Monotheism and World Religions

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Far from having evolved through the centuries of Israel's history, monotheism is an inspired insight revealed by God to his people. The God of the Bible, the Creator of all that exists, stands outside the universe and is not a part of it. Only three modern religions share this viewpoint, and all of them are based on the revealed religion of ancient Israel.

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Certain other modern religions, such as Zoroastrianism and Sikhism, teach forms of monotheism that are derived from former dualistic or polytheistic systems. Unlike the three religions based on the Bible, they suggest that God is a part of the universe and not separate from it. Only the OT religion and its derivatives proclaim one God who is transcendent by nature and immanent only by condescension and grace (see Isa. 57:15).

(Elwell Evangelical Dictionary)

The individual articles presented here were generally first published in the early 1980s. This subject presentation was first placed on the Internet in May 1997.

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