Merging Idols, Emerging Lies

Man-made idols are wonderfully versatile and adaptive. This head belongs to Zeus-Amun, which some of you will know is a mixture of the Greek king of the gods with the Egyptian senior deity. The statue dates from Ptolemaic period, when ethnically Greek pharaohs ruled the land. In an attempt to make the new Greek pantheon acceptable to the Egyptian populace, they simply combined them. Thus, this statue has the bearded, handsome face of Zeus combined with the horns of Amun. Alexander the Great claimed to be descended from Zeus-Amun, a clear attempt to procure his subject peoples’ adoration.

Σέραπις or Serapis, below, was another attempt to fuse the two religious pantheons together. Here, seated on a throne, Serapis is beside the three-headed dog Cerberus, the guardian of the underworld.

False gods, false religions and false gospels are always adaptable, malleable and plastic enough to absorb new ideas. The true God of the Bible, and His pure gospel once and for all delivered to the saints, is steady, unchanging and unique.

I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me Isaiah 45:5