A Supreme Benevolent god or the true God of Israel?
“The word God in ancient Europe was used to describe supernatural beings who occupied rocks and trees! The Benevolent Creation God of the Incas, Polynesians, Chinese, American Indians, Australian Aborigines, Africans etc. never occupied a mere rock, tree or an idol made by human hands, he was not created and no idols were ever made of Him.(p.24 Perpetuated in Righteousness)
This is simply not so, they were animistic, polytheistic and henotheistic, NOT monotheistic in the true sense of the word. The Qu’ran written after the Bible begins with In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, and Islam is considered monotheistic. Their God is described different than YHWH.
Is a god the true God because He is benevolent or supreme or lives in heaven? Based on the Bible it does not mean another god is the true God? There are other qualifications that are just as important that must accompany a supreme being some may call God if we are to make a connection that this being is the very same one of the Bible.
That He always existed, there was not a time he was not. He was not self created. He did not create other gods. He has no wife, nor created offspring.
That he did not progress or become a supreme God for any reason.
He made no other gods. He cannot change his nature or be harmed in any way (die)
God defines what is good and evil and gives us a perfect standard of what is not right by the la.w
That he is the ultimate standard of good and able to judge perfectly and punish all evil.
He has all knowledge of what is to take place and knows the future perfectly. He is completely knowledgeable of all things he made and all things that are not made yet. He gives a record to prove this.
Did he prophecy? Did he tell men accurately and in detail things of the future?
He has the power create everything and anything from nothing, by speaking or thinking…
That man is unable to comprehend this God unless he communicates with us. That what He says will not be contradictory, saying different things about himself to each culture or persons.
He revealed himself to man a certain way and gave man a certain way to approach Him.
Will always speak truth and oppose what is false about himself.
He loves and cares for his creatures he made. Does not allow man to override his will, what he will allow or create or adjust his way.
He gave mankind one way to Him and that was told to the apostles, Jews who first went to their own people and then the Gentiles to have them be united in worship with the one true God.
And last of all but not least, He has chosen Israel created them and has a special relationship to them by covenant above all the other nations. On this alone you will not find any supreme God of the nations to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
To have a true priesthood in ancient times one needs a temple built as God instructed, which happened to be in Israel. This is why no other nation could have priests. They had to be Levitical, in the lineage. To claim a nation had the name of God without the mosaic system, without the priesthood; don’t think so.
A perfect example of this is the monotheistic religion of Islam. The Qur’an begins calling God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. But this one God is not the same one of the Bible. And neither are other gods of monotheistic people. What we find is remnants of what once was before God created Israel from Abraham over 4,000 years ago (born in Ur, 2161 B.C. Gen. 11:27), before the tower of Babel. There is no equivalency in the ancient past with revelation from God through Moses, 3,500 years ago, to Jesus nearly 2,000 years ago.
A Benevolent God or Holy God who is just and punishes evil?
Exodus 15:3-4 “The LORD is a man of war; The LORD is His name. Pharaoh's chariots and his army He has cast into the sea” (He fought for Israel).
1 Samuel 15:2 Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.”
LORD of hosts can mean the Lord of armies (look up how many times YHWH is called this).
1 Chronicles 17:24 So let it be established, that Your name may be magnified forever, saying, 'The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel's God.”
Joshua 11:17-20 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. All the others they took in battle. For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that He might utterly destroy them, and that they might receive no mercy, but that He might destroy them, as the LORD had commanded Moses.”
If they had the same God these cultures would not have attacked Israel.
Deuteronomy 20:16-18 But of the cities of these peoples which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive, but you shall utterly destroy them : the Hittite and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, just as the LORD your God has commanded you, 18 lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the LORD your God.”
Genesis 6:13 the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
Deuteronomy 7:1-2 "When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the LORD your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them.”
Deuteronomy 7:22-23 And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them until they are destroyed.”
Deuteronomy 8:20 “…As the nations which the LORD destroys before you”
Deuteronomy 9:5-6 It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Deuteronomy 11:23 then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.
Deuteronomy 12:2-3 “You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place.”
Deuteronomy 18:13-14 “For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners”
Deuteronomy 28:1 the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”V:18 so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations”
Deuteronomy 31:3 The LORD your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them.”
Joshua 23:3-5 “You have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the LORD your God is He who has fought for you. 4 See, I have divided to you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from the Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, as far as the Great Sea westward.”
2 Chronicles 12:7-8 "They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them , but I will grant them some deliverance. My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. Nevertheless they will be his servants, that they may distinguish My service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations."
Psalms 106:23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them , Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.”
Malachi 4:3 “You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this," Says the LORD of hosts .
Matthew 21:41 They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons."
1 Corinthians 3:17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
Genesis 18:17-19 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
Genesis 22:18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”
Revelation 11:18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come”
God has spoken to the nations where they should look for their blessing. In the end they will not
Psalms 2:1-3 “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us."
From this we see the nations gods are not THE God but are against him.
The end of the matter:
Zechariah 14:2-3 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nation
Isaiah 17:12-13 Woe to the multitude of many people Who make a noise like the roar of the seas, And to the rushing of nations That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away”
Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations;
Joel 3:16 The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.
Zephaniah 3:8 "Therefore wait for Me," says the LORD, "Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations To My assembly of kingdoms, To pour on them My indignation, All my fierce anger; All the earth shall be devoured With the fire of My jealousy.