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How many number of gods in Abrahamic religions?


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2011-05-28 08:17:58
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Abraham, if the stories are not entirely made up, was polytheistic, believing in the existence of at least the Babylonian gods Yahweh of war, El Elyon of the mountains, Baal of rain, fertility, agriculture, and Ashera of beauty, mothers, and the sea. Despite this he pledged himself to Yahweh as "elohim", meaning that he selected Yahweh to be first in his life and would not worship the other gods, though he still believed in them. It was the prophet Second Isaiah who rewrote many old books of The Bible to give the appearance of a monotheistic god after Judea fell to invasion. The polytheistic religions associated their gods with territories, and to lose the territory entirely was for the god to be killed. Rather than suffer their god to be killed, the Israelites rewrote their holy texts and invented new books proclaiming not that there shall be no other gods before Yahweh, but that THE LORD was the first and the last, and beside him there were no others. Obviously if there were only one god, and all other religions gods were false, then all the territory would be Yahweh's wherever they went. From Babylonian polytheism, Judaic monotheism was born. Some time later Christianity added new gods, creating a trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Catholicism spread the divinity further, including the Virgin Mother, the Pope, and an ever-growing number of saints into the pantheon. So, the number ranges from 12 to 4 to 1 to 3 to uncountable depending on where and when you want to pick.


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By definition, Abraham (from whose name the term "Abrahamic" is derived) was monotheistic. He had one god. Therefore, all Abrahamic religions follow the god of Abraham, who has many names. They probably wouldn't be Abrahamic if they did anything else.

The three major Abrahamic religions are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Baha'i is also considered by many to be an Abrahamic religion.

the Three Abrahamic religions are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Baha'i is sometimes considered a 4th Abrahamic religion. They are called Abrahamic because Abraham was the father of those nations.

Only one, referred to as Allah. This is the same God worshiped by the other Abrahamic religions, Christianity and Judaism.

In the view of many, no god is real.In the view of those who follow one of the Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Islam, Judaism), only their God is real and all other gods are not real.Followers of other religions may believe that the Abrahamic God is not real, but most non-Abrahamic faiths are sufficiently tolerant to accept the possibility of his existence.

Many religions have had many gods.

Thousands of different religions with different gods.

Many religions have a plurality of gods. Hindu is a good example.

Actually a great many gods created us, not just Prometheus or the abrahamic God. Each religion has its own beliefs, independent of all other religions. In that respect, all religions are equal.

Saturday (though many Christians follow a Sunday tradition).

The number of false gods depends on your own beliefs. If you are an atheist, then all gods are false, without exception. If you are Christian, Muslim or Jew, then all gods but the one true Abrahamic God are false. Taoists, tolerant by nature, tend to accept the gods of all religions, although gods outside Taoism may not be relevant to its followers. Thus a Taoist accepts the possible existence of the Christian God, and is reluctant to see any false gods.

AnswerIt is certainly not necessary to believe in the Abrahamic God to believe in an afterlife. Many religions offer hope for an afterlife in return for belief in their gods. However, to believe in an afterlife, but not believe in any gods, is a form of spiritualism.

If there is one true God, the answer is of course that there is only one god. On the other hand, if gods do not even exist, but were created in the human imagination, then all gods are equal and we could say there are many gods, although all gods are imaginary, including the one God of the Abrahamic religions. In between is the position that says gods exist according to the religion you follow - in the Abrahamic religions there is only one God, but in many other religions there are more gods.

There are a number of religions with multiple gods. It is called polytheism. Some use the term 'Paganism' generally to describe such beliefs.

Another answer from our community:All the three Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Judaism, and Islam; are similar in that all of them call for worship of one and only one God.

Because their religion had many gods. It is called polytheism. There are many such religions.

Whatever you place your faith and trust in is your religion and your god. Atheism is a religion. There is no religion that doesn't involve a god.

Hundreds of millions, you see, all non-Abrahamic religions are Pagan.

The religion of the Romans/Latins was polytheistic, which means that it had many gods. The Romans worshiped a very large number of gods. This was because that is how it was. Ancient religions were polytheistic.

Hinduism is a religion that most would recognize as being polytheistic. While there are different "denominations" per say, most Hindus believe that all religions and gods are true, thus technically giving them the most gods. As many religions are being created annually, even weekly, it is impossible to give an absolute number of gods, as this number is always changing. However, that number would be well into the tens to hundreds of thousands.

It depends entirely on what you consider a distinct Abrahamic religion. Many people simply consider Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as the Abrahamic religions and over half of the world's countries have all three religious groups (although only around 30 countries have more 20,000 Jews). If you divide out religions by sect and/or include Post-Islamic faiths as Abrahamic, it would narrow the field. Both the United States and Iran have (for different reasons) high levels of religious diversity.

Depends what religion, pagans is a jewish term to describe older religions. Old Greeks and Romans had 12 main Gods Olympians + many minor gods. There is no set number but there are usualy main Gods like in Hinduisem they have 3 main Gods and their reincarnations.

An archangel is a high ranking angel. The word "archangel" is usually referred to in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), but it is also used in many other religions.

No, but then all the major religions make the same claim for their god(s). The difference in other religions is that the Greeks had many gods, most modern religions have only one.

No. Magic is considered evil by some adherents of the Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but there are many religions throughout the world in which magic plays good, evil, neutral, and mixed roles.

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