Your neighbor two houses to the left thinks that the President is a great military leader who wants to make everyone American by conquest. He believes the President is always right in everything he does, even when the citizens don’t understand or disagree. We must always submit to the President, he tells you. He relates to you a secret plan the President has to revoke the old constitution and replace it with a new one because, he says, the new one was corrupted by bureaucrats over the years.
According to your logic, there MUST be only one current President of the United States at this time, because although this neighbor says something very peculiar about him, and even despite that your other neighbors only repeat what are commonly held notions about him, this neighbor is telling you what he seems to have contrived or imagined about “the President,” but it’s still the same president, according to you, of whom he is speaking.
When you ask this neighbor where he got this unique information about the president, he tells you a secret messenger from the President, a supernatural being named Jabber woke him up in the middle of the night when he was alone in his tent out in the woods. He claims Jabber told him to write down the new constitution and to begin convincing everyone that it is the President’s plan. Your neighbor leans over to you and quietly admits he hasn’t gotten around to doing that yet, but will get some secretaries to do so when the time is right.
You ask him if he watches the news on TV or reads any newspapers. He responds that he does sometimes but because all the channels have been politically corrupted he only believes what Jabber told him to be true about the President. Oh, and he adds the President hates the idea of religious liberty because everyone ought to submit to him and his new constitution. He also confides that he loves the President’s purple hair and how the spikes give the President an aura of bravado and determination.
Since you insist that even if Christians and Moslems believe differently about God, there is still only one God, then the same applies to the POTUS being promoted by this neighbor. Even if all your neighbors believe different things about the POTUS, no matter how far-fetched, there still can only be one POTUS. That’s your logic. I’m following your line of reasoning.
So, does this guy believe in the same POTUS as everyone else?
Personally, I have a difficult time thinking that he does.