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Meaning Of No Other Gods

Is there any significant difference between the RCC and Protestant Bibles' meanings of Exodus 20:3

RCC's Douay-Rheims Bible "Thou shalt not have strange gods before me"

Protestants' King James Bible "Thou shalt have no other gods before me"

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ahhariym - Other or another (Letter defined - to delay, hinder, cause one to fall behind.]

Only One- Yehovah
Only One-Word-Y'sha the Christ
God is Spirit-
Holy Spirit with us
2Cor 2

Any other will cause a delay, hinder our path and cause one to fall behind
---char on 7/12/11

(Hebraic meaning)
"Other ones of power and authority will not exist over my face."
Gen 19:13,1 Sam 26:20

lo - not
yih-yeh (hayah) "to exist"
le kha -"you."
elohiym - "one of power and authority"
ahhariym - Other or another (Letter defined - to delay, hinder, cause one to fall behind.]
al- over or above
pa nai - "face" "of me."

Gen 32:30
And Jacob called the name of the place [Peniel]: for [I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved]

2 Cor 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of [God in the face of Jesus Christ]
---char on 7/12/11

Elena, thank you sister for what you said. I also welcome you to our site and hope it is a great experience for you. Sometimes people are hard on their answers so I advice you not to take many of the answers personal even though sometimes it's almost impossible. But so many here are ready to help, in prayer we have a great amount of sisters who are prayer warriors and concerning the Word of God, many have great advice. Love to see you here, peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 6/29/11

yes! Bro.Mark myself,been there Now,I strive to Put Christ before Anything! I found nothing fullfills my life like Jesus! HE GAVE ME LOVE INSIDE1Chr.16:25- For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.26-29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due HIS Name.I have found a peace within.. It hurt so bad n I had to just break down n tears beg forgiveness I realize .... that NO PERSON Or What ever It Be Can come before God!
---ELENA on 6/27/11

Elena, your correct. A spouse can become our god. I speak by experience. While a Catholic, I was not grounded in the faith. My whole life revolve around my wife. I gave her gifts, thought of her all day. Always told others about her. I would call her at work to hear her voice. Dreamed of her and believed she was my whole life. She was my god. One day when she left me, it devastated me so very much I wanted to kill myself. I could not live my life without her. I was introduced to Christ by a neighbor months after she left. One day a sister ask me, who I love more? God or my wife. Of course I said my wife. She told me to read 1 Cor. 13 and told me that when I learn the love of God, I would know the God who loves me and will never leave me.
---Mark_V. on 6/27/11

"There shall be no strange god among you" (Psalms 81:9)

"They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods" (Deuteronomy 32:16)

Though what is translated as "no other gods" refers to another or different gods, I believe "strange gods" carries the same idea. It refers to gods that are foreign, gods other than the God they know, making them different,or other gods. This is coming from someone not involved in the RCC.
---willa5568 on 6/26/11

Yes, the one is unholy, and the other is Holy.
---Eloy on 6/23/11

Just a comment,I believe also,important I was taught n my church exp. Also,when the Holy Bible say " other Gods ...technically A believer can be so much enamored of their spouse,wife or even anything that takes away from their devotion to God!Blessings to all! ELENA
---ELENA on 6/22/11

I watched Bill Maher in his show religulous. In part of the show Bill a former Catholic and a Priest discussed how the dead saints are treated as demigods. In fact people will pray to the dead saints faster then they pray to JESUS.

In effect the dead saints are treated as demigods talkd to as demigods and prayed to as demigods in a way that Hindus would easily recognize since they use similar terms.

So if it looks, like acts and sounds like a demigod. Is it a demigod?
---Samuel on 3/29/11

Alan of U.K., What I ackowledged was that the RCC altered the 10 Commandments in an older Catechism. Omitting the Commandment that forbids the making of Graven Images, and that, for the purpose of bowing down to them, to worship them. And, there was a reason for them doing that. I would only assume that they "wisened up" when that correctly listed the Ten Commandments in their original, Biblical form when they put together the later and latest Catechism. Yes, wise move.
---Gordon on 3/27/11

Gordon ... Thank you for at last admitting that the RCC has not changed the 10 Commandments, or omitted any of them.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/26/11

Alan8566 of United Kingdom, I will not admit to a wrong that I never committed. I never accused the RCC of altering the Ten Commandments "in their Bible". I said they altered them in their documents (which Samuel pointed out was an earlier Catechism). GO BACK and RE-READ all of my posts here, beginning with my exclamation of "OMG", and read CAREFULLY all which I have said in my comments thereafter. PLEASE?!! I never said it was their "Bible".
---Gordon on 3/25/11

Gordon ... You stated that the RCC had removed the second Commandment from their Bible.

Will you never admit that you were wrong when you said that?
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/25/11

I have to agree that just having the correct version of the Ten Commandments does not make the church correct.

Exodus 20:4 RSV reads You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth,

Now notice family members are not listed. So it is not the same as having a picture of your family. The RCC and Orthodox thinks the dead are in heaven so they make statues and pray to the dead.

