In many cultures, narratives about the origin of the creation/universe and about the gods that shaped it are a way for society to reaffirm its native cultural traditions. Specifically, theogonies tend to affirm kingship as the natural embodiment of society. What makes the account of Hesiod unique is that it affirms no timeline . Such a gesture would have sited the Theogony in one time and one place. Rather, Hesiod affirms the kingship of the god Zeus himself over all the other gods and over the whole universe.
The Bible speaks contrary to these claims. Jeremiah 31:35, “Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (the Lord of Hosts is His name).”If we stopped to think about it – If God, in a blink of an eye, pulled back from His support to creation, the universe would disintegrate. This is because everything is dependent upon Him; from the changes of the seasons, the birth of an animal or human life, to the shifting of the sun, moon and stars. Apostle Paul said that the God of the Bible sustains all life. Although fallen, we are still God’s image bearers, and mankind is still at the pinnacle of His creation.
Akhenaton talks about the sun being the only divine god having divine or godly powers to give and take away life. The hymn leads me to believe that Akhenaton considered Aten the sun god as the only god, and creator of the universe(lines 70 – 105).In (lines 105 – 120) Akhenaton praises the sun god for giving direction to everything on earth and also giving purpose and that everything that Aten’s makes that it is good. Only praises like Akhenaton is giving the sun is praises to a higher power the praises that he is talking about are not for a regular person but for a divine thing which for him is the sun god
Justice of Creation Victor Frankenstein created a living, thinking, and intelligent creature, and with that comes certain responsibilities. Even though he should not have tried to “play God” and create someone that is the same, in all but physical appearance to other human beings. I’d like to discuss Victor creating the creature, the responsibilities that he should have accepted when he created him, and the consequences of the aforementioned decisions. First, Victor Frankenstein, or any other person on this earth at any time, has absolutely no right or power to create life. There is a relatively strong connection to God in this book and many people during this time period believed in God.
It was the reason everything was here (the reason for being.) It was also transcendent and impersonal. It existed because something must cause the changes and to must not be able to change, therefore it must exist outside of time, and to Aristotle it was his God. Some people might argue that Aristotle’s four causes are convincing because you can see changes in the natural world. Nothing ever stays the same and world is continually changing.
Nature is to a Secular Humanist what God is to a Christian; the creator of everything that exists. In Secular Humanism, everything in the earth is basically equal, belonging to nature, and man is just at a more elevated state than animals. Life really does not have much meaning or purpose, as Secular Humanists are not created by a loving god, they were just born via an evolutionary process. This reminds me of Solomon where he states “For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?” (Ecclesiastes 6:12, King James Version).
Since ancient times, the notion of fear been used to unite people. For instance, ancient pharaohs took the throne as well as the popular religion into their reign. They claimed that they were handpicked by God and have been given the right to judge the right and wrong of people. This kept a dynasty of rulers who were seldom question for their actions. They claimed that disobeying them would be against their religion.
It can be seen as the first humane law ever created to protect classes of Babylonian society. However, in the epilogue, he mentioned that he is he had been called by the gods "to cause justice to prevail in the land, to destroy the wicked and the evil." As mentioned above, Hammurabi saw himself as the king of righteousness. Therefore, he expected every citizen to see him as a figurine of God from Heaven. Almost as if he is the God dictates “The great gods proclaimed me and I am the guardian governor, whose scepter is righteous and whose beneficent protection is spread over my city…” One can say that Hammurabi is an extremely religious man who used religion to rule his kingdom.
Caitlyn Hammond November 7th, 2011 The beginning of the end In ancient times, the Greeks relied heavily on their gods to explain the natural phenomena happening around them. The sun rose and fell when Apollo drove his chariot across the sky, the ocean was controlled by Posiden and the Heavens by Zeus. However, not all Greeks were satisfied by this explanation. Out of this, grew the Pre Socratic philosophers and more importantly the material monists. The three material monists are considered the first "Physicists" because they were the first to attempt to explain the natural phenomena without reference to the divine.
Many Greek mythological gods or goddesses have interactions with humans and affect their daily lives. Demeter, the goddess of grains, controlled the seasons for humans. An important titan, Prometheus, helped mankind forever by giving fire to humans. Both Demeter and Prometheus sacrificed their time and their relationship with the supreme god Zeus in order to improve the lives of humans, which is rare among most gods. By giving humans the means to grow crops and being able to withhold meat from sacrifices, Demeter and Prometheus set themselves apart form most gods, and in that regard they can be considered as cultural gods.