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A deity is what we used to refer to the pagan gods, as to not mistaken them for the Capital G-God. They are figures of worship of religions of old, embodying concepts that ancient humans both feared and revered, heavy emphasized on the fear. In the past, they were a pain in the ass to protect yourself from, though they have significantly mellowed out in the modern era, even becoming more benevolent. Something about needing to become more "angelic" like so that modern worshippers wouldn't be so scared that they changed to other kinder gods and religions, or worse, becoming atheists.
Matt Wright.

A Deity is a being with powers far greater than those of humans, demons, monsters, and most angels, but who interacts with humans, positively or negatively, in ways that carry humans to new levels of consciousness beyond the grounded preoccupations of ordinary life.

Overview

Deities all descend from Khaos, the primordial void and rival of God. They are also the descendants the Primordials, the first gods in existence, and the direct children of Khaos, along with being the ones that helped shape the very fabric of all creation itself while embodying the aspects of latter. The deities, whom are regarded as either a second generation of primordials or third depending on the sources, are tasked with maintaining the balance of the natural order and represent the natural forces of the Earth and beyond as well.

Deities are depicted in a variety of forms, but are also frequently expressed as having human form. Some faiths and traditions consider it blasphemous to imagine or depict the deity as having any concrete form. They embody or personify concepts, actions, animals, emotions, elements, and much more which is all the more reason why they are so essential and important in maintaining the balance of the universe.

Description

Various cultures have conceptualized a deity differently than a monotheistic God. A deity need not be omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, eternal. A monotheistic God is almighty, omnipresent, omniscient, omnibenevolent and eternal. Monotheistic religions typically refer to God in masculine terms, while other religions refer to their deities in a variety of ways such as masculine, feminine, androgynous and gender neutral.

Deities are often thought to be immortal, and are commonly assumed to have personalities and to possess consciousness, intellects, desires, and emotions comparable but usually superior to those of humans. A male deity is a god, while a female deity is a goddess. They were thought to be able to work supernatural miracles and to be the authorities and controllers of various aspects of human life (such as birth or an afterlife). Despite their immortality, some gods can die and be incapacitated but they cannot truly perish and instead reincarnate. Whenever a god perishes, they go through a cycle of reincarnation and are then revived into their "true" forms within the "space beyond space" due to the fact that they are fundamental mythical aspects of reality and thus could never truly be killed. (With the exception of erasement which can could wipe them from existence; however their role would still need to be filled to maintain universal balance).

Some deities were asserted to be the directors of time and fate itself, the givers of human law and morality, the ultimate judges of human worth and behavior, or designers of the Universe, instead of being a natural result of the laws of physics. The boundary between human and divine in most cultures is by no means absolute. Demigods are the offspring from a union of a human with a deity, and most royal houses in Antiquity claimed divine ancestors.

Appearances

Some deities are thought to be invisible or inaccessible to humans, dwelling mainly in otherworldly, remote or secluded and holy places, such as the concepts of the land, the sky, the underworld, the skyland, under the sea, in the high mountains or deep forests, or in a supernatural plane or celestial sphere.

Deities are depicted in a variety of forms, but are also frequently expressed as having human form. Some faiths and traditions consider it blasphemous to imagine or depict the deity as having any concrete form. Gods that are found in many Indo-European traditions, were anthropomorphic. The Mesopotamian gods for example were often envisioned as being of tremendous physical size.

Typically, they rarely reveal or manifest themselves to humans, and make themselves known mainly through their effects. Monotheistic deities are often thought of as being omnipresent, though invisible. They can be described as abstractions, ideas, or concepts although they are commonly seen as persons. However, they can be sensed and even seen by other supernatural beings, but even though they can sometimes allow themselves to be unseen by the supernatural beings, it doesn't stop the latter from sensing them regardless.

Powers and Abilities

  • Elohim Physiology: They are generally seen as "lesser gods or minor deities" subservient to The One True Creator Elohim. Primarily, these heavenly beings dwell in The Skyland or The Abode of God (God's Heaven) and are assigned with many roles such as carrying out modest tasks as divine messengers of the word of God, As destroyers sent out by God to destroy whatever he wishes, being protectors or divine throne guardians of the boundaries of heaven or sacred spaces., as watchers, guardians and administers over nations assigned to them by The Creator or as heavenly beings who come together in a divine assembly known as "The Divine Council" to help and celebrate The Creator God's decisions. Not all elohim however are subservient to The Creator God, These particular Elohim are former members of the heavenly host who now act in a state of rebellion against their creator mostly due to their desire of receiving divine worship and to rule like God instead of being ruled. In their pursuit of achieving "Anti-Eden", these fallen heavenly beings have many roles as such, ruling over nations and posing as gods, false idols created and worshiped by humans, Exposing the weakness and flaws of lower lifeforms, and having dominion over nations, ruling it in sin, corruption, and deceit. A famous example of something like this is with the Canaanite goddess Asherah, who has fallen from her glory and is now seen as just a demon trying to corrupt humanity.
    • Transcendent Physiology: They is physically and mentally beyond essentially all forms of harm or other ways to influence them (outside of other beings of similar status, superior beings or some specific concepts), and possess powers that are supernatural to outside viewers. While they can enter into the material universe, becoming immanent, their true being is outside existence and thus both independent and outside of everything that happens to their manifested/avatar form. As they are able to perceive existence in a completely different and transcendent way, they can achieve things that are beyond the understanding of lesser beings. For example, a children's toy built by them could be used as a dangerous and unstoppable weapon by the lower races.
    • Worship Empowerment: They can become stronger, faster, more durable, etc. by the worship of other beings, whether prayers, rituals, or other actions; possibly unlock abilities related to your affinity and enhance your existing powers. Because of this, many gods founded their own religions with the intention of getting stronger, with the exception of the One Creator God who doesn't need worship to get stronger.

