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Why are there so many religions with distinctive rules when there is only one god?

i myself believe that there is only one god in this world, however if there is only one god then why are there so many religions with so many rules which are so different from others??

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    Jan 18 2012: I have read most of the commentaries, I can now point out the reason we are having so many misunderstandings as there is only ONE GOD!

    I invite all of you to read at new most of your interventions, you will see that most of you have been arguing on Santa and so many other things that have no relation with the first question.

    No one on earth can tell you who is GOD. We have our ideas of God, that's the reason there are so many confusions on the subject. Once again, whether most people on TED are atheists or believers should not stop one from asking certain questions, as we are here to express liberty and built another world with our ideas sharing.

    In this question, believers are in the center. Most religious groups believe that their idea of God is the one to be applied. Then they believe that from their position they benefit from a particular favor from the God they call night and day; that God gives them Power other all the ones who they consider are just lost. Then come the question of who has to rule society. This is where clashes happen.

    All these religions are opposing each other just around one question: " who has THE POWER?"

    Atheists's arguments in general resume in this: If God exist, then what is His nature, How does He look or what makes Him to be God?

    In order to bring everybody around the same table, why not consider one second that we take the word "God" out of our arguments. Because that word alone is setting fire to most emotional bodies.

    Whether you are atheist or believer, let's agree that we all EXIST. Let's agree that we are all connected by this earth that drag our weight down to himself. We all feed ourself from this earth's products, wether it be animals, vegetals or minerals. Let's agree that we all come HERE according to a clear and understandable scientific principle. Let's agree that PRINCIPLE his not man made, that It comes from EXISTENCE Himself.

    So now, who can deny EXISTENCE not to be the PRINCIPLE and the source of LIFE. Q?
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      Jan 18 2012: Good points Ousmane. The arguments about god/no god/right god/wrong god simply serve to continue to seperate us. We are all more the same than different, and to come together as human beings, it would be helpful to focus on how we are the same. We all feed ourself from this earth's products, as you say, we all want to love and be loved, we all share the same emotions at various times in our lives, we all live and then die. And while we are living here on this earth, it would be nice if we could accept each other and whatever our beliefs are IF those beliefs do not adversly impact others.
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    Jan 15 2012: If god (or gods) exist in 7,000, 000,000 human brains, then it's only logical to assume the number of god(s) should also equal 7,000,000,000. What's really amazing is that humans assume the god in their own head is the god in someone else's! And even more astounding is that humans clump together into (human) institutions and collectively decide to change the god(s) in their own heads so as to be more acceptable to other folks.

    If there is some disembodied spirit out there without a brain, without sensory organs, without a body, and without any way of speaking, it's beyond bizarre that humans even care that It exists. I suspect religions are not really about such a trans-spatial, trans-temporal Thing -- but about 'fellowship' and all the other very human trappings that encumber their 'religions'. And then one can begin to understand religion(s). They are not about god(s). Religions are all about tribal affiliation(s).
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    Jan 22 2012: London is one city but there are numerous ways to reach it - London is one :)) Some take the dirt tracks, some the fast lanes, and some simply jet in. The problem arises when the fellow who takes the dirt road to London says, 'he knows best' the fast lane chap feels the dirt track traveller is a 'fool' and it goes on and on .... An 'awakened' soul keeps his cool, and does not argue because he knows for sure that all of them are journeying towards LONDON and sooner or later, they will reach it and will be better with the experience gained.
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      Jan 22 2012: Well, it's a pretty good metaphor. But there are a couple of things I would like to point out:

      1) London exists, and;
      2) London is on an island so not all roads will get you there.
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        Jan 22 2012: Nice one ! Come into my parlour said the spider to the fly ! No way Sir. I refuse to take the bait, come into the ring and get all bruised up !! I made a point London is superfluous
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          Jan 22 2012: You may be too late.

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          The amendments work regardless of the city.
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    Jan 22 2012: The "there is only one god" affirmation in the title is not so true, in fact.

    The Genesis chapter of the Bible, or the Torah, the Old Testament in it's original language which was Sumerian, isn't even speaking of a deity or rather deities, it was a plural in it's original form but it didn't mean the same thing as the word "god" means today.

    The Hebrew language didn't even exist at that time. The Sumerians never built temples, never had deities or religious cult, they simply wrote down historical events.


