I'm currently writing up a world where every thing and concept imaginable is represented by an immortal Being/God.

Assuming Gods don't grant powers to their worshipers, but may interact with them; why would people devote themselves around a clearly malevolent God of Murder?

What would cause organized worship of said malevolent God? Besides being deranged in the head.


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    $\begingroup$ God of murder, or god of homicide? In many cases there is a difference. For example, in the Old Testiment, the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" was actually closer to "thou shalt not murder," where murder was an "unlawful killing." A god of murder would have to be inherently anarchistic. $\endgroup$
    – Cort Ammon
    Jan 18 '17 at 18:09
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    $\begingroup$ Is he the only God around? $\endgroup$ Jan 18 '17 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation, with suggestions for starting points (including the Thuggees), has been moved to chat. Please continue discussion there, not here. $\endgroup$ Jan 19 '17 at 2:58
  • $\begingroup$ In what ways is the god-follower relationship mutually beneficial? What is the incentive for worshiping such a god? It could be something more than just fear of being murdered. To what extent does the god require or exploit the help of the followers? And if every concept has a god, why would anybody worship the god of premature ejaculation? $\endgroup$ Jan 22 '17 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ Others have touched on this in their answers, so I will mention it as a filter: You haven't specified why every concept has a personable deity behind it. Is this something like Aristotle's Noumenal or Ideal framework for the Phenomenal or Empirical world? Worshipping such a non–person ‘deity’ is simply a way of saying “I like such things, and watch how I say so.” Maybe your world is an artificial reality created by teams of designers, each of which decides to contribute a limited aspect to the backdrop of the world. How do they interact but not grant powers, then? $\endgroup$ Mar 14 '17 at 19:08

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Blackmail, assured by a flaxen cord.

This is how most people who murder or who support murderers get there. Simply put, most of them have to be addicted to lesser sins, and their silence assured by the fear of being found out.

There was a man in the news not too long ago who murdered a college student. He started with bits of dishonesty here and there, cheating in school and lying to some people in order to get his way. He got in trouble for stealing some things later on. Drugs were likely involved. He got into salacious material and committed fornication. Adultery and rape were not long in following.

His victim decided not to press charges. Because his evil went unchecked, it kept on growing. He might even have tried to keep up the facade of being a good and decent person--but at some point, through rage or jealousy or guilt incited by his addiction to adultery, he murdered the woman whom he had seduced and tried to hide her body.

Ask anybody who has been in criminal investigations for a long time. When looking for a motive in a murder, the suspects have all practically without exception committed the next most serious crime: adultery. Adulterers have nearly always stolen things before they stole people. Every person who is a thief first cajoled himself to lie. And so on.

The hefty realization that was too late in coming is that by walking the path of infidelity, dishonesty, one is complicit with the (false, idol) god of murder.

People tell themselves otherwise, that it's not that bad or that it's not going to get that bad. Uncontrolled, however, it all too often does.

The role of blackmail in all of this is that the person could have turned his life around and repented at any point. He could have refused to become worse, and use all his life and energies to endeavor to repair the damages caused. Instead, out of fear of being found out or held to account for lesser crimes, he propelled himself to commit the worst.


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