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Is YHWH, Jehovah, the Lord the only god or are there other deities?

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The Bible seems to support the idea that there are many gods but YHWH must be seen as No. 1.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image


Early Judaism did not deny the existence of other gods. Exodus acknowledges and affirms the existence of other gods. It paints the plagues of Egypt not just as war on the pharaoh, but as a war on the gods of Egypt: “For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord.” (Exodus 12:12).

13 you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim
14 —for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God—
15 otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you [m]to eat of his sacrifice,
(Exodus 34:13-15)

5 ‘Turn now everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your deeds, and dwell on the land which the Lord has given to you and your forefathers forever and ever;
6 and do not go after other gods to serve them and to worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands, and I will do you no harm.’
(Jeremiah 25:5-6)

The early Israelites were monolatrists, not monotheists. The bible is rife with references to deities other than Yahweh: The prophets didn't deny these gods existed, they just didn't think Jews should worship them
 

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I do hope that there are also some other Gods.
 

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Jehovah is the only True God...all other gods are conjured up in the hearts and minds of man...they worship their fleshly desires...
 

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Who doesn't like a good fleshly desire? I know I do.

We are made of flesh and blood, so that is only natural...it's when we allow our fleshly desires to overrule doing what is right, we get into danger...
 

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Arthur Brown has been the God of Hellfire for at least 50 years.
 

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We are made of flesh and blood, so that is only natural...it's when we allow our fleshly desires to overrule doing what is right, we get into danger...

That's where I start to develop a problem. Are you saying having sex is wrong? That's what it sounds like you are implying. The old testament tells us to go out and multiply. I don't think it was speaking about arithmetic.
 

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That's where I start to develop a problem. Are you saying having sex is wrong? That's what it sounds like you are implying. The old testament tells us to go out and multiply. I don't think it was speaking about arithmetic.

Not at all, within the confines of the marriage vow...God is good...:)
 

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Jehovah is the only True God...all other gods are conjured up in the hearts and minds of man...they worship their fleshly desires...

And who said so?
Jehovah himself?

Then he was blowing his own trumpet then.
 

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Not at all, within the confines of the marriage vow...God is good...:)

Sex within the confines of marriage good, sex outside of marriage bad? I have an extremely difficult time buying into that thinking. As humans sex is as natural as breathing all that other stuff is somebody or something else telling me what I can and can't do and if I do that thing that I shouldn't, I'm going to hell. I do not subscribe to those ideas at all.
 

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Sex within the confines of marriage good, sex outside of marriage bad? I have an extremely difficult time buying into that thinking. As humans sex is as natural as breathing all that other stuff is somebody or something else telling me what I can and can't do and if I do that thing that I shouldn't, I'm going to hell. I do not subscribe to those ideas at all.

That is your choice...I can see where adhering to God's law on sex & marriage can save a lot of heartaches...I've been cheated on, so I know the feelings of betrayal and lack of trust it brings...
 

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That is your choice...I can see where adhering to God's law on sex & marriage can save a lot of heartaches...I've been cheated on, so I know the feelings of betrayal and lack of trust it brings...

? That fits most of us. My ex wife is my ex wife for a reason. Life went on and god didn't do a damn thing to help my feelings. I don't understand why people try to fight the power of sexual attraction by telling ourselves this that and the other is wrong and sinful and all of that crap to make ourselves feel horrible. All in an effort to try to deny the most basic drive we have. To me that's crazy.
 

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? That fits most of us. My ex wife is my ex wife for a reason. Life went on and god didn't do a damn thing to help my feelings. I don't understand why people try to fight the power of sexual attraction by telling ourselves this that and the other is wrong and sinful and all of that crap to make ourselves feel horrible. All in an effort to try to deny the most basic drive we have. To me that's crazy.

But if all followed that law, how much better marriages would be...and yes, it can be done...millions do it successfully...
 

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But if all followed that law, how much better marriages would be...and yes, it can be done...millions do it successfully...

What law? Again I have to believe in an imaginary being to believe in any such law, see the problem? I'm married, I commit adultery my wife according to man's law can divorce me. That's law to me not stuff that's been put into a book and changed and changed and changed and then claim to be 'the law.'

I refuse to accept your standards as to what the law means and whose authority I should consider the 'only' authority.
 

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There are zero gods.
 

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What law? Again I have to believe in an imaginary being to believe in any such law, see the problem? I'm married, I commit adultery my wife according to man's law can divorce me. That's law to me not stuff that's been put into a book and changed and changed and changed and then claim to be 'the law.'

I refuse to accept your standards as to what the law means and whose authority I should consider the 'only' authority.

Like I said, that is your choice but imo God's law of sex within the bounds of marriage is the best for us because He loves us and knows what is best fro us, hands down...
 
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