There Have Been Thousands of Gods

“Nature free at once and rid of her haughty lords is seen to do all things spontaneously of herself without the meddling of the gods.” -Lucretius

“In dark ages, people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind old men as guides.” -Christopher Hitchens

History has shown us thousands of Gods. In the domain of love and fidelity, there have been over 200 Gods. Ancient Egypt had over 2,000 Gods! Beyond the fact, that we had thousands of Gods and thousands of religions, imagine all the cults that never turned into religions. And then imagine all the sects and cults! Christianity alone has over 30,000 sects.

The fact that there have been thousands of gods should make everyone stop and think if they’re praying to the right God. Why do we choose Jesus, Krishna or Allah, when there are thousands of others to choose from? How come we believe in Christ but not Zeus? In Krishna but not Ra? As Sam Harris, author of Letters to a Christian Nation, said, “Anyone caught worshiping Poseidon, even at sea, will be thought insane.”

The reason we don’t pray to them is because of something called “recency bias”. Recency bias is the tendency to think that trends and patterns we observe in the recent past will continue in the future. We are thus deluded to think of only recent events and recent gods. This is one of the reasons we don’t pray to ancient gods such as Pan or Osiris.

People all over the civilized “western” world once prayed to the Babylonian gods Enlil and Ninlil. And then they stopped. Shouldn’t the world have ended when they stopped? Or were we, in fact, praying to a nobody, just as we now are.

Why didn’t sea storms increase when we stopped worshiping Poseidon? Or the sky roar when we stopped worshiping Zeus? The fact that the world didn’t fall apart when we stopped praying to them shows that not only did they never exist, but that we invented them. On top of that, it shows that if we all stopped praying to Christ, Allah and Krishna, the world wouldn’t fall apart.

I’ll go more into depth in the next articles.

To your success,
Nikhil Mahadea