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  • When CHIM says "God is love", who are they talking about? Akatosh? Kynareth? Anu? Vivec? There are many Elder Scrolls deities, and it's so hard to figure out which one is being talked about here.

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    • Well it is what it sounds like. It's not associated with any particular deity. To know love is to know God. The more you read and learn about CHIM, the more it becomes clear.

      CHIM is about transcendence and learning that everything from Auriel to Molag Bal, to every blade of grass, to every butterfly, is all one. You are everything, and everything is you. And this is understood by viewing the tower (Or the wheel, which is basically the Universe) and viewing it from the side. A wheel, when seen from the side, forms the letter 'I'. Therefore, I am the Universe.

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    • I'm a Christian, and at my church, one of the songs we sing has lyrics of which state "Love one another, for love is of God. He who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is Love." The page about CHIM states that 'CHIM is often associated with Love, which seemingly connects it to the concept of God actually being "Love."' and I think that the god the page is referring to is the Christian God.

      Just my personal opinion, I'm not claiming to know anything for sure.

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    • Dragonborn Josh wrote: I'm a Christian, and at my church, one of the songs we sing has lyrics of which state "Love one another, for love is of God. He who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is Love." The page about CHIM states that 'CHIM is often associated with Love, which seemingly connects it to the concept of God actually being "Love."' and I think that the god the page is referring to is the Christian God.

      Just my personal opinion, I'm not claiming to know anything for sure.

      So you think the universe will become monotheistic?

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    • Not quite. I don't think the page was referring to an Elder Scrolls god. I simply think the lore-creators took inspiration from Christain concepts when creating the lore behind CHIM.

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    • I'd say CHIM is inspired from Buddhism, not Christianity.

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    • @CatholicPrincess15

      To clarify Purrington's point, Buddhism (and Hinduism) have this idea that everything is part of the same dream, including the gods (or at least some of them in the case of Hinduism), and to achieve Nirvana or freedom from existence/suffering one has to realise this fact and "wake up" from the dream by resolving karma, which ends the cycle of death and rebirth of the soul.  Of course, Vivec's twist on this concept is that the enlightenment one should seek is not waking up and dissolving the self (achieving "zero-sum") but to persist in the dream by reconciling the individual self with the collective self (i.e. CHIM) and making of the dream what one wills, perhaps going on to achieve Amaranth through loving others and sacrificing oneself to create a new dream.  The idea of Amaranth does sound somewhat Christian, though.

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