The many faces of God versus polytheism

GODSI have displayed a small sampling here of the many faces of God as seen from different religious points of view. Does that mean there is more than one God?

Nope!

Since God is Infinite, worshippers throughout history originally tried to capture a multitude of divine qualities by giving God different looks that emphasize one particular divine trait or another.

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, as the human race became more focused only on external forms, they eventually forgot about the deeper notion of an all-embracing, multi-tasking Creator, and instead began to view all these varying divine expressions (faces) as individual gods.

This is the origin of polytheism.

Even in modern Christianity, which is obligated to recognize “One God” (monotheism) they have turned their God into three individuals—“Father,” “Son” and “Holy Spirit.”  While Holy Scripture indeed describes the Creator as saying “Let us make man in our image in our likeness,” (Genesis 1:26) and in other passages uses the words “the many faces of Jehovah” and later describes Jesus as communicating with his Heavenly Father and promising the arrival of a third deity, the Holy Spirit, these words only represent the external, literal or outer forms of a more unifying, symbolic message.

According to Swedenborg, the inner meaning of God’s Holy Word was also forgotten when humans began embracing only the literal sense of things and carved up both God and truth to fit into their own subjective world-schemes, or completely ignore God’s existence altogether. (This literalism is what has damaged religion the most and even turned science into scientism.)

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to The many faces of God versus polytheism

  1. Eddie says:

    One can be a monist without being rude, offensive, or patronizing.

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