Most Christians or those religions that follow the basic principles of the Bible believe in the stories told in the Bible. In fact, these stories are usually regarded not only as mere stories, but also as actual historical accounts of important people, events, and concepts of the Christian faith. However, stories of Greek and Roman mythology are typically regarded as nothing more than fictional, fantasy stories. The idea that Ancient Greeks viewed these stories to be their religion seems insane to many people of Biblical Faith. This idea seems to cast a stigma of irrationality, almost ignorance, upon the Ancient Greeks. Although placing this stigma on a long-dead culture may seem to be unimportant to much of the contemporary world, it is important because this long-dead culture represents the history of a large portion of the world. The Ancient Greek empire was much more vast than modern-day Greece. Just as many Americans would find it offensive to have their history viewed as irrational and ignorant, it seems logical that Greeks might as well. Therefore, it is necessary to try and understand that both Ancient Greeks and Ancient Christians may have held similar beliefs about the world they were living in. The fact is that Greek myths contain unrealistic and unbelievable characters, events, and other elements, but upon comparison of Greek mythology with different Biblical accounts, it is apparent that some parallels between the two do exist, and that the Ancient Greeks view of the events of the early world are very similar to the views of both ancient and contemporary Christians. The following similarities are by no means a full accounting, but a mere summary of a vastly larger ideal between two religions.
The similarities begin with the creation stories, although these similarities are very minimal. In both the Christian creation story, Genesis, and in many accounts of the Ancient Greek creation story, the earth began with darkness and nothingness- a void, or Chaos, as known to the Greeks (Genesis 1:2; Tripp 159). This Chaos was the bearer meaning that he gave birth to of Ge; earth, Tartarus; underworld, Eros; love and sex, Erebus; darkness, and Nyx; night (Tripp 159). In the Christian creation story, God is the parallel to the Greek Chaos in that he invents the same things with the exception of an underworld; the creation of Adam and Eve and their later reproduction could be comparable to Eros as Chaos bore (Genesis 1:1-18). However, unlike Chaos, God is not a void of nothingness, but the beginning of all things. God also remains the ruler of the entire world in Biblical stories, while the Greek Chaos is displaced by several actual divine beings, the most important and permanent of those being Zeus (Tripp 606; Hesiod 2-3).
There is also a slight similarity in the separation or breakdown in mans relationships with God and Zeus, later chief god of the ancient Greeks. Although the offenses in each case were very different, both falls from grace were the products of trickery, deceit, and temptation. In both cases, the temptation was in the form of food (Genesis 3:1-6; Tyrell and Brown 15). Probably the most important similarity in the two falls, however, is the negative role that Woman plays in each. In the Bible, woman actually leads man to the fall from grace and as the punishment for that is exile from the Garden of Eden, while Greek mythology cites that Woman was the punishment to man from Zeus (Genesis 3:6-24, Hesiod 4). In the ancient Greek culture, Woman was designed to make man miserable (Hesiod 4). Although she plays different roles, Woman eventually bears the blame for all human suffering and sorrow in both stories (Tyrell and Brown 17).
In both the Ancient Greek and Christian accounts of the early world, there exist stories of great floods that destroyed most of humankind (Genesis 7; Tripp 608). In the Bible's version of the flood, God becomes frustrated with the wickedness of the world and decides to destroy the earth with a flood, although it saddens him to do so (Genesis 6:5-7). However, God found Noah to be a good and just man, and he asked Noah to build an ark that would float upon the waters (Genesis 6:9-14). On the ark, Noah was to take his wife, three sons, their wives, and two of every living creature (Genesis 6:18-22). In this way God could be sure that the world would be repopulated. In the Greek flood story, Zeus becomes very angry with men and decides to destroy them as revenge for their impieties (Tripp 608). His intention is to destroy all of mankind. However, Prometheus, who tells his son, Deucalion, to build an ark so Deucalion and his wife could escape Zeus' wrath, thwarts Zeus attempt. In this story, Prometheus assures that mortal life will go on. Although the stories are different in some aspects, the parallels show that both the Ancient Greeks and followers of the Christian faith seem to agree that a great flood was a significant event in the early years of the world. As well, they both believe that someone survived this flood by building an ark and living there until the flood subsided. These people survived in order to continue human life.
War was also a common characteristic of both the Ancient Greek world and of the Biblical world. For example, the Trojan War is a major event in Greek history, and is recorded most famously in Homer's Iliad. The gods always seemed to play important roles in this war, especially Zeus, Ares the god of war, and the other Olympians the gods and goddesses living on Mount Olympus (Homer 404-405). Wars between Greek city-states were also common occurrences, with gods and goddesses almost always involved in them in some way. Similarly, the Bible accounts many stories of wars between different countries and religious groups. One of the most famous examples is the war between the Philistines and the Israelites (Samuel, 1:17). In this war, God interfered and sent the small shepherd boy David to save the Israelites (Samuel, 1:17). David does so by defeating the giant Goliath, a feat he would not have been able to accomplish without God's help (Samuel 17:46-52). These examples show the cross-cultural belief that war was an important event in the ancient world, and the gods God played significant roles in these wars.
Prophecies of the overthrowing of rulers were frequent events in both Greek mythology and in Biblical stories. In both cultures these prophecies usually lead to the attempted suppression, usually murder in Bible stories, of the group that the over thrower will supposedly come from. This suppression rarely worked. For instance, the Greek god Cronus was told that one of his children would conquer and overthrow him (Tripp, 177). In a desperate attempt to prevent this, Cronus swallowed each of his children as they were born (Tripp, 177). However, through deceit and trickery, Cronus' wife Rhea manages to bear and hide the youngest child, who grows and conquers his father (Tripp, 177). This child is Zeus. He frees his brothers and sisters and then seizes his father's power, becoming chief of gods (Tripp 177, 705). The most important example in the Bible of this same type of prophecy is directed at Herod, who was King at the time that Jesus was born (Matthew 2). When three wise men tell Herod that the King of Jews was to be born that night, Herod demands that the three find where the baby was to be born and report back to him (Matthew 2:1-9). When the wise men fail to do so, he orders that all newborn boys in Bethlehem be killed (Matthew 2:16). However, Jesus escaped this fate because God tells Joseph, Jesus' earthly father, to take the baby and its mother to Egypt until the time that Herod dies (Matthew 2:13). Both the Christians and Ancient Greeks found these prophecies to be important parts of their histories.
These are only the big similarities. There are many smaller ones. The previous examples show that Christian and Ancient Greek histories of the origins and events of the ancient world are not as different as many people may think. Both have floods, wars, and prophecies. Both cultures believe in the nothingness that existed before everything else. Most importantly, both cultures have their own beliefs, the most significant of these being their gods or God.
The similarities are so parallel one must wonder as to the actual origin of these stories. They had to come from somewhere. If the Bible holds so many similarities to Greek and Roman mythology, it causes one to question the actual relevance of the Bible. Christians believed and still believe to this day that those who worship other gods are heretical and pagan. Although Christians refuse to accept that these stories are not historical accounts written by God through man, one cannot discount the likeness of both the stories of the Greek Gods and that of the Bible. Christians may have to see that their beliefs may be more similar to Ancient Greek beliefs than what was previously thought. A historian cannot look past the facts, all of which are written in a book cherished by so many. The historian can prove that the fall of Rome was credited partly to the rise of Christianity, and the Christianity that we know today had to start from somewhere. One may even go so far as to say the stories in the bible are stories of Greek mythology changed to suit the belief system of new religion; Christianity.
Authors Note: This by no means defends or discredits any belief. It is merely an observation of history, be it myth or truth. All beliefs are sacred and are to be respected. Please be respectful of each other when discussing topics such as these. Your words are your power. We all have a right to what we believe.
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Yannis on December 18, 2016:
A great book to find similarities is from Mihalis Kalopoulos Biblical Religion the Great Lie
Here is an expert from the introduction
Even from the first verses of the Bible, questions arise spontaneously because of the obvious similarities between the biblical and other surviving Theogonies of the ancient world, which we will examine in detail. Our first striking example comes from the surviving ancient texts attributed to Hermes Trismegistusvi. The comparison of the biblical text of Genesis with the texts attributed to Hermes Trismegistus is just a starting point for our intense quest for truth.
Hermes Trismegistus was a person veiled in myth and the authorship of his works has been contested. Many sources point to him as an author of books of infinite wisdom, safeguarded for centuries in the Egyptian temples in Egyptian hieroglyphs, as the written records of Egyptian wisdom, unsurpassed by anything else written in the antique world. He was credited with many inventions including writing, medicine and with the discovery of basic skills such as agriculture and the creation of organized communities, gifts that were essential for the survival and prosperity of those early human communities.
Hermes’ texts belong to the valuable legacy of Greek scholarship; Manethon, a priest of ancient Heliopolis vii in cooperation with the Greek Timotheos supposedly translated the original Hermetic Books viii written in Egyptian hieroglyphs that were astonishingly old; according to Manethon’s own calculations, they dated from several thousands of years B.C. In one of his books, Manethon wrote to King Ptolemy II:
“According to your order (to translate from the Egyptian Hieroglyphs) you will be handed the sacred books, written by our ancestor Hermes Trismegistus” ix.
Cyril of Alexandria wrote that Hermes measured and divided the land of Egypt into lots, constructed canals along the Nile for irrigation and improved the practice of agriculture with the life-giving waters of the river. His assistance allowed the Egyptians to achieve a high level of social organization with the introduction of law, logic, numbers, geometry and astronomy.
“Worthy of mention and of everlasting fame is our Hermes who was also called Trismegistus... he divided the land of Egypt into lots and irrigated the entire land by means of canals, he issued laws and put down his thoughts in writing, invented geometry and delivered a catalogue of the heavenly stars” x.
