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How Many God's Are There?

It is important to note that Christians are MONOTHIESTIC. We believe in ONE GOD.

What Does The Lord God have to say about any other 'Gods / gods' of any kind?

Isaiah 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me;
Galatians 4:8 However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.
Ex 20:1,3 I am the LORD your God....You shall have no other gods before Me.
Isa 43:10 "You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom you have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no other god was formed, nor will there be one after me..."

Q: Is there any other God's besides God (Jehovah)?

Q: Are there to be any other gods (mighty gods, lower gods, small gods)

to be formed or created?
Q: If all other gods are false then how many Gods are there?

Summary: There is only one true God and ALL other gods are false.

 

According to the New World Translation John 1:1: translates as "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was a god."

Question 1: Is Satan a true god or a false God.?

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Question 2: Is Jesus a true god or false god?

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If Jesus is a god, then doesn't that mean there are two gods? The answer is often, "Yes. But Jesus is not the Almighty God, He is only the mighty god. And besides, there are those in the Bible who are called gods but really aren't." Polytheism, is a belief in more than one god, and the Bible teaches monotheism so the answer above must be rejected.(3)

NOTE: NIV Isa 43:10 "You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom you have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no other god was formed, nor will there be one after me..."

Good News Bible Isa 43:10 "People of Israel, you are my witnesses: I chose you to be my servant so that you would know me and believe me and understand that I am the only God. Besides me there is not other god; there never was and never will be."

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The problem with this is that every God besides Jehovah is a false God. God says to have no other God before Him(Exodus 20:3) because they are by nature not gods (Gal.4:8). See Isa 46:9 (4)

If Jesus is not 'a god,' then who is He?

  Jesus 

Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

* The living Word must be the same as God! Because Isa 46:9 states that there are no others like him. Therefore no 'mighty god.'

 God the Father

Isa 46:9 ...I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me

John 8:58 the New World Translation says, "...Before Abraham came into existence, I have been."

They have translated the present tense ego eimi, in the Greek, into the perfect tense, I have been. Though this can be done rarely in the N.T., it is not correct here because Jesus was quoting the O.T. verse of Exodus 3:14 where God was telling Moses who He was: "God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO
I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: "I AM has sent me to you."'" Jesus was purposely using the divine title: I AM. (5)

NIV Jn 8:58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered "before Abraham was born, I am!"

This is one of the most powerful statements uttered by Jesus. When he said that he existed before Abraham was born, he undeniably proclaimed his divinity. Not only did Jesus say that he existed before Abraham; he also applied God's Holy name (I Am Ex 3:14) to himself. (6)

Isa 43:13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he....

If Jesus was saying that He "had been" before Abraham, then why does it say in the next verse that the Jews pick up stones to kill him? Were they upset because he claimed he was 'older than Abraham' or that he was claiming to be God? Which makes more sense in this context? What do you think would inflame the Jews?: A) Jesus claims to be an old man B) Jesus claims to be God
Additionally, about 250 years B.C. the Jews translated the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek. It is called the Septuagint, also known as LXX. In the Septuagint Exodus 3:14 is translated in the Greek in a present tense, i.e., I AM... The correct translation is, therefore, "Before Abraham was, I AM."(7)

Q: What about Ps 83:6? "I said, 'you are "gods";

This Psalm calls the rulers and judges of Israel "gods" and "sons of the most high." They were called gods because they represented God in executing judgement. John 10:34-36 records Jesus using this passage to defend his claims to be God. His argument was as follows: if God would call mere men 'gods' why was it blasphemous for him, the true Son of God to declare himself equal with God? (p 996 LAB NIV)

Zec 14:9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD(also see Isa 44:6), and his name, the only name.

Question: How is it possible that there will be only ONE King, ONE Lord? Jesus is said to be King yet God claims that too!

Are there two Kings and two Gods or One King One God? What do the scriptures say? see Isa 46:9. Who is Jesus Christ?

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(1) Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry J. Slick, B.A., M. Div. welcomes your comments via E-mail at mslick@connectnet.com

(2) ibid.

(3) ibid.

(4) ibid.

(5) ibid.

(6) Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright (C) 1973,1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zonervan Publishing p1895

(7) Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry J. Slick, B.A., M. Div. welcomes your comments via E-mail at mslick@connectnet.com

Scripture quotations taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright (c) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.