Westminster Larger Catechism Study

WLC – Q. 8. Are there more Gods than one?

Q. 8. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but one only, the living and true God.

We continue our study of just who/what God is with this critical question. Simple and direct answer one only….the living and true God!

Vos has an interesting discussion question.

What is the difference between polytheism and idolatry?

Polytheism is belief in many gods; idolatry is the worship of any god, true or false, by means of images or pictures. The heathen with their many gods are polytheists; they are also idolaters, for they worship by means of images and pictures. This may take the crude form of actually worshiping the image or picture itself, or the more rational form of worshiping the god or spirit by means of the iinage or picture; that is, using the idol as an “aid to worship.” Those who worship the true God by means of pictures or images are idolaters but not polytheists.

Exodus 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

In the Roman Empire early Christians suffered persecution and death not so much because they worshipped the one living true God, but for refusing and denying false gods and for not worshiping the emperor.

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