The reason most people haven’t heard of it is because omnists are not zealots; they don’t get on a soapbox or go door to door trying to convert people. There are no rules, no buildings in which they hold meetings and they don’t advertise their beliefs.
No two omnists believe the same way so having church services doesn’t make sense.
Omnism is not a cult
There are a few variations of this religion. There are no set rules or beliefs so if someone tells you they are an omnist about the only thing they all have in common is the fact that they believe in more than one spiritual path.
Omnists that prefer one religion over others-
These people can be a Christian omnist, a Buddhist omnist, etc. They lean towards one religion but are open to the ideas of other religions. They may go to a Christian church but also follow the teachings of Buddha, ancestor worship or Paganism.
This is just an example to help you get the idea. There is no set way to be an omnist.
Omnists that only follow patriarchal religions-
I’ve met a few that only follow the religions that have one creator and book of rules. They typically shy away from the pagan religions. Since the Bible and other books mention witches or paganism being evil they don’t participate in those religions. They believe them to be out there and are open minded to some of the views but don’t feel comfortable getting involved in those spiritual paths.
A person’s upbringing has an influence on how they believe in adulthood. Either they still believe in most of it or the dogma turned them off and they only take small bits and pieces from it and embrace other paths more openly.
You may wonder how they can follow more than one religion successfully since some religions have that little clause of “not putting other gods before me.” It’s simple; they don’t put any one god in the front and believe all of them exist.
Some omnists believe that all religions follow the same god they simply have different titles, rule books and approaches to their religious path.
Most omnists fall in this category; they believe all gods exist or could exist but don’t necessarily follow any of them religiously. They will pick and choose a few blending them together making their own flavor of religion but they aren’t zealots about it.
You may see this group in a church, temple or other place of worship on holidays or special occasions or they may quietly follow their own ideas at home keeping their beliefs to themselves since being an omnist is typically not very popular. People tend to want you to pick a religion (as long as it’s theirs) and follow the rules. Most people are not understanding of those that are non-committal or too open minded.
These people may say they are agnostic simply because it’s easier than trying to explain their unusual ideas about religion. They avoid conversations about spirituality trying to stay out of an argument. Some may not even be aware there is a title for what they believe.
Omnists do not follow blindly-
Omnists do not take written or spoken words as truth.
I like what one omnist said, “Religion is all true in part but none in totality.”
Religions of the world-
There are so many spiritual beliefs and if you read the books studying the rules and history behind them most overlap.
Most religions started with two people that multiplied creating civilization.
There was a large boat and flood (for whatever reason) destroying the earth.
Prophets gave us a set of rules and we must follow them to acquire inner peace or avoid punishment. Most omnists believe in all the prophets and agree they have good ideas to keep us all safe and happy. Even governments use the same set of rules, such as don’t kill, don’t steal, speak the truth and so on. Most people can agree that there is a good reason for these rules even if they don’t believe in the gods or prophets that made them.
The Bible, Koran and Torah were written many years ago by hand by men. They didn’t have printing presses so they were copied by scholars and many mistakes and changes were made over the years; some on purpose and some inadvertently. Some additions were made as late as the 1800’s.
Omnists are open minded-
Unlike many religions that only follow one god and set of beliefs, omnists are open minded about all religions. Even if they may not agree with what you think or how you interpret your sacred book they can agree to disagree and move on. They don’t try to convince others to believe the way they do and respect that everyone is entitled to their opinion.
They believe that most religions have spiritual wisdom and can be inspirational but are filled with opinions, political views and outdated ideas that worked when they were written but not all apply in today’s world.
Omnists are scientific in nature-
Unlike some religions that are afraid of or denounce scientific findings, omnists tend to love research and science.
Some omnists believe in a creator and some do not. Some intertwine creation with evolution.
Omnists will explore the books and history themselves instead of taking a pastor, priest or rabbi’s word for it. They’ll listen to your views with an open mind possibly giving some input depending on the omnist’s personality or your attitude but later they’ll look it up to verify what you’ve told them. They take no one at their word but are open to new ideas or ways of looking at any particular religion.
If you’re omnist and didn’t know it raise your hand-
Many people fall in this group but had no idea it had a name. They can see some good ideas coming out of all or at least a few religions even though some of the zealots that follow or misinterpret them are annoying.
There really aren’t any rules for being an omnist other than being open-minded about all religions and believing in more than one. If that last sentence sounds like you then you are an omnist and didn’t know it.
Reading And More Information
As of this posting there are no books on omnism mainly because it really isn't a religion per se. Since there are no right or wrong ways to be an omnist there are no rules so no one has taken the time to write a book. You can put in an article the basic beliefs.
You can, however, read up on religions of the world but beware because most bash other religions. Many wars have been started and fought over religion so you won't find too many books out there that aren't swayed towards one religion or other.
