After 30 years of both: formal, and informal, education in many locations throughout the world, as well as the expanded psychological practice of helping others overcome the tragedies of conflict and stress, I have arrived at, what I believe, is my theory of societal psychological manipulation. This page is a work in progress as more information is researched in related areas, I will attempt to update the general narrative as I can, the doctorate level paper is still under construction, however, I present the highlights here.
Monotheistic religion as a detrimental form of Societal Behavior Control
Organized monotheistic religion at its core, was developed and has been constantly manipulated to ensure societal control by exploiting human ignorance of the mystical, unseen power of the natural world. Throughout the evolution of religious ideologies, many different practices have been instituted in an effort to ensure a level of social behavior, the more detrimental ideology was the implementation of monotheism.
Using the currently available anthropological studies, overlaying that with a deep dive through religion to the point of human philosophy. I am taking an in-depth review of what I theorize was the developing psychology of the Anatomical Modern Humans (AMH) and further hypothesize that the evolution of humans was altered onto another detrimental tract that has led to a substantial history of pain and suffering. Referring to studies in anthropology, psychology, religion, and some genetics, the theory here shows a detrimental set of established societal norms that were dictated to, then generationally enforced to maintain society.
My theory proposes that the use of monotheistic religion to control the behavior of society was based on the general ignorance of the early general population, its inheritance and transfer between generations is purely based on the intrinsic values of the immediate environment. Control using the premise of a “religion” was exerted in sometimes subtle methods, but more often forcefully, allowing the powers within this religious order to manipulate these societies, while “brainwashing” the population, as well as ingraining a set of intrinsic values that will be carried to the modern-day populations of all nations throughout the world.
After studying three millennia of conflict, torture, and volatile interaction between the primary monotheistic religions and the outside population, one immediately has to question the underlying motives of these groups. The demand for the obedience of all people to be of the faith, with an intrinsic reward/punishment system, raises red flags as to any association is a method of worship, or is a method of control. The single largest consideration was the manipulation of each of the religious practices in attempts to be as inclusive as possible, essentially modifying its underlying doctrine to match other ideologies of that time in an effort to manifest a legitimate pedigree.
Primarily, a substantial assumption I will make throughout this presentation is that all the studies conducted, on the multiple points are accurate and complete. In addition, the process of carbon-dating the many quoted archeological finds is also correct.
The species of the animal (homo-Erectus) will undergo many evolutionary steps on their way to becoming the Anatomical Modern Human (AMH) we know today. Throughout this evolutionary path, there are many milestones that were accomplished. For me, the most interesting fact about this is the time elapsed. We, as descendent (AMH), recognize time passage by examining the last two millennia as “all of the time”, yet the time that elapsed throughout these evolutionary steps is extraordinary. Although the evolution took millions of years, we are primarily interested in starting this study following the discovery of the “usage of fire” which anthropologists currently date to approximately 1.7Mya [The discovery of fire by humans: a long and convoluted process] however for demonstrational purposes, an evolutionary overview:
HUMAN TIMELINE MILESTONES
- Australopithecus africanus – 3.3Mya to 2Mya
- Homo habillis – 2.4Mya to 1.5Mya
- Homo erectus – 1.9Mya to 108kya
- Homo ergaster – 1.6Mya to 600kya
- Homo antecessor – 1.2Mya to 800kya
- Homo heidelbergensis – 700kya to 200kya
- Early homo sapiens – 300kya to 45kya
- Anatomically modern humans – 130kya to Present
In contrast to the human evolutionary path above, we witness other evolutionary milestones happening at approximately the same time (approximate dates):
- 1.7Mya – Hominids discover and harness the use of “fire”
- 300kya – Hominids evolve into Anatomical Modern Humans (AMH)
- 196kya – AMH migrate out of Africa (“Out of Africa” Theory)
- 120kya – AMH has genetic manipulation (cognitive thought and language birth)
- 40kya – Khormusan Industry in Egypt
- 35kya – Egyptian Empire rose to power
- 30kya – Over-population of the Altai region (Mongolia today)
- 25kya – Last Glacial Maximum
- 12kya – Meteor strike, Clovis People and Megafauna extinction
- 7kya – Beringia Landbridge submerges
- 5kbce – Monotheism (Judaism) is born in Europe (Middle East today)
- 3kbce – Written language emerges
PROPOSED MIGRATORY PATH VALUE
In supporting the “Out of Africa” theory regarding the migration of modern humans from their birthplace in Africa, I propose that there were several critical paths of migration from the birthplace of modern humanity. Each brought with it both: physiological, and psychological, manipulations based on some key factors of those unique areas, primarily diet and environmental stressors. These manipulations formed different chemical compositions within the human brains, thereby leading to different psychologies being developed by the propagation of the species within these areas.
