Don’t Mention Names of Other Gods

Christians know we aren’t supposed to worship other gods. We know we’re not supposed to bow down before idols, offer them sacrifices or pray to them. Standard stuff.

Commandment number one is–have no other gods before Me. We got it. Covered. Done deal.

If you read a little further in God’s commandments you’ll come across fuller explanations as to exactly how one-sided God wants us to be in our devotion to Him. Get this one:

“And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.”

Wow! That’s called exclusivism! Not only does Got not want us worshipping other gods, He doesn’t want us mentioning their names. Makes you question your comparative religions study doesn’t it?

Probably not. We know God doesn’t really mean we shouldn’t mention the names of other gods, just like He didn’t really mean we should pray without ceasing.

Then again, maybe He does mean it. Hmm, imagine if God actually meant everything He said.

3 thoughts on “Don’t Mention Names of Other Gods”

  1. Just wanted to congratulate you on this post; it’s quite accurate and you totally had my confidence up until:

    “Then again, maybe He does mean it. Hmm, imagine if God actually meant everything He said.”

    You’re joking right? God actually did mean EVERYTHING he said and it’s up to you to interpret it accurately!

    “He didn’t really mean we should pray without ceasing,” duh, if we did that we’d die….which technically is suicide….which is a sin.

    You really should clarify what God really meant; if all you say is that god didn’t actually mean pray without ceasing and that he didn’t really mean what he said then on the assumption one has no prerequisite knowledge of the bible I’d assume he lied.

    God obviously had a pretty decent concept of metaphors, simile, and personification. It’s necessary to comprehend the bible and dangerous to not have while reading it.

  2. Some years ago the children of the congregation I attended put on a musical about the prophet Elijah. They used a canned musical put out by a large Christian publishing house. In one scene, the children were supposed to sing a song as the prophets of Baal in which they called out for their god to come down and light the fire. After I pointed out how wrong it was to have six-year-olds calling out to a false god, the musical managers cut out the song, but I think my insistence was viewed as a little curmudgeonly and annoying.

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