Johannes Damascenus refers unambiguously to Hermes’ Greek descent: “To the Greeks were born the wisest of men, not twice but thrice as wise (as other men) like Hermes the so called Trismegistus” xi.
Stobaeus completes our knowledge of the extraordinary abilities of Hermes:
“The secret legislation of God, the sciences and achievements were taught to them (to his pupils) by Hermes, so they became humanity’s instructors and lawmakers” xii.
According to several authorities, it was the religious proposals, ideas and statements of Hermes Trismegistus that supplied the raw material for the great religions of West and East.
The Hermetic texts, despite the controversy concerning their origin and the indisputable presence of later, interpolated elements in them are significant in this respect: when we studied the Hermetic texts, in the form in which they have reached us xiii we were astonished to find in those texts complete sections that were quite similar to the biblical texts. When we assembled these widely dispersed fragments with the biblical text serving as a template, we ended up with a narrative surprisingly parallel to the book of Genesis. This means that whoever compiled the biblical book of Genesis must have borrowed elements from the Hermetic texts to produce his synopsis of Theogony and Anthropogony rather than the opposite.
Had the relevant parallel sections found in Hermes’ texts been copied from the Bible, they would have been kept together or artfully assembled to constitute a meaningful narrative rather than be dispersed in the way that we find them in the Hermetic texts. Here are the relevant sections, assembled from Hermes’s texts with the Bible as a template:
Thus wrote Hermes:
“The beginning of all beings is God, of mind, nature and Matter... All beings were undefined and unformed...
A vast darkness existed over the abyss... Water and spirit, delicate and thoughtful created by divine force roamed the Chaos When a holy light was lit...” Hermes Trismegistus C.H.3.1.2 xiv
Here is the corresponding biblical text:
“In the beginning God created the sky and the Earth. And the Earth was obscured and unformed
darkness reigned over the abyss The spirit of God roamed over the water
and God said: “Let there be light”.
Bible Genesis 1.1-3
Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on November 28, 2015:
Very nicely done. It always amazes me that in modern times the myths of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Norse are laughed at, but the Judeo-Christian myths are considered--by their believers--to be 100% true. They don't see how their sacred stories are so similar to the stories of other cultures.
Samar on February 15, 2015:
Thanks for your interest! At the top menu, click on Products Page. A sbeaidr menu will appear, click on Free Kid's Bible Activities That should tell you which stories and projects are available that week for free download. Some of the booklets are written at a very beginning level while others are more advanced. I haven't been including a reading level designation as the pictures can moderate them down and the teacher's additional commentary can moderate them up as needed. The Bible survey workbook works for upper elementary and some Jr. High.The Prayerfulliving,com site does post some stories each week for anyone to access. The whole archive is available to members only. They also have a couple dozen lesson plans and support material for pre-readers. I hope that helps, Kim
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leah on February 23, 2014:
Also heaven = the elesian fields and hell = tarturus, if your bad or if your good, i get why these stories were created perhaps because humans need guidance and disciple.
helene on February 10, 2014:
It needs a lot of looking into though... but religion as you call it is all around us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_SG3Hg2Q8c
helene on February 10, 2014:
I will tell you why: The revelations of the bible are 4000 years old and not 2000 years old. The OT is older and the devil knows how to read... There is so much more to the picture but I will just explain that one is real and the other one is counterfeit in order to discredit the bible. Look at the world and get a glimpse of how it really works. Controlled by the roman empire and roman church (prophecized in the bible), under demonic control, lying spirits, all church and religions are false (all told in the bible) and take a look at false doctrine. Compare biblical doctrine to roman, or any other. They all discredit Jesus, the main point. Take a look around. So it does not discredit the bible, Jesus was predicted 2000 years before he was born, everything about him was predicted, even the pharisees did not understand this and yet they fulfilled the prophecies about him being murdered with a spear going into his flesh etc. It is so accurate it could not be coincidence. The other religions however are full of myths, similar, but just to discredit the real truth. From the devil himself, liar and a thief. Take a closer look, it will help.
stranger on November 10, 2013:
Richard Zeile from Dearborn, Michigan on September 11, 2013:
Christianity and myth address the same human needs, just as various drugs address the same human body, some in similar ways. Christianity claims to be the true medicine while others may have elements of truth, but will ultimately fail.
Truth Matters on September 11, 2013:
I have also read that all cultures have a flood story. I would like to add that "Christianity" did not invent the biblical flood story. It was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, texts of the Old Testament, which pre-dated Christianity by about 200 years.
Nick from Wv on August 18, 2013:
Here are what I find to be enlightening quotes concerning existence, man-made religion, and censorship from the late Frank Zappa. He was an independent thinker, nondrinker, and definitely not a hoodwinker.
"Well, I believe that those energies and processes exist. I just don't think that they've been adequately described or adequately named yet, because people are too willing to make it all into something that supports a religious theory of one flavor or another. If you start defining these things in nuts-and-bolts scientific terms, people reject it because it's not fun, y'know. It takes some of the romance out of being dead ... because of people's desires to have eternal life and to extend their influence from beyond the grave ..."
"The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your f__ing mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions."
"The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. "You eat this apple, you're going to be as smart as God. We can't have that.""
"So, when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, if you go for all these fairy tales, that "evil" woman convinced the man to eat the apple, but the apple came from the Tree of Knowledge. And the punishment that was then handed down, the woman gets to bleed and the guy's got to go to work, is the result of a man desiring, because his woman suggested that it would be a good idea, that he get all the knowledge that was supposedly the property and domain of God. So, that right away sets up Christianity as an anti-intellectual religion. You never want to be that smart. If you're a woman, it's going to be running down your leg, and if you're a guy, you're going to be in the salt mines for the rest of your life. So, just be a dumb f__k and you'll all go to heaven. That's the subtext of Christianity."
"My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can."
"Children are naïve -- they trust everyone. School is bad enough, but, if you put a child anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you're asking for trouble."
"The establishment of a rating system, voluntary or otherwise, opens the door to an endless parade of moral quality control programs based on things certain Christians do not like. What if the next bunch of Washington wives demands a large yellow "J" on all material written or performed by Jews, in order to save helpless children from exposure to concealed Zionist doctrine?"
"There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it."
"There's also no medical proof that if you hear any collection of vowels and consonants, that the hearing of that collection is going to send you to Hell."
"Information doesn't kill you."
"If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your sh_t, then YOU DESERVE IT."
"I never set out to be weird. It was always the other people who called me weird."
"It has never mattered to me that thirty million people might think I'm wrong. The number of people who thought Hitler was right did not make him right...
Why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?"
"The whole Universe is a large joke.
Everything in the Universe are just subdivisions of this joke.
So why take anything too serious."
"So long as somebody gets a laugh out of it, what the f__k?"
....and, the last quote below I include, not because it has anything to do with the above, but because I find it amusing and quite correct.
"People make a lot of fuss about my kids having such supposedly 'strange names', but the fact is that no matter what first names I might have given them, it is the last name that is going to get them in trouble."
Michael on August 01, 2013:
Zeus, Hercules?....Equals the fallen ones, Nephilim...that the bible speaks of with amazing strength and power. They will be back in the form of UFO's with some amazing technology and what was before will be again as Soloman had mentioned in Ecclesiastes. Just as we see the mixing of DNA as was done in the past...Sphinx... (modern day human ear on mouses back) These are the end times and what was before the flood will be again....just as the wickedness in the days of NOAH...so here we are again....to a greater degree
Juan on July 14, 2013:
Really to speak of Mythology, it seems that we are talking about a fantasy. However, we forget that the Iliad tells of Mycenae, Troy,... and there they are, they were reality. Not only the Bible.
desiree on June 21, 2013:
i think this is awesome and every thing Ive been thinking for awhile... it makes you think that people are so naive and so easy to trust the word of something they really have no idea about. I think it is no that the bible and Greek gods are so intertwined I think that its one in the same. Just beliefs from different time periods. As well as the any other religion for that matter.. Buddhism, Christianity, Greek mythology they all have an hierarchy that is very similar which is very fascinating and intriguing
Nathan on May 03, 2013:
-Misspellings and bad grammar also cause wars. Sorry.
Nathan on May 03, 2013:
^reviewed what I wrote, and, really, I didn't mean a couple things in the manner that I said them.
The end point is... Have Faith in whatever you want, as Long as you don't put down a different Faith from your own. Beleive in the Ctkulu if you want, just don't say that it's a better religion than someine else's. That makes you a Bigot. ...and, well, that's what causes relgious wars.
Guns don't kill people, and neither does Religion.
-Bigots and dumbasses do, though.
---People who hate bigots and dumbasses,
---also get to kill people sometimes, but
---would usually rather pass on going to prison,
Nathan on May 03, 2013:
The comments on this page make me lose faith in the human race. ANYONE with a preconceived and unchangeable view of the world is ignorant. The only way to gain knowledge in this life, is to have the ability to realize that what you knew before was incorrect, and what you know now is a little bit more correct.
The written Torah (Old Testament) predates written Hellenic Polytheism. Yes. Mostly, HOWEVER, because anything outside of household (polytheistic) deity worship for the Greeks was not fully recorded other than through oral tradition until Hesiod wrote down in -summary- about a thousand years of Oral tradition in his work "The Theogony", circa 700 B.C. (That work was also said to be divinely inspired, by the way, by the Muses... just saying, keep reading:)
Neither the origin of the Old Testament nor the oral tradition of Hellenic Polytheism predate the other. Judaism was the basis for both Islam and Christianity.