    If you are interested to learn more about the literal, original meaning of the Old Testament, i suggest you to watch a few videos on youtube, search for Mauro Biglino, he is a former Vatican translator who worked for the Vatican to translate the texts of the bible from an earlier version from the one we use today. He worked with the 7th to 9th century A.D. version of the bible written in Hebrew and which was translated during that time by Charlemagne's best scholars.

    I suggest you watch this, even though it might change your perception of "God" once you learn the literal meaning of these text when they were written in Sumerian and other lost languages of the BC era. You will learn many things, but don't watch them if you don't want your beliefs shaken.

    Mauro Biglino: Unexpected Bible - Translating it literally (1 of 6) - Eng. subs
    search for this on youtube


    Enjoy life to it's fullest, that's my advice to you.
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      Jan 22 2012: Maxime,

      A Starship, eh?

      Well that explains everything ...

      ... Until we get to the planet of origin the Starship departed from .... and then, we get messed up with Odin, Saturn, Unicorns, Big Bangs, and Santa (or reasonable facsimiles thereof) all over again.

      [Unless of course, they too have a history of visitations by different and older Starships .... then we would all be squared a way.]

      By the way, there is a "psychological truth" in my little joke: If we can build a logical "chain of events" upon an illogical or even false assumption, we "forget about" the fallacious foundation of the argument and expound on the efficacy of our LOGIC, and therefore assert our CONCLUSION must be true.

      The Bible is inerrant: The earth must be 6000 years old. We celebrated Saturnalia on December 25: Saturn must be Santa. And so on.

      There's a name for that ...
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        Jan 22 2012: Listen Thomas, i'm not trying to disrespect any faith system or religion.

        I simply want to inform the people that the texts in the Bible have been manipulated by many people during history, and that Mauro Biglino, an Italian translator of ancient Hebrew has worked for the Vatican and is now telling the literal meaning of the Bible (Torah) written in the ancient Hebrew language of the 7th and 9th century A.D.

        Which itself was a translation of texts from Sumerian tablets that predates the ancient Hebrew language; and also i want the people to know that these texts contained more detailed recordings of many events of the OT and that these details were taken out of the ancient Hebrew texts for the European version made by Charlemagne's scholars during his reign of the Holy Roman Empire in that time.

        I am not going to speak about the details here, for now. But it seems that the Jewish Torah, written in ancient Hebrew, is a lot more detailed in it's literal meaning then any of the published version of today's Bible or Old Testament in their respective theological, philosophical meaning.

        Like i said, i don't want to disrespect the people who believe in the texts of today's Bible, but, i want them to know, they are missing a lot of information.

        And i hope that the people will try and search for this missing information, which they have the right to know, in my opinion.

        Charlemagne thought otherwise, he preferred to keep much information hidden from his people.
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          Jan 22 2012: Hey Maxime,

          I didn't get the sense you were trying to disrespect anything.

          And, yes, there is a whole mess of information that has been excluded from the canon ... and it wasn't all Charlemagne's (Charles the Great's) fault.

          Some of it, as you say, is an issue of translation; some of it was excluded because it did not conform to some bishop's idea of what was "right" (Ignatius, Irenaeus, and John Chrysostom, for example.) Some of it was simply lost.
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        Jan 22 2012: Well today's Saturnalia isn't the same has it was in the Roman Empire.

        But we might well be due for a real return to it's original tradition, this is what might happen with the 99% OWS Movement, it will eventually bring a final Saturnalia upon the highest caste that is way overdue.

        It's sad but, not that sad.

        The 1% are bringing this on themselves after all, unwillingly because they forgot to keep a sort of balance in the system. So when the Slavs take back the Praticians seats, they will never leave those seats and the former Praticians will never leave their cages, because they forgot for too long.

        And after all, Saturnalia hasn't been celebrated, for centuries. So it's way overdue, it's not going to last only one week. It might never end this time, ironically.

        The Statue of Liberty is a Slave, indeed, bearing the Light.

        Saturn was the bearer of Light for the Romans, Apollo of the Greeks, Thor of the Vikings, Lucifer of the Jews.
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    Jan 17 2012: "i myself believe that there is only one god in this world"

    Yes, well, others do not. Hence other religions and other gods.

    Is it really more complicated than that?
    • Jan 18 2012: true. fair point.
      i myself believe in only one god.
      there is no need to make it more difficult than that that is also true.
      thanks for your response
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    Jan 16 2012: Maybe I'm not the right person to give an opinion to your question Vicky... as I'm an atheist...

