2. No Other Gods

2. No Other Gods

2. No Other Gods

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There Are More Idols than Ever

Today, the idea of idol worship feels ancient and remote to many people. Thus, the Second Commandment, “You shall have no other gods,” doesn’t seem applicable in modern society. But the opposite is true. We have more false gods than ever — art, education, fame, money, to name just a few. Over the past century the worship of false gods has led to massive evil; Communism and Nazism are just two examples. On a personal level, the worship of false gods leads to unhappiness.
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Script:

Let’s discuss the Second Commandment according to the oldest, that is the Jewish, enumeration of the Ten Commandments. In Christian tradition it is the First Commandment. The most common translation begins: “You shall have no other gods before me.” The commandment then goes on to prohibit both making idols and worshiping idols.

Most people, when they think of this commandment understandably think that it only prohibits the worship of idols and the worship of gods such as the ancient pagan gods of rain, of fertility, all the other nature gods and chief gods such as the Roman Jupiter, and the Greek Zeus. However, there is a major problem with this understanding of the commandment. Since no one today worships these gods, let alone worships idols made of stone, most people think that this commandment is irrelevant to modern life. The irony, however, is that this commandment is not only relevant to modern life, it is in many ways the mother of all the other commandments.

Why is it so relevant today? Because today we have as many false gods as the ancients did. And why it is the mother of all the other commandments? Because if we identify false gods and avoid worshipping them, we will eliminate one of the greatest barriers to a good world — false gods. So, let’s begin by defining a false god. The point of biblical monotheism is that there is only one God and that only this God, the Creator of the universe who demands that we keep these Ten Commandments, is to be worshipped. Why? First, because one God means one human race. Only if we all have the same Creator, or Father, as it were, are we are all brothers and sisters. Second, having the same parent also means that no person or group is intrinsically more valuable than any other. And third, one God means one moral standard for all people. If God declares murder wrong, it is wrong for everyone, and you can’t go to another god for another moral standard.

When anything else is worshipped, bad things result. Not only things that can obviously lead to evil such as the worship of power, or race, or money, or flag. But also things that are almost always seen as quite beautiful — such as art, or education or even love. Yes, any of these often wonderful things, when worshipped, can lead to terrible results.

Take art. Many of the cruelest humans in history loved beautiful music and art. But, as a music lover, I learned early in life the sad fact that great music can be used to inspire people to follow evil just as much as it can be used to inspire people to do good. The great Hollywood director Stanley Kubrick vividly made this point in his classic 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange. In it, men rape and murder while classical music plays in the background.

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49 thoughts on “2. No Other Gods

  1. Shashank Kumar

    Don’t make your nation your idol. If idolatry is wrong then nationalism is too.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  2. pink Lasagna

    My eyes got cancer after watching this.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  3. Blood Moon Comix

    Perfect illustration!😄👍
    Actually kicked started a self reflection process…..🤔

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  4. Bill Dohle

    Is it me or is the fact that they include education as a false god and they are a University themselves kinda ironic?? The things they choose as modern false gods reflects more about themselves than I think they realize. And they never cover the god of nationalism or the god of Power or the god of a political leader. No, it's mostly centered on the gods they claim their rivals would worship. Not to mention the fact that the Law was given to Jews on Sinai and not to Gentiles. This commandment in particular was about Jews worshiping their god before worshiping other gods. It was later revised by the prophets to mean that other gods didn't exist, but Jews still today don't demand that others worship their god, nor do they claim moral superiority over those others who worship other gods.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  5. Ju no

    Thanks for providing amazing wisdoms. Love from south korea

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  6. Sarah Anderson

    All I'm saying is, if my pet and a complete stranger were drowning, I would try to save them both. If I had to choose one, I would choose my pet every single time.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  7. halem othman

    God is good.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  8. Sofija Radakovic

    What about the natives of Canada 🇨🇦 white I live is it wrong to worship nanabush Wesakechak glusacbe and The earth and the creator it ainnals or Sedna I want to set them free form the white mean

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  9. Shane Hess

    ty

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  10. Handicappuchino 84

    How do you know You’re worshiping the right one And you can make any opinion sound like a fact by saying God agrees with you and God knows everything How do you make friends if that’s how you think

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  11. Social media sniper

    Crom is not a god to me anymore

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  12. Billy Davis

    May Father YAHweh bless your understanding

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  13. Oh

    So we can’t dream abt heaven?

