On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn–both men and animals–and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt.

Exodus 12:12

So, for those of you who believe that Bible is uniformly monotheistic, why is it that the god of the Exodus narrative had to bring judgement on gods that didn’t exist?

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Why did the god of the Exodus Narrative see necessary to bring judgement on Egypt's gods if they didn't exist?
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  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    The entire Old Testament is filled with verses about God being above other gods. Some people will say that it is about God being above the *belief* in other gods, and some will say Judaism went from a henotheistic beginning to a monotheistic stance.

    There’s a whole line of thought that the gods of Egypt and other cultures are actually the "powers and principalities" spoken of by Paul in the New Testament, part of the hierarchy of spiritual beings that have been assigned to take a special interest in certain nations or tribes. Those nations or tribes see these beings as gods.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    Gods exist but there is only one Supreme God.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    What this story was describing is how God showed how powerful he was to both the Egyptians and the Hebrews.

    If you notice, God never gives a reason as to why he hardened pharoahs heart when he could just as easily softened pharoahs heart.

    You have to remember that at this point in the story the Hebrews nor the Egyptians knew who this God was. So, in order to prove how powerful he was he purposely hardened pharoahs heart just so he could both show and prove how powerful he was to all, especially the Hebrews.
    If God could not show his might then, the Hebrews may not have accepted him.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    Because the Egyptians believed they existed. Thanks for asking.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    Only sheep christians jews and muslims think that shite but look here below and wonder even harder why theyre so blind quote from any book of genesis so all these religions were told but deny the so called living word.

    Genesis Chapter 6

    1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

    2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

    3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

    4 There were giants [nephilim] in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown

    LOL

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    "You’re taking it out of context." I don’t really believe that….but I just wanted to be the first one to say it as I’m sure you’ll get a few of these type of answers. Nice point. You deserve a star!

    Edit: It’s prodigious intelligent ways of thinking, like this one, that leads me to believe that you should be added as a contact.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    How about judgement against the idea that these stone or metal idols were living gods? There is only one living God.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    Exodus 20:1-3, And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    gods is lower case. when people worship anything other than God himself, whether it be money, power, self, or the little gold statue someone makes…they are all referenced as having ‘other gods before me’. Doesn’t make them God. because there is only one God, but people like the turn lots of other things into gods, gods that aren’t the Lord.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    I’m not entirely positive… But a majority of the time the Pharaohs and the like were considered gods or representation of the gods. It was probably in reference to the fact that they would set themselves or other men up as gods at that time.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    they omitted the word "imaginary" because most people implicitly understand this

    😉

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    How strong an effect it would have had than to bring down the very fundamental of a religious society.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    Bible has i think at least 349 Gods. I think more.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    Any object of worship can be descibed as a "god".

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    Why do you say "the god of the exodus" as if the Hebrews didn’t worship Yahweh throughout their history anyways. The whole idea of Yahweh judging of Egypt was to save his people who lived in that land around that time from the rulers of Egypt. They didn’t want to release the Israelites. Plus its clear the Egyptians majick worked for them to do the same as Moses and Aaron. The only think their gods couldn’t do was lift the reed sea.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
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    Yes, there is only one true God. I mean God in the sense that he is an all knowing, omnipresent, perfect entity. He is not some anthropomorphic "grandpa." He is, after a fashion, ineffable. He is so great and powerful that we have no frame of reference from which to impute characteristics to him.

    There are other inferior gods, at least metaphorically speaking. People worship sex, or Gold, or riches, or images. These things become their gods.

    Perhaps what was meant in the reference to Egyptian gods was not the actual deities like Anubis, Horus, Set, et cetera. Perhaps what was meant was actually things that men and women reverenced in the stead of the Christian God (the one true God).

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