Take the negative with a grain of salt, skim or overlook those parts and focus on the positive.
Omnism is a positive religion free of negative thoughts, rules or exclusions. You can't do it wrong and you won't be ridiculed by other omnists if your views are different; that's the beauty of it.
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on October 07, 2019:
On my profile page is a house which is a link to my website, on the first page I call myself a Christian-Atheist so that would make me an "Omnist."
From the sound of that reading "Omnism" is "Indifference" and the foundation of the Bible encouraged it. The sixth day's creation of man (Genesis 1:26-29) suggests Christianity began Omnist but because Adam ate "The Evil and Good Knowledge" that mindset changed it. We see in Chapter 1 how God are many and both genders because man has both genders and are in the image of god, but no goddess. Thus, I fully concur with the idea and feel the probability of people refusing to saytheyare one is what you've stated.
Thanks for presenting this, my concepts are along that that same line because of Genesis 2:16 & 17 "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Also because of disobedience that suggests man-en-mass are "The Living Dead."
Truter on June 17, 2019:
Some of the stuff did correlate to what I've been pondering about ever since when I started reading more on psychology, philosophy and even the moral ambiguity people make things seem to appear as when it comes to many situations. There's been times when I have been disturbed from the inside in which case, my instinct was not to even bother with pointless things of fear. As if what we did when speaking to some spirit, was truth and there is so much to discover in the sense of the spiritual realm; in a logical sense all entities not of this world do have moral values and personal benefits from their own. It all counts down to what you do and what you will accomplish in this life and if there's life in other planets in many galaxies then it's not just a "human coincidence" for there is something greater out there; a collective unconscious.
Michael on March 31, 2019:
never ay offense mx
Britta Nicole Miller from Earth on November 17, 2018:
I'd say I'm what one might consider an emerging ChristoPagan with an omnist worldview. I've always considered all religions to be, at their heart, part of a larger, not easily defined force born from an entity none of us could ever hope to understand. This force, known as God to many and as science or matter or magic or universal law to others, is viewed and witnessed and understood in different ways - like how every culture in the world is different, and the way they live is different, the Maker had to adapt and shift like a shapechanger so each community and culture could understand in a way they could grasp. All faiths are correct in part, but all are also wrong as a whole.
It's like there's a puzzle and every faith has one piece of it. All are right, but none of them have the full picture. Though there are people in these different faiths who are putting everything together. Or people who aren't interested in religion are studying it and seeing that there's more in common between different faiths then there are differences.
Interesting world we live in, no?
Randall King on June 25, 2018:
I had no idea that Omnism even existed, but this is exactly my feelings about religion.
Deborah Minter from U.S, California on July 22, 2017:
Really good article..... I didn't about Omnist. At all
pennyofheaven from New Zealand on January 02, 2017:
Fascinating read! Enjoyed this article tremendously. It makes pure sense to me. Glad I stumbled across your article. Thank you.
Travis on August 13, 2016:
Thank you for posting this I have long believed this and never understood why anyone else noticed it. If GOD or TAO or any other creator created everything and is everything, then that means they created all religions and if they didn't then they wouldn't be GOD or TAO.
Shahenshaha on September 17, 2015:
I am reading article at 3 AM.The thought was always there in mind that I believe in all religion is correct thought or am I thinking wrong.
Today,I got answer to my thought that what I am thinking is correct and this thought is called Omnism.
Yes..I am Omnist
Thanks for this article.
I would like to read more about Omnism now.
Shaila on August 22, 2015:
Yes... I am an omnist. In my point of view, humanity is above all religions.
Seigh Pten on April 23, 2015:
Also, I have some excerpts available if you'd like me to post a few. If not, I understand.
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on April 23, 2015:
Yes, MarMar, I'd say you are an Omnist. You don't have to stick with any belief system to be Omnist you just have to believe in more than one religion.
Seigh Pten on April 23, 2015:
I have finished the first volume of I Omnist. It is available at amazon.com on kindle. I am currently working on the first revision of the full book of I Omnist which I will hopefully be able to make available in book format as well as kindle. There is a link to it on Facebook through The I Omnist page. Long days and pleasant nights...hope to hear from you.
MarMar Etireugram on April 22, 2015:
I'm sixteen and for three years I have always been confused on what I should believe in. At times I felt I fully believed in God, then in Enlightenment,and also Wicca. Just recently I turned back to God and his son, but I know a part of me still believes in wiccan practices, reincarnation, and other things. Would you consider this omnism? If so, I will be relieved. (BTW I have been baptized, and still do believe that Jesus died for me)
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on January 14, 2015:
Thanks for reading and giving your incites, Mel. It is a growing thing with so many different options out there.