History

When the universe all that it was was properly formed, God and His angels rested and left its maintenance in the hands of the Primordials. However, as time went on, some of the Primordials established a ruling of sorts over the cosmos which then led to the conception of the gods that humans have come to know in ancient mythology while other Primordials were simply concerned with the tasks given to them. When the gods of old were born by the Primordials or the Second-Generation Primordials, many of them warred against their mighty parents and relatives for the right to claim lordship over the Earth and the universe whilst others relinquished their status to their children.

Their children emerged victorious and established themselves as the new rulers of the cosmos in place of their parents and ancestors. While the status quo has changed, they left alone the Primordials that did not partake in the system change as they posed no threat and were pivotal in keeping the universe functional. Seeing this, Khaos charged the deities with sustaining as well as embodying the planet, its natural forces, its creatures, its aspects, concepts, and beyond it like the stars and solar bodies much like how God charged His angels.

The gods ruled over various sections of the planet and the universe, coexisting and sharing kingdoms with one another, albeit bitterly in certain circumstances. They also defended the planet from the threat of the Great Old Ones who attempted to take the Earth as their own with the deities emerging victorious in their wars against the Old Ones and consequently establishing a council of gods from various pantheons to discuss important matters concerning the Earth and the universe which not one pantheon can handle alone. This has also led to the gods and angels working alongside one another at times and would exchange tools, tasks, and operatives in their operations.

Myths and Legends

Historically, many ancient cultures such as Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Nordic culture and Asian culture associated or identified deities with natural phenomena, as their powers but not as causes. Some Avestan and Vedic deities were viewed as ethical concepts. In Indian religions, deities have been envisioned as manifesting within the temple of every living being's body, as sensory organs and mind.

Quotes

A god is the sum of all their believers, all the prayers and hopes and curses and despair ever uttered in their name. We are mirrors. We rule and reflect and magnify. We are just like you humans, only more so. We share your flaws and foibles. We are as humanlike as we are divine. We aren't perfect beings like the one you envision when you look at the cross.
Hestia
That was a god you just encountered. A real mythological god. Most people seem to think that they were fallen angels posing as deities to stray humanity's faith from God, but that was not the case. They were the real deal. The actual gods you've read about in your mythology books. And they're every bit as powerful, grandiose, and dangerous as the legends make them out to be. Watch your back. Any one of them can flatten a whole city, or the world if they're in a really bad mood, in one swoop if provoked. They're egotistical like that, too.
Gabriel.
When God Most High divided up the nations— when he divided up humankind— he decided the people's boundaries based on the number of the gods. Surely the LORD's property was his people; Jacob was his part of the inheritance
Deuteronomy 32:8-9 declaring a possible origin of the various gods of the world.
God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment. “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. “The gods know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. “I said, ‘You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.” Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.
Psalms 82:1
But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find their fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters. All that smoke and savor rising so delicately from our altars. It leaves only ash behind.
Madeline Miller.
Westerners, I swear. The sheer arrogance. You think you're the only ones on Earth? You pillage and you butcher in your god's name... but you're not the only religion, and he's not the only god. And now you think you can just rip the planet apart? You're wrong. There are billions of us, and we were here first. If anyone deserves to end this world, it's me.
Kali
Magic is in itself a form of religion, but there are powerful beings who can be considered as gods and goddesses. Herne the Hunter, Morrigan, Cernunnos, Epona are a few British deities just like Odin, Thor, Zeus, Hera, Isis, Osiris, etc. are deities of other times and countries. Even the more modern gods like the Christ, Buddha, Allah, etc. are powerful beings or representations of the ‘Uncaused Cause’ as the creator of all things is sometimes called.
John Constantine.

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Trivia

  • Although several gods founded their religions to gain power, God doesn't need this, and admits that he only founded the Three Great Abrahamic Religions to spread His word among humans and nothing else.
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