I know that a lot of people are going to say that this is a topic that I should avoid but the fact is that there is some severe misconceptions that need to be looked into.
First off the fact that one of the oldest known cases of the belief in one god that is documented is Egyptian. Amenhotep the 3’s son was a pharaoh known as Akhenaten. Akhenaten was married to Nefertiti and their belief was in one god ‘The Aten’. They lived before the time of Ramses II. The Aten is the sun disk. They got rid of the old gods and said that the Aten was the one true god.
When they passed away, their son Tutankhamen became the pharaoh and under pressure of his advisors went back to the old gods. Ramses II was the one that said Akhenaten was a heretic.
Ramses II was the adopted father of Moses, and often thought to be the pharaoh of the Exodus.
Why have other religions been put down for not believing in one god? Why does it seem so odd to modern people to think that there could be more than one person in control of the way things go?
The Greeks did it, Egyptians did, Romans did until the middle of the 3rd century AD. The legends go that Constantine was in a battle and had a vision to paint a symbol on his shield. In the vision he was told that if he did and his troops did they would be victorious in battle.
At the time Christianity was nothing more than a cult. When he became a believer in it, he realized that it would save his empire and therefore he made it the official religion of the Roman Empire.
They were so used to having a deity to worship that they went back and found one, Jesus. Until that time he had been thought of by many a person with unique gifts. At the Council of Nicea, the books of the bible were set and Jesus became not a man but the son of god.
Think about it and do some digging into your heart. When you go to celebrate your belief system, do you go to a building to do so – or are you going for a walk in the woods?