    But if you look at how religions emerged and evolved during human history, you can start to understand (Thomas Brucia's response seems very apt).
    Religions can be seen as worldviews and as ways to structure a society.
    From worldview perspective, it has some real problems when it comes to truth claims (as a lot of the tenets in many religions are proven to be false)... though still it provides a way of understanding the world (even if flawed).
    From this point of view, we can understand that different cultures came up with different 'explanations' (i.e. "just so stories")
    As for structuring a society: rules and laws are dependent on where and how you live. Desert nomads had to follow different rules than sedentary people in the first big cities... and depending on which crops were grown or staple food, it resulted in different rituals and seasonal feasts.
    I also think a lot of the rules religions proposed (and still propose), have become void, useless or even counterproductive.

    As for comparing religions (or preferably broader: worldviews) : you do need to look further than the Abrahamic ones (Jewish, Christian, Islamic), like Hinduism (polytheism), Confucianism (atheistic), Buddhism (agnostic), and animistic ones (spirits, Vodoo,...). And preferably modern forms of humanism as well.

    As you see, upholding the idea of one god is already a "rule" you wish to hold on to (and one that comes from the tradition in which you were born and raised).

    There are logical conclusions that can be drawn from your observation. (I do encourage you to do this exercise)
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    Jan 16 2012: Romans 1:25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.
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      Jan 16 2012: what is the truth about God? Which God are we referring too? there are millions of them that man serve so how can we know exactly which one is correct?

      Also what is meant by humans worshiping created things instead of the creator? Is it worshiping other gods? money? Serving the President of a country?
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        Jan 16 2012: For you to know which God is correct and who you should believe in, is not for me to decide. It's your choice and finding that answer takes personal research of religion.

        In Christianity, the Bible says that one God created all things, therefore he is known as the Creator. Worshiping created things could include man-made gods, money, the President, or whatever else people choose to worship rather than worshiping the one true God.
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          Jan 16 2012: That is my point exactly, what if I was meditating and doing my research and realized that Zeus or Thor or Vishnu was the one true god. What If I was to read the bible and realzie that god of Christianity was not the one true god. What if I felt like I was touched my the holy ghost or something similar to that while reading a Hindu text?

          What if I am born on a island off the coast of France or something and never heard of Christianity? would it then be my fault that I have never heard of such a god?

          you mentioned that you are not saying these things but the bible is...my question would then be why post something if you do not believe in it yourself? It may come off the wrong way to others...just some food for thought

          I'm not saying that your wrong, what really perplexes me about your responses is the certainty of it...you mentioned that it is not for you to decided which god is correct but you then come to the conclusion that the god of the bible is correct
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        Jan 16 2012: For me personally, the God of the Bible is correct. The reason why I say it's not for me to decide for you is because I realize it isn't up to me to tell you what to do or believe, that's your own personal decision. I can't tell you what to believe, you would have to find for yourself what you feel is right. If you found what you believe to be true and if that means that god is Zeus or anyone else, then that's fine. You found what you believe to be true and your beliefs should be respected.

        Also, I do believe in what the Bible says. But when I said, "I'm not saying it, the Bible says it", I meant that my first comment was a quote from the Bible, they were not my own words, they were the words found at Romans 1: 25.

        Bottom line is, the question asked why are there so many different religions. I gave my own opinion quoting what I believe to be true in the Bible. I'm just sharing my own belief as everyone else has in this forum...
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          Jan 16 2012: By all means share your opinion, just how I have shared mines. I have no problem with that at all, so please do say more. I like conversations like these because it challenges my own convictions and I get to learn from others.

          That is fair enough, It should be my own experience and my own reasoning that decides, if it ever came to it, which god is the one I would serve. Of course I have not had such experiences so it is hard for me to relate to you.

          Once again, it is not your beliefs that I have a problem with (if a belief in god gets you through the day then by all means go for it), it was just the certainty of the passage that you mentioned that would raise red flags to someone who is a non-believer because it implied that "you can believe in whatever you want, but in the end there is only one true god" and based off what I know from the christian god, that would not be a good sign for me being that I would be spending all eternity in hell for not sharing the same belief as you. of course you did not say such things and I'm not claiming that you have said it...