- Route 1 – was the northeastern path that led to the “population stall” in (what is today) the “Middle East”.
- Route 1a – continued beyond the population stall in (what is today) the middle east to (what is today) Europe.
- Route 1b – continued beyond the population stall in (what is today) the middle east to (what is today) northern Asia.
- Route 2 – was the western path that led to (what is today) Northern Africa. This led to extensions further south, eventually covering most of (what is today) northern Africa.
- Route 3 – was the southern path that led to (what is today) Southern Africa. This group splintered along their migratory path to include most of the southern half of (what is today) Africa.
- Route 4 – was the eastern path that led to another population stall in (what is today) Southeastern Asia after leaving the population stall in (what is today) the middle east.
- Route 4a – splintered from Route 4 at two different points to ultimately arrive in eastern Beringia. The first group splintered off and traveled north from what is (what is today) India, across the steppes of (what is today) Russia to (what is today) Mongolia. The second splinter continued beyond the stall in (what is today) southern Asia, to (what is today) northeastern Asia, and across the land bridge to (what is today) North America.
These migratory paths become increasingly important in the evolution of the humans that endured these migrations. From the physiological to the psychological, each migratory path created different variables that altered the evolutionary trajectory of those humans.
Scientists and anthropologists agree that each migratory path consisted of two major parts:
- Breeding and identification of better genetic stock.
- Genetic manipulation is caused by diet and the environment.
- Genetic manipulations are then passed to subsequent generations
We know, based on another study that there exists the potential for humans to alter their genetic composition based on environmental factors and suggests that there is a potential that just an increased desire “by the self” could bring this type of change. This raises the possibility to mutate the genetic construct Dr. Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois suggests that the genetic coding can be altered by the individual, although in his case it was with the honeybees, the fact that the self could potentially alter one’s genetic structure offers another possibility for the early humans.
Critical to language formation, and synapse creation., more information will be made available when notes are transcribed.
Embryonic neuroblasts and regulation of neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the process by which nervous system cells, the neurons, are produced by neural stem cells (NSCs). ASPM may play a strong role in the growth of the cerebral cortex. The introduction of this genetic modification seems to correlate to the arrival of the written language, approximately 3.5kbce.
This is a gene that is expressed during fetal brain development. MCPH1 is expressed in the fetal brain, in the developing forebrain, and on the walls of the lateral ventricles. Cells of this area divide, producing neurons that migrate to eventually form the cerebral cortex. Based on genetic research, this genetic condition first evolved approximately 37kya, to become the most common (except Sub-Saharan Africa), and is thought to contribute to increased brain volume.
Synapsis is connection strings within the human brain that transmit energy allowing for the creation of cognitive thought.
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The cranium enlargement process will continue to be a part of human existence for as long as humans live. However, there are some side effects that we see in these early humans based on the growth of their skulls. As the skull size and capacity continued to increase, so too did the necessary muscle groups and the spine of the hominids.
The documented substantial growth of the brain within the cranium would indicate that the skull would have to adjust to house the larger brain, to avoid damaging the increasing brain, or limiting the available functions by adding pressure to the external walls of the brain matter itself. We know from current medical studies that, if the brain pushes against the inside of the cranium, this pressure is then transferred to the available functions of the individual. So, while we know that skulls start soft and grow into settling later in human life, this too was the experience for the early humans.
Originally, based on current neuroscience, we know that the hindbrain and medulla are responsible for survival, drive, and instincts. Based on the acceptance that homo sapiens evolved from the animal kingdom, we know that they were much of their lives was spent using this part of the brain (using survival and instincts for much of the time), offering us the possibility that this was the first part of the human brain to be developed.
