Lawrence Krauss claims that there are at least a thousand gods (debate with William Lane Craig). Besides the God of the Bible, he mentioned Zeus, Perseus, Dionysius, Krishna, Romulus, Osiris, and others. Likewise Guy Harrison in his book, ’50 Simple Questions for Every Christian,’ asks how many gods there are? He says he is perhaps more qualified than others to answer because of his degrees in history and anthropology. His answer, ‘It’s definitely many, many millions; more likely, it’s in the billions, if not trillions.’ 1
Why would one believe in God, the Father of Jesus Christ, if there are many other gods? What evidence is there that only the God of the Bible is the true God? The answer is easy. How do we know that Julius Caesar or Napoleon Bonaparte lived?
Julius Caesar wrote books about his wars, like the various books on his Gallic Wars. He gave first hand observations about the Celtic tribes he was waging war on, like the Druids. Suetonius, Cicero and others also verified in their writings that he was a real Roman person. 2 We know about Julius Caesar because of reliable eye witness documents.
Historical documents also testify that Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a victorious French general and emperor. He fought many successful wars, but failed completely in the invasion of Russia (1812), like the Germans in the Second World War. He was defeated at Leipzig and sent to Elba. From there he escaped and returned to power. He was finally defeated at Waterloo (June 1815) and was confined to the island of St. Helena, where he died. 3 Reliable documents assure us he was real.
How do we know that God is real? Through the reliable historical documents by various writers.
Logic demands that we do the following:
- If we deny the one, we should deny all three.
- If we except the one, we should accept all three.
Nobody living today has seen Caesar, Napoleon or God.
They are all known by historical documents.
- Julius Caesar lived in Italy, a country we still know today, with Rome as its headquarters.
- Napoleon lived in France, a country we still know today, with Paris as its headquarters.
- God did most of His acts in Israel, a country we still know today, with Jerusalem the capital (Tel Aviv is the financial centre).
All three have eyewitness accounts and countries where people lived and events took place.
The original question was whether atheists can think logically about the many gods in existence? It all revolves around history and documentary evidence. If we don’t have that, how can we be sure that they are real? The same applies to Zeus, Dionysius and all the other thousands of gods. Historically reliable and verifiable documents about people and events in a specific country, should testify to their divinity. Where is Zeus’s wonderful book with his exploits in Greece? There isn’t one. Dionysius is silent. Why?
Besides His Book, the God of the Bible has a worldwide Church that preaches about Him and His Son, Jesus. So we should have a world wide ‘church’ of Zeus, Horus, et cetera. We don’t.