"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" (Exodus 20:1-3).
This commandment is probably the most basically important of all, because it was the first of God's Ten Commandments given long ago on
This date, now known popularly simply as "9/11" has been called Patriot Day, and there should be no doubt that the most patriotic thing we can do is to believe whole-heartedly in the one true God of creation and redemption, for our nation was founded on belief in the God of the Bible.
But our nation today is rapidly becoming a secularized society, with this true God being systematically removed from all governmental recognition. The Bible warns that there be many "that are called gods" but "there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things" (I Corinthians 8:5-6).
The most dangerous of these false gods is one called Allah. His followers many centuries ago, conquered much of the known world, largely by the sword, following the teachings of their "false prophet" (note Matthew 24:11). One group of his followers murdered thousands of Americans on
9/11/01, and we are now in a "war against terrorism."
This war may well be lost, however, if it is waged only on secularistic terms. There is a very real spiritual motivation for the "terrorists," based on many commands and promises in their own Allah-inspired "bible." But Allah is a deceiver who claims to be God but who denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The name of the true God was stressed in His first commandment when He said, "I am the Lord [that is Jehovah, or Yahweh] thy God," not Allah! HMM