God above Other Gods

For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

Psalm 135:5 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.135.5.KJV


In a postmodern world it is extremely difficult to claim and adhere to the exclusivity of Christianity. You will be antagonized if you claim you alone know the truth. Nowadays, truth seems to be relative, ethics is demanded to be relative, Belief in God is relative to what you want to believe about Him.


But what God actually allowed to happen in this Covid Pandemic is teaching us that truth is never relative. You cannot erase away the virus by wishful thinking or not believing it is true. You are more likely to get infected if you are not adhering to the safety measures against the virus. Most importantly, you will get penalize if you disregard the authority put into place whether you like those protocols or not.


With this in mind we need to address the claim of Christianity that YHWH is the God above all else and Jesus is the only true Savior of the world. There are only two answers to this inquiry either a YES or a NO. For extra-biblical evidences you can check out this documentary by this former atheist turned apologist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTSyqbUz1A&ab_channel=ONErighteousNESS .


I. God is always above the current situations


It is interesting that post-modernism is actually not a new issue. Even in the Bible and church history people always want to make God according to what man want Him to be. This is true in the passage about Jeroboam, King of Israel during the Divided Kingdom


And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their Lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1 Kings 12:26‭-‬28 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.12.26-28.KJV


Jeroboam preferred a religion and a god/s that is beneficial to himself rather than worshiping the True God

  1. Admixing gods

  2. Admixing priests

  3. Admixing rituals

Syncretism which is compromise and mixing always leads to paganism. It is a slippery slope like Jeroboam that led a downward spiral up to Ahab.


And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

1 Kings 16:33 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.16.33.KJV


II. God is always above apparent Disadvantages


And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord

(YHWH) God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

1 Kings 17:1 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.17.1.KJV


Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

1 Kings 18:19‭-‬20 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.18.19-20.KJV


Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

1 Kings 18:23‭-‬24 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.18.23-24.KJV



Apparent Advantages of Baal

  1. god of fertility (Yet cannot stop YHWH from sending a drought)

  2. Carmel (Main place of Baal Worship)

  3. 850 prophets of Baal vs 1 prophet of YHWH

  4. Bulls (Baal was symbolized by a bull)


And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

1 Kings 18:27 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.18.27.KJV


And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

1 Kings 18:36‭-‬38 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.18.36-38.KJV


God through Elijah proved He is above Baal and other gods. He can still prove Himself that He is above and beyond the gods of this age if you will dare accept His challenge to look at the proofs of His existence and power. He is more powerful than the god of Post-Modernism, the gods of pleasure, fame, treasures. He is more powerful than the gods of science and humanism.


Ps. For evidences of God in Science, Philosophy, History and Archaeology search up these qualified Christian Intellectuals


1. Lee Strobel (Case for Christ) https://leestrobel.com/

2. William Craig https://www.reasonablefaith.org/

3. Dr. Sarah Salviander https://sarahsalviander.com/

4. Dr. Stephen Meyer https://stephencmeyer.org/