Moses, one of the Old Testament figures that made it into the “hall of faith” in Hebrews 11, wrote these words near the end of his life: “Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other” Deuteronomy 4:39.

 
Again, there’s little doubt that these words smack of intolerant “exceptionalism” to many in our world today. I guess it is still in the heart of man to try to make God conform to our image and perception rather than accepting that He doesn’t always align with our picture of reality


In our day of pluralism and ala-carte spirituality, someone may say, “Of course idols are not gods! But still you must keep an open mind. I mean, there are more than seven billon people on planet Earth. You can’t tell me that there is only one God that is acceptable, that everyone must believe in? Come on!”

In the time of Isaiah, prophet of Israel, it was commonplace for people to create their own gods. Probably not much different than today! People would have household gods, regional deities, all carved with human hands.

Around the globe, two extremes can be seen in how people respond to social and religious differences: violent extremism and unexamined tolerance. At one end of the spectrum, we see unloving and violent insistence that one group’s ways are the only way and other people need to get in line or pay the consequences. On the other hand, a common present-day human philosophy is that every person has the right to choose their own path and that no path is any more valuable or right than any other.