To Whom Should Our Hearts Belong?

To Whom Should Our Hearts Belong?
The foundational teaching of the Jewish scriptures is that God created heaven and earth, and that everything that is in them are His subjects. Scripture opens with the words: “In the beginning God created heaven and earth.” In the Ten Commandments it is stated: “for in six days did the Lord make the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them” (Exodus 20:11). Moses taught us: “Behold, to the Lord your God belong the heavens and the heaven of the heaven the earth and all that is in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14). Isaiah describes God with the words: the Lord God, He that created the heavens and stretched them forth, He spread forth the earth and all which comes out of it, He who gave a soul to the people upon it, and spirit to those that walk upon it” (Isaiah 42:5).
God utilized the miracles of the exodus, the Sinai revelation and Israel’s 40 year journey in the desert to teach Israel the foundational truth of God’s absolute mastery over nature.
Moses told us: Unto you it was shown in order that you know that the Lord is the God there is none else aside from Him… And you should know today and turn it to your hearts that the Lord, He is the God in the heavens above and in the earth below there is none else.” (Deuteronomy 4:35,39).

The scriptures teach us that when we look at the world around us, we are looking at a world created by God. Every inhabitant of heaven and earth, be it an inanimate object, a plant, a beast, a human or an angel, are but creations of the One Master of all. All of God’s creations are equally subject to Him, because they are all equally created by Him. The Christian doctrine that exalts one inhabitant of this earth and points to him as an object of religious devotion directly violates this central biblical teaching.

By pointing to one created being and elevating him to the status of divine, Christianity has blurred the distinction between Creator and created. The arguments presented by Christendom to justify their devotion could just as easily be used to justify devotion to any created being such as a cat, a rock, a statue, or another person. The unequivocal message of scripture is that every last inhabitant of heaven and earth is but a subject of the One Creator.

Genesis 1:1, 2:1-3, 14:19,20,22, 18:14, 21:33, 24:3, Exodus 4:11, 7:17, 8:6,18, 9:14,15,16,29, 10:2, 14:4,18, 15:11,18, 18:11, 20:2,11,19, 23:13, 29:46, 34:14, Leviticus 11:45, 19:36, 25:23,38, 26:13,45, Numbers 15:41, Deuteronomy 4:9-24, 31-39, 5:6,7,15, 6:4,12,13,14,21, 7:9,18,19,21, 8:2,3,4,14-18, 9:3, 10:14,17,18,21,22, 11:2-7, 13:3,6,7,11,14, 17:3, 20:1, 26:8, 29:1,2,4,5, 32:6,39,40, 33:26,27, Joshua 2:11, 3:11, 4:24, 24:17,18, 1Samuel 2:2,3,6,10, 10:18, 12:6, 2Samuel 7:22, 22:32, 1Kings 8:23,27,60, 2Kings 19:15, Jeremiah 2:6, 5:22,24, 10:6-16, 14:22, 23:24, 27:5, 31:34, 32:17-21,27, 51:15-19, Isaiah 40:12-26,28, 41:4, 42:5, 43:10-13, 44:6-8,24, 45:5-7,12,18-23, 46:5,9,10, 48:13, 51:15, 66:1, Hosea 13:4, Amos 4:13, 5:8, 9:5,6, Jonah 1:9, Nahum 1:2-4, Zechariah 12:1, Psalm 8:4, 10:16, 11:4, 18:32, 19:1-7, 24:1,2, 29:10, 33:6-11, 65:7-14, 66:6-9, 68:8,9, 71:19, 74:12-17, 78:12-16,42-55, 81:11, 83:19, 86:8-10, 89:6-14, 95:1-7, 96:4,5, 100:3, 102:26, 104:1-35, 113:4,5, 114:7,8, 115:3-11, 119:73,89-91, 121:2, 124:8, 134:3, 135:5-21, 136:1-26, 139:5-16, 145:9,14-16, 146:1-10, 147:1-20, 148:1-14, 149:2, Job 4:17, 5:9,10, 9:2-12, 10:8-12, 12:9,10,13-25, 25:1-6, 26:6-14, 28:23-28, 34:13, 35:10, 36:22,23,26-37:24, 38:1-42:6, Proverbs 3:19,20, Ecclesiastes 3:11,14, Daniel 2:20-22, 3:33, 4:31,32,34, 5:23, 6:27,28, 9:15, Ezra 1:2, 5:11, Nehemiah 9:6, 1Chronicles 16:25,26, 17:20, 29:10-12,14-16, 2Chronicles 2:5, 6:14,18, 20:6, 36:23,

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