Of Man and Gods 2

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Dualism

recognizes the existence of exactly two
deities, which represent opposing forces. Believers only
honor one as deserving of worship, generally
associating them with goodness, order, sanctity, and
spirituality. The other is rejected as a being of evil,
corruption, and/or materiality. Religions such as
Christianity and Zoroastrianism recognize a single god,
but they also acknowledge a being of corruption, which
should be rejected. However, in neither case is the
corrupted being a god, but rather something of lesser
status. As such, these faiths are not considered dualistic
but are instead monotheisms. The theological
differences can be significant between the two views.

Polytheism

is any religion that honors more than one
god, but not in a dualistic relationship. Most polytheistic
religions acknowledge dozens, hundreds, thousands, or
even millions of deities. Hinduism is a perfect example,
as are a number of lesser-known religions that have
stemmed from its beliefs. Believing in multiple gods
does not mean that a polytheist regularly worships all
such deities. Rather, they approach the gods as needed,
and may have one or several whom they feel
particularly close to. Polytheistic gods are generally not
omnipotent, unlike monotheistic gods who are often
thought to have unlimited power. Rather, each god has
his or her own spheres of influence or interest.

Monotheism

Is religions that acknowledge the
existence of only one god. Monotheists may or may not
also acknowledge the existence of lesser spiritual
beings, such as angels, demons, and spirits. However,
these are always subordinate to a single “supreme
being” and are not deserving of the worship reserved for
that god. When people think of monotheistic religions,
they generally think of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam:
the three major Judeo-Christian religions. There are,
however, a number of additional monotheistic religions.
Some of these are also Judeo-Christian religions or at
least influenced by them, such as Vodou, the Rastafari
Movement, and the Baha’i Faith. Others exist
independently, such as Zoroastrianism and Eckankar. A
religion that demands the honoring of a single specific
god but acknowledges the existence of others is known
as henotheism. Atheistic religion is one that expressly states that there
are no divine beings. The lack of supernatural beings, in
general, is also commonly accepted but not specifically
inherent in the term. The Raelian Movement is an
actively atheistic movement. Formal acceptance into the
religion involves a renouncing of previous religions and
the embracing of the fact that there are no gods. Instead,
the creation of the human race is credited to advanced
life forms living beyond the planet Earth. It is their
wishes, not the wishes of a supernatural being, which
we should endeavor to embrace for the betterment of
humanity. LaVeyan Satanism is commonly described as
atheistic Satanism, although there’s no formal
declaration of such. Some of these Satanists may
describe themselves as agnostic.

Published by Shagri'el

There is more to us than Creation, there’s love and support, and a blending of ideas. All prospering towards a day when all spirits within a great cosmic awakening transforms us like never before seen in the Known and Unknown Universe. In the meantime, we perform the groundwork. View more posts

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