Two things I found interesting reading this chapter is that over the years, Christianity has gone down two percent since the 1900’s in popularity and Islam’s numbers has skyrocketed by ten percent. This was due to high birth rates in highly Islamic countries. But, with Christianity going down two percent, that was only nominal practitioners as well.
The Greek Gods: Tyranny in Exchange for Power Throughout the evolution of society, one idea has stayed the same. That is the belief that we need to consistently be the best and the most powerful. We use this as a measure of self-worth and the foundation of the social hierarchy. The hierarchical nature of society drives this motivation of people to do everything it takes to reach the top. Our commitment can be so incredibly devout that we lose more than we gain on the search for this sense of power.
In each story, the people worship some God; maybe even more than one. The text Popol Vuh states “Name now our names, praise us...speak, pray to us, keep our days.” Genesis does not contain an unequivocal quote that involves them worshipping God, but it can be implied by the command he gives them to take care of all his
Everyone can have a different ideas about what the gods love or the gods hate. Another thing that could be argued is what is truly the definition of holy and unholy, again people are going to differ. Euthyphro’s third definition is partially stronger than the second but it still raises the same negative questions and differences in opinion and Socrates brings up in his
The Resemblance of Gods and Humans Throughout all religions, gods have always been seen as superior in every way possible. The division between humans and gods has always been prevalent and prominent. However, when the actions and motives of these gods are truly analyzed, it will become evident that the gods of Greek Mythology merely behave as humans with supernatural powers.
In the epic poem The Odyssey, Homer portrays Greek gods and goddesses as possessing human qualities and faults. Through their actions and emotions, Homer emphasizes the detrimental effects of lust, envy, wrath, and greed in ancient Grecian society. He also never fails to remind readers of the importance of respect for holy figures because of their powerful abilities to create chaos and wonder". Homer wants to prove that gods and humans share a variety of traits, and the only difference is that god don’t allow these flaws negatively to impact their society. To help further his argument, we can compare Greek gods and goddesses to that of Christianity.
A key element of the relationship between the divine powers in the two religious systems and humanity was the way the divine powers were portrayed by mankind. In ancient Mesopotamia, the divine powers were described as “destructive storms and evil winds”, “seven gods of universal sway” and “seven evil gods”, this shows that the Mesopotamians used characteristics of nature to represent their gods. In addition, these descriptive features have quite negative connotations associated with them; they lead us to believe that these gods were extremely powerful, nefarious, and dominant, as a result, mankind would worship them out of great fear. In the Mesopotamian religious system humans referred to themselves as ‘servants’, “O lord, do not cast aside thy servant!” , this shows that
Socrates said that Euthyphro had previously stated that “gods are in a state of discord…and that they are at enmity with each other” (Socrates, 8). Socrates also says: “Then according to your argument, my good Euthyphro, different gods consider different things to be just, beautiful, ugly, good, and bad, for they would not be at odds with one another unless they differed about these subjects would they?... They like what each of them considers beautiful, good, and just, and hate that opposite of these?” (Socrates, 9). Euthyphro agrees, proving that certain things disputed by the gods would be both pious and impious due to the fact that different gods consider different things to be holy.
People ignore that and believe they can be their own gods. This is not right because Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” Meaning that the only way to not end up in Hell is to except Jesus Christ into your heart. “It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to
The relationships between the Greek gods and mortals have always been complicated. The gods can be generous and supportive, but also harsh and destructive towards the humans. They claim to be all powerful beings with unlimited power and influence, but in truth, they are far more human than they are perceived. They meddle with human lives, not because they are wise, but because of their own selfish reasons. In Homer’s
Not completely satisfied by Euthyphro’s definition that, “Piety, then, is that which is dear to the gods”, Socrates pointed out that gods were known to disagree and argue; therefore, they may not have had unified opinion on what is holy. To further frustrate Euthyphro, Socrates continued his argument by asking the following question, “Holy is beloved by the gods because it’s
This shows that the Byzantines’ loyalty to God is far superior than loyalty to any living man. Furthermore, the Romans would never be loyal to one God, and would also praise the government over any of the Gods in their pantheon. The Romans believed that their emperor was the most
Humans are like puppets; they have the freedom of choice however their decisions are constantly interfered by the gods. The god’s are given respect due to their extreme power, as mortals know, if offended a god, one would most likely have to face severe consequences. Nonetheless, the gods are not all powerful, as they have emotions that drive them hence weakens them. In Ancient Greek society, having the gods in your favor played a critical role in peoples daily lives, as the gods would extremely influence decision, have significant power over one’s fate, and have direct involvement in the lives of humans. “Father Zeus, is there any mortal left on the wide earth who will still declare to the immortals his mind and his purpose?