Is Christianity a polytheistic religion?

Posted by: PetersSmith

Based on what you know of the religion, obviously.

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Christians worship one God (references in Romans 3:30, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Timothy 2:5 and James 2:19, among others) in three persons; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. More than 60 Bible passages mention the three together. "One God ... exists in Three Persons and One Substance". In God there are no three individuals alongside of, and separate from, one another, but only personal self distinctions within the divine essence, which is not only generically, but also numerically, one. Christians do not worship Satan. God and Jesus Christ are technically the same person. God made Jesus Christ, a man form of himself, and sent him to the earth in order to teach us the way. Christians have one God in three persons ; The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit   more
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Christians consider themselves to be monotheists, but some observers have argued that Christianity may plausibly be described as an example of henotheism for several reasons. First, the Christian belief in the Holy Trinity has been seen as a type of...  polytheism or henotheism. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity claims that God consists of three equal "persons" (Greek Hypostasis) having a single "substance" (Greek Ousia), thus counting as one God; yet, some early Christian groups, such as the Ebionites or Docities, were eventually labeled as heretical because they worshipped the Father as the supreme God, and saw Jesus as merely an apparition or a perfect man. Traditional Christian doctrine rejects the view that the "three persons" of the Trinity are distinct gods. Nevertheless, several non-Trinitarian Christian denominations are more overtly henotheistic. For example, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism, or the LDS Church) views the members of the Christian Godhead as three distinct beings, where God the Father is supreme. Though not explicitly mentioned in canonical LDS scripture, some Latter Day Saints also infer the existence of numerous other gods and goddesses who have no direct relevance to humanity on Earth. Some Latter Day Saints also acknowledge a Heavenly Mother in addition to God the Father. However, Mormons worship one God; this view is most easily described as worshipping God the Father through the conduit of the Son, Jesus Christ. Whereas other Christians speak of "One God in Three Persons," the LDS scripture speaks instead of three persons in one God. Finally, some Christians revere a "pantheon" of angels and saints that are inferior to the Trinity. For example, Mother Mary is widely revered as an intercessor between God and humanity in the Roman Catholic Church. Christians do not label these beings as "gods," although they are attributed with supernatural powers and occasionally serve as the objects of prayer. Thus some non-Christians think Christianity is henotheistic   more
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Tritheism is the belief that cosmic divinity is composed of three equally powerful entities. As generally conceived, three gods are envisioned as having separate domains and spheres of influence that coalesce into an omnipotent whole. In this primar... y respect, tritheism differs from cosmic dualism, which often posits two divine powers working in theologic or spiritual opposition. Most Christian denominations do not hold the universe as spiritually tritheistic, although some nontrinitarian denominations stray slightly from pure monotheism and the duality between God and Satan. The term has been sporadically used to spearhead heresy accusations, especially when employed against Christian sects promoting allegedly anathema conceptions of the Trinity   more
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With the existence of multiple definitions of a "Christian God" amongst different sects and doctrines this creates a plurality of practices - each aimed at their respective notion of the "Christian God". Deities don't necessarily need to be worshipe... d to be considered deities. Christianity is not truly monotheistic because of its teaching about the Trinity. There are in fact several deities in the Christian religion. There is Yahweh ("God") and then there are several angels (including Satan)and also Demons. All of these being supernatural, spiritual entities, they could all be described as gods, and therefore Christianity is a polytheistic religion   more
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Emilrose says2014-11-17T10:06:00.3480020-06:00
They worship both G-d and Jesus as divine deities--which thus indicates polytheism.
PetersSmith says2014-11-17T10:08:50.6731692-06:00
Emilrose: God isn't a curse word, it's a okay to type it out. It's not like you're even using it in vain.
