Sexual immoralities or adultery in the Churches have been discussed in previous articles (Spiritual attack on the institution of marriage (1), Spiritual attack on the institution of marriage (2), Spiritual attack on the institution of marriage (3), Spiritual attack on the institution of marriage (4), Spiritual attack on the institution of marriage (5), Spiritual attack on the institution of marriage (6), and Spiritual attack on the institution of marriage (7)). Messiah Yahshua taught that love of GOD and neighborly love are the two pillars on which all the laws of GOD rest (Mt. 22: 35-40). Love of GOD is demonstrated by obedience to the first four laws of the Decalogue. The first two laws of the Decalogue were given to protect us from all forms of polytheism (including ditheism and tritheism) and idolatry. These laws require that the true Church should have no other Gods before HIM, should not make for themselves an idol in the form of anything in creation with the intention of worshiping or reverently honoring and paying homage to them (Exo. 20:3; Deu. 5:7).
Scripture is not shy to admit that apart from the true GOD, there are other Gods. If it is true as Scripture teaches that no one has ever heard or seen GOD at anytime (Jn. 1:18; 5:37; 6:46; 1 Jn. 4:12), how come Adam and Eve, Hagar, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, the 70 elders of Israel and Isaiah either heard or saw HIM (Gen. 1:8-10; 16:7-13; 17:1-4; 32:30; Exo. 3:4-10; 24:9-11; 33:11; Deu. 5:4; Isa. 6:1)? Scripture tells us that the angel of the LORD spoke to Hagar, but later in this section, Hagar calls him (i.e. the angel) LORD (Gen. 16:7, 13). Similarly, though Manoah realized that the person who had been speaking with him and his wife was the angel of the LORD, he referred to him as GOD (Jud. 13:21-22). Scripture also tells us initially that GOD appeared to Moses in the burning bush and that the law was given to Moses by GOD (Exo. 3:1-7; 34:1; Deu. 4:10-13). In the New Testament however, Scripture tells us that an angel appeared to Moses in the bush and that the law was administered by angels (Act. 7:38, 53; Gal. 3:19). The three visitors that appeared to Abraham were variously called LORDs and men (Gen. 18:1-3, 10, 13-14, 16-17, 20, 22), but the other two who went ahead of the one that remained to talk more with Abraham were called angels (Gen. 19:1). When Abraham was about to offer his son as a sacrifice to his God, an angel of the LORD appeared to him and stopped him. The angel indicated that he did not know before then how much Abraham feared him (Gen. 22: 1-2, 11-12). Since GOD is omniscient, the God who commanded Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice could not have been the one true GOD.
The explanation for what appears to be an obvious string of contradictions lies in the fact that the word “‘elohiym” translated as ‘God’ was used for any human or angelic being who acted on behalf of GOD as HIS representative. Thus, the word was used for the one true GOD, for Godlike or divine beings (as indicated above), for Messiah Yahshua (Jn. 1:1), for HIS angelic Spokespersons (as indicated above), for rulers and judges (Ps. 82:1-2, 6-7), and even for Satan (2 Cor. 4:4). So it was common practice for Hebrews to consider an “angel of God” as “God”, yet they clearly understood what they were communicating. The word translated “Gods” in Exo. 20:3 is the same word translated “God” in Gen. 1:1. It is also translated “god” or “gods” depending on textual context. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the bible (Blue Letter Bible – Lexicon) indicates that the word is Strong’s Number H430 which occurs 2606 times in 2249 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV.
To be continued…..