As mentioned in the “Genetic Manipulation” section above, we know that the introduction of the Forkhead Box Protein P2 into the diet of early humans drove the increase in synapse creation throughout the brain. This drive would lead to the addition of the ASPM expressions that would begin the formation of the Cerebral Cortex. This would increase the brain size of these early humans.
|Hominin||Fossil examples||Average capacity (cc)|
|Homo erectus (Trinil/Sangiran)||6||930|
|Homo erectus (Chinese)||7||1,029|
Table used from www.britannica.com > science > Increasing-brain-size
Most scholars support the idea that homo Erectus may have been the first to light the fire under their dinner, meaning that these early humans began to cook their foods as early as 1.7 million years ago. This cooking of food had two Major aspects to it:
- It made the food eaten more easily digested and provided more calories per meal.
- It initiated the genetic sequencing that would transition the homo-Sapiens due to the ingestion of certain proteins that entered the bloodstream.
With a larger cranium and the additional synapses within the brain, the spinal cord was transmitting more data back and forth. This increased data flow would create more robust communication channels through the nerve endings throughout the spinal cord, allowing for the enhanced use of smell, touch, and taste. In the process of including the additional nerve endings, the spinal cord, and surrounding vertebrae would become more robust. In addition to the muscles around the back and shoulders necessary for supporting a larger cranium, the increase in the spinal fluid would cause the back to become slightly more rigid, and more vertical.
 The University Of Cambridge. “New Research Confirms ‘Out Of Africa’ Theory Of Human Evolution.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 May 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070509161829.htm>.
 The University of Illinois. “Genetic Manipulation by the Honeybees.” Dr. Gene Robinson. http://www.life.illinois.edu/robinson
 Enard, W., Przeworski, M., Fisher, S. et al. Molecular evolution of FOXP2, a gene involved in speech and language. Nature 418, 869–872 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature01025
My theory for the evolution of homo-Sapiens from a physiological perspective is that the ignition source that sparked the evolution of this early hominid to the Anatomical Modern Humans (AMH), is cooking with fire. I believe, that although I think it was discovered accidentally, the concept of cooking food to more easily digest, as well as adding more variety to their diets, created the genetic and physical changes necessary to continue the creation of descendants by breeding the better stock.
Cooking with fire, allowing for the ingestion of necessary binders that would ultimately form the FOXP2 protein which would begin the process of increasing the synapses within the brain. This added more “function” of the brain, this thereby caused the inclusion of Microcephalin (MCPH1) which then not only worked on developing the fore-brain portions but was also instrumental in assisting in the development of the unborn generation’s brain creating the cerebral cortex, which will become a substantial amount of the centralized higher-function area of the brain. Finally, this would create the Abnormal spindle-like Microcephaly-Associated Protein (ASPM) which then further expanded the cerebral cortex.
All of these developments allowed for these early humans to begin to move away from the instinct/survival type thinking and begin to apply some abstract thought processes to their daily tasks. These genetic evolutions would then be passed to the offspring, which would continue the evolutionary path.
In the never-ending discussion as to where we (as humans) came from, there lie some big holes in our understandings as to the exact path that the apes used to evolve to the bi-pedal hominids we find in west-central Africa, to ultimately evolve to the homo sapiens Anatomical Modern Humans (AMH). Even more perplexing is the cultural and spiritual path that those ancient humans followed during this evolutionary growth. There is a physical ton of science behind most of this study, that will secure our understanding as to where we arrived at during specific milestones throughout the history of human evolution. Based on thousands of conversations with those who would know, I personally feel as if others expect humankind to be at a finished state the first day, they became cognizant, some 100 thousand years ago. However, as the proper proteins were ingested, the genes were manipulated, and the brain’s capacity continued to expand, these early humans, who had also communicated with their hunting parties, and their social fabric at the time, began to enhance their communications abilities. This explosion in language was primarily driven by the cognitive thinking that humans were now capable of. This cognitive thinking led to the discovery of an entity or entities beyond the physical forms. The spiritual world exists in parallel with our physical world.
