The One True God
By D. Gene
The world is
now and always has been full of “other gods.” Pretonius
said of the city of Athens that it was easier to find a god than to
find a man.
And Zenophon called Athens, one great altar to the gods. The Bible is a
unique book in that it declares there is only one true and living God.
for hundreds upon hundreds of years claimed that there is only one true
has revealed himself to mankind, and in that they have been correct.
Christianity, likewise, declares to the world there is only one true
although in recent months in this country, in the name of tolerance,
claim to be Christians have voted to no longer say that salvation is
Christ alone. From this and other sources we are learning that once
our world of so-called pluralism, men are beginning to deny that there
one God. That is not surprising, but what is amazing is that there are
wish to call themselves Christians who agree with that concept. While
people do not consider themselves polytheists (worshiper of more than
in reality they are because they recognize other so-called deities as
a par with Yahweh when it comes to matters religious in nature. For
these folk find it “bigoted” to insist there is only one true God in
When we turn to the 17th
chapter of the Book of Acts, we find the Apostle Paul confronted with a
situation not too unlike ours. He found the people of Athens worshiping
god under the sun,” and fearing that they might miss one, they erected
to “the unknown God.” Paul preached a great sermon on Mar’s Hill in
declared to the people there the unknown God of whom they were
declared that the God whom they did not know is the Creator of the
everything in it. He averred that since God is Lord of heaven and
does not dwell in temples made with human hands nor is he worshiped
hands of men as if he needed anything; on the contrary it is God who
all life, breath and all things. Paul insisted that human beings are
offspring of God as certain of their own poets had claimed.
created man of one blood for the purpose of dwelling on all the face of
earth and has defined their limitations. He also declared that God is
from any of us, for we live, move and have our being in him.
Paul also emphasized that
since we are the offspring of God, we should not think of him as one of
idols made of gold, silver or stone, that which is shaped by the art of
should think of him as being the Divine Nature.
When Christianity had its
beginning in the world, it challenged polytheism to the very core. As
of the Bible went forth regarding the one true and living God, temple
temple that had been erected to first one heathen god and then the
into disuse, and finally into dust due to the fact that so many people
being converted to Yahweh as the only true God and to Jesus Christ as
Savior in the world. Men by the millions came to accept God and the
Christ, and as they did the old gods were forgotten and ignored.
It seems today, however, that there is an
attempt to turn from the recognition of Yahweh as the one living and
God to other gods which like those in ancient times are nothing more
inventions of men. They are deaf, mute and totally impotent. Yet, men
them; they pray to them; they offer them gifts and devote their lives
Surely, they must know that gods of stone, wood, even when ornately
with precious metals, stones and clothing are nothing more than the
their own hands. As such they have no value in this life or in the one
to come, for there is only one true, living, eternal and loving God and
the One revealed in the Bible.