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Monotheism, one God or Three?

By Edited Aug 1, 2015 1 5

Monotheism, invented by the ancient Egyptians is the religious belief in one God. It was a reaction to the older belief systems and religions that were "Pantheistic" or believed in more than one God. The Greeks and Romans believed in twelve main gods with hundreds of less well known local gods. The early Egyptians also had many gods, one for the sky, one for the dead, etc. Hindus believe in thousands of gods.

The three main Western religions that are Monotheistic are Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. They all find their roots in the bible. The Jews used what the Christians call "the old Testament," as their religious book. The Christians added the new testament and the Muslims added the Koran. All these religions however hearken back to the God of the garden of Eden. This God sounds like one god, a jealous god, a male god. So it is very strange to me that the Christian religion also talks about a trinity.

Trinity means three. It refers to the father the son and the holy ghost, which Catholics will tell you are all the same God. I've had it explained to me that it's like water, which can be ice, liquid or steam, but is all the same thing. I don't understand if the important point is Monotheism, why the trinity is even mentioned. It's all very confusing. Who ever heard of being their own father? Their own son? And what really is the Holy Ghost?

Some early Christians felt that the loving Christ like figure of the new testament was so markedly different from the jealous God of the old Testament that may be there were indeed TWO gods, not one, one nice one and one mean one. Or some people even now, attribute so much power to an idea called "the devil," that it's like the devil is a rival god to the real God. It's a dichotomy.

The Christians who believed there were two Gods were eventually overpowered by the Christians who insisted the Gods of the old and new testament were essentially the same. Jesus said no one comes to him except through the father. So I guess it is a Monotheistic religion despite all. There is some point of contention on the nature of this God though. Some feel God is very personally involved in their lives. Others believe this one god "turned on" the universe, like a clock that needed winding, and then walked away. Leaving us with our discernment and creative powers to make our own world, or destroy it as the case may be.



Apr 8, 2010 6:48pm
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Jul 7, 2010 2:49am
Interesting article, but you need to read the Exodus of the Christian Bible to find monothesim began with the Israelites epsecially with Moses and his burning bush encounter with Yahweh. Egyptians were polytheistic. The ten plagues were really the rest of Yahweh(Monotheism) against those many gods of Egyptians of the time. Trinity is a Chritian concept to explain One God functions in three distinct persons as God the father as the creator, God the Son as the Redeemer and God the Holy Ghost as Sanctifier.
Jul 7, 2010 10:40am
there is an account of monotheism in Exodus, it does not predate the Egyptian monotheism of Tutankhamen
Jul 7, 2010 6:29pm
Oh, yes, Ok, you mentioned in passing Egyptian monotheism, fully concentrating on Christian monothesim.
Apr 6, 2012 5:35am
The book of Genesis, first few verses supports the idea of the Trinity which is a biblical concept - but not a word used in the Bible.

Note the plural "Let us make man in our image,in our likeness..." yet in the next verse "God created man in his image..." singular. There is one God, in three persons. These three persons can be in different places at one time, but work together and rule as one.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
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