Only one God (1 Cor. 8:4)

“Hence,

As to the eating of food

Offered to idols,

We know that

‘An idol

Has no real existence.

There is no God

But one.’”

Περὶ τῆς βρώσεως οὖν τῶν εἰδωλοθύτων οἴδαμεν ὅτι οὐδὲν εἴδωλον ἐν κόσμῳ, καὶ ὅτι οὐδεὶς Θεὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς.

Paul said that as to the eating of food (Περὶ τῆς βρώσεως) offered to idols (οὖν τῶν εἰδωλοθύτων), we know (οἴδαμεν) that an idol has no real existence in this world (εἴδωλον ἐν κόσμῳ).  There is no God but one (καὶ ὅτι οὐδεὶς Θεὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς).  Paul indicated that pagan idols have no real existence in this world, since they are manmade images, not the real God who is the only God.  What were they to do about the food that was offered as a sacrifice to these pagan idols?  Jews had avoided these foods sacrificed to idols.  The concept of a monotheistic God was part of the Jewish Hebrew tradition.  Thus, he wanted the Christians in Corinth to be against idolatry and polytheism.  There was only one God, not a series of gods. These idols were useless human false images.  Have you ever seen a false pagan idol?

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