          so once again, if you have transformative life changing experiences because of your beliefs, I will never try to take that away and I understand being that I have or can have similar experiences without a belief in god...it is just the absoluteness and certainty of the claims that is bugging...and I would hope my views to be put into question if I was to make claims of certainty.
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        Jan 16 2012: Thanks for the explanation so I can better see where you are coming from. I realize now that the scripture could make those searching for the true god to feel hopeless at the fact that there are so many gods to choose from. In your case, I hope if you have the desire to find God, that your able to do so. I'm sure you've heard of the scripture "God is love" at 1 John 4: 8. So even for those who may stumble across a false religion and have faith in such religious beliefs, I have faith (based on the scripture) that God loves those people regardless. It's not their fault that they haven't been able to become acquainted with the true God. And the Bible says that even Jesus Christ, God's son, "had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." (Matthew 9: 36)

        Also, my personal belief about Hell, is that it doesn't exist. So I can't answer that question because it doesn't make sense to me either why people believe they go to Hell. I feel that's a false doctrine. But even if it did exist, as I quoted - God is love.. And it's not your fault or anyone else whos searching for truth to face consequences because they were not able to find that truth in their lifetime.
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      Jan 16 2012: QUOTE: "They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator."

      So you're saying people worship created things ... like scriptures (created) and religion (created) and imagined (created) Gods?

      How might one worship a God that has not been imagined?
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        Jan 16 2012: I'm not saying it, the Bible says it. A question was asked, I gave an answer from the Bible assuming that the person who raised the question believes in the Christian Greek Scriptures.. If it helps that person, then good. If it bothers other people, it's not my problem.. I didn't write the book.
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          Jan 16 2012: The Bible also says we should kill our children if they are too disobedient.*

          (And it is you who is saying it, Kaitlyn. As far as I know, the Bible is not a member of the TED forum.)

          And, now that you have said it, how might one worship a God who has not been imagined?

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    Jan 15 2012: because none of it makes sense
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      Jan 15 2012: agreed...I really love this comment. I never laughed so hard
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    Jan 15 2012: To make a long story short imagine the following.

    If there are a hundred groups with each their ideas about the one God that never saw each other before, the world is at peace.
    If those groups start to move round the earth they meet one another and start at any moment to call their one God. Then they quarrel about the other group that uses the wrong name and follow the wrong tradition and so on. Some get mad about the blasphemy of the other group and want to destroy those heathens. And so it went on and on.
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      Jan 15 2012: When eventually everyone understands each other's language, finally we have to face the truth that we are/have been one and the same all along. Up until that moment, much wasted energy, thousands of years holding so stubbornly to the door handles, all of which open up into the same room.
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        Jan 15 2012: That is true...everyone will eventually die and have their answer...which I believe is nothingness. but of course could be wrong.
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    Jan 22 2012: Why are there so many religions with distinctive rules when there is only one god?

    Because the human race finds it hard to get along. The spirit of cooperation does not reign.

    Instead, there is a spirit of competition.

    I'm right, no, no you're wrong.

    How sad.
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    Jan 22 2012: Why are there so many religions with distinctive rules when there is only one god?

    Rather presumptuous claims - that there is a god. There is only one god. But won't bite further.

    I suggest that part of the answer to why there are so many religious beliefs are similar to why there are so many different languages, style of dress, literary styles, artistic conventions and other forms of culture.
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    Jan 22 2012: There is only one god, and he amuses himself by giving different instructions and "truths" to different parts of the world. It's a game he plays with us, to watch us attack one another over his varying revelations. Wouldn't you do the same if you were god? Set the little humans against each other and enjoy the blood flowing while you're having your beer? What else is there for a god to amuse himself with on a Saturday night?
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      Jan 22 2012: Paul, believe it or not, I have heard this theory before.....in college we even had a group exercise in a cooperative course where the professor gave each group separate pieces of a problem. It wasn't until we started overhearing the other group's discussions that we realized we were missing parts of the story. Once we worked together, we were able to solve the dilemna we were given at the offset of the class.

      This was over 20 years ago, but the exercise left impregnated in my mind the idea that we really never have the complete story on anything. Anything and everything is possible, so we have to be open-minded.

      We have to be good listeners, and know how to ask good questions without attacking other's points of view.
      Thank you for your contribution Paul.
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      Jan 22 2012: Hi Bridget,

      Christmas COULD be anything you imagine it to be. Providing a list of "Gods" does not make it more or less likely so.

      The point is, it's not any of those things; it is the celebration of the birth of Christ. That's why we call it Christmas.

