While many do believe monotheism evolved from polytheism, there are some polytheistic religions with monotheistic overtones (History Stack Exchange 732). Given their interrelatedness, it would be an oversimplification to state that the number of gods each religion has is what differentiates one belief system from another. More accurately, while most polytheistic religions have differing accounts of how time and the universe began and was created, monotheistic religions believe that one supreme God, who is unique above all else, is the sole creator of all things, beings, the universe, the cosmos, literally everything in
All gods in this religion are smaller deities to the greater Brahman, making this monotheistic, but then it is also polytheistic because there is truly the supreme belief in one major God. Hinduism only seems hard to understand because it deals more with one’s life then ones actual practice or belief of the religion. In reality, Hindus still believe in Brahman, one Supreme Being. Hinduism affects ones entire life and being. Hinduism is both monotheistic and polytheistic in my opinion.
This is what made Weir’s story unique: he never once mentioned anything about religion. He never claimed that one thing was right or wrong but raised the idea of reincarnation, putting his own twist to it. In “The Egg,” the afterlife was not truly the afterlife. Everyone was really the same person, with different lives and experiences, meaning that the afterlife was just another life over and over. This was a conundrum for me since I only considered heaven and
He began sole worship of Aten or the Sun Disk.109 Amenhotep attempted further change by changing his own name to Akhenaten, or the Servant of Aten.1110 Through all of these cultures, we can see some differences and some similarities. Egyptian culture did almost change monotheism but soon regained polytheistic beliefs. The Hebrew people started off worshiping only one god, and have remained that way, while the Mesopotamian cultures, containing thousands of gods, were by far the most heavily polytheistic religion maybe of all
Edwards really lets the message of “Gods wrath” sink into our minds to show how mighty, powerful, and capable the Lord is. The Lord gives us many opportunities to rely on Him and when we need his love and mercy the most. People ignore that and believe they can be their own gods. This is not right because Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” Meaning that the only way to not end up in Hell is to except Jesus Christ into your heart.
When we ask people about their thoughts on how the world was created, the first idea that comes to mind is the story of Genesis. Most people generally assume that there is only one account of creation, the account that portrays God as the sole creator since in the Genesis account he creates heaven, earth, man/woman, and other living things. However, Genesis is not the only face of creation because religious texts from different cultures tell us otherwise. In ancient near east religions, there are two creation myths that give their own different accounts. While some details of the Genesis account are similar to the Enuma Elish of Babylon and the Memphite Theology of Egypt, each account individually brings their own nationalistic pride and personal touch.
Are there gods, one God, or nothing. We find many examples in art and literature. In The Odyssey, Homer clearly believes that it is an open system which means that he believes that there is a spiritual dimension. The Odyssey is a book about the gods, and the part they play in Odysseus’ journey home. There are many gods, but Zeus runs it all.
On the contrary, though, the Bible didn’t create or invent The Temptress or the idea of Good/Evil. Mythology of all sorts, from Roman to Norse to Chinese, have portrayed archetypes. The difference between those stories and the Bible’s is its impact on the average person. Most people cannot tell a tale from Chinese mythology but can give a basis for the story of Adam and Eve. The influence Genesis has continues to be substantial thanks to the strength Christian religions have had throughout history.
1. God is said to be omnibenevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent. Many arguments have attempted to prove the existence of God and in my opinion, none of the arguments succeed in actually proving the existence of such a god. However, there is one argument that, if it worked, would be the best in proving the existence of God which is Saint Thomas Aquinas’s argument. Aquinas tries to prove God’s existence in five ways with the first being the argument from motion.
John 1:1 States that “[I]n the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This statement is one of a few that Trinitarians believe to prove their belief in the idea of the Trinity. The Trinity is a belief that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all one being. The dogmatic “doctrine” of the trinity is not taught in the bible, there are only a few passages that were wrongly interpreted that these claims are based from. The bible itself disproves the theory that the three entities, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate beings, operating together to bring the will of God to the world.