Jehovah Vs. Zeus

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Jehovah vs. Zeus God and Zeus have very few similarities, if any at all. God is an infinite, personal, righteous God, whose sole care is centered on mankind. Zeus, in contrast, is finite, impersonal, and unrighteous, caring only about his own selfish desires. This essay is going to contrast Jehovah, the God of the Bible, and Zeus, god of the Greeks. The Bible talks a lot about God’s love, peace, and saving grace, but the Iliad and Odysseys only mentions what Zeus wants to do that would benefit him, not others. As well as, Zeus never gives grace or mercy to someone because they ask, but only if it is necessary. Some may say these two gods are equally powerful, but they would be wrong. One way Jehovah is infinite is in the fact…show more content…
There are plenty of examples when God personally interacted with man, but seeing that there are so many here is just one: “So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.’” (Genesis 32:30) In Genesis 32, Jacob is wrestling with God. After a little while God stopped and just simply touched Jacob’s hip, causing Jacob to be forever limping. This is an example of a personal, up-close encounter with God. And because God does this, He is to be considered a personal God. The Iliad and the Odyssey, in their entireties, never mentioned Zeus personally talking or interacting with humans. “Now Zeus who views the wide world sent a sign to him, launching a pair of eagles from a mountain crest...” (Homer. Odyssey 2.155-156) Like the quote said, he always either sends a sign of some sort, or he just sends a messenger. God loves everyone. “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5) He loves everyone so much He created a plan, before time itself began, in order to save the ones He loves. Zeus does not love anyone, not even his own child. “‘Do not come whining here, you two-faced brute, most hateful to me [Zeus] of all Olympians.’” (Iliad 5.1015-1016) That is in no way love! Zeus was…show more content…
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) God is truth and as His nature is truth, He is incapable of lies Does lying not make a god unrighteous? If it does, then Zeus is not a righteous god. . “‘O Father Zeus, you, even you, turn out to be a liar...’” (Iliad 12.185-186) God, however, is just. “Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until he pleads my case and upholds my cause. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness. (Micah 7:9) 2 Thessalonians 1:6 also attests to this, as well as in Genesis 12:3 by stating that no one cursing a person will go unpunished. Zeus promises blessings and curses on a whim. There is no justice in his reasoning. In the upcoming quote, Zeus is asking the other gods how they should end the war, and instead of using reason for this decision, he just allows anything to be done. He does not care one way or another what happens. “Let us then consider how this affair may end: shall we again bring on the misery and din of war, or make a pact of amity between them? If only all of you were pleased to see it, life might go in Priam’s town, while Menelaos took Helen of Argos home.” (Iliad

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