      And while we may legitimately say our religions - all of them - are a reflection of our own psyches and therefore share common themes; and though we may say many religions draw on common natural occurrences - the winter solstice, birth, death, "nature itself" - and though we may say many religions draw on earlier religious tradition, metaphors, and motifs, that does not mean Christ, for example, IS Horus.

      Sure, they might represent the same things, there are certainly many (many) parallels between them. They may be "outward symbols" of "inner truths."

      They might not.

      The virgin birth, as you point out, is another common motif that is repeated in many cultures (and not only those with a saviour tradition.) Does that mean, Christ's mother was (really) Isis?

      No. Might we see Mary and Isis representing the same things?

      Sure. We recognize patterns. We see them where we see them. That is why things start out as "one thing" and often end up as "another thing."

      So you see Santa and Saturn as one. You see Mary and Isis as one.

      Fine.

      But the rest of the world sees Santa as a Jolly old man whose visage and manners are based on "Old Saint Nick" They see Christ as "Jesus of Nazareth" and they see Christmas as a celebration of his birth.

      Is there a case for your assertions?

      Yes. I agree "the drama of immaculate conception is not the exclusive domain of any one religion or world ideology."

      Are all of your conclusions as absolute as you present them to be?

      No.

      At their foundation, not all religions are one religion. Yes, all religions begin with us but the "Cargo" religion and "Wicca" are not "one." Catholicism and Protestantism are not "one." Etcetera.

      All Gods are not ultimately one God.

      Maps are never accurate.
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      Jan 22 2012: just for the sake of it, i looked up krishna. to find out that he had six older brothers.
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      Jan 22 2012: It is his challenge. He will tell you if you've failed or not. That's how these things work.

      [And apparently, you did.]
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      Jan 22 2012: Hi Bridget (or shall we call you Kathy?)

      That you choose to conflate virtually everything with everything else is not particularly useful*. Sure Santa can represent some cosmic force that is "real" and Odin might be Saturn who might be so-and-so whom we celebrated on Dec 17 - 25, which is when we celebrate Christmas, which is now symbolized by Santa, so we can say Santa is Odin.

      Or not.

      Probably not.

      It is not useful.

      Also, it is not really true ... except in a convoluted revisioning of ... pretty much everything.

      At your level of abstraction, we might as well say everything is everything. It's all one.

      And there's nothing wrong with that but is can be expressed much less contentiously and much more simply.

      For example:

      "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." - William Blake

      And I don't think he ever mentions Santa or unicorns.

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      * And this is also why we have so many religions, we like mixing stuff up ... mix and match ... a little of this and we have Judaism, a little of that we have Christianity, a little of everything and we have New Age Revisionism.
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      Jan 22 2012: QUOTE: "God's existence is not imaginary..."

      If you do not know God, God is indeed "imaginary."

      That others assert God exists and that others assert they know God does not mean you know God. And if you do not know God and you discuss Him, Her, It or Ta, you are imagining God. And if you do know God and are discussing Him, Her, It or Ta, with others, they have no choice but to imagine Him, Her, It or Ta.

      You certainly like symbols. You champion them, coming to the aid of Santa Claus, unicorns, and virgin mothers.

      If I am thirsty, I do not need the symbol "H2O." I need what the symbol represents. No matter how much you tell me you know about the symbols for water - uji, vand, eau, paani - the symbols will not quench my thirst.

      And they will not quench yours.

      [And that is why we have so many religions.]
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      Jan 22 2012: you failed the task again, because you didn't have to claim things. you didn't have to show how the concepts differ. your task was to show how the existence of these things are different from that of god.

      rephrasing: what makes us believe that god exists, but the celestial teapot (etc) does not? why the latter is ridiculous, and the former is a fact? what makes it a fact?
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        Jan 22 2012: My friend Ira (who is sitting beside me and is an atheist) says:

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        "God" has been around for thousands of years where the Celestial Teapot has not. Check in again in 5.000 years.

        Also, the Celestial Teapot doesn't have any good present-giving holidays.
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        Sarcastic as he is, I think he has a point. The mythology hasn't really built up around the CT or FSM that happens with the concept of the pre-existing the person being taught.
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          Jan 22 2012: The Celestial Teapot, Vishnu is or was what we would call today a Starship.

          Try to find the Hebrew letter for RUACH and it's literal meaning in it's former language, Sumerian.

