In this issue . . .
Q: Is God unique?
A: A number of Bible verses, predominantly in the Psalms, compare the revealed God of the Bible to various gods worshiped in the ancient Near East. Many of us may gloss right over them. We mentally file away such passages as descriptions of primitive, superstitious people who worshiped anything and everything, much like the Greeks the Apostle Paul addressed on Mars Hill who wanted to make sure they had all the bases covered by not neglecting any god in worship for fear of incurring divine wrath. Sadly, we often miss the point of these passages, which is not meant to simply convey men’s superstitions but is intended to reveal the sovereignty of our God over all creation and to discredit the gods of other peoples as impotent and worthless.
Indeed, one of the many challenges directed at biblical creationists is “if we teach about your God, why not teach about the many other gods in the world?” That is, what really separates the God of the Bible from the gods of this world?
After God delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians at the Red Sea, Moses wrote, “Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11). One of the reasons the Lord sent the plagues upon Egypt before the Exodus was to judge the false gods of Egypt: “For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the LORD had smitten among them: upon their gods also the LORD executed judgments” (Numbers 33:4). The psalmist wrote, “For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens” (Psalm 96:4–5).
The emphasis of these, and numerous other biblical passages, is that when we compare other gods to the Lord, we can see how bankrupt they are in majesty and power to the revealed Creator God of the Bible. Although there are many lines of comparison that we could use, we’ll choose just four particular areas: creative acts, motives, morality, and eternality.
Read the rest of this article on our website: The Lord Is a Great God and a Great King Above All Gods.
News to Note Quick Look
The great bird swap: New research has “completely redrawn” the avian tree of life, undoing the previous view of bird relationships. So much for last year’s “facts.” Read more.
Sparkling imagination: The diamond may be more than a girl’s proverbial best friend; it may be an old-earther’s best friend, too—or so claims a recent report in Nature. Read more.
Also: a Martian garden, painting the cave red, and microscopic motors. Read more.
Is E. coli evolving?
Jerry Coyne, evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, thinks that Richard Lenski’s recently published research on citrate utilization by Escherichia coli is “another poke in the eye for anti-evolutionists.” He goes on to say, “The thing I like most is it says you can get these complex traits evolving by a combination of unlikely events. That’s just what creationists say can’t happen.” But as Dr. Georgia Purdom, AiG–U.S., points out, Lenski’s research, instead, is another “feather in the cap” for creationists and further demolishes evolutionary ideas that complex traits can arise by random mutations.
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