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  14. Sa Ba

    Christianity and Islam both have stolen their ideas from PAGANISM i e Hinduism which was the only religion in the world before missionaries realised the powers it has to manipulate masses.. Church tortured Galileo because he contradicted the nonsense of bible.. Islam kills the cartoonists and bloggers.. Both are two faces of same coin.. Hinduism teaches spirituality and respect for nature and is highly regarded by most western intellectuals and philosophers including Einstein, Heisenberg, Oppenheimer etc

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  15. Devon Phoenix

    dude….youre full of shit

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  16. Darksteiner

    Every day, we stray further from god.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  17. I.B.

    No other Gods
    Hinduism
    Buddhism
    Jains
    Tribes of India
    African tribes
    Maori tribes
    Literally any non ibhramic religons
    Well…. we dont think we exist, do we

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  18. Jcknight7996

    If murder is wrong then why can God kill someone and command someone to kill? Doesnt that just mean that it's wrong unless he decides that's its ok?

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  19. The Oculist

    I like Prager U, but I hate the theology lessons…

    I'm not atheistic, by any means….but I seriously doubt that the god of the entire universe cares whether or not I am electing to worship something visible, and obvious, as opposed to him/it/she? It makes god out to sound vindictive, egotistical, and spiteful. It isn't a good look…

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  20. Elton Ron

    This is not correct.
    The ten commandments were not given to the Jews. They were given to 12 tribes, of which the Jews are but one of those tribes. And they were not given by, or through Moses, but by the very voice of God, and they HEARD him.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  21. Francis Mausley

    Excellent points. Thank you. Modern false gods headed by Materialism: "The chief idols in the desecrated temple of mankind are none other than the triple gods of Nationalism, Racialism and Communism, at whose altars governments and peoples, whether democratic or totalitarian, at peace or at war, of the East or of the West, Christian or Islamic, are, in various forms and in different degrees, now worshiping." ~ Baha'i Faith

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  22. Spencer Fried

    No body knows fkin shit man – maybe your god is false. You’re all about facts right? The fact is this : no one knows shit. And anyone that tells you otherwise is probably trump. Believe things that feel right for YOU and promotes the most love for you and the world. Period

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  23. E F

    Out of the thousands of gods, why is yours correct? Because you say so. Because a old ass book says so? Kinda sus bro

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  24. ray1983able

    Very good points !

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  25. Ivan Yaroslavskiy

    So you nationalists aren t worshipping your flags that s what you re saying?

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  26. Halo 3

    obama should follow this.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  27. Wasi Husain

    The same is found in the Quran chapter 112 : https://www.clearquran.com/112.html

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  28. Zach Benedicic

    God is whatever we choose to make supreme. We all worship something.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  29. blue bugaboo

    I had a liberal atheist friend who thought the 2nd Commandment and the 2nd Amendment was the same thing!

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  30. opan pro

    One and only God also means that you'll be in conflict either physically or verbally with people of other beliefs. What a bunch of bullocks he's spreading.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  31. Sofija Radakovic

    I live in Canada and the native people that the whites called the totem poles idols and my farther said Kai was a demon but he a more humans then him

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  32. MrTlalpuente

    all gods are false

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  33. Grant The Rock

    All gods are false gods.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  34. IdealX

    Hitler had many of his visions while listening to Richard Wagner

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  35. Peregrino

    Great Denis Prager!

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  36. James Nnabeze

    I love Prager u but this is by far the most arrogant, irritating and stupid video ever made on this platform.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  37. James Nnabeze

    Sorry but keep your silly bigotry to yourself if we are talking about body count monotheist religions are the bosses of all, the hubris judeo-christian or Abrahamic religions is unbearable.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  38. boxingjerapah

    First 4 commandments all about protecting itself? Sounds legit.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  39. Chelli

    I mean it in the best way but the Nazi Germany thing and even the Ussr point are invalid. H used to attand church. He was a believing Christian and so were many many Germans. It's nice that you think people were highly educated back then, but even they still believed in God and practiced Christianity.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  40. G Gates

    The Christian Bible is translated from the Greek Septuagint. It is a mistranslation of the Tanakh. The Jews don’t believe in Jesus, because they don’t accept what the Septuagint says; the Jews trust the Masoretic text instead.

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  41. Shivam Srivastava

    A very poor attempt to show one's superstitions in good light. Lol..

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  42. Joseph Belgard

    The ancient Greeks would have said your god is false

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  43. 호롤롤로

    There is no god!

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  44. Harley Kenny

    I mean even though I like the dog better😞🐶

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  45. Harley Kenny

    I would save the human I mean I can get another dog human life is valuable because it has the Breath of God breathe life into them therefore the human is more valuable

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  46. zealot951

    Sorry, I'm saving my fur baby!

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  47. Beesley’s World

    “The Gods are cooler than The God.” My hot take

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply
  48. Sam Zeng

    I love God prager

    February 12, 2021 at 3:27 pm Reply

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