(To use a slightly more correct language, the Tanakh/Torah predates what you understand as the 'Bible' and the Quran... was getting annoyed at the individuals misusing their language before me.)
However, both the faiths of Monotheism of Judaism and Hellenic Polytheism stem from other faith traditions.
Actually, in fact, Judaism was originally a polytheistic religion, having a complementary 'Mother' deity to accompany the one true God. The monotheistic branch of Judaism won in the end, and took over recording the history of their religion, so of course most uneducated people couldn't comprehend this fact. Continuing on...
Somebody had it correct when they stated that both the Jewish and Hellenic faiths came from the civilization of Sumer; whose religion predates all and nullifies All of your fucking arguements. Not saying that either the Jewish or Hellenic faiths are incorrext, however!
A personal ancedote; I personally have Faith in God. However, there's alot missing in the Old Testament, such as the Nephillim, and why did Luscifer not just mate with Eve to create a race of beings superior to Humans, the sons of Adam? Don't come at me with anatomically corrext depictions of Angels, either. You've never seen an Angel that I haven't also seen. I digress. The Hellenic faith, the stories of demi-gods, and ESPECIALLY the greek Hesoid's round-about summary of the five Ages of Man make ALOT of sense. Especially makes sense to anyone approaching religious history (which, is really our only source of ancient history, btw!) from a rational perspective.
When it comes to understanding things that we can't see, precisely calculate, or measure with our hands... Faith and Science begin to have much more in common, by the way.
Humans of ancient civilizations were physically superior to us. They had to be in order to survive. Did they live longer? No. Did they have modern medicine or technology? No. Therefore, as survivalists, the average ancient man was physically superior than our average.
They obviously were more intelligent. As far as critical thinking goes. Our scientists cannot fathom building Stonehenge or the Pyramids, let alone a true Tower of Babel or something mentioned in the Old Testament. They did not have technology, or machinery, or modern science. And yet, they could solve problems in ways thatnwe cannot comprehend.
Pretend that you were taken away at birth and placed on an isolated island with others from our society at birth... who the hell on that island is going to be smart enough to INVENT LANGUAGE without even knowing what language is, in a timely manner before everyone kills eachother for food? I couldn't. You couldn't either. Could include a thousand other examples, but that one is good enough, think about it. The average person in ancient civilization was more intelligent than we are, or depending on your definition of that, had atleast a higher ability in critical thinking and problem solving.
Therefore... who is to say that some of those stories weren't absolutely true? Both Biblical and Greek? A 'heroic age' of Man... (as described by Hesoid... and also during the unrecorded history of the reign of the Nephillim)... where some men were revered as demigods, with skills that far surpass our own modern and limited comprehension? Who is to say that real individuals such as Zeus or Hermes or Aphrodite didn't really exist?! Granted, not as gods, and way less dramatic, but far more Athletic and Intelligent than our modern understanding of how we view ourselves as humanity? If you met the real-life person that the story of Odysseus was based on, for example, would you not view him as a *little* more god-like than you or I? How many men did he kill with his bare hands? Haha.
Just saying. Judeo-Christian-Islamic Monotheism and Hellenic Polytheism can both fit in with each other, just fine. Zeus got really pissed off at the start of the Iron Age (as defined by Hesoid... look up his five ages of man, and read about his book!) because of how defiant the men of the Heroic Age were... decided to banish the other gods to Tartarus, and declared himself the All-Mightly Lord. Then began to change, slowly, and eventually allow us to be forgiven through Jesus Christ. Adam and Eve were the first peoples of the Silver or Bronze age, or something.
Honestly, with how well the two styles of faith fit together (polytheism and monotheism)... you can't honestly believe in just one of them without being ignorant, or a bigot - either way, not wanting to accept what I've said, in one way or another, is just blind.
As I said at the beginning... the only way to gain knowledge in this life, is to have the ability to realize that what you knew before was incorrect, and what you know now is a little bit more correct.
Sure, there is one true God... but you can't deny the possibility that he might have had humans rewrite history a little bit later on to cover up the fact that he killed (or banished) off quite a few other divine beings along the way in his rise to being The All-Mighty. It's even kinda funny, thinking about how much the JudeoChristianIslamic writing states that he is the One True God.
Absolutely! The Torah, Bible, and Quran were written after people were visited by God's angels. Absolutely, let's go with that. Who is to say that he only said communicated that to us because he doesn't want to lose his throne? Or perhaps, because it's easier for us to understand and have faith in just Him, and he did that to help us out as a Humanity? or perhaps because it's better for us as a Humanity? (we still kill each other over who's God's name is the one true God though, so His plan kinda mighta not worked out as planned.) :(
Anyway; monotheists? you give yourself a bad name for being bigoted by not recognizing the validity and intelligence of Polytheism.
Why not just say "Sure. The greeks may have been right. But in that case, my God, whichever one He is, killed the weaker ones off, the False ones, to help us out as a Humanity. He is the One True God, and I'm glad that Greek religious history explained to us Monotheists why Polytheism was bad for humanity."
Ronnie on January 16, 2013:
Gen 6 explains the Greek god's mythology in all the detail that it deserves, just before Noah's flood took them out: Genesis 6
New International Version (NIV)
Wickedness in the World
6 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with[a] humans forever, for they are mortal[b]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Galactus Taa1 on October 18, 2012:
Fascinating topic. I was directed to this site via another and I'm glad I was. I signed up because I couldn't resist commenting. First off, we are all entitled to our beliefs and opinions, having differences is what makes each of us special. I applaud or differences yet I accept or factual similarities as human beings. However, now it is time for me to blemish "our" collective super-egos that are much greater than the sum of our universal significance.
Fact #1; we are the human race and we are all permanent residents of the third planet from the star called Sol/Sun which is called Earth/Gaea/Gaia.
Fact #2; the earth is a part of sol's solar system collective which in turn is a part of the MilkyWay system, and itself a part of the galactic collective which makes up the "known" universe.
The universe that we "known" is vast and ever expanding. It's so vast that many the stars you see in the sky no longer look the same as it's taken billions of years for that actual light to reach your eyes. Quick example - say a friend of yours took out their iPhone and opened the flashlight app. Then told you I'm going to head down the street and turn that app on for you see. Depending on how far down the street that friend went would determine the time it takes for you to see the light as it came on. The farther away they were the longer it would take for the light to be seen by you. But, this is where it gets fun, for the friend turning on the light their eyes would actual register the light fractions of seconds before you. This is the time/space relation. Now imagine that friend of yours traveling billions upon billions of miles away and you have the time it takes for that light of the app to reach you. I bring this quick example into play to really give us a perspective of just how vast the universe is and just how small we are in comparison. And I say this all to provide us with a contrast for how large our "egos" in relation to our significance to how small we are in relation to the universe. Now, before anyone says that I'm painting us as insignificant I will point out that even the smallest of constructions play large roles in maintaining properly functioning systems i.e.; the many trillion cells that make up your body and how important many of them are to keeping you alive.
Yet this circle shaped system of life is important and we are important in that sense.
But this entire "man" developed system of religion/mythology is by no means the end-all be-all of our existence. Because there are perceivable things (things which we all perceive) that are not supported by neither religion nor by modern science. Things like dreams, things like life and death. Both of those types of things are not easily explained and by convention are the unknown. Where do dreams come from? Why do you dream? Why do you die? Where does your "essence (personality, memories,etc) go? What is the actual "ignition" spark that brings consciousness into embryo?
All these questions challenge the limits of science and are not even addressed in religion/mythology other than by just saying "let there be etc, etc"
Well let's just look at that whole let there be phrase for one moment. I wanted to point out that in the Genesis creation story it actually starts by saying that man was created in "our" image. Uh, who is "our"? Our is a plural like "we" which lends to the association that God is not a single being. Is "our" the Holy Trinity? Well maybe, possibly. And in our "image" doesn't necessarily mean exactly like, it could mean similar as in a great dane is a dog but it's not a poodle. They are similar but they don't look alike. Hmmm...
I brought up dreams, let's discuss that for a moment. How are dream so vivid, and what makes your consciousness wander into some many different scenarios from dream to dream?
I guess it's time I get to my true point. Have any of us ever truly and I mean seriously considered that this entire thing we call existence is nothing more than but one of many existences. Science can't explain it and many scientist aren't ready to embrace it but there does appear to be evidence of a multi-verse. Is that where we get our dreams from? Are our dreams al apart of a enormous shared consciousness with the many other versions of you? Can it be that when we sleep we experience what our other you is experience in waking life at that moment and when your other versions of you sleep they experience your waking life. Hmmm, a massive multi-universal shared consciousness. Interesting possibly and even more interesting if we being a part of the universe are indeed apart of a system. Key word being system.
Each one of us visited this site and this site is part of a system called the internet. Which when broken down to basics is only possible thru numbers arranged into an operation system. Our body is an operation system with automatic operations that happen to maintain the system such as peeing, sleeping, eating etc. to manual systems which we provide the input for in order to elicit the next step i.e., picking your favorite color, to choosing which school to go to and deciding how something affects you in order that you effect those around you ( love, anger, etc). So being that systems are the staple on a universal scope is it possible that existence is a very immensely complex computer system that is analogous to each one of us having different computers that are connected to a greater network? Is every universe really actually a program that was created by this greater "intellect" that oversees all these universal sized programs? I hate to say it but if you do the math it very well possible to prove that at a certain point, sub-atomically, there could be found "pixelization". Also of note is that "if" computer are allowed to so-called evolve at an exponential rate "they" would not only eventually dominate the world but next the galaxy and finally the universe as they expanded their influence over the "system". Did that happen before? Is our universe a result of that computer growing beyond conventional comprehension? Could there once been "one" universe that grew beyond its' constraints and created other universes in its' own "image"?
