done. What you are saying makes perfect sense. God has made the choice on how He wants to reveal Himself to us, and that is through His Son Jesus Christ. We then, Jew or Gentile alike, make our own choice about whether to accept that revelation of not. I get what you meant. To not accept God as He has revealed himself is worshiping a pretend God, isn’t it? Thank you!

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    • Study your bible, Wally.
      Jesus was a Jew.
      He came for the Jews.
      He never once claimed he was a god. Ever.

      What you believe is almost entirely based upon Pauline doctrine.

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      • But, Arkenaten, Jesus did claim to be God in many, many ways and times. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I wrote a post on this subject. Here’s a sampling:
        More than once the gospel of John records Jesus claiming to be the I AM–the very name of God which He revealed to Moses and which was recorded in Exodus. One of the clearest statements comes in John 8 when Jesus says to a group of Jewish religious leaders “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”

        Not only did He use the name the Jews considered holy, but He also said He predated their ancestor. Clearly, they understood precisely what Jesus was saying because they picked up stones to stone Him–the penalty for blaspheme.

        So, no, what Paul believed and wrote is not contradictory to what Jesus did and said.

        Becky

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        • Honestly, all you are doing is interpreting the gospels to suit your own ends.
          This type of mindless drivel is one reason Christians have been conducting genocidal campaigns against non-believers, such as the Jews and indulging in internecine war for centuries and people like you are responsible for the corruption and terrorizing of children.
          What you believe is your own affair. That you preach this unsubstantiated clap trap it to kids is almost unforgivable.

          Truly disgraceful. Have you no shame for what your religion has done and is still doing?

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          • “Genocidal campaigns” may have been done in the name of Christianity, but they are not part of “my religion.” The Bible teaches something completely different from the establishment of an earthly kingdom in the here and now. I can only assume the perpetrators of the things you’re talking about are or were pretenders.

            But we’re back to this part that you can’t understand: there is a True God and there are false gods as well as people who falsely portray God.

            You can tell the True God because He’s the only one who offers grace and mercy.

            Becky

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          • So your are saying that Yahweh is not the (your) True God?
            Am I reading you correctly?
            You are denying the god of the Old Testament, Yahweh.
            Yes, or no?

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          • Arkenaten, of course I believe Yahweh is the One True God. I am not denying the God of the Old Testament. I’ll say again, we’re into stuff you won’t understand because you don’t believe in God. But here goes.

            God gave Adam the responsibility of overseeing the rest of creation—basically of representing Him on the earth. When he sinned, God worked through the descendents of Abraham to accomplish the same purpose—they were to represent God to the nations. They wandered away from Him—His purpose for them, their relationship with Him.

            God sent His Son, His perfect Son to accomplish what Adam and Israel failed to do. Jesus then sent His Holy Spirit to live in the lives of those who follow Him, who are part of His family. We are now tasked with representing Christ to the nations.

            In the Old Testament and the New, the focus of God’s work through people has been, as it is now, to point others to Himself.

            Becky

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          • Okay.
            Then you do belong to a religion that endorses genocidal campaigns. Old Testament and New.
            That I don’t believe in the bible and that the Pentateuch is rank fiction, is immaterial.

            That you and many others believe in its innerancy IS the issue, as you preach this to children.

            And horrendous campaigns have been carried out in your god’s name. Even today, there are plenty of acts of violence perpetrated on a daily basis.

            However,if you gave your word to allow children the opportunity to discover the veracity of your claims – or not as the case may be, without introducing such heinous fallacious diatribe as Original Sin and Hell, then believe me, I would have no issues whatsoever with what you believe.
            On this score, you have my solemn word.

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