Is it true that the Bible often refers to 'gods' - inferring that there are several/many gods?
- TeeMLv 72 months ago
It doesn't infer, because Paul tells us this is so.
(1 Corinthians 8:5) “5 For even though there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, just as there are many “gods” and many “lords,””
1st Paul tells us about those who claim to be gods, then he affirms there ACTUALLY many gods and also many lords.
Such ones are 'human judges' Ps 82:6 & at John 10:30-36 Jesus said the pharisees are gods, when he quoted Ps 82:6 and 'You are gods'.
Moses was a god to Pharaoh. [Ex 7:1]
Even Jesus is called 'a god' at John 1:1.
Paul then goes on and explains that for Christians, there is only one God, who is the Father.
This is in agreement with Jesus, who says the Father is the only true God.
Jesus is our Lord, because his God and Father appointed him to this position.
(1 Corinthians 8:6) “6 there is actually to us one God, the Father, from whom all things are and we for him; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are and we through him.”
(John 17:3) “3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”
Let us all, like Paul and Peter;
(1 Peter 1:3) “3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,. . .”
(Ephesians 1:3) “3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,. . .”
Let us have the same mental attitude as Jesus:
(Romans 15:5, 6) “5 Now may the God who supplies endurance and comfort grant you to have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that unitedly you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Anonymous2 months ago
It depends on the passage. A number of different words can be translated as "gods". There were many false "gods" that people worshiped and even do to this day. Scriptures also say we are "gods" although the word actually used is Elohim. It's all in the translation.
- DouglasLv 72 months ago
When the Bible refers to "gods", it is referring to beings that present themselves as gods; things/beings worshiped by men as gods. Fallen angels are "gods" in terms of their abilities compared with ours, and indeed regard themselves as gods and have been worshiped by men as gods, but there is only 1 actual GOD; i.e. the God of the Bible.
- Chi girlLv 72 months ago
The Bible implies. Readers infer. But the Bible doesn't just imply that there are other gods -- meaning false -- it outright says so.Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
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- MalcolmLv 72 months ago
The context of those terms determines the meaning.
- tennLv 72 months ago
Yes, the early days of the religion were polytheistic. Each tribe had its own god.
- Dave DLv 72 months ago
Of course. Some of the stories of the Bible are more than 4000 years old. The early people who became the Jews did not believe that their God was the only God. They thought Him to be the "most high God" of them all. In the stories of Moses when he threw down his staff and it became a snake, the Egyptian priests appealed to their gods and their staffs became snakes as well. When Moses' snake ate the others it was a message of the superiority of the Most High over the others. It wasn't until the Babylonian exile around 500 B.C. that monotheism became firmly rooted in Judaism.
- keyjonaLv 72 months ago
Sons of God have always ruled as Lord: Lords ruled in old testament; The CHRIST IS LORD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT; NONE of them is GOD the Creator Father.
God has an infinite number of Sons and these universes are their playground/Laboratory. They caused this messed up world from the start. With the Father's permission,They were attempting to build their own Heaven. God doesn't intend this world to be our home, but He does require our maximum effort while we are here. We are part of a bigger picture.
- Gus DihnLv 62 months ago
Yes. It's because Jehovah was originally just one of a pantheon of gods and this is not perfectly edited out of the Bible.
- nineteenthlyLv 72 months ago
You mean "implying". Yes it does, and one of the words for God, "Elohim", is a plural although it sometimes takes a singular noun, so it could be read as referring to a pantheon. Also, Ba'al is clearly a rival deity seen actually to exist and the situation appears at first to be that God is simply a high god more worthy of worship than others, and the Israelites' national deity. However, I see this as progress towards the truth of monotheism.