No Other gods Before Me

The passenger had to be carried onto the plane and carefully strapped into a first-class seat. She said nothing. As the airliner achieved cruising altitude, perhaps the flight attendants came around. "Would you like a beverage?" one may have asked. No reply. "What about a meal?" The question was ignored. Undoubtedly, the passenger said nothing. She didn't move, didn't look out the window, didn't make a sound. In fact, she didn't even breathe.

The passenger was Matsu, a gold-plated statue believed to be an actual goddess. The mainland Chinese sent her on a tour of Taiwan, some say as a ploy by Beijing to bring Taiwan eventually under its rule through cultural infiltration. The Taiwan Independence Party denounced the goddess's arrival with banners that read, "Chinese people should worship Chinese gods, Taiwanese people should worship Taiwanese gods."

The Bible bluntly rejects idolatry. Isaiah speaks of a man who chops up a tree. Half of it he burns as firewood to keep warm, and the other half he fashions into an idol and worships as his creator. "No one stops to think!" Isaiah exclaims (Isa. 44:19). The half he burnt as firewood did him more good than the other half!

The psalmist twice speaks of gods with eyes that don't see, ears that don't hear, hands that don't feel, and feet that cannot take them anywhere. Those who trust them, he says, will be like them (Ps. 115:4?8; 135:15?18).

Before we gloat over the foolishness of the blind, deaf, and mute, and unbreathing first-class passenger, let's look closer to home. We sing, "I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn from my heart." Is it true? Whatever our idols are--money or booze, sex or power, drugs or food, or just self--it is just as mistaken for us to allow these to usurp God's place as it is to think that Matsu can do anything for us.

"No other gods" means the LORD has an exclusive claim to the temple of our hearts. Our God is a jealous God. There is room for no one else. No one else can save us. No one else will hear our prayers. No one else even cares.

Copyright ©2005 Steve Singleton, All rights reserved.

Steve Singleton has written and edited several books and numerous articles on subjects of interest to Bible students. He has taught Greek, Bible, and religious studies courses Bible college, university, and adult education programs. He has taught seminars and workshops in 11 states and the Caribbean.

Go to his DeeperStudy.com for Bible study resources, no matter what your level of expertise. Explore "The Shallows," plumb "The Depths," or use the well-organized "Study Links" for original sources in English translation. Sign up for Steve's free "DeeperStudy Newsletter."

The 17 Miracle Prayer Points that Make You Rich

Someone asked me the other day what was the most effective prayer point to pray... Read More

Memories Didnt Happen

Have you ever experienced a traumatic event? I'm sure the answer to that question is... Read More

Tarot Spreads: The Planetary Spread, for Insights into a Personality

The Planetary Spread is an excellent layout to use when you want insight into a... Read More

How to Develop a Spiritual Success Partner

1. Identify a woman who is "like minded," who has the attitude and exudes the... Read More

Standing in the Gap

I'm weary of saying No to my children. Not just the everyday No's. Don't hit... Read More

Life as a Human/Medium/Psychic Being

We often forget that we are human beings first, and that there is nothing wrong... Read More

Choosing Peace, One Shift at a Time

It doesn't matter what magazine or newspaper you pick up these days, there it is!... Read More

Coming Home

I find myself floating on a cloud as heavenly music plays.Floating on air that supports... Read More

Existence of God: Facts and Figures Does God Exist?

Existence of God: facts and figures Does God exist?If you are a theist... you already... Read More

Practical Stress Management -- 7 Spiritual Solutions

Stress is amazingly persistent, even seductive. We get used to feeling tight and tense. Though... Read More

Jesus The Great Comforter! When Life is not fair!

