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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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Useful, dead-end scientific advancements for ancient civilizations [closed]

In my world, the gods great and small play an active role in the lives of mortals. Some would say too active. They are, for the most part, extremely self-interested, and provide magical aid to mortals ...
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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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How a hero can detect or test his own immortality? [closed]

The hero is born into universe populated by similarly looking to him people. But he suspects he could be immortal and possess some (maybe, passive) special powers. The facts known to him: He ages ...
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How great can gods have sense for humor? [closed]

As I mentioned in some previous questions or answers on them, I read not only books of Discworld series. And if there is something why I like it, it is Death's sense for humor and interest in people. ...
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To whom should god pray? [closed]

Once I heared somewhere (I am not sure where, may be it was on Christmas Midnight Mass - but it does not matter) one very strange short tale - that man entered to church, that was empty excepting god ...
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Existence of clerics when god walks on earth

When people believe in the same god, it is possible that they found church*. And most churches have some clerics of various degree. But most religions have some clerics, even if they are not organised ...
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How to know if its really god? [duplicate]

Imagine a world has got one god. (This is just for my own Curiosity, not any specific idea intended, and couldn't find better place to ask) One day he decides to show himself in a form(any) into ...
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Magic of the Three Gods (Fire, Lightning, Ice)

Triangle of 10 Elements (magic system) In my fantasy world, Takeover Creania, I have three gods that control the elements and thus its lush magical power: Seraphina - elder sister, goddess of the ...
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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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What is exclusive property of god? [closed]

Questions Gods of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens and What can gods be afraid of? together with Robert Merle's book Le propre de l'homme (I beg your pardon, I did not find English name) brought me to ...
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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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What may people do for gods? [closed]

Belief is one-sided affair. People believe and gods may decide if request will be fulfilled or not. But what if people and gods could regularly cooperate? What if gods would ask people for help? ...
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What makes a god a god? [closed]

In my world there are a race of god-like beings (don't age but can be killed, very powerful mages) but they are not intended to actually be gods. Despite this they are worshipped as gods by many of ...
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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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Real world effects of a modern day superhero? [closed]

Suddenly on the news, reports indicate a god-like superhero with immense powers (equivalent to Superman or Jesus) has just prevented a large natural disaster, defeated a terrorist organisation and ...
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How to prove that person is really the GOD? [closed]

If a random person comes infornt of me ,and says "I created this world and I am the ultimate creator, I am the GOD". What question I should ask the god , so that the answer from the god makes me ...
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How do I justify that an omniscient god does not have knowledge of the future?

Background This world was created by Natura, the goddess of space, creation, and life. She felt alone, so she created Chronos, the god of time, destruction and death, to have a partner and also to ...
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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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Historical analogues to behavior of minor gods

The horn of Africa was once dominated by polytheistic religions, among them the religious system of Egypt. Over time, however, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all took root in that area, and have ...
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Creating a Religion - Against Christianity-esque and Islam-esque religions to establish a pantheon of false(nonexistent) gods [closed]

To begin with the gods of both Islam-esque and Christianity-esque in my story are just super humanoid beings with semi-immortality(They won't die but can be killed) but they already died including all ...
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What natural animal could represent a goddess of Chaos and Entropy [closed]

I am looking for this in a context of extending a role play universe for my player. The animal should be cute enough though since it is not an evil goddess, and the goddess use to be an oriental (read ...
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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 much may gods be vicious?

How much may gods be vicious? Some time ago I asked for teaching people not to ask gods for help (without killing them). In answers some people asked for way how those gods punish people. And these ...
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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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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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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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Supposing gods were ubiquitous, would religion be widespread?

Let's suppose that at the inception of our world the creator god creates a set of rules for pantheons and minor gods, places divine rulership in the hands of a couple underlings he makes, then packs ...
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Why are demi Gods like Alexander not immortal? [closed]

The exact cause of Alexander's death is unknown. Historians have debated the issue for centuries, attributing it to poison, malaria, typhoid fever or other maladies. What is agreed upon is that the ...
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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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Can I use norse mythology in my fantasy world? [closed]

I wonder if I could use these gods and goddesses in my fantasy world or if it's better to create my own religion
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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 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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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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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 would people react if hundreds of gods appeared in new york [closed]

Tomorrow out of nowhere hundreds of naked humans appear in New York, they immediately announce themselves to whoever they encounter claiming to be various gods from human mythologies and religions. ...
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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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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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What games would young gods enjoy as “referees”? [closed]

My "gods" are actually people. However they have access to tech that grants them the ability to do almost anything they wish, plus they have various mind enhancements, so there is little difference ...
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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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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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Can war be burst between two groups of the same race, magic and religion? [closed]

Assume the following "template" world (I'm saying it because it depicts an idea of mine, but can be derived to others' worlds too): Fantasy landscape, under the control of one god. God has direct ...
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What's the lowest Type on the Kardashev Scale a civilisation could be for us to take it for God? [closed]

If a Type IV or V civilisation intervened on Earth, we would certainly believe it was nature at work, unless they decided to reveal themselves. Well, then, think they're literally divine entities. ...
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Would society of immortals create any kind of religion? [closed]

As far as I know, the core of most religions on the Earth is an explanation of what happens to our souls/consciousness after we die and things that occur in our lives and we cannot explain ...
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What makes a deity? [closed]

Under the assumption that there is a Creator God of unlimited power over the mortal universe and all dimensions and alternate realities that make up Creation (in my mental 'mythology,' this God is the ...
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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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A set of rules for gods [closed]

I have a world with many gods. They don't like each others, so they want to destroy each others. Problem: they are immortal. Solution: they will create another world, with different civilizations (...
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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 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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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 ...