March 2, 2003 / Volume 3, Issue 9
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
How many Gods are there? Some passages state there is only one (Deuteronomy 4:35; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8; Isaiah 45:5-6; Mark12:29), but others indicate there are several (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:22; Exodus 12:12). Is there a contradiction?
There is one true God, which the first set of passages listed above, along with many other reveal. We will return to who this one true God is in just a moment, but for the present, let us consider Exodus 12:12, and other texts such as it. The Lord says, "...against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment." These ‘gods' are manmade gods, conceived in the mind of man and who exist and reign only in the mind of those who are deceived. The Egyptians had a variety of gods, as did the Greeks and the Romans. Often their gods were based upon nature, and blessings would come from appeasing their gods in various forms. Of those who served such ‘gods', Paul wrote, "...who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever." (Romans 1:25).
As regards the one true God, texts such as Genesis 1:26 infer that there is a plurality. Indeed, there are three persons who are one God. To aid in understanding this concept, please refer to the diagrams available. It is important to understand, God is a form of being, not necessarily the description of a specific person (though it is also used in this fashion).
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible