This article was originally posted on Quora by Jonathan Kirk Davis an member of the U.S. Marine Corps
This really should be asked as “How is monotheism different than polytheism?”
To Christians (as well as Islam, Hebrew tradition, Zoroastrianism, Tenrikyo, Shaivism and Sikhism) there is a belief that all the processes of the universe were caused or set in motion at least, by one all powerful being. The different beliefs differ on the motivations of this being and the ways in which this was done and what we are supposed to gain from it. What they all agree on is that, above everything else there is one supreme being that is responsible for everything else.
In polytheistic faiths there usually is a finite limit to individuals gods. Gods can be born and be killed and therefore are not outside of the nature of time, as the monotheists believe. They have powers that are separate and individual, which means that they are not “infinite” in nature. They are also separate entities and are divided, giving us the premise of “poly”-theism and multiple gods as apposed to the unity of a single “mono”-theistic God. Read more...(525 words, 1 image, estimated 2:06 mins reading time)
I don’t normally comment on what is in the news but this I could not just let slip by. In an interview with reporters George Zimmerman said that it was God’s plan for what had happened that night. More stuff has happened in this world in the name of GOD when it comes to hate and crime. You don’t hear that when people are saved, you don’t hear that when people win the lotto, you don’t hear that when a person swerves and misses a dear so why in all the names of the gods and goddesses do we hear it said for crap like this. If you are following a person at night or out of watch and someone in the shadows spooks you or attacks you how in the hell is that the plan of some god? Get real, it was your own hand that pulled the trigger and not that of some god. It was you that was the person to pull the gun out of your pocket and not some god that you can blame. It was your actions and not that of some god that caused the problem and that of the other person that was involved. Read more...(560 words, 1 image, estimated 2:14 mins reading time)
We are seeing more and more on the news lately that everything is getting better. We see the DOW almost hit 13,000 and they say that things are getting better. While it might be getting better for the rich it shore as hell is not getting better for the over 50% of Americans that are in poverty We hear how jobless claims are falling but how much of that is in the fact that people are just plain giving up when there are no jobs to be had. Sure things are getting better if you live in the bubble that the greedy inconsiderate rich live in. For them everything is hunky dory and they could give a damn what you or I might think or actually have to deal with. So is the economy getting better? That depends on your perspective and your wallet or pocketbook. Read more...(879 words, 1 image, estimated 3:31 mins reading time)
It’s all over the news, and has been for some time now. The earth’s subduction zones are being a bit more vocal than usual. Maybe Gaia is just stretching a bit. With a 24,901.55 miles waistline, that can be a pretty rough bit of movement, but if we look at maps of the earth from the past, and present, we can sort of predict a future of geological cycles. Geologist Christopher R. Scotese came up with the Paleomap project years ago as an educational aid for science classes. These maps not only give us a look at the earth through early prehistory, from the Late Precambrian period to the Ice Age, but we see our current earth, as well as speculation on what a future earth might look like from 50 million, to 250 million years from now. That’s 4+ billion years of subduction plates shifting around….. wait… What’s that you say? How could there be maps of what the earth might have looked like 650 million years ago when Yahweh created the earth about 10,000 years ago? Oh, I see, Yahweh has a sense of humour and placed all this falsely dated stuff out there to keep humans digging around to prove him wrong. I might expect something like that from Loki, a god whose sphere is mischief, but Yahweh? A very jealous Hebrew war god who hates just about everything humanity does if they do not worship him. A war god who will punish you eternally if you might have a bit of hedonistic fun. He has a sense of humour? Something doesn’t seem right here. Massive earthquake activity a sign of the End Times? Well, let’s look back into Earth’s recent history and see how many times we thought the End Times might be upon us in… say… the last hundred years. Read more...(707 words, 2 images, estimated 2:50 mins reading time)
I just saw this on the BBC Scotland News from me following them on Twitter – teacher suicide remark I really do hope that they are suspended indefinitely.
It is just plain wrong to tell any child that another child is going to go to hell for any reason. They are children and saying things like that just foster intolerance and hate among kids. I know the child in question took their own life but that does not give the teacher the right to tell her other students in a classroom environment that their classmate, that I am sure some cared about deeply, are going to go to hell. For many children hell is used to scare them straight. To them it is the worst possible place to go, it is even worse then death itself. To say that…. Read more...(329 words, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)