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Why would a God of Murder be worshipped by a society?

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; ...
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How can there be different religions in a world where gods have been proven to exist?

In a world where gods can be seen by the inhabitants of that world, how can multiple religions even hope to form? If the gods choose to show people that they exist, regardless of area or person, I ...
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I want to become a living god! [closed]

So here's what happened. One day, I was struck by a bolt of handwavium, and it caused me to become immortal (unkillable by any means). Shortly after that, a majority of civilization was wiped out by ...
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How can humans be important enough to be the deciding factor in the war between gods?

Imagine a world with many gods that have been in constant battle with each other. However, the gods are exactly equal in strength, the very nature of godhood enforces a sort of balance in their ...
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In a World Where Gods Exist Why Wouldn't Every Nation Be Theocratic?

In a world I am building, gods exist; they are extremely powerful, omnipresent and active. While thinking up some larger scale empires for the world, I realized that their gods would be so powerful ...
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Why do deities need to gain belief?

I've read many posts discussing the method of creating a religion, or the way that a god gains the belief of people (Here's an example). These discussions have caused me to wonder the why of gaining ...
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Teaching people not to ask gods for help

(For my own needs) I write stories that are primarily fantasy, but with very strong touch of modern technologies (modern technologies converted to magic world, for example magic bomb that behaves like ...
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Anatomically Correct Gods

This question may seem like an impossible challenge. What I'm talking about here is a biological explanation for limited (or, for bonus marks, unlimited) form shifting, immortality (at least in age) ...
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How recently could a god be born? [closed]

Supposing you were creating religions in your world, and your world has advanced along a technological spectrum similar to Earth's. What is the latest point in history that a new god could be ...
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Is it possible to have several omnipotent gods?

I've been considering a universe with 3 omnipotent gods, who have created together an earth-like world (for example one god created the planet covered with only oceans, another god raised the ...
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Why would gods decide to teach people to not rely upon gods?

Everything starts somewhere ... and intention of gods (from my fantasy world) to teach people to not ask them for help should start somewhere too. Something, some kind of accident or event, should ...
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How can God warn people of the upcoming rapture without disrupting society?

A being known as Dea is the creator of all things in the mortal world. He created human beings as living batteries in order to fuel him and give him power. This god is in competition with other gods ...
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Jobs in an AI controlled world [closed]

In a world fully controlled by an AI, humans have every basic need they may want. This includes housing and food, and also health related needs. Also humans do not give birth anymore, the process is ...
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How could deities on the same world be divided into regional pantheons?

In a hypothetical fantasy setting, every region has its own pantheon. The deities are real and often interact with other pantheons, particularly between deities that share the same portfolio: e.g. ...
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How will a god gain belief?

Assume a medieval magic world, where Gods are worshipped and the most popular God is the most worshipped. The Gods gain their power from the belief & prayers that comes from the believers, and ...
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We, the users of worldbuilding, are all gods. Can there be harmony amongst us? [closed]

We, the users of worldbuilding, are all gods. We can create any number of alternate realities. We can only be in one reality at a time. We can shape these realities into whatever worlds we can ...
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How would the Abrahamic God reveal himself to people to convince them that He is the Abrahamic God?

Given the state of our world today, and the scriptures and the beliefs of the three major Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, let us assume that the "truth" is some variant of the ...
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What can god(s) be afraid of? [closed]

People are afraid of (probably) everything you can think (animals, open spaces, closed spaces, death, and so on). Of course that not everyone is afraid of everything, but generally it is. But is ...
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Every now and again God puts us on pause. Can we detect this?

Imagine that God has many universes to deal with or just needs a break sometimes. He has a pause control. What plausible mechanism does God use to perform the pause without breaking the laws of ...
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How to make people spread over the earth?

I created human beings and placed them on a planet full of landmasses, oceans, rivers, forests, desserts, swaps, snow, mountains, hills, animals, insects, plants, fish you name it. But I have a ...
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Why would people reject a god's purely beneficial blessing? [closed]

In my fantasy-medieval-with-magic world, after a great war between the gods that destroys the old gods, a new "one true god" is born. Out of a love for the people, and a desire not to change who those ...
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How should a worshipper react to their god being a jerk?

TL;DR: How would adults deal with super-powered, godlike teenagers? A little background: The gods have mortal avatars. They walk around as physical gods and generally head their religions, making ...
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How much energy did it take for God to part the Red Sea?

EDIT Why this is a world-building query. If I had framed this as, "In my world where magic requires the expenditure of energy, a powerful wizard decides to open a path through a large lake,etc. The ...
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How can faith be maintained in a world of living gods?

The demigods are immortal individuals that protect our reality from eldritch abominations, such as Cthulu, Niggurath, etc, on a plane that exists between our world and theirs. These battles against ...
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How would the existence of multiple mythological and religious pantheons be justified?

It's common trend for many stories within the Urban Fantasy genre to feature various mythological pantheons co-existing with one another. For example, High School DxD has a universe where Judeo-...
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Should immortal people have a god? [closed]

Assume we are living in a world in which there are immortal people living among us. According to some religions the gods are eternal, and according to logic, everything with a start must have an end. ...
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What are the steps to making pantheons?

