Ten Commandments #1

August 11, 2008 at 6:30 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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The first commandment given to Moses for the nation of Israel is in Exodus 20:2-3.

 

Exo 20:2  “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Exo 20:3  “You shall have no other gods before Me.

 

The Israelites had been in Egypt for 430 years. The Egyptians worshipped a number of false gods. Through the plagues He brought on Egypt, God showed His power over these “gods”. Israel was leaving Egypt and traveling to Canaan, who had their own “gods”. Through Moses, God reminded His people not to follow after the “gods” of the people that surround them, or His anger would be kindled against them and He would wipe them off the face of the earth (Deut. 6:14). Later in Deuteronomy, God warns Israel that if they ever forgot Him and go after other “gods”, they would surely perish.

 

Over and over, the leaders of God’s people reminded them of all the things that God did for them and warned them what would happen if they turned their back on God. Sadly, Israel didn’t wait long to allow themselves to be lead astray. They compromised their faith and allowed the inhabitants of the land to live with them. Before long, they fell in and out of bondage to the nations around them for disobeying God and chasing after other “gods”. Even through the times when Israel had kings, they turned their backs on God. They worshipped the Baals and Ashteroth like those around them did.

 

Many people read about the times that Israel left God and they scoff. What they don’t realize is that there are hundreds of people today still follow false “gods”. The religions of the world  (aside from Christianity) all follow other “gods”.

 

Hinduism – Followers of Hinduism have some 300 million “gods”. Many of its adherents live in poorer countries. They look to their “gods” for blessings, protection, and provision. They worship created things like cows and rats. The things they worship have eaten much of the food that has been shipped to these countries while the people starve! It’s been said that it would take a 5000-car train to hold all the grain that’s been eaten by the rats in India in a year, but because they are sacred, no one will kill them. They offer food, gold, jewels and other things to these “gods” instead of using them to help the people of their country. With all the offerings and all of the “gods”, you would think that one of them would bless the people and help them. Sadly, that’s not going to happen because those “gods” are not real…

 

Wicca – Earth worship and druidism often highlight Wicca. Those who practice Wicca are often called “witches” or “warlocks”. They perform rites or rituals on special days (like solstices) and often have the “ability” to cast spells. In most cases, Wiccans see the earth as our “mother” and worship it as such (even though its really just part of the creation).

 

Islam – Muslims believe in a “god” named Allah. Many of them claim that Allah is the same as the God of the Bible. This is not true for many reasons. The most important reason is the fact that Allah has no Son. He is one “god” and has no “helpers”. The God of the Bible is Yahweh/Jehovah, and does have a Son who has existed from the beginning and is God. Muslims claim that Jesus was a good man, teacher, and prophet, but they deny Him as the Son of God. Jesus is woven through the text of the Christian scriptures from the beginning to the end (see Gen. 3:15, Gen. 22(cross reference with Gal 3), Psalm 22, Isaiah 11, and Isaiah 53). No man in history has fit the role of the Messiah or fulfilled the prophecies concerning the Messiah except Jesus. If the “god” of Islam and the God of the Bible are the same, then He lied. For hundreds of years, He promised the coming of a Savior through the tribe of Judah and the throne of David. This Savior would take away the sins of the people and reconcile them to God. Also, if the “god” of Islam is the God of the Bible, then His character has changed (which according to the Bible isn’t possible – Malachi 3:6). His view of sin, judgment, and eternity has changed and the promises He made to the Jews have been forgotten.

 

Atheism – Atheism may not seem to fit in this discussion, but in some ways it does. It is often portrayed as a scientific, intelligent premise that is based on cold hard facts. The truth is, atheism is a philosophical ideal based on naturalism in order to deny God. It is the belief that everything that exists came about by natural causes over millions of years and denies the existence of the supernatural. Many atheists hang their hat on science and its “facts”, when many of these “facts” are not founded in experiment but in an a priori belief that God doesn’t exist.

 

Many people worship other “gods” instead of the One True God. They chase after other “gods” that suit them instead of changing their lives to conform to the Word of the Lord. They don’t want to be accountable for their sins or their wayward lifestyle, so they find a “god” that already agrees with their way of living and “follow” it. Many of these “gods” have found a home in the US. Sadly, they have diluted the foundation that our country was built on and are slowly eroding away the only hope we have.

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