How many gods are there?

by jgnat 85 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • jgnat

    Christianity was birthed in a polytheistic world, inheriting from Jewish roots the concept of one G-d. Now, instead of one God for Israel, we are offered one God for the whole world. Caesar (mortal men) was declared a god. Gods had powers beyond ordinary men, could grant requests, and demanded sacrifice and worship. So in imperial Rome, citizens and conquered were required to revere their conquering King. Christians would not, hence the early years of persecution.

    In this polytheistic framework, what would be made of one G-d, creator of the world, disembodied, residing in the spiritual realm, all-powerful, all knowing? Would this make all other gods simply the manufacture of man with no inherent power?

    Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. Psalm 115 2:-8

    Setting the trinity debate aside for a moment, how many gods does a Christian believe in?

    · If there is one God, can we claim that there are also lower-case gods, disembodied spirits with powers greater than man, influencing man and demanding worship?

    · Can angels and fallen angels be considered gods by this definition?

    · What of the gods worshipped by Israel’s neighbours?

    · In modern times, what gods are other religions serving? Are they manufactures of men, minor spirits with supernatural powers and personalities, or a perception of the one G-d different than ours?

    I’ll take the stand (based on belief not on empirical evidence) that there is only one G-d; no minor gods.

    This is a question godrulz bypassed, so I suspect it is a weakness in his theology.

  • botchtowersociety

    "God" is a very loaded term, I think. People speak of beings with greater than human powers or wisdom as being god like. From a Christian perspective, the only thing appropriate to worship is the greatest thing of all, the one God, and nothing lesser.

  • Pika_Chu

    I think there are, like 2,000+ active ones. And some dead ones. Many are worshipped, others are obsolete. Some are yet to be invented by nutjobs.

  • PSacramento

    Monotheistic religions beleive in ONE supreme God, which means there are more than just one "god" but there is only ONE GOD.

    Satan is a god and mentioned as such ( God of this age and whatnot) and certainly the fallen angels were viewed as gods.

    How Many?


  • jgnat

    Do lessers even exist? Could Satan even properly be called a god?

  • cantleave

    Humans have created more gods than you can shake a stick at (whatever that expression means!)

    One day our species will grow up and realise mythology holds no answers.

  • wobble

    Define "God".

  • pirata

    Biblically speaking, I notice the use of the word "god" as anything that people worship (including stomachs). The "god" doesn't necessarily have to be real.

  • Chariklo

    Just to throw into the mix, many people think that Hindus have countless numbers of gods. Yet educated Hindus I know state firmly that there is only one God, who allows himself to appear in many forms or aspects, and it is these personifications that are known as the many Hindu gods.

    That makes sense to me.

    I am also quite comfortable with the concept of a world in which there are many spirits, but I believe there is only one God. However, I do not think that such a God, creator of all that is, would bear much resemblance to the limited, limiting, punitive God portrayed by the Watchtower.

    I suspect its members have a bit of a surprise waiting for them.

  • jgnat

    I would think, wobble, that one disembodied G-D, creator of the world, everywhere, everywhen, all-powerful, all-knowing, and the embodiment of love is a fairly modern construct.

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