In the context of psychology and the construct of the human brain, we suggest, that with the harnessing of fire used to prepare food, additional proteins were added to the diet of these early humans (homo heidelbergensis). We would propose that these proteins and genetic mutations, Forkhead Box Protein (FOXP2), ASPM, and Microcephalin thereby fostered the explosion of language due to the creation of additional synapses within the construct of the human brain, and in an increase in vocal structure as they evolved into the homo sapiens (Anatomical Modern Humans). These additions allowed the human brain to connect more segments together to form more complex thoughts. It also permitted these early humans to relate thoughts to one another, this would be a substantial “recognized” leap in human evolution, moving the homo sapiens apart from other hominids of the time who relied on a symbolic language. While the recognized evolution from symbolic thought to cognitive thought seems to land at about 164kya – 70kya, many anthropologists accept that the homo sapiens (AMH) came into “being” (approximately 300kya) having an increased mental capacity over their ancestry. This premise does hold some validity as the addition of the genomes into the human brain soon after discovering and harnessing the use of fire to possibly prepare foods.
A major school of thought that at about the same time that the synapses in the brain were replicating themselves, we can safely assume there was a mental shift from the “instinct” to a more cognitive. Based on a simplistic understanding of our closest relative in the animal kingdom, the apes, we know that their brains are still more generally focused on survival needs, and not so much on idle thoughts. We can assume that it was during this transition, that the evolving humans adopted some of their intrinsic instinct into the wiring of the brain.
A major consideration in this understanding is driven by a study performed by D. Premack, in which he contrasts the chimpanzee’s potential to move to a higher level of cognitive thought. While this in of itself only proves that the brain is capable, we know that the infusion of the Forkhead Box protein (FOXP2) allowed certain species to elevate their cognitive thought beyond the instinctual.
There are tons of human psychological studies published that speak to the social needs of humans being “accepted” in social groupings. These psychological needs evolved into an underlying “need to be accepted” being instilled in the basic function of the human condition.
As humans came to the point in their evolution where cognitive thought and critical thinking were possible, the evolutionary growth retained their instinctive communication abilities. The hunted prey in packs, and instinctively communicated (whether by telekinesis, or a system of grunts and barks), which then spurred their attendance in their social hierarchy, both: in the hunt, and their family structure. Communication with animals is a natural part of this association and connection with (in most cases) their hunting partners, the early domesticated canines. This explains the adoption of animalism as a form of worship.
As animalism became more widely understood, communicated, and accepted, this thereby created a chasm to expand animalism to other living things (such as sea life, and plant life, as well as larger forces (wind, sun, moon, and the earth itself)). The birth of spirituality is really an expansion of animalism, recognizing that all living things possess spirits, as well as some lives that have left their physical forms. These spirits need to be communicated with to ensure that life remains in balance.
As generations of humans came and went, their desire to maintain communications with animals became less, and was thereby delegated to a singular individual within their tribe. That individual became designated as a Shaman or keeper of the “sacred knowledge”. The Shaman was given the responsibility of communicating with animals, and spirits alike, to ensure the success of the village or clan. As I mentioned before, there were many paths out of the “birthplace”, and they all followed similar paths of spiritual evolution.
From the earliest days in the human evolutionary path, the need for social acceptance was fostered by the basic survival needs: Food Gathering, Security, Breeding, etc.
Throughout the last two segments, we have seen the evolution of humankind, as well as their cognitive thought abilities. We have identified a few critical factors from both: the physiological perspective and the psychological perspective. This evidence provides us with the foundations for understanding the implementation of monotheism to control the population of the time, by making worship more readily accessible to those masses.
 Premack, D., & Woodruff, G. (1978). Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1(4), 515-526. doi:10.1017/S0140525X00076512
In a discussion about the spiritual evolution of these early humans, one needs to step outside the confines of what is known today. The concept of an “evolution” is defined by those who are included in the process. Therefore, the definition that we will use throughout this publication, associated studies, and ultimately, the hypothesis, is based on the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
1: relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity a religious person religious attitude
2: of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances joined a religious order
3a: scrupulously and conscientiously faithful: FERVENT, ZEALOUS
In spiritual evolution, some of it is caused by misinterpretation, misunderstanding, or rebellious desires that went astray, either way, spiritual evolution does not always mean better, it is simply different. In the beginning, cognitive thinking became more prevalent in those early humans, and they spread out across the vast landmasses, and oceans, in search of the necessary resources and environment to support their tribes.
