By Pastor Nick Bibile
Theism comes from theist one who believes in the existence of God. Atheist oppose the existence of God. Jews, Islam and Christians believe in theism, the existence of God.
This is an attempt to explain the foreknowledge of God in relationship to the free will of man. They believe human beings are absolutely free and God doesn’t know the absolute future, so the future is not really knowable. They believe that God can change his mind due to circumstances.
Deism believe in God but not personal, he is not involve with our lives. They believe that God created the world but he will not interfere anymore. They also denies the trinity, deity of Christ, supernatural events of the Bible, acts of redemption.
Dualism believes there is good and evil. They believe in two powerful forces of good and evil, they can be both equal. But Christianity believes God is the most powerful Almighty God and Satan is a created being under the power of God and Satan will be totally defeated.
Pantheism believe God is everything and everyone and that everyone and everything is God. For them everything what you see is god. Pantheists love the natural world. Christians believe God is everywhere, but He is not everything. Everything is created by God.
Polytheism is the belief that there are many gods. Breaking the word down, “poly” comes from the Greek word for “many,” and “theism” from the Greek word for “God.”
The most dangerous heresy which the apostles had to confront during their time. They believed everything is evil and our bodies are prison and need to escape this body and the material world. Gnostics claim to possess an elevated knowledge, a “higher truth” known only to a certain few. Gnosticism comes from the Greek word gnosis which means “to know.” Gnostics claim to possess a higher knowledge, not from the Bible. That knowledge was the secret key to salvation. Gnostics believe originally God never intended to create a material world but all spiritual but there was error in God’s part and the results were material, evil things came upon. Apostle Paul and apostle John proclaimed the deity of Christ.
The word “monotheism” comes from two words, “mono” meaning “single” and “theism” meaning “belief in God.” Specifically, monotheism is the belief in one true God who is the only creator, redeemer, sustainer, and judge of all creation.