About gods, atheists and polytheism

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The most famous ‘God is dead ‘- quote is from ‘The Parable of the Madman’ by Friedrich Nietzsche,

“Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market-place, and cried incessantly: "I am looking for God! I am looking for God!" As many of those who did not believe in God were standing together there, he excited considerable laughter. Have you lost him, then? said one. Did he lose his way like a child? said another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? or emigrated? Thus they shouted and laughed. The madman sprang into their midst and pierced them with his glances. "Where has God gone?" he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed him - you and I. We are his murderers.”

There are many that agree with Nietzsche – if there ever was a god, he must be dead. Today, the new generation of celebrity atheists insists that God does not exist. Pop atheists, like Richard Dawkins and friends, continue to vomit their hatred against faith and divinity.

However, some take it more seriously. In his work, _Rediscovering God's Grand Story--In a Fragmented World of Pieces and Parts, _James M. Roseman cites, 'Why can't I kill God within me? Why does he live on in this painful and humiliating way even though I curse him and want to tear him out of my heart? Why, in spite of everything, is he a baffling reality that I can't shake off?'"

In the mean time, atheists work very hard to convince their followers that there is no purpose in life by pontificating, judging, denouncing, and even calling for the elimination of any idea of gods.

They clearly hate monotheism. But, in doing so they become little ‘gods’ themselves. This is not a new idea. The Egyptian faros and Roman Caesars saw themselves as gods. Modern atheists are every bit as wilful, impulsive, self-centred – they also crave an audience of devotees. In fact, I think we see a new form of polytheism.

Belief in one creator God was the default position of most primitive men. This degenerated into various forms of polytheism as civilizations developed in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China. The idea of various gods meeting personal needs was attractive --and perhaps it still is. Those personal gods were chosen for personal reasons – a kind of religious marketplace.

The modern kind of polytheism might be more sophisticated where a handful of celebrities meet the personal needs and desires of other people. They do not call themselves gods and the people don't call them gods but they do the same thing according to their various glories. We call them "stars, "idols," and "celebrities." Do devotees sense something special rubbing off on them by simply dressing like one?

People willingly respect these modern gods and goddesses when they make statements about science, philosophy, and even religion. So many heads bow to their ‘prophecies’ and ‘higher wisdom’.

Another form of polytheism is the belief in the autonomous self. Modern people can take charge of their own futures and define its own meaning of everything – the human will is supreme and sacred. Modern man can even denounce "gender" opposed to the facts of biology.

As Christians we know that in Christ, the ancient gods were overturned. Alas, new gods have arisen, applauding the "death of God."

Christians know different – we all stand and fall by this:— “Unto thee it was shown, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; THERE IS NONE ELSE BESIDE HIM. (39) Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. (DEUTERONOMY 4:35,39)

25 September-2017

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