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« Reply #19: March 22, 2011, 07:35:00 pm »


What would OUR gods mean to the aliens? Heheh. What if they DID have the same ones as us?

So many different questions to ponder...

The big one for me would be: if the gods I follow were actually aliens who had physically visited, and the ancient peoples thought they were gods... how does that change my understanding of the gods? I mean, what if "Thor" were an alien being who shot a laser in front of some Germanic people, who told and retold the tale in their own way with their own vocabulary (lightening, hammer, etc), and made up other tales along those lines over generations. In that case, Thor exists (or did exist) but in a material way, not in a spiritual way. Or that spirituality would change to accommodate the realization that I'm worshiping a long dead alien who had advanced technology, rather that the spiritual being I thought Thor was.

I'm not saying that extraterrestrial life would mean my gods don't exist -- just that I'd have to ask that question, and maybe modify my understandings of what it means to be a god.

It's VERY possible for my local gods and spirits to coexist with countless ones throughout the universe.
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