There Is Only One True God

Today’s reading and lesson will no doubt be offensive to some.  Some will immediately point to racism and discount the Word because of modern cultural norms.  All I can say is that I didn’t write the Bible – I’m just studying it.

“On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God, because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.)  When the people heard this law, they excluded from Israel all who were of foreign descent.”   — Nehemiah 13:1-3

It seems that the races of Ammon and Moab were to be summarily excluded from the assembly of God’s people, because of past idolatry.  At the time, God’s people were chosen out of Israelite descent – some would call this racist, but it is what God’s plan was for the time.  We have seen past examples of non-Israelite kings who were dedicated to God and who were clearly blessed by God – but these men were not attending the assembly of God, which was a different thing, according to these verses.

As always, I try to apply what I read in the Bible to today’s world.  There is clearly no division along racial lines in the kingdom of God today – salvation is open to the Jew and the Gentile.  However, I think we can infer that we should be very cautious about considering any practice entered into the modern assembly that does not meet with God’s strict criteria.  Any doctrine that might acknowledge another “God” should be strictly prohibited, as evidenced in the words of Nehemiah above.  The truth be told, there is a modernist inclination to allow the worship of Allah, Krishna or other gods to somehow count as worship of the Lord.  People will argue, “Isn’t the worship of Allah equivalent to the worship of God – as long as a god is worshiped and people’s lives are changed?”  In a word, the answer is “No”.  Allah is not the one, true God – nor is Krishna or any other god besides the one of the Bible.  We should take care about condoning anything that takes away from the the God of the Bible – and Him alone.


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