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Why do you believe in your God and not other gods, such as Thor or Zeus? You're an atheist about all other gods but your own.

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Thank you for question regarding what Christians think of other gods outside of the Bible. Thank you also for questioning the need for reliable evidence to support any worldview and belief.

As you have pointed out, throughout history, before and after Jesus, people have believed in a number of different supernatural gods. Most civilisations and cultures in the world have had some religious belief and this belief has varied from culture to culture throughout time. I do not claim to have knowledge of every religion and their gods but when it comes to believing in any god one must investigate the evidence for the existence of this god. I cannot speak about Zeus and ancient Greek mythology or Thor and Norse mythology but I can give evidence regarding the person and work of Jesus of the Bible.

Before explaining the Christian belief in one God we must understand that there is much evidence for the reliability of the Bible and particularly the Gospels; which contain the life of Jesus. There are four Gospels in the New Testament (the second half of the Bible) two of them written by Jesus’ followers (Matthew and John), the book of Mark was written heavily based on the report of Peter, another of Jesus’ disciples and the other written by a doctor called Luke, who sort to investigate the story for himself and set out an orderly account following the evidence he collected. (See Luke 1:1-4). The earliest of these Gospels was written no later than 30 years after Jesus’ ascension and the last to be written was still within the first century AD. These Gospels were copied and passed round and this meant that there would have been lots of opportunity for people to dispute the reports and deny the evidence put forward in these Gospels.

The earliest copies of the Gospels available are less than one hundred years after the originals were written. The number of copies of parts or all of the Gospels reaches tens of thousands with no major and significant variations. When the four Biblical Gospels are compared with other ancient writings for example Homer’s Illiad, which is connected to Greek Mythology, the earliest existing copy is 500 years after the original and the number of copies in existence is only 643 compared with 24,000 copies of the New Testament.[1]

As regarding extra-biblical evidence for Jesus, Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian, writes about Jesus commenting that he was a man who did marvellous deeds; he was the Christ who was condemned to a cross by Pilate and who appeared to people three days later alive.[2]

There are many gods that appear in the Bible but all these gods are seen as idols to the Israelite people of God. The Bible teaches that there is only one God.

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one". (Deuteronomy 6:4)

This was then repeated by Jesus in Mark 12:29

"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God" (John 17:3)

There are a number of occasions in the Old Testament when the God of Israel is seen to be superior to other gods. (e.g. Exodus 7-12; 1 Samuel 5:1-5; 1 Kings 18:20-40).

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. (Psalm 96:5)

During the life and ministry of Jesus he often talked about his relationship with his heavenly Father. The Bible doesn’t claim that Jesus is God’s physical son but only his begotten Son.

Jesus tells his followers that the only way to God is through him.

Jesus tells us, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Peter, speaking about Jesus says "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

The Apostle Paul tells his readers that Jesus is God in human form and through him the sins of the world have been paid for.

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by him to reconcile all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:19-20)

In summary, there is much evidence inside and outside of the Bible that Jesus existed and did the things he is recorded as doing. We have seen that there is much evidence for the reliability of the Bible. Regarding other gods, the Bible is clear in its disbelief in any other god and calls them, idols made by human hands. (Psalm 115:2-4; Isaiah 2:8)

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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*All Scripture references are taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

[1] Amy Orr-Ewing, Why Trust the Bible (Nottingham: Inter-varsity, 2005), 43

[2] Flavius Josephus, The Antiquities of the Jews (New York: Ward, Lock, Bowden, 1900), 18.3


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