We should pray to GOD alone.
---Samuel on 3/25/11

Alan Of U.K., Samuel referenced exactly what I was referring to. It was the older Catechism. But, as I said before, this changes nothing of which I said, that they do not live out what they teach. The Popes are made into IDOLS by many within the Roman Catholic church and by many other peoples of the World. Pope John Paul II was especially idolized. They look all pious on the outside for the public viewing, but, they live in greed, lust and idolatry WITHOUT bothering to recognize this sin as sin and do not repent of it. And, having altered previously the Ten Commandments in the Catechism is the same as "changing" the Scriptures.
---Gordon on 3/25/11

IGNATIUS, Did you see Samuel's last comment? That's the "document" that I was referring to, I just could not think of the "document title" at the time. I do apologize for making the comment BEFORE obtaining the proper title first. But, I said they did alter, in their documents, etc., the Ten Commandments. And, so they did! Now that the Original Ten Commandments has been "restored" in the later Catechism, is a good thing....but, it still does not change the existence of shameless greed, lusts, and idolatry that goes on in the Papacy and the RCC itself. There is just as much garbage going on nowaday in the Protestant Church, FOR CERTAIN. But, deceptions of the RCC still need to be brought to light.
---Gordon on 3/25/11

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In the Baltimore Catachism the Ten Commandments as listed did not include the part about not bowing down to idols. That was not their bible. Also since then other Catachisms have been published which include the whole of the Ten Commandments. Those of us who disagree with the RCC. Nedd to check our facts and apoligize when we are wrong. Such as in this instance.
---Samuel on 3/23/11

Gordon ... I never said you had "changed your mind"

You originally said "the RCC has altered the 10 Commandments. Read their version of it. They took out one, and split the last one in half to make it to equal Ten again. Crafty"

That was not true. Their Bible, which predates the KJV, has the 10 Commandments in full.

As I said to Mima, when I caught him making the same untrue statement, "Why csn't you concentrate on valid criticism, (of which there is much) rather than maintaining false accusations?
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/21/11


That is a lie. They did not alter the original Ten Commandments. Repeat. You bore false witness against our Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

It is a well know fact that there exist a difference in numbering/division on The Ten Commandments between Jews, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant (i.e., note: Lutherans numbering of the Ten Commandments agrees with the RCC version). The original manuscripts DID not have chapters, verses, numbers, and divisions!

The Oxford Companion to the Bible (Oxford, 1993) is correct when it states: "The contents of the Ten Commandments are . . . the same for all of the religious communities, despite the differences in their enumeration."

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 3/21/11

Alan Of U.K., No, I did not "change my mind" on what I first said. When I said that the RCC would not be so brazen as to change the actual Scriptures...." I was referring to them not changing the KJV Scriptures, that is, have a KJV printed with their "version" of the Ten Commandments. But, in their own Roman Catholic documents and statements of beliefs, they did alter the Original Ten Commandments to fit their Idol worshipping religious liturgy and religious lifestyle.
---Gordon on 3/21/11

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\\They're teaching of purgatory they're teaching of the Assumption of Mary\\

Actually, the Bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary is believed by Christians who have had nothing to do with the pope.

But it's pointless to discuss Marian doctrine with someone who believes the Christological heresy that Jesus did not take His human nature from her.
---Cluny on 3/20/11

Mima ... You continue to accuse the RCC regarding the "2nd" commandment in their Bible.

It was never excluded.

And in the original texts, they were not split into verses anyway, nor numbered.

Wht csn't you concentrate on valid criticism, (of which there is much) rather than maintaining false accusations?
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/20/11

Gordon made have changed his mind, I of course can not speak for him. However I certainly have changed my mind the RCC did split the 10 Commandment in order to pick up the second commandment in an attempt to escape their heresy of bowing to images. Some of Mary and some of others.

But even so the RCC had something to split. They're teaching of purgatory they're teaching of the Assumption of Mary has no basis whatsoever just one man usually called pope having made the decision to teach these things,
---mima on 3/20/11

Gordon ... You originally said "Also, the RCC has altered the 10 Commandments. Read their version of it. They took out one, and split the last one in half to make it to equal Ten again. Crafty"

That statement was untru, and it seems you now accept that.

Thank you

Now you say "Of course the RCC would not be so brazen as to change the actual Scriptures"

So presumably you accept that your first statement was wrong!
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/19/11

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Both bibles are translations of the ancient Hebrew text. The Hebrew word in question here is 'ached, which means:
1) another, other, following
a) following, further
b) other, different
---AG on 3/18/11

Alan of U.K., Of course the RCC would not be so brazen as to change the actual Scriptures. Well, I wouldn't think....They don't change the Scriptures, but, how they live the Scriptures out is totally different from what is written therein. E.g. See the The Catholic Encyclopaedia, Volume 4, page 153. Tell me what you see.
---Gordon on 3/18/11

There is no big difference between the Douay and other versions of the bible. The Douay tends to use larger words. We do not need to make up stories and lies about the RCC. We should seek truth even if it goes against our wishes.