When discussing religions, one needs to recognize the groups, as they are then divided into many different categories, however, for the sake of this document, here are the underlying ideologies:
- Animal Worship/Spirituality was human’s first recognition of those things around them. I think it also addresses the innocence of the Peoples of the times, as it was during these times that these humans were focused on surviving by hunting and harvesting. Their interaction with the spirits around them provided an understanding of their place in the world, as well as their path forward. This form of worship and practice was derived from the newly developed skill of humans to think critically. With an increased brain capacity and innocence of heart, I believe that these early humans could communicate with animals, as well as the spirits around them. After all, humans had (in some cases) just evolved from their non-human ancestors, which provided the foundation for communicating with other hunters and spirits.
- Polytheism is just turning those “spirits” into deities. Creating gods front the many spirits that surrounded these early humans. As different people needed different spirits for different tasks, they would be elevated and communicated about as a deity. These deities ’ purpose evolved into functions, which then allowed for the worship and practice which was then grouped into polytheistic gods who were in charge of many different things. In many cases, functions were added to existing gods in an attempt to bring more worshippers to these ideologies.
- Monotheism is an evolution of polytheism that then enhances the control by those at the perceived top. By being able to monitor all interactivity between the peoples and their deity, gave those at the top of this form of worship the power to manipulate the masses to create changes in the scope of their communities. This form of worship also made it easier to enforce within society. As more and more people accepted (whether willing or not) this new form of worship, it became easier and easier to then force other communities to accept this new control, essentially promoting the scope of influence.
Our use of the term “religion” will include all the major studied ideologies, regardless of the level of involvement of the practitioners. Regardless of whether it is a practiced doctrine, or the avoidance and rebellion to another form of worship, it will be considered religious. While we concede the fact that there is a substantial audience of our study participants who will confess their avoidance of modern religion completely, we must acknowledge the fact, that they, their parents, and the society they live in, have made conscious decisions as to the application of religious doctrine within their lives. In addition, the United States (America), have a set of laws, originally constructed based on a loose interpretation of the Christian Holy texts.
Religion and the practice of religion have been developed over hundreds of thousands of years. Now, don’t misunderstand this, we, as modern humans, only have a fraction of the whole picture, because, before 3000 BCE, there was no organized way of recording it. We (modern humans) know, based on historical findings, that the written language came into being at about 3000 BCE.
We also know, that prior to the “written language”, those drawings on cave walls represented a visual depiction of life at the time. The cave drawings centered, not around the worship of any kind, but merely, survival and triumph. As we’ll outline later, as humankind’s brain size was increasing throughout the millennia, their capacity for larger thinking arrived as well. These larger thoughts allowed humankind to “fill in the blanks” with thoughts of their own, as they desperately attempted to understand the world around them.
Religious practices are designed to maintain control of a population. It is designed, at its core, to provide the Dopamine vs. “Norepinephrine transports” to the brain, with the guilt, or shame, enacted on non-conformists. This level of programming is done at the fundamental level, minimizing the potential of resistance. By slowly, subliminally, injecting these “controls”, parents become the initial mind control instruments of the future society. The primary objective during the earlier, formative years, is to establish the level of expectations for reward versus punishment. I believe that this programming starts at the earliest time in childhood cognitive development, however, I also think that the chemical balance of pH within the child’s brain is created (to some degree) by the beliefs of the parent. Thoughts, bolstered by perceived evidence, become beliefs, which then establish the chemical composition within the human brain. Ultimately, this chemical composition is passed on through the propagation of the species, by the parental DNA. This chemical balance is then maintained, or further manipulated via diet and societal environmental factors.
So, for the sake of keeping this a relatively short (dissertation in this lifetime) project, I’ll keep it to the similarities found in these, as compared to the “unorganized” or Pagan religions. To put things into perspective, we will need to identify the timeline that each religion came into being.