We see it all the time in people's lives some unwanted circumstance enters and life... Read More

Spirituality: Blues for Buddha

Being critical of Buddhism isn't easy.Buddhism is the most likable of the major religions, and... Read More

The Power of Namaste

I honestly am not sure why this hit me so strongly, but it did."Namast? is... Read More

Love vs. Fear - Volume 18

Breaking with tradition, today's article comes from the 9-23-04 edition of Sojomail. Sojomail is produced... Read More

To Praise Him is to Love Him; to Love Him is to Obey His Commands

Some say praising Jesus is just singing. Others say it a combination of many things.... Read More

Connect with Spirit

Spirit - All Around Us, All of Us, Every One of UsANY time we connect... Read More

Recovering In The Water

It was in the middle of the night and the boat was being tossed in... Read More

Some Evidence of How We Are Spiritually Connected

It has long been surmised that emotional trauma can lead to physical illness. It is... Read More

White Sun - Who Are We?

Human beings originally have three forms of existence. The first one in Heaven, the second... Read More

Christian Love

Actually, loving does not take any great effort on our part because it is not... Read More

Your Guide to the Archangels

An angel can be your best friend. Angels have been known respond to prayers that... Read More

Kachina Doll

To a shaman a kachina isn't really a doll or a child's toy. Also, it... Read More

Lost is a Spiritual Problem

Lost, but you don't know where you're going.Lost is a horrible place to feel. You... Read More

Angel Connection ? How the Angelic Realm is Interacting with Humanity at this Historic Time

Angels, those divine beings of love and light, are here at this time in greater... Read More

Communion - The Key to Experiencing the Abundant Life of God

Now, we all know that we shouldn't be lead by our emotions, right?But in saying... Read More

Creating With Words

"In the sixth century of the sixth millennium, the gates of supernal [heavenly] wisdom will... Read More

10 Commandments

I thought I would draw this article up as a reference page in the event... Read More

Simple

It was my intention to explain the word "simple," and by the time I put... Read More

Resolutions or Revelations?

There's nothing wrong with wanting to improve ourselves either outwardly or inwardly. What's important is... Read More

Living Your Noble Purpose

"A common jar of clay can never become a noble masterpiece, unless it is broken... Read More

Dark Cages

Acknowledgement of our need of God and reliance upon Him will not always rid us... Read More

Unfinished Business (Part 1)

Most of life can be said to be bad, or problematic, or painful, or sorrowful.... Read More

Your Attitude Determines Your Future

Do you realize you are creating your future by the very attitude you posses?Take a... Read More

My Name is HAD-- Life Lessons Learned!

My name is Had. You may know me, but you may not know my new... Read More

Complicated is Born of a Simple Thought

(Channelled)Roy, this morning in "Roy Bits," you tried to write about simple and it became... Read More

The Easiest Way to Overcome Vanity

Vanity - it's easy to mask, easy to forget, and easy to justify. We hide... Read More

The Power of Ritual

As humans, we are the species that operate with symbols. Other animals use familiar signs,... Read More

The Gratitude Toll

I very often see rants, complaints, wishes and dreams that have a similar theme, and... Read More

Spiritual Awakening

As we proceed further into the 21st century there is even more of a feeling... Read More

Livin On A Prayer

When I was a child, I thought as a child, and I prayed as a... Read More

The Meaning of Life

Recently I was watching a re-run of "Everybody Loves Raymond". This particular episode was about... Read More

Its Not What You Know, Its What You Do

Knowing what is right and what is wrong in your own inner consciousness is insufficient.... Read More

The Abundant Life!

Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. -ROMANS 6:11My friend... Read More

Word Sculptures of a Mystical Experience

The Mystical Experience"The mysteries of life become lucid ? and often, nay usually, the solution... Read More

Wear the Message of Grace: A Work Weeks Devotions

As the artist and designer for Ashbach Designs, I want more than for you to... Read More

Spirituality at Work Because You Cant Leave Home Without You

Several years ago after I presented a workshop entitled "Spirituality at Work: Because You Can't... Read More

Humanity Needs Islam

The human nature means the soul and the body. A man without a spiritual life... Read More

Intuition

Did you ever get a feeling or gain notion of a specific situation without any... Read More

Creating Your Soul-Centered Community

Imagine for a moment. It's Tuesday night about 7pm. You are excited and full of... Read More

Psychotherapy and Spiritual Growth

The teacher of the future.... will be a master of integrating both of these pillars... Read More