Monotheism and polytheism are two different ways of understanding the nature and existence of gods. Monotheism is the belief that there is only one god, who is the creator and ruler of the universe. Polytheism is the belief that there are many gods, who have different roles and functions in the world. Both monotheism and polytheism have been practiced by various cultures and religions throughout history. Some examples of monotheistic religions are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Some examples of polytheistic religions are Hinduism, Ancient Greek religion, and Norse mythology.
The question of when did monotheism begin is not easy to answer, as different cultures and religions have different ways of understanding and expressing the concept of one God. However, some scholars suggest that the first place to demonstrate monotheism was **Egypt** during the reign of **Akhenaten** in the **14th century BCE** (1353-1336 BC). Akhenaten was a pharaoh who abolished the worship of many gods and promoted the worship of **Aten**, the sun disk god, as the only true god. This was a radical change from the traditional Egyptian religion, which had a complex pantheon of gods and goddesses. Akhenaten's monotheism was unpopular with many Egyptians, especially the priests who lost their power and influence. After his death, his successors restored the old religion and erased most traces of his reforms.
Other scholars argue that the first true monotheism emerged from **Judaism**, which is one of the oldest religions in the world. Judaism traces its origins to **Abraham**, who is believed to have lived around the **19th or 18th century BCE**. Abraham is said to have made a covenant with **Yahweh**, the God of Israel, who promised to make him the father of a great nation. However, Judaism did not become strictly monotheistic until much later, after the **Babylonian exile** in the **6th century BCE**. During this time, many Jews were taken captive by the Babylonian empire, which had a powerful and influential religion that worshiped **Marduk**, the chief god among many others. The Jews resisted assimilating to this religion and affirmed their faith in Yahweh as the only God, who was superior to all other gods. This was a way of preserving their identity and hope in a foreign land.
Polytheism is the belief in and worship of many gods, each with distinct functions and characteristics. Polytheism is one of the oldest and most widespread forms of religious expression, dating back to prehistoric times and found in various cultures around the world. Some of the most well-known polytheistic religions are ancient Egyptian religion, ancient Greek religion, ancient Roman religion, Norse, Celtic, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, and Native American religions. Polytheism is different from monotheism, which is the belief in one God, and from animism, which is the belief in spirits or forces that inhabit natural objects. The term polytheism was first used in 1613, while the term monotheism was coined later in the 17th century. Polytheism allows for a diversity of beliefs and practices, as each god can be worshipped in different ways and can have different moral standards. Polytheism also reflects the complexity and diversity of the natural world and human society, as each god represents a different aspect or domain of reality.
Before the arrival of monotheism, our ancestors lived in harmony with the many gods and goddesses who watched over them. They honored them with rituals, offerings, and prayers, and received their blessings, guidance, and protection in return. Polytheism was not just a religion, but a way of life that connected us with nature, the seasons, and the cycles of life and death. Monotheism corrupted our people by imposing a single, jealous, and wrathful god who demanded absolute obedience and submission. It destroyed our sacred traditions, temples, and statues, and persecuted or put to death those who resisted. It severed our bond with the divine plurality and diversity that enriched our culture and spirituality.
One of the most dramatic events in the history of the Norse people was the conversion of their king to a monotheistic religion. The king, who had been raised in the polytheistic tradition of his ancestors, embraced Christianity after being influenced by foreign missionaries and rulers. He then embarked on a campaign to spread his new faith among his subjects, by force if necessary. He ordered the destruction of pagan temples and idols and imposed harsh penalties on those who resisted or refused to convert. He also burned down the homes and farms of those who defied him, killing many of them in the process. His actions provoked a violent backlash from some of his people, who saw him as a tyrant and a traitor to their culture and gods. They rose up in rebellion against him, sparking a civil war that lasted for years. They then spread their form of the gospel into the Celtic lands as well.
Monotheism is a type of religion that believes in only one god or supreme being. Some monotheistic religions, such as Christianity and Islam, have rules or traditions that require their clergy or ministers to be celibate (not married or sexually active) or monogamous (having only one spouse). These religions may see celibacy or monogamy as a way of showing devotion to God or avoiding distractions from their spiritual duties. (ONE GOD, ONE WIFE & ONE SET OF RULES)
Polytheism is a type of religion that believes in multiple gods or goddesses, each with their own attributes and domains. Some polytheistic religions, such as Hinduism and Wicca, have more flexible views on sexuality and relationships. They may allow or encourage polyamory (having more than one romantic or sexual partner) among their followers, as long as they are honest and respectful to everyone involved. They may also accept and celebrate LGBTQQ+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and others) as part of their diversity and expression of their faith. (MULTI GODS< MULTI WIVES & E QUALITY).
That you have fundamentalist Morman's who have one god multiple wives.
Polyamory is the practice of having more than one intimate partner with the consent of all involved. It is a form of ethical non-monogamy that challenges the dominant social norm of monogamy. However, polyamorous people face legal and social discrimination in many countries, including the United States. They are not recognized as a valid family structure, and they have no legal rights or protections for their relationships. This is a violation of their human rights and dignity, and it needs to change.
When is the government going to allow polyamorous people to be legal? This is a question that many polyamorous activists and advocates are asking, and they are not getting a satisfactory answer. The government has been slow and reluctant to acknowledge the existence and diversity of polyamorous families, let alone to grant them equal rights and recognition. There are many barriers and challenges that prevent polyamory from being legalized, such as social stigma, religious opposition, legal complexity, and political inertia. However, these are not insurmountable obstacles, and they can be overcome with education, awareness, dialogue, and activism.
Polyamorous people deserve to be respected and accepted for who they are and how they love. They deserve to have the same legal rights and protections as monogamous people, such as marriage, adoption, inheritance, custody, health care, and immigration. They deserve to live without fear of discrimination, harassment, or violence. They deserve to have their voices heard and their needs met by the government and society. Polyamory is not a threat to monogamy or morality; it is a valid and valuable expression of human diversity and freedom. The government should not interfere with the personal choices and consensual relationships of its citizens; it should support them and protect them. It is time for the government to allow polyamorous people to be legal.