In this second episode we examine the question of the real, essential, and consistent meaning of the word “God” (Heb. Elohim, Gk. Theos). Establishing a clear definition for this word from the biblical usage is absolutely critical simply because it is misused by both Trinitarians and Unitarians in order to prop up their theology. The word simply means the supreme Sovereign holding all authority and all power within a particular realm of dominion. (It does not say or imply anything about a particular ontological nature, since the same word is used of the one true God, His Son, pagan gods (who are demons), Satan, and even humans. Obviously, the God of Abraham (Yahweh) is the ultimate “God,” the “Sovereign over all.” But the Son of God is also called “God” on occasion because of the sphere of sovereignty assigned to Him (Psalm 45:6-7). Satan is called “the god of this age” (2 Cor. 4:4) because he rules the “kingdom of darkness” (Matt. 12:26) during this age. The pagan “gods” are demons, part of the kingdom of darkness, who claim sovereignty over the various aspects of nature, and who deceive people into worshipping them because of this deception. Thus the word “God/god” always refers to the being holding this kind of power and authority.
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