reply to post by jhill76
I think it depends on your interpretation of God.
If you believe in the Biblical God ---the God of the Hebrews, the Christians, and the Muslims--- then God definitely demands that you worship Him, and
only Him. All worship of any force other than YHVH/Jesus is punishable by damnation, and eternal separation from God's presence.
If you approach the concept of God as polytheistic, pantheistic, or from paganism, then it really doesn't matter who your Personal God is, because
all of them are facets of the Universe, and the Universe from any angle is still the Universe. Most pagan religions allowed worship of any number of
native deities, and, often, even allowed those from foreign cultures to bring their Personal Gods with them. This was how figures like Baal, Anat, and
Qadesh ---originally from the Levant--- ended up being worshiped by the Egyptians; or, how Hecate ---originally from Anatolia (modern day Turkey)---
ended up with widespread worship in Southern Europe (Greece, Romania, etc) and America through the Wicca movement.
If you believe God is a reptilian from Zeta Reticuli... well, I haven't got a clue. UFO cults and "ancient alien" theorists confuse the heck out of
me. You'll have to ask someone with a bigger tinfoil hat than I whether or not worship of God by any name other than Xenu is acceptable, heh.
If you believe God is energy, or some kind of universal constant which exists on a quantum level, or some-such quantum woo, then I don't think it
matters who/what you call God. Energy is not consciousness. So God could not be consciousness either, if God is just a universal energy. Without a
consciousness, God would not have a conscience to listen to, or ignore, and therefore God wouldn't care what it was called.
That's my two cents on the issue.
~ Wandering Scribe