Origen Against Celsus by Origen
Chapter III. Before proceeding to the next point, it may be well for us to see whether√†
Before proceeding to the next point, it may be well for us to see whether we do not accept with approval the saying, |No man can serve two masters,| with the addition, |for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other,| and further, |Ye cannot serve God and mammon.| The defence of this passage will lead us to a deeper and more searching inquiry into the meaning and application of the words |gods| and |lords.| Divine Scripture teaches us that there is |a great Lord above all gods.| And by this name |gods| we are not to understand the objects of heathen worship (for we know that |all the gods of the heathen are demons| ), but the gods mentioned by the prophets as forming an assembly, whom God |judges,| and to each of whom He assigns his proper work. For |God standeth in the assembly of the gods: He judgeth among the gods.| For |God is Lord of gods,| who by His Son |hath called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.| We are also commanded to |give thanks to the God of gods.| Moreover, we are taught that |God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.| Nor are these the only passages to this effect; but there are very many others.