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Potent Proof Text: Bon Appetit

07 March 2011 by David

WHAT MAN OUGHT TO BELIEVE CONCERNING GOD

Q. 6. What do the Scriptures make known of God?
A. The Scriptures make known what God is, the persons in the Godhead, his decrees, and the execution of his decrees.

Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

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

Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one. For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. —1 Corinthians 8:4–6

This passage, in its immediate context, teaches us that the fact that something has been associated with something evil does not make it evil per se. Meat sacrificed to idols is just meat, because those idols represent nothing but figments of imaginations. It’s just meat, like any other meat, so unless you’re superstitious, bon appétit. The text goes on to make further practical applications, and all of this practical stuff is what is generally preached from this text.

But I want to hang my hat on the nail that holds this, and all other texts, together (and answers Question 8): “there is no God but one.” Those six words are why we believe and live as we do. Why do we believe and obey Scripture? Why do we care what it says about meat sacrificed to idols, charity, etc? Because it comes from a single, authoritative source, who shares his authority with no one. God isn’t one member of a supreme court. There are no dissenting opinions to consider. “There is no God but one.”