Ultimately, none of us have the true answers to life and its origins and endings because it's above our pay grade and bigger than we can even grasp. But to say that one religion or any religions or mythologies are the one and true answer is just limiting as our earthly constraints are. We would be better off to keep an open mind and to seek further knowledge as we grow as human beings. The ideas and questions I have presented are nothing more than speculation just as any thing written by man or woman is speculation. Heck, two thousand years from now people could believe my speculations and it becomes a dogma lol. I guess it's best that respect each other and appreciate what time we all have just being alive. Worry about death and the existence of an after life after you're dead. Because that's when it's going to matter, no doubt. :)
ThelordIsmyshepard on October 16, 2012:
You people are so simple.
This is exactly what the devil wants people to be arguing over which religious is true and so on and so forth.
To me there is only one GOD and one devil. That is God the Father who created the Heavens and the Earth, God the Son who died on the Cross for us to save our sins - 'For the Wages of sin is DEATH' and God the Holy Spirit our comforter. And the devil is that star that fell from Heaven. 'O Lucifer how you have fallen'
This is exactly what the devil wants, he is occupying your minds with the things that mean nothing. Having you contemplate which religious is true. By the time you find out he will be laughing and praising himself on the excellent job he did to take so many people to the death with him.
What my point is, is that who cares about the similarities. So what that Greek is similar to this religion and that religion. STOP FOCUSING YOUR MINDS ON THE UNNECESSARY THINGS AND START FOCUSING YOUR MINDS ON THE NECESSARY THINGS.
People need to start asking the question WHY? because asking that question will find you the truth and the truth will set you free.
People need to ask the POPE why! cause the Pope will tell you straight.
Hurry cause time flies. It would have run out before you know it.
student on September 11, 2012:
Is this true?
student on September 11, 2012:
Is this true?
True on July 28, 2012:
Continue your research.
i_think_therefore_i_am on July 19, 2012:
Wow... great topic!... It really makes me think, therefore, I am! ;)....and it's good to be!
I cant help but ponder on the similarities. I think as humans, and as far as our belief in the after-life goes, it's natural to. Obviously we are here, obviously we exist, obviously something very, very special is occurring before our very eyes. The truth shall set us free!, what that truth is, is Faith. We will never 'know' the truth here on Earth! come on! this planet is full of deceit! It's everywhere! Obviously there are forces at play that we can not, and are not supposed to be able to comprehend.
Follow your heart, never stop learning, there is always more good than bad.
I am me, a few are strong, as one we are forever.
se on July 02, 2012:
For a moment, allow the Biblical Ark story to be true since the geology record presents layers and layers of sedimentary rocks that were layed down under water, quickly enough to create billions of fossils. If only 8 humans survived to leave the ark, what stories did they tell afterwards? Noah's son's wives were not righteous, only Noah was worth saving we are told, so what was their faith? How did the ancient pre-flood stories change as they were retold and never written as generations passed? Of course all religions have similar features, all cultures have a flood and creation story since all came from those 8 who told the tales originally. The Bible though is a very detailed and believable account as compared to most other stories that contain far fetched elements as truth was stretched into myth.
Jahiem on June 26, 2012:
If only we knew how connected we all are; It would be so great and peaceful if we stop from pushing down our own belief down peoples throats. It is very easy to prove that God does or doesnt exits and much more easier to prove that Greek, Roman and Bible teachings are just stories. The fact is, ( i Beleive) our current level of consciousness is not at that level where we can fully understand Creation. All we need is Love and the Golden Rule which I think everyone here can accept "Do unto others what you would have done to you". While we continue to search for the truth through our different mediums, please take with you your Higher-self so it can discern what you hear and read; and what resonates with you, this shall be your own truth. Everyone here as some great points and this only prove that we were raise dfferently, and our freedom of choice allows us to choose any path that is in accordance to our spiritual growth. Please be patient as the truth about our history will soon be revealed. And personally as I wait for that, I am looking in the skies for Star Brothers/Sisters and Cousins. Stay Focus.
Vonasmodeus on June 13, 2012:
What a load of BS honestly . . .
I've studied psychology and know enough to know that our minds is far greater than we could possibly imagine.
Eg. If we are fed stories told by our parents to be the Truth (Bible, Qua ran, Greek whatever...) no matter how far we may run from it or accept that we reject it, at the end of it all it would always be somewhere in our minds and thus our lives . . . thus all this opinions & comments on this blog incl. myself of course lol
Religion is based on story-telling and it starts targeting human minds at a young tender age when its most vulnerable, knowing that whatever path he/she takes those stories will influence & effect them forever . . .one way or the other.
Simple evidence to prove above - Between ages 15 to 18 people start smoking . . .no matter how much evidence, medical research & proven cases that it causes cancer . . .many people still smoke . . . now really compare this example to the one above in which you start religion from birth . . .
Think About it People . . .
何 on June 04, 2012:
trinity on May 29, 2012:
Bible has similarity to Hindu mythologies too. Hindu mythology talk about three gods and Christianity talks about trinity.
Trinitiy is relatively a new concept in Chritianity. The concept of trinity cannot be seen any where in old testament and so is the theory of father sending son to die for others. This also proves Christianity has changed even its basics and adapted to other mythologies to make it acceptable to surroundings even if that mean compromising even the basics. This could be seen in modern days also where you see gay priests.
Ali on May 06, 2012:
While there are many similarities between religious writings, you might consider one major difference. The Christian Bible is the only work to recognize Jesus as the Son of God. It is the only Book that says through repentance and accepting Jesus will you get to Heaven. There is nothing you have to do to get to Heaven, but to accept the free gift of Jesus.
Christos is playing poker! on April 08, 2012:
Hebrew history starts at 1300 BC,thats why Jewish myths cant predate Greek myths.Moses,an exiled Egyptian suffering from leprosy was the leader of all the exiled people of Egypt,suffering from various diseases.No Abraham exists.Its an imaginary character of Moses.
Whoami on April 07, 2012:
This topic actually has been on my mind for several years. So to keep my comment short, I'll add my 2 cents and let whoever reads this decide or research on their own. The Bible states that the fallen angles came to earth and had sex with women. I'm of the believe that the result of these relations is the birth of men and possibly women who possessed unique qualities ie: Goliath. It would not be a stretch to think that the offspring of the fallen angles performed great acts (not ordained by God) which could be the basis of tales of Hercules and other "demi-gods". Remember, even though there were written languages during this time period; most people were illiterate as education on that level was usually for the wealthy. Most of these tales were spoken and passed from generation to generation.
So much for keeping it short. But if you do explore faith in any form or like to challenge your mind as well as your beliefs, do so. Try not to pass judgement on others. You'll learn more with an open mind...
roberto on April 06, 2012:
Interesting stuff. I would like to get in on this. I've been serching for "truth" for 20 years now.....
J-O on April 04, 2012:
This would make sense if christianity didnt stem from judaism. Judaism was record before Ancient greek mythology so the stores were not stolen.
alexander on April 03, 2012:
it's fun when a "Christian tries to defend their religion" oh yeah the bible it's so accurate that it's one of the "holy books" with more contradictions and immoralities (an you know what i mean Christian) and simply make no sense; don't matter what you can't disprove others religions as you can't disprove yours. why all shared same things, formula, it could be good (idea) from a different points of view of course there's a few of Hellenic people cause the extreme genocide , destruction of temples and books of the ancient religions that's why cowards and why because they "were fake and evil"?? lol what's the prove of that (my bible says so) so your god is evil too because others holy books says so too, and just be clear if you put a history book against the bible you will find the myths that bible has. so you don't believe in the god of sky (Zeus) but you do believe in Yahweh right? so you don't believe in Dionysus but you believe in Jesus who both of them shared features. oh wait but Pergamon Altar (Wich is believed to worship Zeus) it's mentioned in revelation wich says that's it's Satan throne, so dumb in first place you would have to prove that in fact it's the same "church" as it's says and that there has been carried on "evil acts" and was there where Antipas died so don't try to discredit others religion but prove yours!! as i said the Greek gods seems to be less damage than Christianity.
"in some cases it's correct history" what bible says yeah like what?? Genesis, Exodus?? What more ?? oh wait!!! the Noah's Ark, i think the only history that book has it's that the Christians exists and "more or less" just look at the world and focus on that "religious people"
Thelordismyshepard on April 02, 2012:
Put the Bible against a history book and prove it wrong then, cause you will not be able to. In some cases it corrects history.
The Bible has proven scientist wrong many a time.
Thelordismyshepard on April 02, 2012:
This answer is for KK123
Who wrote the 10 commandments, the laws. Catholics will say God, Jews will say God and Christianity will say God. Also if you actually read the Bible it says states things that have come to pass and things that are still come to pass. God doesn't need to prove that he is real or not. He doesn't go round telling his people to create images of him worshipping stone something that was man made. Answer this question if you can, God was mentioned in the beginning and has been there from the beginning why hasn't Zeus or Hades or Posidon or any of the other "Grecian gods". Why wasn't they heard of in the Babylonian era or the Medes and Persian era or even the era when the Egyptians ruled.
The Bible has stated many things that have come to pass One of the Characteristics of God is to be able to come out of the timeline and tell what is to come the present and the future can any other "gods" do that.
This answers santhi remark
I could say the same about other religions reading their own books but the Bible.
If people actually read the Bible then they would understand. People may say that they've read the Bible but have they read it with understanding.
