Personally, I think there is only 1 God, just many interpretations of it.
Yeah, I believe that Allah/YHWH is the same thing. I also believe it is the same thing as Brahma, Omkara, Ahura Mazda, heck, even Zeus perhaps , or at
least it was originally. The concept may change over time.
The concept of God may vary according to culture too, but they all may be right.
For (a hypothetical) example, a culture that lives in a hot dry desert-like area may consider one of the attributes of God as "The Giver of
Then there'd be another culture that lives in a cold, snowy, icy place, that would consider one of the attributes of God as "The Giver of
Both these attributes would be correct.
Once again, it is my belief that in pantheistic systems, it usually started out with 1 top guy, and then all the little helpers were added, and then
they were later assimilated into the God-hood to become demi-gods or part-gods. For example (oh please don't hurt me for this!
) first there was
just I AM THAT I AM, which then got mixed up into some ancient semitic tribal pantheon, which then won out to the top, then Jesus came along, then he
was assimilated into the god-head, and perhaps, if we wait a couple hundred years, we might get some weird sect that considers the angels to be gods
Either that, or there were several tribes with their own concept of God, and then they met together, assimilated, and created a hierarchy, or
occasionally, (like the Romans) made the god an "equivalent" of theirs (like Zeus vs Jupiter), with just a different name.
PS: KyoZero, I noticed that I had you down as my "respected foe" (a weird concept if there is one), and I certainly don't remember doing that. I
tried removing you from that, but the only way possible seemed to be by adding you to my "Sharp Friends" list. While I don't mind being that, it
seems odd since I barely know you. So...any idea how to fix this?
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