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How Many Gods Are There?

by Ron Kurtus (12 August 2018)

The Christian, Islam and Jewish religions believe in one God. But there are many religions that have multiple gods. Some religions also say there is one universal spirit and others do not believe in god.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.

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One god

Christian, Islam and Jewish religions believe in one God. However, most Christian religions have an interesting variation, where there is one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Although these religions believe there is only one God, they also have a commandment saying, "You should have no other gods before Me." That implies that there may be lesser gods.

Note: Could angels be considered minor gods in these religions?

Hinduism

Central to Hinduism is the belief in a supreme God Brahman, the universal soul, which is found in everything. However, Hinduism also has numerous minor gods.

Multiple gods

Ancient Greek and Roman religions had multiple gods, each having a distinct human characteristic and personality.

Sample list of Greek gods:

Romans later included similar gods.

No god

Buddhism and Scientology are examples of religions that do not adhere to the concept of a god. However, some followers of Buddhism have deified "The Buddha" and consider him as a form of a god. Some aspects of Scientology refer to some godlike entity.

Both religions are better described as philosophies of life than actual religions.

Summary

The Christian, Islam and Jewish religions believe in one God. Ancient Greek and Roman religions had multiple gods as does Hinduism. Buddhism and Scientology do not really believe in god.


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Resources and references

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Websites

God Is Triune - Answers in Genesis.org

Trinity - Wikipedia

Greek mythology - Wikipedia

List of figures in Greek mythology - Wikipedia

Greek Gods and Goddesses

List of Roman deities - Wikipedia

Hindu Deities - Wikipedia

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