Are Christians Monotheists?
November 2, 2006 § 19 Comments
It boggles my mind that Christians claim monotheism… truly this claim by Christians is false and should be addressed by “real” monotheistic Christians, if such a thing exists. The Kashmiri Nomad and I have written numerous articles about this and the argument that I hear again and again is that the One God the god of the Monotheists is being worshiped through prayer to ‘Esa ibn Marayam (Jesus the Christ), Saints and even Angels, etc.. This to me is absurd and suppositious (not superstitious, although it is!). The reasoning behind my allegations is simple and in all seriousness needs no further explanation however, to maintain the integrity of this article I will rationalize my position.
In light of the since passed holiday, no not the Muslim’s ‘Eid but the Western holiday Halloween, which I also wrote an article on (see here), many Christians may have observed All Saints Day instead. All Saints Day is a holdiay that developed as a result of the Christian arrogation of All-hallow-even (archaic Halloween). Well recently I came across an interview of real interest entitled, To Whom Should You Pray on All Saints Day? by Jesuit Priest James Martin where it says,
“It’s All Saints Day, but most people don’t know what to think of the saints beyond the idea that you pray to them to get stuff like an ‘A’ on a test or to find a good parking spot. Jesuit priest James Martin says saints are more than plaster statues: They were real people whose lives show us that holiness is actually possible for the rest of us.” (J. Martin, NPR)
And of course this is when I slap my hand to my head shaking it in disbelief. Disbelief of what you ask? Well disbelief that Christians cannot see that there is a polytheistic or pagan connotation to these practices. I would like to point out that the word pray according to the American Heritage Dictionary says,
v., prayed, pray·ing, prays.
- To utter or address a prayer or prayers to God, a god, or another object of worship.
- To make a fervent request or entreaty.
This clearly shows that their is a deified power attributed to these Saints. Are they then lesser gods? If not why beseech them? Please understand I am not condemning you for these actions, worshiping Saints or lesser Gods. However what I am saying is that Christians need to be honest about their religion and stop claiming to be monotheists when theologies such as the Trinity and practices such as those on All Saints Day, etc. are clearly polytheistic, it is a matter of honesty. And if you are a Christian and have never thought about this before… maybe its time you start.