Mel Carriere from San Diego California on December 20, 2014:
I would probably fall into the category of closet Omnist. I am a Catholic Christian and don't intend to change that, but I certainly respect the prophets of different faiths and their philosophies. I believe that there is one underlying God that all people worship, and this just and loving God is not going to cast anyone into a fiery pit just because they call themselves a Buddhist or a Muslim. Our individual religions are like the desktop icons we click on to get to God. Each icon looks different, but if the person's heart is sincere and has good intentions, the ultimate destination is the benevolent force of the Universe that is God. Great hub - I have never really heard of Omnism so this was enlightening.
SeighP on November 22, 2014:
My beliefs are basically that of Omnism. What i am writing will hopefully give fellow Omnists something physical to have in hand and, quite possibly, steer them down a direction of their choosing. Or, give them some meaning or desire to connect and be the metaphorical stitcher that walks the middle road of these systems. Basically, it is a connecting thought provoker. The type of thing for Omnists to ponder on certain verses, laugh at with religious zealots about how ridiculous some thought are, or how profound some may be...i hope, HaHa!!
SeighP on November 21, 2014:
Currently writing a book on my beliefs, Focused on being an Omnist and finding ones own inner balance through understanding, conflict and the peace that can be derived from the depths of such a conundrious set of morals, that come from within. Hope to have it published within the year. Great article.
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on June 26, 2014:
Valencia, I think Omnists are the most tolerant and peaceful believers. Unfortunately most do not accept the differences of others and can be quite hostile. It sounds like you give your students a good rounded education letting them think for themselves. Thank you for reading.
Valencia on June 19, 2014:
As a social studies teacher and I am required to teach religions and thus comparative religions. I always found this rather easy and fascinating topic for me. I would always tell my students I believe in all religions, even throughout history. They all have their purpose and help people be better. I have such respect and admiration for all and my students sense this. Our discussions are amazing (sometimes scary when they tell me what other teachers have told them) and they walk away with a bit more understanding and appreciation which I believe is the cornerstone for tolerance. I am grateful to be able to now have an actual word for what I believe and be able to share it with my students (I am allowed to answer if they ask.)
Thank you for this wonderful article!
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on March 11, 2014:
Thanks for reading, Jared.
Jared on March 09, 2014:
Wow I'm so glad I could put a name to my religious beliefs
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on February 10, 2014:
Thanks for reading, Brian. If more people were open minded and tolerant of other people's beliefs there would be less war and more peace.
Brian Prickril from Savannah, GA on February 10, 2014:
How could I have gotten this far in life and never hear of this? I do believe that young people should be given the chance to discover spirituality/religion on their own (as opposed to forced beliefs). I am one of those who think that we all pray to the same God, just some groups have different paths towards enlightenment. Wonderful hub.
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on December 06, 2013:
Dim, it would be nice if we could all just get along.
Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on December 06, 2013:
This was fascinating. I am so glad you wrote it. I had no idea of even the word "Omnist."
If only there was more tolerance in all religions , maybe there would not have been so many wars caused by it.
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on November 08, 2013:
I was one for years before I knew what it was. It is interesting to know there are many people out there who believe the same way you do.
Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 08, 2013:
Now I know what to write when the form ask for religion. I'm an Omnist and I didn't even know it. :)
Excellent write very informative, I particularly loved the quote by the Dalai Lama.
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on August 12, 2013:
You can't be an Atheist Omnist. Omnism is the belief of more than one god so if you don't believe in any it won't work.
Nice to meet you too.
GH Price from North Florida on August 10, 2013:
I think I may be an Atheist Omnist. Or something. I don't believe in a God, but I have a healthy respect for and interest in all religions. Thanks for this Hub and nice to meet you!
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on July 30, 2013:
lol I agree and hope it doesn't become one of those in your face religions. I doubt that it will but anything is possible.
Marie Ryan from Andalusia, Spain on July 30, 2013:
I think I'm in shock after reading this! And I love it!
I especially liked the quote "Religion is all true in part but none in totality". It is interesting to be able to put a name to this...I only hope that because this belief system can be named, that it doesn't ironically turn into another 'religion'. Am I going round in circles here?
Thanks so much for posting this fascinating article, Pamela!
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on July 13, 2013:
Thanks for reading, Siggy. There are many Omnists out there they just either keep their beliefs hidden or don't realize there is a title for it. I've lately seen a growing number I think in part because of the Internet educating people about it. Knowing you are not alone encourages more discussion.