Christians do read up on other religious books I do not know about the Christians that you have come across but I have come across many Christians that read other religious books other than the Bible and compare it but they have the sense and knowledge to know which one is the truth. I am a Christian a Seventh-Day adventist Christians and I'm always comparing other religious books to the Bible and have found out that the Bible is accurate. Have you done that? Have you read the Bible and understood it? Have you read up about all the other religions? Because that's what I'm still doing.
For instance take Paul a Christian is the Roman era He grew up in the Jewish teachings and was a very educated man, same goes for Moses he gained the Egyptians knowledge as well as other teachings but they both knew which one was true.
KK123 on March 21, 2012:
My Question is if the greek gods is a Myth than how are we surre that God and heven isn't a myth
santhi on March 04, 2012:
I hate christianity,because they forced to change religion, they only read bible and not other religions book. They are saddists.........
melyssa on March 03, 2012:
i would just like to point out to people that in her article that you all just read she is not trying to disprove the bible or Greek myths. she is just stating similarities and differences. you are getting way to offended by this and i think you should relax. you have the right to believe anything you want but people are allowed to be curious and look into different religions. verona fair is just trying to provide a nonbiased piece of writing and some of you people are making her sound biased. also she is only comparing 2 religions so there is no reason to bring into other ones that are not part of the writing. in the beginning there was a small group of people with one faith and when people split up because thats what people do they then create there own faith. ie the faiths all come from one place therfore there are going to be similarities.
jason on February 24, 2012:
kwethington1 on February 24, 2012:
Ms. Veronica Fair makes a valient effort to compare and contrast the largest monothestic religion with the Myths of Greek lore. Faulkner would have admired her ambition. This subject is far to deep and complicated to be attempted an explanation in a couple of pages. It is better performed by a team of doctorate candidates of historians and theologians writing a team effort doctoral thesis, or done from a view less bounded by others opinions, such as one of those religion versus myth books done from a single author's slant that are always on the market.
I applaud her effort, but to do this theme justice and prove her comparisons, her contrasts, and her comflicts, would take much more time and space that she was alloted here. A for effort.
Make this a wake up call to those in the historical/religious community that are stumbling to come to grips with our denied and amnesiatic past that is just starting to poke its head up out of the sand with the rest of the crowd.
Burwhyn on February 23, 2012:
These "Christians" won't stop trying to force there Religion down everyone's throat, Since Christianity came in, Things have gotten a lot worse, So do us a favour and take a long hard look at Ancient Hitory, then talk I don't mean a quick look, I mean study it in depth, read everything you can, and not just 'A' Badly written History Book known as the Bible. Which has been changed who know how many times, and how many books have been replaced, Also "Satan" is not of pagan making it is a Christian concept, we believe in the dark side but we didn't name it like they did, They took a name Lucifier who was the lord of light, read the book Fire and Ice, and made him into an evil entity, Is that their way of trying to tell us that we are all evil, I think they should look at themselves and their past.
Burwhyn on February 23, 2012:
Apologies I meant Their "God" Not there "God"
Burwhyn on February 23, 2012:
Why don't these Christians take the blinkers out of there eyes or are they so brainwahed that all they have to say is that it isn't true how the heck do they know, they aren't there, and by the looks of it they haven't got a brain, to ask questions, We do and we know what are Gods and Goddessess are, do they know what there ""God"" is?
Jebus on February 23, 2012:
Actually, the term "myth" refers to a traditional story, and its often one which is regarded as a sacred explanation on how the world and its inhabitants came to be. In ancient Greek, muthos, from which the English word "myth" comes from, actually meant "story, narrative." By the time of Christianity, muthos had started to take on implications of "fable, fiction, lie". Early Christians used the word in this manner to make their stories seem more sacred.
Thelordismyshepard on February 23, 2012:
I am a SDA christian who believes strongly in the lord Jesus Christ.
I do not understand how people can believe mythology when it is a myth (fake, not true).
Let me put it this way, does anybody know actually what the statue of liberty is saying? Answer: The Statue of Liberty is a Brotherhood symbol which says 'We control this country and we are telling you so, but you are too stupid to see it!'
Note: what does the statue of liberty wear? hmmm isn't it similar to Grecian clothing ... hold on IT IS a Grecian clothing called Peplos.
Now i'm not saying that the statue of liberty was a Grecian god cause it wasn't she was a Babylonian goddess. but the question i want to know is Why is a Babylonian Goddess dressed in a Grecian robe?
Anyway the point hat i'm trying to make here is mythology is fake and a lie they have told you 'but you are to stupid to see it' IT'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES. I wold rather follow the truth than a lie. Mythology is an intake of lies and the Grecian's have told you that. WOULD YOU RATHER FOLLOW A LIE THAN THE TRUTH.
God bless you all.
Rei on February 12, 2012:
The author is skillfully stupid.
Ella on February 11, 2012:
Its to long
gconeyhiden from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A on February 03, 2012:
I do believe mythology stories go back into pre historical times so much research is need to clarify this most interesting subject. The "greek" people pe-date classical greece and the empire of alexander by who knows how many years. The "Jewish" peoples or those who gave birth to their mythology probably have roots in perhaps even older traditions in Egypt and Sumeria. An Egyptian Pharoe believed in one Solar God around 1200 BC. I am not real scholar on this subject I must admit, but Im following the evidence as best I could. The writer who states that many of these myths stories are founded in natures cycles comes closest to home for me in explaining their origins. I do believe the first testament bible is great work of mythology AND history combined. Do not think for one moment as perhaps so people do..that ancient people were stupid and not capable of creating great works of fiction given the time...and they had alot of time. Scientists believe humans were capable of very complex thoughts as far back and even before 20,000 BC. personally I believe the Jews created the One God they write about just as other cultures created their versions and they might have had some contact with each other thru trading networks. This doesnt make the lessons in the bible any less important mind you. humans needed rules as they progressed into civilized states. we still need this rules what we dont need is blind faith and brainwashing and ha hock destruction of competing faiths. I do believe Jesus was a real Jewish man NOT a God but that fact doesnt make his messages any less important. also the Koran doesnt predate the first testament at all in fact it is based on it. Muhammand first prayed towards Jerusalem not Mecca and he sought Jewish approval of being their prophet I do believe. at any rate the Jews were considered by him to be worshipping the same one God. To me the biblical idea of God is based on the need of order and rules in the human mind in a word filled w chaos and the creation story reminds me of how I used to set up an aquarium. Its childish in its details. women are the cause of all the trouble. women were made out of Adams rib almost as an afterthought. science now tells us the female human form gives rise to the male form so it looks like that detail is backwards. there are many such inconsistences in the bible. but may i just say i do believe the earth is a sacred place wether or not God exists and we should act accordingly.
kaka on January 30, 2012:
DannySP on January 27, 2012:
All who believe in God will agree that God is He who create Angels, Demons, Humans, Animals, this Universe and maybe another Universes.
Under name Christiany there is so much sect, under Islam there is so much sect. "True God" Religion is the religion that consistent from Adam untit today. We should forget the "name" that only devide and confuse us. Let us just say that we are created by God and we will meet Him someday after we are dead and ressurected together. For now, we do our best in the name of our Creator, love others, cares others.
In my opinion, "Christianity" is a "True God" Religion that has been adopted, modified, and "hijacked" to meet roman pagan religion since the time of Paul. Because I believe Yashua is a prophet like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Etc. God have special "relation" with those guys.
We are deferent in believes, so be it. Just keep searching and digging. No matter what, the truth will come someday.
Daniel on January 23, 2012:
I am not a scientist. I haven't studied any of this before. I believe in God and his son that died for us. I still enjoyed this article and most of the comments. First of all, I don't want to force Christianity on anyone. I feel that everyone has a right to their own opinion. That is the way God made us. I just need to share MY 'opinion'.
Many bible stories were passed down for generations. The stories were written many years after the events. Being human, the stories would definitely have to 'evolve'. The stories we now know may very well be exaggerated and some of it may also be myth. Maybe the stories were able to stretch so far that it lost its truth and the Bible and Greek Mythology are only two versions of the same truth. At the end of the day, it is all about faith. Faith in what is written, faith in a God we can't see, faith in all that is ineffable. I believe that God doesn't want us to know the truth, not now at least. If He did, what's stopping Him from already showing it to us. I like to think of it as the game of life. I bet my current life and life after death that my God and Jesus Christ is real. Some of you would bet that God isn't real or that Greek Myths are real. The point is that it wouldn't be a bet if we knew the outcome. If I win I get everlasting life with my brothers and sisters in heaven. What do you get if you win?
If we could prove God is real then we aren't choosing him. All God wants is a family. We are made in the image of God. God put that longing for love inside everyone because God also longs for love. Why do you think that some humans fill their lives with drugs, alcohol, sex, money, etc but yet are still unsatisfied? It's to fill the void the can only be filled by God.
If we knew God was real, we can't show him how much we love him by choosing him over the world's beliefs. "there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents" (Luke 15:10). God longs for you to choose him. I'm sure everyone knows the parable of the prodigal son. God is waiting for you to come home.
As for the question of the existence of God...like I said, FAITH!
pegasus84 on January 22, 2012:
I was a Jehovah witness as a child and although I believed in Jesus Christ-my heart always yearned and connected to Greek mythology.I truly believe that greek mythology and the Bible are very similar. Some of the seemingly unrealistic creatures featured in revelations are mentioned in Greek mythology. So no one uh my opinion is wrong.We Weren't there when the Bible was written our when giants roamed the earth... Which is also mentioned in the Bible.
friba on January 18, 2012:
Talos on January 18, 2012:
for people into this kind of thing should not forget about the Hittites who have many similar stories to the Greek myths and you will find scholars that believe that they were a very big influence on the early Greeks.
raven on January 14, 2012:
I AGREE WITH MILOOLIM.
philuk on January 08, 2012:
For those who don't know the origin of the Christian, Islam and Judaism beliefs and their modern day holy books is the Torah but it wasn't written until 900bce for the first book the next was in 800bce and then 600bce but it wasn't fully composed until 450bce this means ancient Greek mythology is far older than that of any of the Abrahamic faiths, people have to realise that all Christians beliefs have roots in other belief systems meaning Christianity doesnt really hold any wisdom, its just continuing the morals and beliefs of other cultures. greece began as a people in about 1100bce but they didnt have an impact until 900bce.
miloolim on December 26, 2011:
God is real, Jesus lived, died and rose again. All of the rest of the intelligible tug-of-war designed to challenge the impact of human reasoning and consequently lay fault is wasteful.
