Here is a good question that was emailed to me by a friend.
"Does the Orthodox Church recognize other gods, besides the True God - the God of the Holy Trinity?"
You know, I have looked through some english translations of our liturgical texts and they seem to imply that, while inferior, there are other gods besides the God of Abraham, Isacc and Jacob (the One True God)
It would seem pretty odd if Orthodox Christians believed in other gods, don't you think? The saints evangelized peoples and countries in the name of the Holy Trinity, not Ganesh or Buddha. Now, having said that, the Orthodox Church recognizes that people everywhere have worshipped God as they understand Him. It is not our place to condemn
, but to educate
. Because every society has a name for a God or a Creator, and while to me, this is proof that God exists, it does not validate the 'many gods' theory.