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Q:What makes Atenism different from every other religion?

A: Atenism stays true to the original intentions of the Faith given to the people of Akhetaten over 4000 years ago. Offering a pure form of monotheism devoid of misunderstanding over what is God's Will, who is or is not allowed to seek the One God of the Universe, or what constitutes the nature of the Godhead.

Where other faiths look to the ancient writings of their traditions and to the subsequent re-tellings and re-envisioning of those faiths by those who would speak upon such subjects at a much later time than when that faith originated, Atenism does not require the capture of the Words of Akhnaten and commentaries to know what He means. We have Akhnaten directing us from the Horizon of Light who speaks and clarifies His Words and is clear regarding the Will of Aten.

Q: Is Atenism another Internet religion?

A: No. Atenism began 4000 years ago in Amarna, Helioplis in Egypt. Atenism has existed in its pristine form in the Horizon of Light since that time and has only been returned to the world of man, by the blessing of Aten and the direction of Akhnaten. The Internet is simply of modern day medium, just like scrolls, papyrus, books, letter, audio or video recordings and so on. It is a tool that can be used or misused, the fact that so many people take it for granted that what they see online regarding religion is the product of fevered imaginations and are less than honest and may be little more than bored individuals fabricating Internet religions because they simply have nothing better to do, is a sad statement about these individuals, but has no bearing on real religions that use this medium for real communication among worshippers and seekers.

Q: Is Atenism a cult?

A: No. To elaborate on this answer, we should spell out what the term "cult" actually means. The word cult has two meanings:

The word is an abbreviation of the word "culture" and means the beliefs of a community of like minded individuals. By this standard, every religion is a community of like minded individual who believe the same things and would, by this definition, describe them as a "cult".

The word is a derogatory term used to describe disreputable and dangerous religious groups that use manipulation and intimidation to trick individuals into joining them. In some instance, these groups do not allow their members to contact family and some have ended in fatal consequences.

Atenism is a world religion that only has the welfare of its fellow brothers and sisters in mind. It does not use manipulation, intimidation or trickery to reach seekers, nor does it have any intention for taking advantage of these persons by trying to acquire their money. (There are tithes but these are part of the faith and individuals who research the faith are never committed to give anything they do not wish to or what they simply cannot afford.) Our faith would encourage its members to stay in close ties with their loved ones and not to disassociate with family and friends unless one chose to do so on their own due to abuse or other legitimate reasons.

Atenism is about loving God and doing no harm. The very definition of these destructive cults is in opposition to the principles of Atenism because all they seem to cause is harm, to the seeker or to their families and friends.

Q: I have never heard Atenism. Is it made up?

A: No. The reality of Atenism can be found in the ancient records of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt. Orthodox Atenism is this same religion in the modern day. All its material, that is not the stuff of ancient records is either produced by, and sanctioned by Akhnaten Himself. Meaning Atenism is as far away from being fabricated as you can get. Simply put: No other religion in existence can claim to be governed by the exact same person who established that religion — except Orthodox Atenism.

Q: There are some other sites that describe themselves as Atenists - what differentiates you from them?

A: These fellow seekers after the One God of the Universe are respected by Orthodox Atenists for having the foresight to look to Aten when many in the world had turned a blind eye to Him.

We differ on several different points:

Other Atenist groups base their faiths on the Hyms and Stellas of Ancient Egypt exclusively. We, on the other hand, also use these ancient texts but the primary source of our authority and authenticity comes from Akhenaten Himself.

Atenism is directed by a clearly defined hierarchical structure:

    • Aten

    • Akhenaten

    • Smenkhkare

    • The Holy Council (comprised of the Court Seers, Renunciates, Guardians, Priests, and Scribes).

    • The Navigators (elder Atenists who serve in roles much akin to lay ministers, religious teachers, advisers and guides for the local communities).

    • The Laity
Q: Do Orthodox Atenists believe in reincarnation?

A: Not in the sense that some other religions teach. Our sacred texts teach that there is a reincarnation of some individuals for specific purposes.

Q: You say Akhenaten and Smenkhkare are the directors of Atenism; is this a person who has simply taken the historical names and is using them to lead this faith?

A: No. The same Akhenaten and Smenkhkare who administer the Temple of Aten and direct Atenists worldwide are the very same ones from 4000 years ago.

Q: If Akhnaten was directing Atenism, wouldn’t that make Him over 4000 years old? Wouldn’t he be dead by now?

A: Akhenaten is immortal. In governing the religion himself, he ensures no false teachings and deviations are promoted under the banner of Orthodox Atenism.

Q: I have only seen artist renderings of Akhenaten on your site and in books; if, as you say, Akhenaten is directing the Temple, then how come we cannot see him?

A: In most cases, Akhenaten governs the religion and the Atenists from the Horizon of Light, a celestial realm created by Akhenaten Himself. This realm exists in close proximity to our own but imperceptible by most people. Akhenaten sends his messages to the world through his son-consort Smenkhkare, the prophets and the renunciates of Orthodox Atenism. Through these liaisons, Atenists are aware of God's Will in real-time. An immense gift that no true Atenist should ever take for granted.

Q: Do you beleive Akhenaten to be a god?

A: No. From the Orthodox Atenist perspective, while Akhnaten is an eternal being who creates all life in the universe as He faithfully serves Aten, he is not a god or part of a godhead to be worshipped in the same manner as Aten. Akhenaten is a creation like all life but Akhenaten is the King of all Creation.

Q: Is Atenism sun worship?

A: No. Aten is the One God of the Universe. Transcendent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent. Aten is beyond the bounds of human conception or understanding on any level. The only way in which humanity can even come close to a basic understanding of Aten is through symbolic representation. The image of the sun above our world is not just a sun but it represents life and sustenance. All life on our planet is sustained by the life giving rays of the sun and without the sun, life on this planet would cease to exist. But this is a symbol for the life giving power and care in which Aten gives all life on this world, it does not mean Aten is the sun. If this were so, we would have to ask, why only this sun? and not the countless other suns in the universe, what about the other worlds in the Omniverse (the collection of all universes and planes of reality), doesn't Aten watch over them as well? The answer is "Of course". Aten creates and sustains all things. It is that, for us, we are centered on life in the here and now. Aten is with us always and sustains us in each and every moment.

Whether it be the physical sun in the sky, or an artistic representation of the sun and the life giving rays, these are gifts given to humanity so that we may try to comprehend that which is incomprehensible.

Sun worship, as in viewing the physical orb of the sun as a sentient god would be paganism just like if a person were to bestow godhood to the moon, or a planets or a cloud, a mountain, a rock, tree or shrub.

Q: Can Atenists mix Atenism with paganism like Wicca and ancient Greek religions?

A: The worship of anything that is not God Himself is considered idolatry - a forbidden practice in the Religion of Light. One can not be a "Wiccan" and an Atenist at the same time. Neither should one incorporate imagery of paganism and "foreign gods" and "false deities" with their home altar and other external forms of worship.