Black Spirituality Religion : what exactly is wrong with polytheism?

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

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    just curious..........
     
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    Nothing. It is just an excuse for the psychologically maladapted to assert control. Furthermore, I have found that the people that have issues with polytheism are often the largest threats to civilized thought. These folks are so neurotic, that they cannot understand anything about God that isn't in their narrow field of view. This neurosis makes them even falsely label our ancestors as "polytheist" and all kinds of nonsense. Even if they were, so what? It should tell you how weak someone's god is if they must evangelize the whole world in order for it to exist. God as I know it simply is whether I tell you about it or not.
     
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    There you go, Shemsi.

    The dichotomy between polytheism and monotheism is basically a war of words. The god of the so-called polytheist is actually one God who is just so big that a single name is insufficient to discribe all that he means to each of us. This frees the masses of the people to understand the Creator as he manifests himself to each individual

    The monotheist says that the polytheists worship rocks. He does not understand that we worship not the rock but the attribute of the ALL manifest in the characteristics of the rock. So while the monotheist ridicules polytheism as primitive it is actually far more advanced in its ability to conceptualize the oneness of the created universe. In truth we are not polytheists--we are syntheists.
     
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    Other than it being just another Greco-Roman label, etymologically created by Greeks who simply could not fathom the African concept of Divinity, so they created archaic notions (along with Monotheism) to define that which they lacked the ability to comprehend.............?

    Other than that, nothing. :D

    Monotheism and Polytheism does not apply to esoteric systems, such as ATR's and other cosmological systems of spiritual development.

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    last sundae i was listening to a preist spend 30 mins explaining why he was not polytheist and i was thinking, "why bother"?
    what needs to be explained?
    just do your thing.
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monotheism

    In theology, monotheism (in Greek μόνος = single and θεός = God) is the belief in the existence of one deity or God, or in the oneness of God. In Western context, the concept of "monotheism" tends to be exclusively tied to the concept of the Abrahamic God of the Abrahamic religions —typically as a whole group, but may be used in particular reference to the God as defined by a specific religion or sect.

    Here, we learn the following:

    *That since the etymological origin of this word is Greek, so too is the concept behind it

    *This term is Western in both origin and application, and it is well established that the Greeks are the fathers of Western (European) thought.

    *This term is EXCLUSIVELY tied to the Abrahamic (Judeo-Christian-Islamic) religions, and thus does not apply to those systems that are not a part of this equation.

    Let us continue to examine:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polytheism#Overview

    "Polytheism refers to the honouring of 'many deities', each of whom is experienced and acknowledged as an independent, individual personality, not as an aspect or archetype of something else. Polytheist belief systems have a number of deities or sacred beings. Some may have jurisdiction or governance over a large area, others may be associated with (e.g.) a particular river or town, or a particular family. Sacred beings may include spirits, wights, ancestors, 'small gods'. Often individuals within polytheistic cultures will form relationships with a small number of specific goddesses, gods, or other beings while acknowledging their kinship to other discrete entities who are important within the culture, cosmology, and landscape.

    In continuance, we learn the following:

    *A system is not polytheistic, if the deities being honored (notice that "worship" as a term is absent) are connected on some level with other deities, comprising one aspect of a whole.

    *The above being the case, and since ATR's and other esoteric systems of the world are based on a cosmological and cosmogonical ideologies.

    This is one primary example (out of many), of the Western world (and all those who support their view) superimposing their ideals about that of others.

    It's no different that GW BUSH attempting to go to other lands, and enforce "democracy" upon peoples who do not want it, and labeling them with a false name ("terrorist", etc) when the fight against it.

    Let us not continue to use their names and ideas to define us.

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    I agree, but don't you think it would better serve us, to be able to have the chance to explain who and what you are, instead of someone (who might be unlearned) attempt to do it for you?

    For so long, we have watched The Powers That Be (essentially the White man, assuming authority by switching different hats) disrespect, discredit, disregard, misinterpret, misconstrue, etc Kemet and Africa proper, everything from how we look, to what we "believe".

    When to we get the chance to speak for ourselves? Do we deserve to be free from their labels?

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    So very true indeed. Some of the biggest murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, etc, have been self-professing "Monotheists". Meanwhile, all throughout history, those who have been labeled as "polytheists" have been some of the most peaceful, harmonious lot in the world.

    Just goes to show you, that these exonymic names are worthless, to the Nth degree.

    HOTEPU
     
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    What's worse, is that it's oftentimes our very own people, going around touting these words from the Slavemaster around, as if they have any sort of relevance.

    Words like "HEATHEN", "PAGAN", polytheist, and the like.

    What these misguided Brothers and Sisterrs of ours fail to realize, is that these words were created by white people, to be used against any and all non-white, non Judeo-Christian peoples.

    Thus, any of our own people who seek to malign their own with such terms, be it out of ignorance (which, sadly, is usually the case), or with clear intent, is, IMO, the portrait of a sell-out.

    PEACE
     
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