Christianity Thomas on 25 Feb 2011 12:51 am
In Part 1 we examined the Christian belief in creationism.
Here in part 2 we will look into the Christian belief that there are two gods, not one. This is interesting because Christianity normally thinks of itself as a monotheistic religion. Yet the evidence demonstrates otherwise. Just look at this statement of faith, which is typical of many Baptist churches:
It starts out by defining God:
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. This Divine God is inexpressively glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. He, as a unified, Triune God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit – each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. Each Divine Person executes distinct, but, harmonious offices in the great work of the redemption of the unregenerated souls of spiritually lost mankind. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis I-2; Isaiah 44:6, 57:15; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6; II Corinthians 13:14; John 10:14, 26)
We will ignore for now the absurdity of “one” God requiring three “distinct persons”.
Now contrast that definition of God with this definition of Satan:
We believe that Satan was created perfect, as a cherub called Lucifer, and because of pride, rebelled against God and became the author of sin. As the openly declared enemy of God, he appeared as an angel of light to Eve in the Garden of Eden and tricked her to disobey God. Adam, her husband, who was with her, knowingly and willfully disobeyed God’s command, resulting in the fall of man. As the Devil, he appears on Earth as the god of this world working in judgment, killing, deceiving, hindering, tempting and accusing. During the Great Tribulation, he will indwell the Antichrist. After the Antichrist is destroyed, he will be chained in the bottomless pit during the 1000 year reign of Christ. At the end of that time, he shall be loosed for a season to assemble an army of sinners for his last attempt to overthrow God. He and his army will be defeated and he will be cast into the Lake of Fire to be eternally punished. (Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah 14:12-15; II Corinthians 11:14; Genesis 3;1-6; Romans 5:12; II Corinthians 4:3-4; Matthew 4:2-11; John 8:44; I Thessalonians 2:18; II Thessalonians 2:3-9; Revelation 19: 11-20; Matthew 24:41; Revelation 20:1-10)
So here we have a second God. And the first God – the “Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth”, supposedly – has no way to control the “killing, deceiving, hindering, tempting and accusing” of this second God.
How can anyone believe in one God and then state that there are two? How can the first God be a “Supreme Ruler” if he is unable to stop the second God?
What is an intelligent person to do with a group of people who openly proclaim such utter nonsense?