The RCC Bible has the same commandments as Seventh day Adventists and Protestants do. They just number them differently.

Also they understand them differently. On that I disagree with them.
---Samuel on 3/17/11

There's nothing wrong with the many versions of Bibles, they all say the same thing from God.

What we do not acknowledge is unless something miraculous happens by the grace of God, we'll be in stupor. Jesus declared, "It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63, which means to say

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Ezekiel 36:26,27
---christan on 3/17/11

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They most certainly did not.

Just have a look at A Roman catholic Bible, and you will see the Commandments there is full.

There is a slight difference in word ("other" & "strange") but what we call the 2nd commnndment is there.

Why don't you have the courage and honesty to look?
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/17/11

Alan of U.K., They most certainly did. They took out the Commandment against having "idols", and they split the 10th Commandment in half to make up the difference from the absence of the one they tossed out.
---Gordon on 3/17/11

It is just a matter of wording. they both mean the same thing. "No other" gods is anyone or thing that takes the place of The true living God. and "strange god" means something deified that is not a true God.
---Tsuanne on 3/16/11

\\"They took out one"\\

One can just as well argue that Protestants addd one and combined 9 & 10.

Just another example of how Protestantism and Roman Catholicism are two sides of the same coin.
---Cluny on 3/16/11

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"They took out one"

Gordon ... not true. read it.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/14/11

OMG, yes, quite a difference! The KJV leaves NO ROOM for other gods beside the One and True GOD. Whereas, the RCC bible disallows any "strange gods". Well, that could mean that they, in turn, allow "familiar" gods like "Mary" as co-redemtrix, and the "intercessor" between JESUS (YAHUSHUA) and the Saints, the followers of GOD. The wording makes all the difference. Also, the RCC has altered the 10 Commandments. Read their version of it. They took out one, and split the last one in half to make it to equal Ten again. Crafty.
---Gordon on 3/14/11

Yes there is a big difference. For the NonChristian bible PERMITS FRIENDLY gODS: but the Christian Holy Bible PERMITS NO OTHER gODS at all. And the reason the unholy bible allows friendly gods is because they support idolatry.
---Eloy on 3/10/11

Probably just a difference in the transaltion

The question of how we react to a difference in the translation depends on us
---James on 3/8/11

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Protestantism, at first, seems like it could have had its roots in the sort of Roman Catholicism being practiced during the times of the Inquisition and Reformation. Protestants could also be very mean and murderous against ones who did not hold to their beliefs and practices. Protestants also could feel their salvation so depended on the divisive doctrines each might hold to. It seems, for example, that one would burn at the stake for predestination, while another would burn for "free will". They were holding to gods witch were their own doctrinal images.
---Bill_willa6989 on 3/7/11

francis ... I was making no statement, only asking whether there was any difference in meaning!! (Personally I don't think there is, but was seeking other views)

Incidently, when you say you were catholic, did you mean you used to be a Roman Catholic?

The two things don't mean the same!
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/6/11

USELESS QUESTION if you ask me, I was once catholic and I had the KJV, good lord now I am no longer a catholic is till have the KJV, HHMM who ever said that KJV was protestant and not catholic?

Questions about denominations are usually biased and 100% missinformed and this blog is no different
---francis on 3/6/11

What if another person forced strange gods upon you?
---tonne on 3/6/11

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Correction to previous post. This line should read "The Hebrew word " 'acher" in this context can be defined as other, different or strange with[out] changing the meaning of the verse. This was probably obvious, I just thought I would straighten it up any way:o)
---josef on 3/5/11

Meaning of No other gods. There shall be no other gods, that includes the 2 - 3 persons & or gods trin church people believe in which came from here 2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15, those that worship the gods of islam, buddha, hindu etc,. Even your car can be a god, your spouse, your job, your money etc can be a god to you.
---Lawrence on 3/5/11

Is it worth pointing out that in ancient Hebraic thought, while Baal, Marduk, Isis, Horus, and the like had objective existence as the deities of other peoples, YHVH could kick their tushes?

There was the belief that He was strictly their own deity.

There was also the notion that His power was limited by geography, as well as to people. That's why Jonah tried to flee away on the ship for Tarshish. He thought YHVH had no power outside Israel--Psalm 139/138LXX to the contrary notwithstanding.
---Cluny on 3/5/11

"Is there any significant difference between the RCC and Protestant Bibles' meanings of Exodus 20:3" No.
The Hebrew word " 'acher" in this context can be defined as other, different or strange with changing the meaning of the verse.
---josef on 3/5/11

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No, there isn't.
---Cluny on 3/5/11

alan, my dear dear brother in the Lord. I believe a strange god is a false god. One other than Jehovah God, the Lord God of Israel.

by "no other gods" means false gods...same thing, right? Aren't they saying the same thing but in a different way?
---Donna5535 on 3/5/11

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