I am often asked, “How many gods are there?” That question is usually coupled with the question of “How many religions are there?” I would like to answer the second question first. Well, I should say I will attempt to answer the second question, but the truth is that no one really knows how many religions there are in the world. There are literally thousands of religions.
The eight major ones in our world are Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Taoism. Hinduism, Shinto, and Taoism developed over many, many centuries. Each of the others bases faith on the life or teachings of specific individuals: Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became known as Gautama Buddha, for Buddhism; Jesus Christ for Christianity; Confucius for Confucianism; Muhammad for Islam; and Abraham and Moses for Judaism.
So how many gods are there? Many? Thousands to match the thousands of religions, right? My answer may surprise you. There is only ONE god. That one god is the God of the Bible known as Yahweh/Jehovah God. I know what some will say, “Well, he sure is close-minded.” I know there are those that will disagree with my assessment. But, please hear me out first.
There are only two spiritual entities in this universe. God and Satan. While there is much debate as to where Satan came from (cast out of heaven or one of the wild animals of the field, gone bad), he is indeed a “roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Now think this through with me. Satan hates God and everything that God loves (namely mankind). Satan is a copycat and seeks to copy all that is God’s. Satan will even counterfeit the Holy Trinity when he (seeking to be “Father”) will embody the Anti-Christ (Son) and order around a False Prophet (Spirit) as a puppet during the Tribulation. Satan will do anything he can to dupe and trick mankind. He started in the Garden of Eden by trying to trick and deceive Adam and Eve and he continues to do so today, primarily through religion.
Satan loves religion. He uses it as a most deceptive guise to trick mankind for he is indeed the father of all religions other than Christianity. Again, think of this. God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. With God there is no beginning however. God has always existed. He stands outside of time and space. He is the only God. There is no other god other than Satan who seeks to be God. Therefore there is a battle in this universe between only two spiritual entities…God and Satan and their army (God and His angels, and Satan and his demons).
Let me give you an example to put this in context. Allah, the god of Islam, does not exist. He quite simply is the product of Satan’s scheme to trick man-kind. Many want to equate God, the God of the Bible, with Allah, the god of Islam. Many say Allah and God are “one” in the same. They are not, nor could they ever be. Allah is not God. Satan uses Allah as a guise for himself. Muhammad, the “founder” of Islam said he was visited by the angel Gabriel, who revealed to him a verse from the Qur’an indicating the “true” way. I am convinced the angel that visited him was Satan, himself. Satan disguised himself as an angel of light and has since tricked and deceived over 1/4 of the popultion of earth through the religion of Islam.
The religion of Islam is just one example of what Satan has chosen to do. He knows he can’t get multitudes to follow him, so he uses religion to deceive. He is the father of lies.
On the other hand, God is truth. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to prove He is the truth. How do we know God is truth? He loved the world so much, He sent His Son, Jesus to this earth and Jesus lived as one of us and died for our sins. Yet, He rose from the dead and that’s the key! Jesus proved He was the Son of God because He has charge and dominion over all of life. This is why Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” Jesus is THE way. Jesus is THE truth. Jesus is THE life. Jesus is the Son of the only, one, true, living God. Indeed no one comes to the Father (God) except through Him (Jesus). God is the only God. All others are imitations from the wicked and deceitful mind of Satan. So, there are no other gods except the God of the Bible. How do we know? Because of Jesus. God came in the flesh to prove His existence and to prove His love.
I know that’s a lot to think about and perhaps you haven’t thought of this subject in this manner. The bottom line: God loves us so much that He gave us Himself in the person of Jesus Christ, His Son. Amazing love indeed! Only God could do that and more importantly WOULD do that.