How Many Gods?

by Mark on October 10, 2010

Two Baylor University researchers found that nine out of ten Americans believe in God, but there are at least four different deities we worship.

Based on a Gallup survey of 1,700 Americans in both 2006 and 2008, Paul Froese and Christopher Bader uncovered four distinct Creators:

The Authoritative God – 28% believe God’s hand is in history, rewarding the good and punishing
those that do not believe. Think Sodom and Gomorrah;

The Benevolent God – 22% of us see God engaging in our world, demonstrating love, support, and creating miracles. For those of us seeking a winning lotto ticket, pray to this One;

The Critical God – 21% believe God is watching and keeping score. In the next world we receive
benefits or punishments. Those that do not believe in Hell, pray for one of the other three;

The Distant God – 24% think God created the world, and left humanity to figure it all out. Talk about empowerment!

The balance of the survey is atheists – those that object to us honoring one of our four Gods in a public forum. I am surprised these researchers did not uncover the one I learned in Catholic elementary school – The Parochial God, how we see God is correct and everyone else is wrong.

In my graduate Globalization course we study the religions and philosophies of different countries to better determine their ethics, and how they will behave on the world stage. The question is how will other parts of the world views how America believes in four different gods?

Allow me to weigh-in. The third best gift God gave us, after life and everlasting life, is a free will. While there is only one Supreme Being, God reflects each of our personal perspective – authoritative, benevolent, or just a friend. On Judgment Day it may be difficult for those that chose none-of-the above, or those that forced their beliefs on others. Of course that depends on whether or not you believe in a Critical God.

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Gina October 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Let me recommend to you, The Chess Garden, by Brooks Hansen. Late in Chapter 17, he describes the Incarnation in a way that is so profound, I have it marked and consult it every few months. Enjoy.


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