Monday Musings for November 14, 2016

Good morning, Musers,

Today’s question is interesting because it looks at “the familiar” with fresh eyes. For example, most of you know this passage:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2–3, NIV)

But doesn’t this passage say that there are indeed other gods? Think about this; if those “other gods” are the focus of God’s restriction, doesn’t that mean that such other gods really do exist? Otherwise, God would be telling us not to revere gods that do not exist… and does anyone identify non-existent entities as objects for restriction? Doesn’t the fact that God warned us about them make them necessarily real?

We’ll explore the power of words today. Language and its logic are funny things.

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