The Lord God is the only true god. False gods are other things that
people worship. In the Bible, God warns us not to worship false gods.
But our Lord God is true. He lived in ancient times, and He lives now. He made the earth, the sun, and the moon. He makes the plants grow, and He makes the seasons change every year.
Our God loves us, and He sent His son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins.
After we die, we will live in Heaven with God.
We spell our true God's name with a capital G. We spell false gods' names with a small g.
False gods in ancient times
In ancient times (a long, long time ago), people did not understand nature and science. They did not understand about the sun, moon, rain, storms, plants, and the seasons. They thought that gods made the sun come up. They thought that gods made the plants grow. They thought gods made the summer go away and the winter come. Then they invented names for the gods and made idols, statues, or dolls for the gods. They worshiped the idols and took gifts to the idols. But these gods did not live. They were false. They were only stories and dolls.
Here are some of the false gods that ancient people worshiped.
(From the web site:
Aztecs-the Aztecs lived in the land we now call Mexico.
Xipe Totec - god of spring and new life growing
Huitzilopochtli - leader, god of war
Tonatiuh - sun god
Tlaloc - god of rain, Aztec people sacrificed their children to him.
Chalchiuhtlicue - goddess of water from springs and the sea
Quetzalcoatl - the snake god
Tezcatlipoca--god of night
|Pictures from http://home.freeuk.net/elloughton13/aztecgod.htm|
Babylonians and Sumerians--the Babylonians and Sumerians lived in the land that we now call Iraq.
This picture shows many of the gods of the Babylonians and the Sumerians.
The crescent moon--Sin
The eight-pointed star--Ishtar
The shiny four-pointed sun--Shamash.
The two alters with horned crowns--An and Enlil,
The fish/goat --Enki
The umbilical cord and knife--Ninhursag.
The lion with wings and the pole with panther heads--Nergal, god of the underworld
The vulture and carved weapons--Zabada, the god of hand-to-hand fighting;
The grubs and curved weapon--Ninurta
The dragon--Marduk, the leader god
The triangular tool--Nabu, a son of Marduk and patron of writers
The tablet on the sitar--Sod, god of wisdom
The third god is Cula who is guarded by the sacred dog; she was the goddess of healing
The bull and altar with the forked lightning--Adad
The bird perched on a post--Sbuqamuma
The other bird--Shimaliya
The altar with a sheaf--Nisaba, goddess of corn
The snake with horns --Ningizida, god of architects and engineers
Canaanites--the Canaanites lived in the land
that we now call Israel.
El-- father of gods, mankind.
Kothar - and - Khasis--craftsman
Shachar & Shalim--twins
Baal-- god of fertility, 'rider of the clouds', and god of lightning and thunder
Anath-- consort of Baal, also known as Astarte, Asherah, Athtart, Anat, and Ashtoreth; lesser god of war and the hunt
Baalat-- fertility goddess
Tanit-- lady of Carthage
Shapshu-- sun goddess
Yarikh-- moon god
Kotharat-- conception and childbirth
Athtar-- possibly a god of the desert or of artificial irrigation
Sheger-- god of cattle
Ithm-- god of sheep
Hirgab-- father of eagles
Sha'taqat-- a healing demoness
Nikkal and Ib-- goddess of fruit
Khirkhib-- king of summer and raiding season
Dagon of Tuttul-- god of wheat, inventor of the plow
Baal - Shamen-- lord of the Assembly of the gods at Gubla
Milqart-- god of the Metropolis and of the monarchy at Tyre and Carthage
Eshmun-- god of healing
Yam-- sea and rivers
Arsh-- monstrous attendant of Yam
Atik-- calf of El, enemy of Baal
Ishat-- enemy of Baal
Zabib-- an enemy of Baal
Mot-- sterility, death, and the underworld
Horon-- chthonic deity
Aklm-- like grasshoppers
Rephaim-- deities of the underworld
Molech--parents sacrificed children to Molech
Egyptians--the Egyptians lived in the land of Egypt
god of the sun
Hittites--the Hittites lived in the land we now call Turkey
Hurrian Kashku--moon goddess, the Hittites sacrificed sheep to her.
Upelluri--god who carries the world on his shoulders.
Hannahannas--goddess, uses the symbol of the bee.
Kumarbis--father of all the other Hittite gods
Anu--most powerful Hittite god
Alalu--king of heaven, first of gods.
Storm/Weather god--his symbol is the bull
Aranzahas--a river god
Tasmisus--a child of the god Anu
Suwaliyattas--a god of war
Hebat--a lion, wife of the storm god
Wurusemu--sun goddess of Arrina, a goddess of battle.
Sharruma--a calf. Symbolized by a pair of human legs, a human head on a bull's body.
Takitis--in charge of the gods' meetings
Mezzullas--Daughter of the storm god and sun goddess.
Zintuhs--the granddaughter of the the Storm god and Sun goddess.
Telepinu--a god of farming.
Vikummi--a weapon against the storm god.
Sun-god of Heaven--the god of justice, sometimes the king of gods.
Tarpatassis--protects from sickness and grants a long and healthy life.
Alauwaimis--drives away evil sickness.
Romans and Greeks--the Romans lived in parts of the areas we now call Europe, Asia, and
The Greeks lived in the country of Greece.
|Greek name||Roman name||Description|
|Zeus||Jupiter||ruler of the gods|
|Poseidon||Neptune||god of the seas|
Photo from http://www.paleothea.com/Men.html
|Hades||Pluto||god of the dead|
|Hestia||Vesta||goddess of the home|
|Hera||Juno||wife of Zeus/Jupiter|
|Ares||Mars||god of war|
|Athena||Minerva||goddess of crafts and war|
|Apollo||Apollo||god of the sun|
|Aphrodite||Venus||goddess of love and beauty|
|Artemis||Diana||goddess of hunters|
|Hephaestus||Vulcan||god of fire and iron|
Some modern people feel lust (sexual feelings) and follow sexual feelings that
are wrong. God's laws say that
sexual relations are for married people only. People who follow lust and sinful feelings
have sexual relations with people they are not married to. They may read
books and magazines and watch movies about sexual situations. They worship their
lustful feelings instead of obeying God's laws. Some
modern people worship famous people. They do what famous people tell them
to do instead of doing what God says we should do.
False gods in modern times
People now don't worship the same gods as ancient people worshiped. But some people still worship other false gods. A false god is anything that a person worships and honors instead of the true Lord God.
In some remote parts of the world (places that are far away and hard to travel to), people still worship false gods and idols. But many people in modern cities and countries also worship false gods. Maybe they don't worship dolls or idols, but they give time, energy, and attention to other things before they honor and worship the true God.
Some modern people follow religions that do not worship the true Lord God.
Some modern people worship money. They feel that having a lot of money to buy expensive things is more important than obeying God's laws.
Some modern people feel lust (sexual feelings) and follow sexual feelings that are wrong. God's laws say that sexual relations are for married people only. People who follow lust and sinful feelings have sexual relations with people they are not married to. They may read books and magazines and watch movies about sexual situations. They worship their lustful feelings instead of obeying God's laws.
Some modern people worship famous people. They do what famous people tell them to do instead of doing what God says we should do.