The first of the Prayers of Light said by the priest during Vespers includes the following line:
"Thou alone art God, and among the gods there is none like unto thee."
What "gods" is this referring to?
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Posted 12 August 2013 - 03:26 PM
When this pernertion was written Christianity was in the minority and there were many other religions most of which were polytheistic (having multiple gods each with a specific place in the way the world worked). This was the original reference as see in the Psalms as well which speak about the 'gods' of the nations as apposed to the Lord. Although it is equally aporeate to consider it as referring to anything that humans put before the Lord in their lives.
Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:14 PM
When this pernertion was written Christianity was in the minority
Actually, when this was written Christianity did not even exist because Christ had not yet come. This line is a quote of Ps 85 vs. 8 (86:8 KJV). Many of our prayers are composed of direct quotes from the Psalter as this was (and still is) the primary "Prayerbook" of the Church.
Fr David Moser
Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:57 PM
As Fr David says it is from Psalm 85, and as the others have said is most likely a reference to the false gods of the nations, in a largely polytheistic world it was important to show how great the Lord was compared with the gods of the nations even though the faithful Israelites themselves knew that there was only one God.
"Among the gods there is none like unto Thee, O Lord, neither are there any works like unto Thy works. All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord, and shall glorify Thy name. For Thou art great, and doest wondrous things; Thou art God alone" - Psalm 85, Rdr Michael Asser's Old Testament, emphasis mine.
Posted 17 August 2013 - 08:06 AM
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