“One God, Two Gods, Three Gods, more, How many Gods can you adore? Monotheism, Polytheism, Gods and Goddesses, How does one connect with the chosen deity?”
And it is a choice. How does one find a god or set of gods to believe in?
Most believers who have a faith in a deity or two are born into a religion, carrying on their parents chosen faith, which had probably been indoctrinated into them by their parents’ choice of religion, so it carries on from generation to generation.
Some folk grow up in a godless household but discover religion and faith themselves later in life. But how does one choose a religion to follow? Does one need a religion to follow? Could not one just believe in a deity without signing up to a religious group or organisation?
Being a part of a religion makes one feel included, as one is in good company, which is nice, comforting in fact, to be with like minded folk and even more so when one is dealing with invisible friends, such as a deity.
Being a solo worshipper, not signed up to any particular faith or religion, should be OK too. One does not need to go to a church, a temple, mosque or such place where an organised religion worships its god. Any relationship between a deity and a human being is a personal interaction between the two and one can still pray, adore, sing to a god when alone, and one can do this just as zealously alone as if one were in a congregation.
Perhaps in a one-to one worship one can concentrate more on one’s own devotions and say what one actually wants to say to a god, or perform a ritual that one feels would be more apt and that would aid in one’s connection to the chosen deity.
Not everybody knows how to talk to their god so attending a sermon of their organised religion may be the way for them to make that link. This way they can participate with others in a religious connection that is being led by somebody elected to lead such as a vicar, an imam and such like.
Many of the older religions were polytheistic, many gods and goddesses in a pantheon all with their own attributes and duties, but all of them come from the Divine source, the Absolute, the Creator of all deity. In ancient Egypt the pantheon of gods and goddesses came forth from Amun the creator god, who brought the cosmos into existence then created his children, the gods and goddesses, to do the godly work whilst he disappeared into the background to do whatever it is Divine Creator Gods do.
In the Indian mythologies of Hinduism there is a hierarchy of gods and goddesses all being attributes if the supreme god, Brahma. And with so many gods and goddesses with their own duties and tasks in the divine creation, one can direct one’s worship and prayers to the ones that are more beneficent to one’s needs. In Hinduism a writer working on an article may direct their prayers for blessings and inspiration to the Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed god who is responsible for wisdom and writings amongst his many attributes.
So, should one find a deity that fits in with what one wants? I want to be a writer so should I just pray and adore a god associated with writing such as Lord Ganesha? Is that the right way to worship? Am I here to do a god’s work or is a god here to help me do mine?
The most important thing to think about in a relationship with a god (or more) is what exactly one wants, what one can give, what one accepts, because whatever type of a relationship one has whether it be with one god, two gods or more, that relationship should be for life.