Believe in God - be wiser than the limitations of science and atheist agenda(s)...both of which prove nothing.
Arizona Mildman on December 25, 2011:
Some people agree and will shake their heads to lament and bemoan the fact that so much of their cultural beliefs are just mythology. If you research the characters in the old testament, you will find the same names in Babylonian stories in Greek and Roman mythology. Men couldn't read or write in the beginning. Their stories were orally transmitted (passed by word of mouth). We know what happens when we spread a rumor. It starts out that some guy disrespected his wife by forgetting her birthday and by the time you hear it a week later, he is being accused of cheating on her, asking for a divorce, having beat her, etc and who ever is telling the story is ending the whole fictional account with the statement, "I know this actually happened because "they" told Joe and he told me." Imagine that rumor was passed on for another 1400 years. Mythology, which is stories invented to substitute for proof or knowledge of science or nature, is the basis for any writing dating back over a thousand years. A couple hundred years ago, and up until about thirty years ago there were people in places like Iceland and in some European countries that still believed in Elves that do mischief and Trolls that wander the streets at night. Imagine what governments, much less the churches, can get away with telling those people who will believe in almost anything they can't see or need proof of. During the crusades, the Church of England (The Roman Catholic Church) sent knights out to destroy the writings of other mythological based religions so they could try to "Act" like theirs was real. A lot of people don't realize that the phrase, "God helps those who help themselves..." is not from the bible or Shakespeare. It was the war cry of the Christians during the Crusades. They would yell that as they set about their main objective, to rape (attempting to impregnate all the women of another culture was a sign of conquering that culture), pillage (to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence), and plunder (to rob of goods or valuables by open force)taking or destroying any sign of another culture, where ever possible. Ask yourself why would anyone who is secure in the knowledge of their own beliefs being correct have to resort to violence in order to get others to believe them? The fact that religions have been a big business since before the Crusades, doesn't hold a candle to the whole tithing myth. There are a lot of people who still bring the church ten percent of everything they make, even if it causes them to miss their house payment and be thrown in the street because they believe the church will "save" them from a place mythological torture. When we were all sharecroppers in Europe, there was a law mandated by kings to give on tenth of what you raised to the kingdom, to be shared among the kingdom and of course all the people who lived in the "palace" (the king's house) got the lion's share of what was raised each year. The money was collected at the place of worship that everyone was forced to attend - the church. That was in a time when there were no bills, no income taxes, no house payments, no property taxes, no no rent, no utility bills, no one had to pay for fuel costs, and no one had to drive anywhere outside the kingdom. The church didn't collect the 10 percent to keep for their own use, they were the government, they used it to distribute among everyone who needed it. That is what government was supposed to be about. But the church still wants "THEIR" ten percent of what you make. They spend more money on campaign contributions to politicians who keep them tax free under the IRS legal rule IRS 501c3 (http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,... for "NON PROFIT" organizations, while being the biggest profit making organizations on earth. And good little church goers blindly give the church their money in order to be told that they are going to be "Saved" from a mythological punishment that never existed and then during all this, the churches openly endorse candidates and political parties, which if they were reported for doing so, would be stripped of their non-profit statuses and be forced to operate as a profit making business. No one reports these people for fear of being in disfavor with a religion who brings so much political and social pressure on anyone the police forces, government officials, and especially the news media is afraid to contradict them.
The reason the conservatives in the Republican Party have been taking over by mythology is that they are mostly made up of religious people who already believe in mythology, so needing evidence and facts is not required, "...Just tell me that God inspired you to say it, and I will believe it." That is why we can't have a president in the United States that doesn't say he is Christian. After all, he inspired the whole bible, right? True believer Christians are so indoctrinated that they were taught as a child that as long as they read what is in their book, then they already have ALL THE ANSWERS THEY WILL EVER NEED. Those of us who have gone to college and know better, don't buy into that, so the conservative politicians discourage education that might dispel their mythology as they don't want a nation of intelligent, well educated people that thinks for themselves. Just like the people who say that global climate change is mythology and not man made if it does exist are LYING, the reason that mythology is being spread has to do with the Koch Brothers in New York. The family business was started by Fred C. Koch, who developed a new cracking method for the refinement of heavy oil into gasoline. These two bought the rest of their family out and now own the patent on the process used to refine oil into gasoline. They get a royalty for every gallon of gas produced on earth. To say that they have an agenda to protect in case the United States completely switched to alternative energy is an gross understatement. They use the Republican party with the help of "bought and paid for" politicians who spout things about tax cuts with profit as their prime motive, through their own lobbyists who grease the palms of everyone in Washington, D.C. who will listen to them. And they hide behind the guise of being a "Christian" the same way George W. Bush did.
miloolim on November 25, 2011:
Where is written, either in the books or the hearts of men - that it is possible for a lower thing to reveal understanding of higher thing? The higher can gain insight from the lower; yet the lower can not reveal enlightened truth for the higher...not in faith, nor math nor biology...nor creation. For King Solomon can look onto an ant and gain wisdom in part...however Solomon the King woud never bow to the ant an ask "Why am I here and what is of God?" The wise will first submit that our questions of natural intellect aiming to explain creation..are like us ants aasking the King to consider our understaind of His Kingdom. Be wise with me and in all things true - be undivided. For where is it written in the heart or books or minds of men that you can grow the one truth through division. As you will not find it in the natural truth of mathematics, surely you will not find it in the Godly wisdom of His doing. For in any fraction even - the top number - is what numerates the call..yet it is the bottom number that divides what is brought together in mass. What good is the denominator that divides the understandinf of the true God? Where did God call for those who are numbered in Christ to be denominated and divided into denomination? Why are we fractioned - yet worried about the miscalculations of those who do not beleif? So we not by both math and faith - have the Great reconcilation ; so we are to eliminate all division - and this is wisdom.
None come to the father except through Jesus, yet none truly accept Jesus - least you truly belief. Enjoy your journey friends, for truth is Gold - and Gold becomes clearer and mor refined when put through the fire...whereas the fake gold will combust when tested. Be wise - and seek truth. Be not afraid of fire in discusion or thought, emotinal flames and torching intelligence can only refine the Golden faith and call of our Lord.
KOLKI on November 06, 2011:
Thanks for the enlightenment for the religious world at this time of divisions and competitions. The comparisons are very well articulated but you missed one major point that the Christian Son of God sitting in the right hand of God after Resurrection is very well the picture of Zeus as that God. The flood is also mentioned in Indian Myth where Monu was saved riding a Giant Fish and getting shelter in the Himalaya whose formation is like an arc, the crescent moon.
Most Christians and Biblical scholars don't address the Alexandrian invasion of Canaan - related wars, annihilations and victory feasts before moving to Babylon and Egypt and thereby writing their own history modifying Old Testament! Thus it is obvious that most modern Jews are the non-Semite Macedonian stocks and not the Semite Ancient ascetic Hebrews! Ancient Hebrew didn’t have letter “J”, so Jews, Jesus, Jacob, John all are imported names in the land of Canaan.
The new Testament was written by the Kings to satisfy their aim of taking over the world with evangelism first for perpetual dominations citing adjusted prophecies and making the scriptures word of God (King of Kings). Alexander started the new world order which is Hellenization of the world. Caesar expanded it including Roman Empire, European Wars, World Wars and Hitler helped in Hellenizing other European and Russian Empires; Bush-Blair team expanded it to the middle east and Africa, and war-on-terror is expanding it to the entire world. No wonder the 2nd coming of Christ in Revelation resembles more like violent Alexander, Caesar, Hitler, Bush-Blair rather than loving Yeshua of Nazareth!
Once again, thanks for the information and best regards!
Deepak Sarkar (Writes & Campaigns as Kolki)
Shamed on October 01, 2011:
I tried reading everyones comments I really did but i was getting frustrated!
I can't help but think a lot of people missed the point.
From my perception it was not exactly trying to put the bible to sleep but merely explain the simmilarities between 2 religions and it pisses me off to think christians can be so closed minded about other religions.
If you look under the surface of all religions you will find many similarities in all types of religions.
I am anglican but i went to a catholic school and was constantly given detention when questioning the similarities between all faiths and was told we only had to study "inferior reliogions" so we could understand the truth,and yet I'm still unsure of how that works out.
I am christian and proud to be as i have my beliefs but i am also interested in everyone elses beliefs and i respect that, I don't run aroud forcing my religion on other people and i don't prey for their souls because i think they said something wrong.
Also a lot of people in my year when i first started in year 7 at a catholic school didn't know what a christian was so it doesn't surprise me that a lot of christians can't read something without thinking someones out to dis them. Sorry but pull your head out of your arse guys.
I found this to be an amazing read and didn't mean to bring my personal thoughts into it but I couldn't continue to read so many negative comments from a religious group that should be more accepting!
Oh I didn't read all the posts so I'm unsure if anyone has considered the fact that geeks may have worshipped many gods but they still had a chief god which can kinda be compared to preying with/to saints for help and guidance. In one sense its completely different but in another the same.