Squirrelnuts57 says2014-11-17T10:10:06.6627176-06:00
DavidMGold says2014-11-17T10:37:54.7767725-06:00
I don't think it follows that it is polytheism given that you find a natural example of the trinity concept in water. Water is one but it has three distinct states - solid, liquid, and gas - all the while remaining one.
Emilrose says2014-11-17T10:40:43.6446075-06:00
Lol, I'm so used to writing it that way.
PetersSmith says2014-11-17T10:41:42.4870531-06:00
Emilrose: You just make it harder for yourself. I mean, you have to hold down the shift key and press the hyphen key, that's just a waste.
Emilrose says2014-11-17T10:57:19.3018425-06:00
Aha, I type with my phone! Excluding debates.
NoMagic says2014-11-17T19:37:41.0791562-06:00
The trinity is incoherent. Christians are polytheists claiming to be monotheists.
DavidMGold says2014-11-17T19:41:01.4897868-06:00
NoMagic, yet I can give you an example that perfectly encapsulates the concept.
NoMagic says2014-11-17T19:47:32.1375587-06:00
David, then let me hear it. I can't figure it out. Separate knowledge in the same being? How does that work? Jesus, "only the father (god) knows when the end will come." Jesus has separate knowledge then god, yet is the same being. Alright, I'm listening, but probably not buying.
DavidMGold says2014-11-17T20:38:45.0731499-06:00
NoMagic, Water is one but it has three distinct states - solid, liquid, and gas - all the while remaining one. So the concept is not incoherent or difficult to imagine. More specifically to the verse you are alluding to comes from Mark 13, most agree on the hypostatic union. Gregory of Tours said it was just a semantical misunderstanding and that son referred to the people.
PetersSmith says2014-11-17T21:11:37.8841335-06:00
Naturally occurring ice is a mineral, water isn't. Boom.
DavidMGold says2014-11-17T21:17:45.1145804-06:00
Are you kidding me? I'm talking about the three states water can exist as and you think because water doesn't meet the definition of mineral (because it is a liquid) and "natural" ice does because (it meets the 5 requirements)...And how exactly do you feel you invalidated the example :D
PetersSmith says2014-11-17T21:18:50.7328319-06:00
DavidMGold: Invalidated what example? I was just throwing that out there.
DavidMGold says2014-11-17T21:22:20.1214007-06:00
Well, usually throw out the 'boom' for a different reason but whatever. Water can freeze and become ice so doesn't that present reconsideration of it not being a mineral?
DavidMGold says2014-11-17T21:22:36.6890255-06:00
Maybe mineraloid..
PetersSmith says2014-11-17T21:24:57.4670351-06:00
DavidMGold: Water will also become a gas if you throw a bomb on it.
funnycn says2014-11-18T06:38:28.9104686-06:00
Catholicism is polytheistic.
NoMagic says2014-11-18T19:26:06.6351050-06:00
David, am I in 3rd grade? To try and equate the Christian claims concerning the nature of their god to water is way to simplistic. That analogy might work on those who wish to believe, but beyond that it offers nothing. One being, yet still 3 separate beings, while having independent knowledge, while remaining one being, is incoherent. The doctrine of the trinity is a compromise between different perspectives of Jesus during early Christianity. Different sects were arguing about what Jesus was. The trinity is a compromise between different perspectives. The compromise is incoherent, forcing a size 14 foot, into a size 3 shoe. I can remember being 10, sitting in church, and wondering why so much attention to Jesus. "Why aren't they worshipping God" I thought. Jesus is the "son," not the god. It doesn't make sense. Unless you want it to.
DavidMGold says2014-11-18T19:34:45.5389360-06:00
NoMagic, apparently you are in the third grade because I can give you a very simple, very clear, example from nature demonstrating the concept. Water can exist in three different states - solid, liquid, gas - and yet it remains water. At any rate, I'm just trying to help you grasp a fairly easy concept and I have no interest in you, your beliefs, or making sense of it for you.
NoMagic says2014-11-18T19:44:43.8961270-06:00
David, simply saying "my analogy is valid" doesn't actually make your analogy valid. Explain how one being, can be 3 beings, with separate knowledge, while being one being. Instead of a overly simplistic analogy. Why don't you actually explain the trinity?
DavidMGold says2014-11-18T19:46:57.5611975-06:00
It is valid and you've offered nothing to invalidate it. You just can't grasp a simple concept of one having three different states, but I can give you an example from nature that perfectly encapsulates it.
NoMagic says2014-11-18T19:49:29.7752760-06:00
Just explain the trinity to me. You say it is easy to understand, yet you don't explain it. Explain how one being, can be 3 beings, all with separate knowledge, and remain one being. Explain that. Nothing else. No water. No analogy. Just explain the trinity. You say it is easy. So explain it.

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