I want to ask this question: Why put your trust in something that can do nothing for you? Put another way, why ascribe divinity to something you created with your own two hands, or your imagination or someone else’s? Isn’t this what a false god is? By the strictest definition of the word “God” anyone other than God professing to be God must be false, i.e. God is “the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe” (Dictionary.com). According to this definition then there can only be one Supreme Being and He is God; therefore, all others claiming to be the Supreme Being are false. They are false gods.
If there were more than one Supreme Being we would have to redefine the word supreme. In this case there is only room for one Supreme Being and God does not share His throne or His glory with other so-called gods. But when I titled this post I deliberately used the word “gods”, lower case, for a reason. When used this way, the word “gods” denotes something lessor than that which is supreme. In fact the Apostle Paul uses the word theos (gods) in I Cor. 8:5 which means “a god or goddess, a general name of deities or divinities” (Blue Letter Bible) to make this point. While theos is also used in the Greek for God, upper case, Paul makes the distinction clear when he uses the Greek word kyrios (lord) in the same verse to describe “gods” as “he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord” (Blue Letter Bible), i.e. something or someone to be distinguished from the Almighty God, the Supreme God.
Theos, when linked with kyrios, does denote something that in terms of status or privilege could be construed as something with significant power or acclaim. Some men refer to other men of higher rank and societal privilege as lord or master. These lords and masters exercised power through wealth, birthright or through some achievement that sets them above their peers. Some societies have worshipped the sun, moon, stars or animals as deities because of their grandeur, spectacle or because of their lack of knowledge about the true nature of these things.
In either case the title of master or lord ascribes some element of superiority to the object of reference and, in my mind at least, speaks volumes about how the individual values themselves. For example, if I were to bow down before the sun in worship of it I would be making a statement about not only my valuation of the sun but also about my weakness and need. I would not bow to that which serves me, but I bow and humble myself before that which I serve. In that act I am acknowledging my inferiority and the superiority of the object being worshipped. I am also acknowledging that I need something, and I am demonstrating that what I bow down to can supply that need. But in reference to deity, there is expectancy, that something can and will happen with such an exchange. If I bow down before the god of rain or the sun god or whatever deity controls the weather asking for rain so that my crops will grow, what is my expectation? I am expecting that at some point I will receive rainfall and my crops will be saved! Otherwise why waste my breath right? When I humble myself before whatever I consider to be deity there is always an expectation of some kind. I call these things false gods because they cannot deliver or produce anything to fulfil that expectation! They are theos in name only. They have no power deliver.
The Apostle Paul wrote in I Cor 8:4-7, “About eating food offered to idols, then, we know that “an idol is nothing in the world,” and that “there is no God but one.” For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth—as there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father. All things are from Him, and we exist for Him. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ. All things are through Him, and we exist through Him. However, not everyone has this knowledge”. False gods count on our lack of knowledge for power! This is how people are enslaved. False gods lead people to believe false teachings and belief systems. These false teachings keep people locked up and bound in error and darkness. Each time you bow down before a false god you donate part of your own power and life-force to that thing. The sad part is that you get nothing back in exchange. Not so with Jesus Christ!!
There is but one God and Father. He is supreme above all else and He has manifested His power and His Will in the person of Jesus Christ. Bowing down to worship Christ is the same as worshipping the Almighty in heaven. To see Christ is to see the Father. Jesus Christ is the perfect and visible reflection of the invisible God. Submitting yourself to Christ reaps eternal life and so many other benefits. Not so with false gods!!!!