J3SS13 on September 22, 2011:
If anyone wants to be intellectually honest I would suggest studying what actual scholars say about this matter. I am in the process of researching this matter and this is what I have found so far. This is a summary for those who are too lazy to look it up but I really encourage you to research it yourself:
In the simplest form, scholars agree that there are too many factors that cause there to be differences between biblical accounts and mythological tales to the point that there is no good reasons for believing the bible took ideas from myths. These factors are cultural Judaism, historical evidences (including archeology), philosophical implications, the myths being geographically separated and transformed with time due to the culture of the greeks etc.
Christianity gains its sources from Judaism.
Judaism was founded before any Greek religion(s) circa 1800 BCE starting with Abraham. (the actual date you can see for yourself). Also take note the Judaism began as an oral tradition, that is they memorized the things God told them and accurately passed it down through the generations so the religion precedes manuscripts.
The Jewish religion prophesies about the coming messiah, predicting his death and resurrection in detail.
In the New Testament Jesus fulfills every prophesy predicted thousands of years previous about the messiah, without any deviation from the jewish scriptures and with no reference to any greek myths.
The Jewish religion made it a complete necessity to be set apart from other religions not wanting to mix with the "unclean."
The Jewish religion claims only one God (a triune God having three who's but as one what) and despises polytheism.
Asklepios aka Aesculapius was often depicted as a snake, which in the bible is a symbol of satan, not to be glorified. In comparison to Jesus, their methods of healing were different, along with several other differences in their lives.
The followers Asklepois in the city of Pregamos was rebuked by the apostle John.
This is what I have found so far, I am still in the process of studying this so there is more to be found on the subject matter.
anonymous on August 19, 2011:
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dld on June 13, 2011:
I've been able to map the genealogy for three of my eight great-grandparents back through ancient history. I cannot validate the accuracy of my data ... but I have noticed some interesting patterns that support your argument. If anyone has any scholarly information about what I'm seeing ... I would love to see it.
1. Common places of birth and death. A couple of places where many ancient ancestors were born and died include: 1) Asgard, Norway, 2) Ghowr, Afghanistan, 3) Yakutia, Russia, and 4) Marmara, Balikesir, Turkey. I've also seen Somme, France, many times as a place of death.
2. The Cainan connection. In mythology, here is the bloodline of Cainan (generally)
Mideavil Knights < Scandinavian Kings < Magi of Troy < Odin < King Yngvi of Turkey < Cainan < Thor < Zeus < Khronos
and according to Luke, Cainan is the 14th generation in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
Val on June 03, 2011:
What in the world a fantasy...First of all, it should be taken into account the difference between polytheism and monotheism.
jenny on June 02, 2011:
Xylo on May 30, 2011:
Heyy i do belive in the greek gods this is called Hellenic Neopagainsm so i find this aritcal very good and i do belive the last point as lots of religions that were around at the same time did have a sillalar storys to explane the same thing people may find greek mythology a bit extreme because it is a word of mouth religion/way of life and some stories have been rewrited or worded to serve purpuses like herkulies by walt disney so this can explane some of the wilder stories by the greeks also if one person saw one thing it could have been edited by other religions to servea purpuse and the insperation for satan could have been Silenus a god in ancient greece. Very good work :)
go on May 21, 2011:
BOBBY on May 18, 2011:
The greeks believed in greek gods because they needed something to explain lightning or hurricanes etc. But now there's science which explains most of the things the greeks believed like lightning and hurricanes etc.(No offence intended).
PoeticRheia from Denver colorado on May 12, 2011:
I find it really interesting =],thank you for the post.
Antony jose on May 07, 2011:
kudos,DAVID for your rational comment . i have already proposed the same theory.borrowing is not the only explanation for semblances.more possible, of course definite and easily digestible to even infants is adaptation of a common origininal event. tews are not intellectually so sluggish to borrow others story.
Zac C. on April 28, 2011:
This is to LizzyJ
The bible is true and unaltered. They have original manuscripts of it in Israel. There are more than 14,000 existing Old Testament manuscripts and fragments copied throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean and European regions that agree dramatically with each other. Children in Israel are reading it in English with the KJV and Hebrew with the original version and saying that it says the exact same thing. The bible is completely true and completely orignal even with current translations.
David on April 23, 2011:
Story of Babel also explains the different stories.
David on April 23, 2011:
Ohh yeah...and HE is supposed to return on Mt. Zion...
David on April 23, 2011:
Yes.........It Alllll blends in. That's no reason not to BELIEVE...All these people come from the same place of course they stories will have similarities. Because in some form, others more or less beautified THEY ALL ARE TRUE......follow me here....Noah had 3 sons SHEM, HAM, & JAPHATH..civilization came out of these guys. Then Jacob and Esau..There's your Hebrew and Greeks..of course they have the same stories....lets not look at the differences or disbeliefs...but the TRUTH..for example MT. ZION, or Olympus (whatever you wanna call it) Is in Saudi Arabia, and called Jebel al Lawz...TBN won't do special on it..The maps in the Bible are obviosly wrong...SOMEONES HIDING SOMETHING...DISTRACTING YOU, US..CLOAK AND DAGGER...SOMEONE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEEEE...know ye not satan has decieved the whole world ...even the very elect...ALL GREEK ROMAN HEBREW SUMARIAN accounts are in AGREEMENT...& when two are more are in agreement......
No Names Please on April 21, 2011:
The ungrammatical, poorly spelled, name-calling posts here really concern me. Religious differences have been at the heart of so many violent conflicts throughout history. It seems to me that it's time we all started to use the brains that God gave us for a bit of critical thinking. I do believe in a divine and loving Creator, but I really cannot swallow the Bible as the Word of God to be taken absolutely literally. Given all the inconsistencies and stylistic differences found in the different books of the Bible as we know it today, I have come to believe that it was written by many people who may have believed themselves to be passing on God's holy word, but were, in fact only inspired by their own thoughts and feelings about how people should behave.
LizzyJ on April 19, 2011:
Great Article and very good points made by made commenters. While I believe in many things I also see similarities between the different religions. I've noticed these similarities since I was in middle school and writing my confirmation paper on how greek mythology was influenced by Old testament stories got me in a lot of trouble. If any one is wanting proof of how stories and history can change depending on the are try reading fairy tales. The variations on Cinderella alone would amaze you. But on the point of is there there a God and is the bible true, yes to a point, unfortunately we as Christians tend to forget that when the Bible was "officially" created there where a bunch of Roman men sitting around debating what books to put in it. Also add in the many translations and rewritings it's had makes me somewhat cautious of taking it word for word. Think about the idea that the King James Version was partially rewritten so King James could divorce his wife. Yes the Bible is a piece of history that relates to our religion but like any history book it can be worded to make the reader understand more of what the writer is telling us. God wants us to have the bible, he gave humans the right to mess it up.
Lesley Anne Kinney on April 13, 2011:
You can't use the Bible to prove the Bible is true, LOL
Brea on March 30, 2011:
I'm working on my thesis that will be comparing these two religions. When it comes down to it, there are parallels in all religions; they borrow their stories from each other. All of the hard-core Christians on here that are preaching at everyone and saying they will pray for those who don't believe are really frustrating. Everyone should be able to choose what they believe and don't believe. All of this religious stuff is a lot of stories. Whether or not they have any truth behind them in something that will most likely never be known. Sure, you can believe they are true, but you'll never KNOW if they are true, and it is fine to believe. I also have to correct someone's post earlier about the gods of Greek mythology acting like 3 year olds. Um, what? They weren't jealous of mankind, they simply had issues that reflected poorly on those on the other end, and quite honestly a lot of that animosity had to do with Prometheus giving fire of the humans and tricking Zeus. The god wanted to both control the human world and be a part of it. Though their actions in the stories written would often be frustration for those people affected by them, they certainly do not act like children, they just have a unique way of going about things. I myself love Greek mythology. But just as with any other religion or religious text out there, I am inclined to believe that they are just stories; a means of entertainment. If you want to believe they are something more, that's fine, but you shouldn't go preaching it and shoving it down other peoples' throats. I am currently Agnostic. I was raised a Catholic and baptized as a baby, but learned to think outside the box over the years and form my own opinions on things, which is the mark of any truly intelligent person. Is there a God? Is there not a God? Or gods for that matter? I honestly don't know, but I would be fine with it either way. And if there is a God, I'm sure he wouldn't be upset with me asking so many questions and being a little confused. And if there isn't, then none of this really matters all that much. As for heaven and hell, I don't know what to really think about where we go after we die, but I do believe in reincarnation. I'm not sure if everyone is reincarnated, maybe just a select few, if they have a purpose to carry out in the life they are about to live. I believe I have had past lives. The reoccurring dreams I had when I was a child point to that; there is honestly no other way to explain it. I had no idea what I was dreaming at the time, but now it is clear and makes sense. I also like the idea of multiple deities controlling or having influence over certain things (like the seasons, the moon, the sun, etc.) In the end though, people are going to believe what they want to believe. However, a key point to take away from all of this talk is that one should never live their life for someone else (divine beings included). They should just live it to live it and enjoy it as much as they can. Because, if there is a God, in the end I think that's what he would want, as any parent would: for His children to be happy.
kentuckyslone on March 30, 2011:
Really good article but I do have one small comment about the creation story of the Bible. I do not see it as the Earth started in darkness and a void. I believe there is an indeterminable amount of time between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis 1. Just somethign to think about but that would explain the discrepancies between how old science claims the Earth to be and how old it is according to Biblical chronology.
Antony jose on March 24, 2011:
This theory is like saying the glass contains half part water instead of saying o it contains at least half part !
