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- In the Quran
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in the CHRISTIAN BIBLES
9. How many gods are there?
The Hebrew Scriptures sometimes claim that there is only one God, and sometimes that Yahweh is the greatest
among many gods. Things get even more confusing in the New Testament, where Jesus and the Holy Ghost
are sometimes also referred to as God. The concept of the “Holy Trinity” was created to address this
contradiction, but the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost continue to divide Christians today.
There is only one god.
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God;
there is none else beside him.
The LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me.
The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
1 Kings 18:39
I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
I am the LORD, and there is none else ... There is none beside me. I am the LORD,
and there is none else.
I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.
There is no God else beside me ... There is none beside me.
I am God, and there is none else: I am God, and there is none like me.
Isaiah 46:9 The Lord our God is one Lord.
There is one God; and there is none other but he.
That they might know thee the only true God.
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him.
1 Corinthians 8:6
There are several gods.
In the book of Genesis, God used a plural pronoun to refer to himself (herself, itself, or themselves),
implying that there is more than one god up there.
And God said, let
The Old Testament God is a “god of gods” who is worshiped by the other gods..
us make man in our image.
And the Lord God said, Behold, then man is become as one of
us, to know good and evil.
us go down, and there confound their language.
For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords.
No other god is like him.
Worship him, all ye gods.
O give thanks unto the God of gods.
Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord.
He is better than the other gods.
Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods?
The other gods will die someday.
Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. ... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them,
nor serve them.
What God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works?
Our Lord is above all gods.
The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish
from the earth, and from under these heavens.
The Hebrew God judges the other gods.
Jeremiah 10:11 And against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment.
And will punish them.
Upon their gods also the LORD executed judgments.
God standeth in the congregation of the mighty, he judgeth among the gods.
Psalm 82:1 I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods.
He is a jealous God (whose name is Jealous). So he forbids us to “go after” or worship any of his competitors.
The Lord will be terrible to them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth.
Zephaniah 2:11 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous,
is a jealous God.
If you give God glory, he’ll go easy on you and all your other gods.
Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; (For the
LORD thy God is a jealous God among you.)
Thou shalt not ... go after other gods to serve them.
Ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand
from off you, and from off your gods.
But you must fear God more than all the other gods.
1 Samuel 6:5
And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with
the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.
The Lord ... is to be feared above all gods.
Don’t sacrfifice to any of the other gods. (Or God will kill you.)
1 Chronicles 16:25
For the Lord ... is to be feared above all gods.
He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
Don’t put any of the other gods before him.
Exodus 22:20 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
Don’t make a covenant with them.
Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
Don’t burn incense to them.
Exodus 23:32 I will utter my judgments against them ... who have forsaken me, and have
burned incense unto other gods.
Or even mention their names.
Jeremiah 1:16 Make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
Put away your father’s gods.
Exodus 23:13 Fear the Lord ... and put away the gods which your fathers served.
And stay away from the god named Chemosh.
Joshua 24:14 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess?
But don’t revile the other gods.
Judges 11:24 Thou shalt not revile the gods.
Other people served other gods (as did Abraham’s father Terah).
Exodus 22:28 Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time,
even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.
And a witch once saw gods going up to heaven.
Joshua 24:2 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul,
I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
Always remember that people are gods too. (Jesus used this when he was accused of making himself a god.)
1 Samuel 28:13 I have said, Ye are gods.
And the three gods in heaven are really only one god. (Don't worry about this one too much. It's a mystery.)
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy;
and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not
written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
John 10:33-34 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word,
and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:7