For most of American history, when people used the word “God” it was assumed that they meant the God of the Old and New Testaments. However, nowadays, in our post-Christian society the name “God” doesn’t mean the same thing to everybody.
Sometimes people who believe in a god that is drastically different from the Biblical God, let others think that they are referring to the Christian God when, in fact, they are not. Therefore, when someone talks about “God” it is important to know if they mean the Judeo-Christian God or some other god.
The Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida is an example of that. There will be talk of God there, however, there will be (at least) two different gods referred to. The Judeo-Christian God is a spiritual being. He has always existed and was not born or created. He is the Creator of all that exists everywhere.
However, at the Republican Convention, Mitt Romney and probably others, will use the name “God” to refer to the Mormon god — a god that was once a human being and then became the god of planet Earth. This god didn’t create the universe. He is one of many gods, not the only God that exists anywhere. This god has a material body and celestial wives.
Here’s a quotation taken from a Latter Day Saints (Mormon) web page. “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” (The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams )
American’s, of course, have the right to believe in any god that they want or to believe in no god at all. However, to lead people to think that you believe in the God of the Old and New Testament, when you don’t, is something less than honest.
So why is this important? Here’s an example: Suppose that two people are having a conversation about Washington, however, one of them is referring to the first US president, George Washington, while the other is referring to Washington, DC. They may be having a nice, civil conversation, but they are totally confused.
“For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” –Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 11:4)