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To most Christians monotheism means that there is one God, Yahweh. This arises from the misinterpretation and the lack of understanding of the Old Testament. The Old Testament mentions many gods, each or several, of different people or nations. While Yahweh was the monotheistic God of the Jewish people they were obliged to respect the worship of their neighbors for their own gods. The recognition of other gods is clearly defined in Judges 11:24, Do you not possess what Chemosh your god made you possess? So we will possess what Yahweh our god has caused us to possess.
Such a statement makes it clear that the ancient Hebrews recognized the equality of Chemosh and Yahweh, both gods of their people. It also answers the as to why all people do not recognize Yahweh as the creator of the world. Simply, all people do not and never did recognize Yahweh as their god. This is a Christian belief alone. So is the belief that those not recognizing Yahweh as the supreme god and creator will be condemned to Hell. The people of Chemosh were not condemned to Hell because no such place existed for them. Hell referred to Gehenna, a deep, narrow glen south of Jerusalem where the ancient Jews offered their children to the god Molech (2 Kings 23:10). Later this glen or valley became a place for Jerusalem's refuse, a garbage dump, in which fires constantly burned. This, then, served as Christ's and his disciples' image of hell. There is no doubts they believed in it, and for them it was a place of burning and torment for Christ often spoke of it (Matt. 5:29-30).
To understand this is to comprehend that people believing in polytheism, or other pantheons, are not necessarily condemned. Such a belief raises a major question which is why were people born before the introduction of Yahweh or Christ not condemned? If they were, where did the go? In a strict sense there was no Hell; there was Hades; there was Sheol. Christians believe in Hell, so there is a Hell for them, that is their right; but they have no right to put everyone else in Hell who does not believe as they do. This is the problem though, they do. Christianity is based on guilt and fear.
Guilt originates from original sin, the myth that Adam, the first man, was the first man to sin against God, Yahweh. This was first related by Moses in Genesis. There are many more instances of sin related by the Jews in the Old Testament. Man is first labeled a sinner by John the Baptist and Jesus in the New Testament by the river Jordan. One notices all of the people labeling man a sinner are Jews, a small tribe of people compared to other nations which had and resided on earth. Yahweh was they God and they were his people which made them special. This was their spiritual ego trip which has spread across a major portion of the world. The reason is because people fear the damnation of their souls in Hell.
Again, this is the result of misinterpretation, or not thinking. Only the Jews maintained Yahweh was creator of the world. Only they claim man sinned against Yahweh. Only they said man is a sinner requiring Yahweh's forgiveness. Man believed this and there evolved the Judeo-Christian religion. Not many asked what about the men, the people, or the civilizations before the Jews and Christ. The beliefs of a few people, and they were initially a small percentage of the world's population, seem to block out all previous beliefs. The major impetus leading to this event was Christianity becoming the state religion of Rome. Here again is misinterpretation or misconception because many Protestants either are ignorant of this fact or do not acknowledge it, proclaim Christianity to be the work of divine providence through Jesus Christ. Christians remain guilty of misinterpretation, maintaining that the Hebrew God Yahweh and his son Jesus Christ are the monotheistic rulers of the world. They stubbornly ignore and reject the ancient acceptance of acknowledging others gods, claiming them false; and persist in causing strife between people having other gods.A.G.H.
Ford, Michael W. Dragon of the Two Flames: Demon Magick & the Gods of Canaan. "Of Monotheism." Succubus Productions. 2012 ebook. p. 92