10:39 AM 2/7/10 · The problem with being a polytheist is so many get on your case for not having God in your life. That's actually the beauty of it, you do! Still, I sometimes try to explain a possibility in the whole multi·God theorum to others as simply as possible.
Maybe there's not actually multiple Gods.
Maybe it's just the one pantheon and it's just God & Co.
Take an apple. A relatively simple fruit (detached from the Adam & Eve myth) to most anybody. Across the face of the globe though, different people would describe it in different ways. The name of it sounds different in a multitude of languages, even if many still simply say 'apple' the accents make it sound different.
Different people, different cultures, all going on about the same thing.
God is in Heaven (or Club Med) and is surrounded by a host of Angels. God occasionally spawns (we only know of the One) children with human mothers. This follows the general structure of a pantheon, from the Greek Gods to the Norse Gods to the Egyptian Gods, insofar as it's generally perceived worldwide.
A father God and many other Gods that follow him.
Now I get many do not see an Angel as a God but take it for what it is. A non·human being of immense power. Angels can level cities, they're tactical nukes with limbs! If you did not know anything of God and were presented with an Angel in all of its majesty you'd think it was a God.
So, it's possible that polytheists have seen God and Heaven and the Angels and just given them different names and viewed them a little differently than Christians would have it be. Keep in mind, Christianity is essentially a different branch of Judaism and back in the day even the Jews were polytheists.
As I said, I don't really buy this line of thought but it is interesting. Ultimately it falls before one particular moment in Biblical lore.
When asking Pharoh to free his people, Moses got into a mystical duel (which nowadays would've made a neato Vegas act) with Pharoh's high priest. Both representing their Gods, Moses the one and the priest the many, they turned their sticks into snakes and had them fight it out...
...and if they were truly, however unknowingly, representing the same pantheon then the fight would never have started...
...although it is yet another good example of the Bible showing there's more than one God.