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  •  Even the Bible says there are other gods, (9+ / 0-)

    contrary to what most Christians think.  Otherwise, why would it say "you shall not worship other gods than me" instead of "there are no other gods, do not worship anything else claiming to be a god because they are all false gods"?

    There is no saving throw against stupid.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 11:14:58 AM PDT

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      And that's just the one that one tribe kept when they realized they didn't need to be polytheist anymore.

      I think it's just the case of one internal cult to a particular god winning out over its rivals.

    •  God is practical (0+ / 0-)

      God is practical, and meets us where we are.

      Even the Bible says there are other gods, contrary to what most Christians think.  Otherwise, why would it say "you shall not worship other gods than me" instead of "there are no other gods, do not worship anything else claiming to be a god because they are all false gods"?
      a) In the Hebrew Scriptures, "God" = creator, Father, unknowable, provider, Law giver, "gods" = possessions, power, sheep, anything material that could take God's place in importance. i.e., the "god" of money.

      b) All of the tribes that the Israelites would end up among after the Exodus from Egypt had their own gods, which probably seemed real to the Israelites at the time. In this case, God is meeting them where they are IMO.
       

      "We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other." ~ RFK

      by paz3 on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 02:42:59 PM PDT

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