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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Christian polytheists 

I have trouble understanding how Christianity is understood by many to be a monotheistic religion. I believe my trouble lies in the fact that many Christians aren't monotheists, but just claim to be.

Luke 12:10 quotes Jesus as describing the Holy Spirit and Son as separate and distinct entities - blaspheming one is forgivable, blaspheming the other is not,

And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

I don't see how a belief in one god can rationally be squared with a belief that the Bible should be read while understanding the meaning in the simplest way possible - as Christian fundamentalists believe. A belief in a "three-in-one" trinity god is a theological cop-out in general and outright fraud if one also claims Luke 12:10 should be read literally. One can say that there are many names for or ways to refer to a singular god, but once one says there are distinct ways to understand separate gods, one is a polytheist and "but these three are one in a way human's can't understand" is childish prattle.

A second item which can be pointed to is the belief of many Christians that a jealous God said, "You shall have no other gods before me." What would use would that commandment be if there was only one god? And who would a singular omnipotent god be jealous of? I suggest such people cannot explain their belief in a singular god in a logical way.

A third point is that many Christians believe that there is an evil deity, Satan, independent from the good deity, the Lord, and who has all the powers of the good deity: that he can intervene in worldly events, know people's thoughts, etc - but to a lesser degree than the good deity or is constrained when the good deity wishes to restrain him. Right there, you have a belief in two deities. Choosing to worship one of two deities is not monotheism.

Most Christians are polytheists.

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Comments:

Satan is NOT a God, he fell from grace because he wants to put things ahead of the one true God.

The other gods that we should not put before God are not talking about deities, but rather things that we put ahead of God, like money or power.

The three in one is not childish prattle, it is called a "mystery" for a reason, silly!
He or she that believes three equals one is silly.

Why not answer the toughest question that the author posed in Luke 12:10? Because you can't.

Why does Jesus say "My god hath forsaken me" if he is God, silly.

Better yet, why does God sacrifice himself (Jesus) to himself (God) so we can know him better (Holy Ghost)?

Would an all-powerful God have nemesis in Satan? Would an all Loving God cast those who do not believe in Christian mythology to hell? For not believing in a story?

What Christians have done to God’s good name is appalling. You portray God as evil. You worship man over God. You condemn those who don’t belief. Nice religion.

Deism.

 

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