These “gods” are the “principalities and powers” that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 6:12, the “powers of this dark world and against the forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.

These fallen angels, in Psalm 82, are condemned to the death that is prophesied in Revelation 20:10, when Satan and all his angels will be cast into the lake of fire.

But why is this information important? Why is the issue of other gods, and the revelation that they are fallen angels, pertinent to the average person?

Because throughout history, myriad cultures and people groups have reported encounters with the divine—with beings which are not God. These beings have many names—Odin, Zeus, Ra, Ashur, Baal, and the Horned God, just to name a few.

It is possible that these gods, which pervaded the myths of nations and kingdoms, were fallen angels seeking to be worshiped by man. Was Dionysus once a heavenly being? Did Osiris once walk the halls of heaven? Has Loki seen the face of God?

This illustrates the deceptive nature of these beings. The biblical authors believed that the ancient pagan religions were driven by beings hostile to God, and that these supernatural entities worked against God’s plans, bringing about suffering to those whom they deceived. They took on the guise of any number of benevolent—yet mercurial and imperfect—gods, demanding worship. And they got it.

So, yes—there are many gods. But, scripturally, there is only one God, and He is infinitely superior to all that He has created. Still, we must be wary.

If history has taught us anything it is that we are easily deceived, and just as these fallen angels held sway over the nations of the antiquity, so they can hold sway over the contemporary world in endlessly inventive ways.

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