Tuesday, February 5, 2013
“For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” (1 Corinthians 8:5,6 KJV).
Satan deceptively employs terms that the Bible uses—“God,” “Lord,” “Jesus,” “Christ”—but he does not always apply them to the same individual the Bible does. What ingenuity!
Many use the name “God” in a generic sense. That is, they are not necessarily referring to the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible. To the pantheists, nature is “god.” Did you know “Allah” is Arabic for “the god?” Egotists consider themselves “god.” Consequently, the God of the Holy Bible commanded, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). He knew there were other “gods” in the world, and He knew that the Gentiles called their idols “god” and “lord” (today’s Scripture). In fact, the name of the ancient Canaanite god “Baal”—whom Israel repeatedly worshipped (Judges 2:11-13; et al.)—means “lord/master.”
The God of the Bible is called “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6; et al.) in order to distinguish Him from the idols of the heathens/Gentiles (who were not descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). His Hebrew name is “JEHOVAH” (pronounced jah-ho-vah or yah-ho-vah). See Exodus 6:3, Psalm 83:18, Isaiah 12:2, and Isaiah 26:4 for specific instances. Notice what Psalm 83:18 says: “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”
If it is a critical Bible teaching to distinguish between JEHOVAH and the world’s idols, why, interestingly enough, do the modern “bibles”—NIV, NASB, NKJV, ESV, et cetera—remove “JEHOVAH” from some or all of those verses, making them nonsensical ambiguity? “JEHOVAH” does not apply to just any god, so this wresting of the Bible makes their product less offensive to “other faiths” and certainly increases sales.
But, there is much, much more deception associated with this “replacement terminology theology….”