When speaking of religions, we must identify what modern humans associate with. To this end, the religions in which I’m speaking are identified below:
|Large (Organized) Religions
· Judaism (Levant (Asia))
|Medium (Organized) Religions
Table 1 – World “Recognized” Religions
We know, based on many archeological findings, that there were some “practiced” religions prior to the arrival of the written records in 3kbce. However, due to the lack of written records, the knowledge of these pre-recorded historical religions has vanished from the collective knowledge at this point. For the sake of this discussion, we can begin the discussion (in earnest) with the arrival of the written record of “practiced” religion, to the rise of the Egyptian empire. However, to fully understand the rise of the Egyptian culture, we must have some foundation in understanding the spiritual evolution following the original exit from Africa.
Monotheism is a tighter form of control, less tolerance of any alteration to worshipping a deity, and the ultimate management and control of the people. Monotheism removes the variability of practice, provides a method to assert societal control points, that are the priests. It counted on (relied on) the ability of the masses to be unable to think critically, and in many cases, kept this sacred knowledge out of the hands of the practitioners by having it in written form. Most, if not all, common people in those earlier days of the monotheistic influence could not read or write.
I propose that the development of this idea of “religion” closely mirrored the population of the areas of conception. By utilizing the population’s general fears of the unknown, those persons credited with the creation of these practices were able to group populations under their values and control. By securing the leadership (i.e., Lords, Barons, and other landowners, etc.) under their value controls by proposing their continued success, they were able to secure their new religion as a force of the area. This then allowed the propagation of the practices to other areas by “word of mouth”.
Routes one and four “stalled” in (what is today) the Middle East. Therefore, it can be assumed that the population of this area became substantial within a fairly short period of time (say 1000 years). Therefore, as the population expanded due to travelers, and/or reproduction, a method of societal control needed to be established. Hence, this is the idea birthplace of this needed utility called “religion”. The initial idea behind the creation of this religion was to address societal behavior expectations by associating unacceptable behaviors to the punishment of the individual by “mysterious” forces that the common individual could not understand. By attaching a punishment to negative behavior, these value judgments would be applied to the overall systemic “belief”.
The key to the success of these “practices” was to quickly obtain the support of the powers of the time. By preying on the fears of these landowners and titled individuals, they could “force” their populations to subscribe to the beliefs, thereby initiating a “snowball effect” consuming the populations of the time.
We can quickly connect the creation of these “religious practices” with the associated migratory paths defined before:
Route 1 & 4 – Became the main migratory path out of Africa, therefore the requirement for population control became critical, quickly. By preying on the “mysterious forces” within the natural world, these overseers were able to gain the uneducated population and were able to enforce their views of “right and wrong” and “good and bad” by the attempted inclusion of other practice’s views and, particularly celebratory events.
Route 2 & 3 – Was not as traveled, and therefore the necessity for population behavior control was not as necessary until much later, after the original need was accomplished.
For a positive, quick, adoption, the instigators of the monotheistic religions needed to be as inclusive as possible. To this end, one may note some parallels with the polytheistic beliefs and practices of the time:
- The main character of their story, in the case of Christianity that would be Jesus, became the son of God, connecting Christianity to the polytheistic beliefs of Romans, Egyptians, and Scandinavia, as all gods had sons who helped mankind.
- Religious holidays from other religions were adopted as religious celebrations for this new church, moving the celebration of the birth of their “savior” to the winter holiday.
- The simplicity of worshiping only “one god” tends to lend itself readily for the ease of administrators of this new religion, desperately needing to keep things easy for the common person to remember, and assuming that their population was uneducated and unwise ways of nature.
In almost every scenario, one is quickly able to draw a close comparison to these newly created “monotheistic” beliefs to that of other religions of the day. I propose, if indeed it was absolutely true, wouldn’t you want to celebrate an important event “when it happened?” This only furthers the argument that the imposition of these monotheistic religious practices was designed from the start, to be tools for population behavior control.
Comparing the stories contained within the major monotheistic religious practices we can directly connect each of the stories to another religious practice, either before or after the creation of the original monotheistic religion, Judaism.
|Key Belief of Monotheistic Religions||Similarities found in another practice|
|· God created Heaven and Earth
· End of Days (Book of Revelations)
· Son of God (Jesus (New Testament))
|· God Created Heaven and Earth (ALL)
· Ragnorak (Old Norse)
· Thor (Old Norse)
 While most polytheistic, monotheistic religions refer to their supreme being as Gods, some American Native cultures referred to it as “The Creator”, the basic principle of worshiping one God