The Plethora of gods Kind of Makes Sense

Have you ever wondered how the world went from Eden and the worship of a single Creator to the pantheon of deities the Romans and Greeks devised? God even allowed the world to start over with Noah. Still, before ten generations had passed, we find only a handful of true Yahweh followers.

Perhaps the mystery begins in Genesis 1:1 where the Hebrew says bereshit elohim . . . In the beginning, God . . . Here’s the problem we don’t see in the English–the word we translate GOD is plural in Hebrew. From His first act, Yahweh tried to show us His true nature. He wanted us to know He’s bigger than our idea of a singular diety. He continued in verse 26 by using plural first person pronouns.

Even before He revealed His identity as Holy Spirit and Savior, the Creator gave the world a glimpse into His three-in-one personality.

Like now, Adam and Eve’s, and later Noah’s, ancestors had to accept on faith that the Creator could be One God with more than one Identity. Can you imagine the difficulty? Even First Century humans had a hard time accepting the idea of a multi-faceted deity. It didn’t seem to matter they’d seen the Son in the flesh and watched the acts of the Holy Spirit working through the disciples.

Zoroaster had tried to steer folks in the right direction in about 500 B.C. He didn’t truly understand Yahweh, but the philosopher had come to the conclusion the world had come into being at the hand of a single, powerful Creator. But even those who worshiped the Zoroastrians Ahura Mazda wouldn’t let go of their multitude of lesser gods. As in the days of Abraham, each god or goddess had their own statue, something physical to touch and pray to–and burn in the fire if it wore out.

Humans want to understand God. They want to manipulate the Almighty and hope that by figuring Him out they can put Him under their thumb. We don’t like this idea of following something we can’t completely comprehend.

As much as we’d like to, we’ll never fully comprehend the fullness of Yahweh. His wisdom is beyond our comprehension, His love is greater than our mind can conceive. The world needs to stop trying to understand Yahweh, and believe He is who He says He is–One God whose revealed Himself as Creator, Spirit, and Savior. The Only God who ever claimed to love us with an everlasting love. The only Deity who has always acted in the created’s best interest. Don’t let your misunderstanding of the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient keep you from believing He is the One true living God who loves you more than you can imagine.

 

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 9


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