reply to post by N3krostatic
I don't really think you're answering the question.
I'll try instead.
The word god has multiple definitions and all of them offer an answer. Let's look!
1. God, Supreme Being (the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object
of worship in monotheistic religions) This covers the Abrahamic faiths and is thought of most often when the term is used, but doesn't fit your
2. deity, divinity, god, immortal (any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the
personification of a force) Most general usage for the word. In the definition lies the key to your answer that I will expand on later.
3. god (a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people) "he was a god among men" Non-supernatural. Probably not what
you were thinking either.
4. idol, graven image, god (a material effigy that is worshipped) "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god" Not often
though of, but can be related to number 2.
I would say that number 2 holds your answer mixed with a little number 4. Since worship of anything is absolutely a personal matter, any object
(tangible or not) that is worshiped is a god in the most general sense according to the individual.
To expand on that, gods exist in two realms. Knowledge and faith. Knowledge of a god is mostly due to history, just like knowledge of anything else
is gained. Faith in a god is belief that they actually have an influence over the realm which they are attributed to. For instance, Thor is the
Germanic god of thunder. I do believe in thunder, but I don't believe in Thor. I know of Thor due to history, but I don't believe he is real and
therefore does not control thunder.
Now...if the majority of people around me have faith that Thor IS controlling thunder and IS real, it does not mean that he's real to me. It's
simply real to them. When it thunders, they say it's Thor. I say it's just nature.
You can absolutely see where this can be applied in all situations when talks about faith are concerned. I am not going to specifically open that can
I hope that others can expand on this and provide useful feedback.