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Ok I’m pretty sure if you were, or if you were not raised in church everyone has some knowledge of the 10 Commandments. I was raised in church my entire life, and I have always wondered and questioned the first two commandments.
1.You shall have no other Gods before Me.Obviously God wants us to have no Gods before Him. However we are raised to believe that He is the ONLY God. So what other Gods are there to worship,if He is the only. When I ask other about this, they always reply well God means idols, and gods of the pagans.
However the second commandment basically says not to worship idols, and pagan gods.
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
If #1 refered to idols, and carved images etc. Why is God repeating himself in commandment two?
Also there are few places in the old test. Gensis to be exact where God mentions himself as a “we” who else is there if there is only one God?
Hi and welcome to the board. I am glad you joined us here.
I will take a stab at your questions. This is the way I understand it.
In the time of Moses, when the 10 commandments were given, there was a whole range of "gods" that were worshiped by many different people. Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, Baal, and so, so many more. These were established religions. They had temples, traditions, holidays, cites and so much more. They were the established gods. The first commandments says not to worship these gods. Not to put them in front of the true God of creation and of all that is.
Don't adopt any of the other "established" religions.
Commandment 2 seems to take up where commandment 1 leave off. God seems to be saying. Don't adopt any of these "established" false religions and don't go making any new ones of your own. That was a common practice too. If you didn't have a religion, you kind of invented one. The Israelites did it when they made the golden calf and started worshiping it. People would make idols out of wood, gold, what ever they had. They would be in the shape of birds, animals, fish, people, trees, what ever they wanted. For us today we can often make, money, jobs, cars or anything else that we think will save/take care of us as our "gods".
The "WE" question is a perplexing one. I have heard it explained about the trinity of God. Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
When God says "let US create man in OUR image" Who is he talking to? Christ is, will and always has been with God.
I would love to hear other people's understanding of this too.
Hope this helped some.
Last edited by Mattiez; December 23rd, 2010 at 08:36 AM.