Let me see if I can explain it. Let’s go back to Abraham. The account is in Genesis. Now before one says the Bible is full of fairy tales, the historical account fits in well with what we know of the fertile crescent, those lands between the Mediterranean and the two rivers of Mesopotamia the lands of the Sumerians. It appears Abraham’s father had left the old worship of his forefathers and had taken up the Sumerian religion with their multiple gods. So this worship of a single god goes back much further than Abraham. It was the religion of his people and of his peoples people. It may have gone back thousands of years before Abraham. This worship was already ancient by the time of Abraham.
As noticed, these Semites (Acadians) led a nomadic life. Their life was much like other nomadic people such as American Indians, the Mongols, and tribes in Africa. The one thing that all three have in common is that they are Shamanistic. The idea behind Shamanism is that the Shaman (spiritual leader) speaks directly to the spirits. In many cases these tend to be ancestral spirits. It isn’t a great jump to see a leader of these ancestral spirits in terms of what American Indians called the Great Spirit. Their own human societies were led by a chief or leader. It’s only reasonable that the ancestral spirit family be led by a great leader. When the shaman participates in worship he talks to the Great Spirit. Monotheism is simply a reflection of this tradition to seek guidance from the Great Spirit. Nomadic way of life was much older than urban life. This probably means the worship of a single Great Spirit is probably older than the worship of multiple gods. It seems that the worship of multiple gods was an invention of urban society which evolved after that of nomadism.
So the worship of a single god in the form of a great spirit may be older than the worship of multiple gods. With the American Indians, Mongols, and Africans the shaman was a separate person from the war leader. However, in Semitic society the shaman and war leader seems to have been represented in a single person. Abraham was not only the great warrior chief of his people but also the shaman, the speaker to the Great Spirit. This tradition was carried on by Moses. As son of Pharaoh, Moses would have been trained in the warrior tradition of Egyptian royal family. As the spokesman for God he acted in the capacity of shaman. When the Israelites invaded and settled Canaan the civil leadership of the people devolved onto Judges. Thus the job of civic leader and shaman split. This was formalized under the kings when the office of civil leader and shaman (speaker to the Great Spirit) forever split. The shaman was known then as a prophet and the Great Spirit was Jehovah.http://www.historum.com/showthread.php?t=144
this guy (Voyager) wrote all this above. He claims that Nomadism was monotheistic then when man urbanized he became polytheistic.
In certain ways, my faith that Monotheism was the original faith of man is slightly restored, by this article.
I'm still losing faith that Monotheism might have come from polytheism, but this is the prevailing view today in the school books, which may not be true but just an opinion like everything else.
Maybe what this guy is wrote.
But for sure, I'm not giving up faith in the belief of Absolute truth.
if you say that there is not absolute truth, then is that an absolute truth about the non-existence of absolute truth?
p.s. I need someone to talk to about Orthodoxy, because I feel that I can't develop my faith alone: maybe on msn if you give me your msn by pm.