Actually the so called similarity or parallelism is an additional feather in the crown of juda-christian faith.
Please learn the creation-fall and subsequent deviation of mankind-deluge-election of abram........line .what ever similarity you would prove, must have taken place in the segment fall...election of abram. so what? REFER1 COLOSSIANS1:26-28. TELL WHO IS SUPREME AND WHO IS MEDIOCRE.
antony on March 24, 2011:
as an ancestral event the descriptions of genesis took place . this was maintained as oral tradition.the succeding generations took the facts and added colour to this accordingly and parallelism came up. it doesn't affect christians or jews
CHUVACHUCHU on March 08, 2011:
Paul on March 07, 2011:
Becca, Christianity began in 33 AD with the resurrection of Jesus from the dead it is not true that the Emperor Constantine began the Christian faith in 320 AD. All he did was make Christianity a legal state religion, up to that time it was outlawed and thousands of Christians were murdered by the Roman Empire. The attempted to destroy the Bible at every turn, in 303 AD the Emperor Diocletian ordered the destruction of every Bible in the empire, less than 20 years later, Constantine ordered that 50 Copies of the Bible be made at the states cost.
Christianity is based not only on the New Testament but on the Old as well. the Difference between Christianity and Judaism is that we believe that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, prophesied in the Old Testament and they do not. Other wise our basic beliefs are very similar.
Christianity is based on historical realities, primarily the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We believe that history teaches that this man was real, that he lived and did good deeds, healing the sick and raising the dead. that He was crucified and rose from the dead and is still alive. That he is the God-man, fully God yet fully man. That his death and resurrection paid for the sins that we have all committed. Because He was the Creator of all things, who became a man, when He died God the Father accepted his death to pay for the sins of all mankind.
These things are not true because we believe them,they are true because they are based in historical facts. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the most well attested fact in history, You should look into it. There are many who have doubted the truth of Christianity only to become Christians when the objectively looked at the historical evidence of the resurrection. Not only will Christianity not be removed (not that everything done in the name of Christianity is from God, much of it is not) ( another discussion) the Bible declares that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the father
ROX on March 04, 2011:
does anyone els find it strange that so many people belived in the greek gods for thousands of years, then Christianity came about..... years later nobody belives in the greek gods but now people belive in christianity. SO... its been ruffly 2011 years of christianity belief... what's to say chritianity doesn't get replaced just as the ancient greek belief and someone sits down and writes a story about how similar they are 2500 years latter...hmmm.
Richard on February 24, 2011:
Is it any wonder why the world is in such tribulation and chaos? Religion and the belief that my belief is right over yours will be the death of us all. Relax!
bryan on February 18, 2011:
the one thing that christians can not do is get their heads out of their asses far enough or long enough to see a different p.o.v. they have all been BRAINWASHED most of their lives.why do you think they start when you are so young, so by the time you are an adult you believe without question that what they are saying is true & don't even want to listen to your opinion ( cuz you are wrong, PERIOD )ever since man has understood the concept of death he has been trying to beat it, what better way than to create a being that will reward you with eternal life , if you can follow the rules.( which no one has been able to do as of yet )
Unknown on February 08, 2011:
Ares God of war, bloodlust, violence, manly courage, and civil order. ALL HAIL ARES!!!!
Athena Goddess of wisdom, warfare, strategy, heroic endeavour, handicrafts and reason. ALL HAIL ATHENA!!!
Alex on February 07, 2011:
The very beginning of Genesis 6 - before the account of Noah begins - opens the door to the theoretical account of the Greek pantheon of gods and demi-gods as fallen angels and their humanborn offspring.
Research into the actual Hebrew phrase used describing God's decision to save Noah and his family reveals an emphasis on Noah's genealogical purity - rather than his moral purity.
The flood was sent by God to wipe away the corrupted genetic makeup of human beings (corrupted with angelic bloodlines), and pave the way for man to continue to progress forward in time physically unmarred by Satan's schemes - though the moral desecration would not be redeemed until Christ came to pay for it.
Greek Mythology (and it's off-shoot of the Roman Pantheon) has it's roots firmly rooted in the Judeo-Christian account of the Nephilim in Genesis 6. The book of Genesis - as well as the book of Job, were passed around as oral tradition LONG before they were written, though even the dates they were written far preclude any written accounts of Greek Mythology.
The simple fact that Greek Mythology can fit within the framework of a literal account of Genesis 6 is only further evidence of the Bible's authenticity and credibility. The authority of God's Word and Will shall never ultimately be undone by the hands of men, because men live underneath It's Truth. I am confident that all lies and deceits conjured up by Satan and his cohorts are all twisted adaptations of God's Truth, because only God can create anything. Mankind, the Angels, and the rest of Creation can only manipulate, reorder, and recombine things that God has already created beforehand; and that just adds to the pile of evidence that all things belong to God now and forever anyways.
Mankind is currently stirred up under such a thick, ecapsulating dark cloud of lies and deceits crafted over thousands of years with such complexity that any hope of finding real Truth without bounding straight towards it's source (God), that self-revelation is impossible. That is precisely WHY Christ came: To proclaim the Truth. "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one proceeds to the Father - except by Me" - Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Enlightened on January 30, 2011:
Sorry it's really late, in response to all those that caught my "either or" mistake
ecoash on January 27, 2011:
me and my friend got into a heated debate today about greek mythology and the bible. hes christian so he believes the bible is 100% true facts and events and is to be taken literally. i absolutely disagree.
becca on January 17, 2011:
May i say that this was an amazing piece. It really depicts the relationship between the two religions. One thing that is true is that greek mythology came before Christianity. It was believed to begin in around 8300 BC. Christianity was really started when the Roman Emperor Constantine declared that there was a god, and he converted many Romans. Thus making Rome a major place of piety when it comes to Christianity. (The homeland of the Pope) Also, the idea the God lives in the clouds (Heavens) watching us is also closely associated towards the twelve Olympians living in the highest peak of Greece- Mount Olympus. Honestly, I find Greek Mythology to be more interesting because the Gods are more humane, they show more emotions that normal humans would show. For example falling in love with mortals, Hera's jealousies towards Zeus when he had affairs with other women... you get my drift it goes on and on... But if someone were to say, why did the ancient greeks believe in this nonsense is an insult to anyone who believes in a god. The "Myths" of ancient Greece not only came before Christianity, but the Christians developed their Ideas/religion from it. One example of this is in the bible, they actually use a reference towards Tarturus, and those who study Greek Mythology would know that it is the darkest part of the underworld. It is actually fascinating to hear the similarities- it is almost grotesque in a way.... Anyway. I take offense to anyone who calls Greek Mythology nonsense because if you believe it is nonsense, your only calling your own religion nonsense. All religions come from one another, Greek religion came before Christianity and people can say whatever they want about it, but it is quiet similar as shown in the article above.
blue on January 07, 2011:
i would like to thank everybody for sharing their knowledge. After reading this, i was amaze that it is not only I who are far confuse with my religion. It is just that GOd/diety/great force we all talking about is too far great to fit in one religion.. Maybe it doesn't matter what others believe in. but what matter is what You personally believe in.
There is a medical article that i have read a long time ago says that there is a tiny portion of the brain that dictates us to beleive in "something" (whatever it is) that are far from any explanation... sorry i cant remember where i have read it. Meaning that every person no matter how much they avoid their body would have faith in something they want to have faith to.
the more we know, the more we know what we do not know.
fatima on January 03, 2011:
it's importante to read this information to inderstand the westeren wold really it's great
Josh on November 19, 2010:
The problem with your concept is that you don't know history actually you don't know bible history. If you did then you would know that the old testament in the bible gets it's stories and facts from Torah which again if you knew history you would know to Torah predates the Greeks the Romans even Christianity.
So if you use your common sense you would see that the Greeks copied off the israelites and the Torah and the Romans copied off the Greeks. So when your trying to speak about modern Christians and the Bible you have to remember where their old testament came from which is from the Torah which again if you knew history you would know came way befor the Greeks or Romans.
So next time you try to sound smart try doing some research my friend because you do the one thing that everybody else does that tries to prove the bible wrong or fake you don't do your research on the bible where it came from who were the men that wrote it because if you did you understand what a waste of time you spent writing this
Hercules on November 09, 2010:
Very Interesting. When you spoke about Zeus Paralleling God, it seems to me that the Christian faith parallels many characters in Greek Mythology, Where God could be a mix of Zeus and Cronos, Jesus a mix of Zeus, Hercules, and many other people. He has the closest relation to Zeus and Hercules out of all of them, because in both stories the mother was a very important part. Also remember that there are twelve main Olympians, and that parallels Jesus' twelve apostles. When Judas betrayed Jesus and hung himself, he was replaced with Matthias. In Greek Mythology, Hestia, one of the original Olympians, gave up her seat to give it to Dionysus, the wine god. There being a wine god again brings a parallel of the Last Supper, and communion. Also, Demeter is considered important because he gives grain, or bread. Think this over-Christianity sounds to me a lot like Greek, Sumerian, and Egyptian Mythology compacted into a single religion that could be accepted by everyone.
nogods on November 09, 2010:
This is a new book out that deals extensively with comparative mythology and the Bible. The Greek and Bible myths are more closely related then what is stated here.
"On Earth as it is in Heaven, The Cosmic Roots of the Bible" details comparisons.
Baileybear on November 04, 2010:
Interesting hub. I'm amazed how people continue to believe the bible with all the contradictions, plagarism of other religions, and very unscientific accounts (eg reference to the "firmament" - the sky was thought to be a solid dome above a flat earth. I'm amazed I used to believe all this crap too!