SiggyC. on July 12, 2013:
I appreciate the prompt response to my comment, and I understand. I am extremely passionate about the Omnist title and what it represents. I am happy to see that you are making attempts to educate others. Being an Omnist, is not always an easy thing. I find myself constantly educating others on how far my beliefs extend. I am always fighting for people to have an open mind. Many can't understand, how I can hold such a strong belief in Science (as in evolution), and on the same hand, have a strong belief in many traditional religions, and non traditional ones all at once. I find that it is a bit of a battle to stand your ground as an Omnist. You are correct,to be an Omnist, is not a very popular thing. Many will not understand. How can one be baptized as a Catholic, and yet practice earth based Religions like Paganism (Buddhism, Taoism, Wiccan, Native American, etc.) If there is some advice I could pass on to others it would be, to stay true to yourself - don't change your ideas to fit it. And, you don't need to prove your beliefs to anyone. You answer only to yourself. Good luck to everyone on their Omnistic journey. Don't give up on who you are! ♥
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on July 12, 2013:
Siggy, you are the first passionate Omnist I have met. What I meant by this article is that Omnists tend to be more open minded to other people's beliefs and don't try to convert others in a charismatic way.
Too many religions are in your face with a list of rules which turns others off. Omnist don't have rules so whatever you decide to believe is just fine with us as long as you don't push your beliefs on us.
SiggyC. on July 11, 2013:
While I appreciate coming across this article, I must say that I am not partial to its tone. I know that it means well, and I can only critique so much, as I have yet to write one of my own on the topic. I will get there in time. I feel that the article starts off negatively. "The reason most people haven’t heard of it is because omnists are not zealots; they don’t get on a soapbox or go door to door trying to convert people. There are no rules, no buildings in which they hold meetings and they don’t advertise their beliefs." While I agree that there is no need to shove our beliefs onto others, I feel that the wording is trying to make an Omnist to sound, somewhat superior. As an Omnist myself, I am very partial to equality. I respect all Religions and Spiritual beliefs equally. I am only happy to stumble across like minded individuals, but I am also opinionated. Respectfully, the tone seems off but the information is helpful. I hope that you continue to write more, to educate others in this broad topic. I will do the same.
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on July 08, 2013:
It's been around for a few hundred years but not well known. Thanks for reading, Harmony.
harmony155 from Atlanta, Georgia on July 06, 2013:
I'm raising my hand! Thanks for sharing this term that I fall under (never heard of it)
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on June 10, 2013:
Thanks, Gypsy. I think it's a fascinating subject.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 10, 2013:
An interesting and fascinating hub. Had never heard of omnism. Passing this on.
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on June 06, 2013:
Ruchira, being tolerant of other people's beliefs would be wonderful but unfortunately I don't see it happening.
Sharky, no many have heard of it.
Thanks for reading, Relationshipc.
Angela, it's gaining popularity.
Angela Blair from Central Texas on June 06, 2013:
Very interesting -- knew this type of belief existed but didn't know what it was called -- thanks for the information. Best/Sis
Kari on June 05, 2013:
I had never heard this term either - but I can see how it is not known as people who are open minded and search out various truths (that resonate with them) would not label themselves as 'this' or 'that'. Very cool article!
Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on June 05, 2013:
This is wonderful! Thank you for putting a word to what I have been all of my life. I never tried to explain it to anyone, because most people think religion should be a box. You are either a, b, or c. I always felt that was impossible given the history of religion, as well as the similarities in religions around the world. Wonderful hub! Sharing, voting, and more!
Ruchira from United States on June 05, 2013:
we all need to be omnist to show tolerance towards other religions and I am sure that will help hatred disappear.
great take on this, Pam.
I am proud to say...I am an omnist :)
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on June 05, 2013:
SidKemp, it's been around since at least the early 1800's you just haven't heard of it. It would appear you are indeed an omnist.
How to love one, some consider it a religion and others simply a belief system. It's just nice to have a title for it.
Thanks for reading, Kashmir. It's an interesting subject not many know about.
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on June 05, 2013:
Hi Pamela, this is a very interesting concept and i have not heard of it before. Thanks for making me aware of this information and it's values .
Vote up and more !!!
Joshua Pine from San Francisco on June 05, 2013:
Yay, I get a new label! Thank you for identifying my belief system and raising other's awareness about our cult, er, I mean... belief system! ;) I still wonder if Omnisim is even a "religion" vs. a philosophy (Confucianism) or a faith (Baha'i). I guess in the end they're all just labels that help us understand the concepts. Thank you for this important hub.
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on June 05, 2013:
I suspect I've been an omnist a lot longer than the word has been around. I'm a person, and very intentionally do not define myself as a member of any group smaller than that. At the same time, in terms of what I do, I'm an ordained Buddhist minister, an ordained Christian teacher, a practicing scientist, engineer, yogi, qigong practitioner and teacher, reverential to indigenous traditions and wisdom traditions, and the developer of a neopagan solar calendar.
I guess that's about a omni as I can get!
Pamela N Red (author) from Oklahoma on June 04, 2013:
It's not new and if you look it up on Wikipedia it's been around for many years people just aren't familiar with it.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 04, 2013:
I love it and I've never heard of it. Turns out I'm an omnist and didn't even know it. :) Thanks for the education.