          The Bible has translate this word into the word "spirit".
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          Jan 22 2012: for a religion to thrive in the ocean of minds, longevity is a virtue. russell!s idea was designed to kill religions, so being short lived would be the virtue. the end of all religions are overdue for 60 years in that sense. russell's teapot is too old!
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          Jan 22 2012: "my task was to show that these two things do exist"

          not at all. you don't even understand the task.you still try to do something else than your task was. once and for all, your task was to show what is the *difference* between the existence god and something widely accepted as nonexistent, like the many things i listed for you. you did not have to analyze the concepts. especially not to replace them with some totally unique interpretation. we are talking here about the common concept of god and the common concept of santa, teapot, vishnu, etc. and yet again, what is the fundamental difference in how they exist or not.

          if your point is that there is no such difference, then we agree. i agree that god is nothing but a mental concept. its existence is not unique. and this is the answer to the original question: the premise is wrong. people believe in different stuff because those stuff are equally valid. (that is, not valid at all.)
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    Jan 21 2012: Hi Vicky,

    Quite simple really. We live on a planet that has rejected God. Powerful spiritual forces are at work to keep us from knowing our creator. There are two basic plans of attack.

    1. Persuade folks that God does not exist. Intellectuals fall readily for this one.

    2. For those who like the idea of God, or are genuinely convinced that He does exist; give them a large choice of gods, complete with all the pomp & frills. This limits the numbers who will find their creator.

    That's why there are so many religions; including football, DIY, game shows. Lottery etc. etc.

    :-)
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      Jan 22 2012: Suggest 3 - that some religious belief may just be human constructs only - no need for all of them to have a super nature origin, even if you believe in fallen angels etc.

      Still think it more likely that the reason for so many different religions are similar to the reasons there are so many different languages, accents, and other diverse aspects of culture developed naturally.
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    Jan 19 2012: well said, Colleen!
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    Jan 18 2012: Why so many religions, when there is only one God?

    Simply stated: "Divide and conquer"
  • Jan 18 2012: "however if there is only one god then why are there so many religions with so many rules which are so different from others??"

    I think it make sense that different religions have different rules. Why? If we tink back about 100 years when it wasnt possible to travil as we can do today. The bigest followers are to the bible, the koran, the hinduism. What do this have in common?
    All these scripts are made to give rules about how you can live your life?
    example: The musslims only eat meat if its Halal, lets wonder why? To keep it short; meat is hard to preserv, thats why you do the Hallal thing, you wont get sick of eating rotten meat! Smart guideline right? :)
    example: the hindu dont eat meat since life is better then death. A living cow can produce much milk, a chicken can produce much eggs. A dead cant. Very smart :)

    Well they are from different locations of the world. And since they are spread around the world they live in diffreent climats and that effects their life style. The rules is affected by their lifestyle. The scripts give guidance of wisdoom. That is just natural?
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      Jan 18 2012: Very nice take on the variety of religious beliefs.
  • Jan 18 2012: Great comments guys. Thanks for all the responses - all are very interesting
    many of my debates have had masses of replies - i have had 80 comments on this one and 110 comments on my other questions as to whether the universe was created by god or the big bang theory?
    Overall i just wanted to say thanks to everyone, it is important tht people get to discuss different issues such as this and express their ideas in regard to science...
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    Jan 17 2012: Good question.

    Usually when I'm asked this question I ask in turn my dialogist why does him see a contradiction between one God and more religions ?
    If we think what religions is for : a way to God , we already know the answer or at least a part of it . We are different and we act in this way . The single more interesting question in my opinion about this topic is why a way to God is better than the others ?
  • Jan 17 2012: If we created in a single behavior with thinking all in same way then we are same as bee or a dog.Animals started with their abilities from birth onwards.There is no change in their creativity 1000 years or 10000 yers back.If man created same as animal then we have no responsibilty to god since we dont have any freedom to think independently and no acquiring abilities.But man has nature of freedom and intelligence to obey or not obey the god ,accordingly to deserve the result of his work in a day of justice .This freedom makes the man think in multi ways .
  • Jan 17 2012: Why do we look differently, speak different languages, worship differently named God ?
    From the point of view of an intelligent extra terrestrial we are one human race, looking pretty much the same, speaking one language and worshiping one God,including atheists and agnostics :)
    Everything depends upon the scale of observation.
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      Jan 17 2012: Actually, I find the whole argument to be founded on this kind of logic (particularly "it's ok when I disrespect someone else' religion by calling it 'mythology' but not when people do it to mine"), so I just like to point out the inconsistencies when I see them.

      Having no formal religion means I have no horse in this race.

      Carry on.