In a world where people worship different gods and have different principles, how does a government assimilate those gods (make them coexist without one god being superior)? Clarification: I'm asking ...
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Can you kill an idea? [closed]

In a world where a "god" constitutes nothing more nor less than a critical mass of belief in a particular concept or ideal with a name plastered onto it. The gods are magical in nature being created ...
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What would humans look like if their evolution had been slower?

Context God games are organised, in which a hundred immortals participate. Every "God" is given an alternate dimension. These dimensions are all identical and contain an Earth where Humans didn't yet ...
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Would the disappearance of gods, make an apocalypse?

We have a world in the first age (think Atlantis without tech but with magic, a civilization with wealth, overflow of resources, no sickness, no pain, a civilization with more power than everyone else,...
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Golden blood of the Gods, How does it work biologically?

In movies, novels, fictions and mythologies, it is quite often told/seen/heard that the blood of the gods are that of gold. I want to know how does gold colored blood works in biology, what are its ...
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How do the Gods cause madness in those they wish to destroy? [closed]

τὸ κακὸν δοκεῖν ποτ᾽ ἐσθλὸν τῷδ᾽ ἔμμεν' ὅτῳ φρένας θεὸς ἄγει πρὸς ἄταν evil seems good, soon or late, to him whose mind the god draws to mischief Antigone, Sophocles When the Gods set their ...
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How would a deity best reform his Church peacefully? [closed]

The Beginning A deity of good aspects (Justice, Light, etc.) has guided mankind since the dawn of Creation, helping them develop and prosper. He was always a powerhouse in terms of raw divine power, ...
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How would a society develop if their god lived alongside them? [closed]

A goddess decides to create a race of human-like creatures. Instead of leaving them to their own devices, she takes a parental approach and lives among them. She first creates a handful of them who ...
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How can I prevent holy aura from a human body from radiating too strongly?

When gods descend to the mortal plane, they must inhabit specially built bodies in order to maintain their presence and hold their aethereal energies. These bodies are built in the aethereal realm ...
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Duplicating people to expand a civilization

Context "God games" are organised, in which a hundred immortals participate. Each "God" are given an alternate dimension. These dimensions are all identical and contain an Earth where Humans didn't ...
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Struggling god with an unworkable universe [closed]

Background You are a member of a world of super-beings. Not everyone wants to be a god but those who do typically enroll at a Godiversity. They take classes in all sorts of things such as Ethics, ...
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How can a super consciousness contend with the erasure of a soul?

What we call "God" is actually a catch all term for the human consciousness, which we are all apart of. This super consciousness is connected to all human souls, and binds us together on a lower level ...
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How would Zeus throw thunderbolts if Zeus were actually using technology?

A fellow from the near future is sent on a mission to ancient Greece where he needs to impersonate Zeus. What kind of device would best approximate the mythical bucket of thunderbolts? Also, style ...
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How can a god justify it's own worship if it claims no moral authority? [closed]

Pantheism is worship that admits or tolerates all interpretations of deities. The human race exists throughout the multiverse, which was created and designed by God. Some are worlds that are ...
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Is the scientific method viable in a world with a god that can and does bend reality by will?

Consider our world at 18-19 centuries. Our civilization knows how to print books, build steam machines, we have made first experiments on electricity. And one day the Mad God Sheogorath is emerged. He ...
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How can I avoid the problems of incest without expanding the gene pool?

The demigods of this world are avatars of the one true God known as Dea and built in the image of humanity. They are independent and have their own opinions from each other, but are connected by a ...
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What would convince rational people that a given book has been written by the Devil? [closed]

A central part of my story involves a certain book that was allegedly written by the Devil himself. However, my protagonists are rational and skeptic people, they do not believe such outrageous claims ...
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A corrupted religion

This is a religion i am creating for a possible book in progress. It takes place in a world created by gods. This is a world of humans, dwarves, elves, and magic. I would like to create a religion ...
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How to justify the presence of angels on earth when god doesn't pass judgement until after death

While I did draw inspiration from Christianity, this is not about the actual Christian religion. I just use the term "angel" because it helps to understand. In reality, those angels are more like "...
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Why would a demigod born to a goddess not be immortal? [closed]

In this alternate world, demigods were human beings which gained divinity from a divine parent. A male deity would knock up a mortal woman, who would carry the child to term. This demigod would share ...
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Changing the Laws of Physics - what would be the results? [closed]

A godlike character starts screwing with the laws of physics to demonstrate its terrifying power (and, on a weirder level, to help save the universe from something even worse). But when your resident ...
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What good are followers for a god? [closed]

Imagine a world when some men have risen to the title of gods. By buying power from others, people can become more powerful. Everyone is born with 1 "point" of power and the more you collect, the ...
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Reactions of scientists on Mars quick transformation

Inspired by this question: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/32798/2071 God of the Bible exists and because He works in mysterious ways, He decided to prove his presence, by terraforming Mars,...
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How can a race remain “good”?

There is a world where gods exist—but they are just mighty beings. Not almighty and surely not omnipotent. However, far beyond any capabilities of any mortal beings (they're gods after all). Gods, ...