The repetition of the words ‘And God said’, ‘And it was so’, ‘And God saw it was good’ show that God is a craftsman who was very much aware of what he was creating; it is said that this God is omnipotent. These quotes also show that God takes pride in his work as he says ‘It was good’. This is extremely different to the concept of the Prime Mover as he did not create the world he simply started the chain of causes that caused its existence which means the Prime Mover cannot be called a craftsman as he simply caused the cause and effect chain. The Prime Mover is again different to God as a Craftsman as he s transcendent and does not interact with the universe unlike the craftsman which is described as all loving and interacts with his creation. There is evidence of this within the Bible when God causes miracles however there is also evidence of this in the natural world as when God causes natural disasters, he is interacting with his creation.
The addition of Apollo to the Olympian order bridged this gap between gods and men since Apollo was now the mediator between Zeus and mankind. Apollo uses his attributes of music, archery and prophecy throughout the hymn to strengthen the relationship between gods and mankind as well to secure the order in Olympus. In the poem the gods muse at the human suffering and their defenceless nature. The gods laugh at how the humans cannot defend themselves against growing old or how they cannot avert death. Though they seem to have a perfect life, the gods require humans to express their majesty.
Both of these works illustrate the close relationship between gods and people, god’s constant interference in human’s daily affairs, and even the resemblance of their characters. Gods play a major role in both of the stories. Whenever somebody feels helpless, they pray to gods and ask for their assistance and support. In “The Epic of Gilgamesh” people of Uruk pray to gods to send a match for their king Gilgamesh because, being two-thirds god, he is so strong and energetic that he is constantly bothering the young men with fighting and “leaves no girl to her mother.” (Gilgamesh, 101) The gods hear the prayer and send them Enkidu. Homer’s “Iliad” starts with the Chryses, who was Apollo’s priest, praying to him for help after Agamemnon refuses to return his daughter.
Reasonably, the tower could not reach the ‘heavens’ because we are told heaven is a theological/spiritual realm that exists in a metaphysical parallel dimension, and not part of the physical world. This substantiates man’s arrogance in claiming to construct a tower that could reach heaven (the sky). Sequentially, this arrogance fueled Man’s pride in building the Tower of Babel. Humanity passionately believed building a tower so obelisk it would compare to God’s omnipotence and power. In essence, it was mankind’s presumptuous effort to prove man is equal to God.
Blow!’ Although the play is set in a pagan setting, Lear prays to the gods to expose criminals and later throughout the play, for the wellbeing of Cordelia and it is through these cries of help that we can notice that no matter how much the king prayed for righteous justice to be served that his prayers remained unanswered. Proof of this is how he calls his daughters ‘pernicious’ in Act III Scene i and in Act III scene iii; also called ‘The Mock Trial Scene’, where Lear states: ‘I here take my oath before this honourable assembly, she [meaning Goneril] kicked the poor King her father.’ It is ironic how Lear thought that he was all-powerful in the first Act whereas now he is making an oath in the name of the gods that what he is stating is true and this shows the resignation he has towards the previous life he led. Meanwhile the gods’ injustice is also present in Gloucester’s subplot. Gloucester has always been a great believer of the gods and in the first act, when he reads Edmund’s forged letter he demonstrates this ‘these late eclipses in the sun
someone with absolute authority, power and will. Historically we know that Ozymandias (Ramses II) claimed to be God. The Holy Quraan also mentions Ozymandias’ claim to be God over his people (Ch79:24, Saheeh International). Islamically the title of King of Kings is reserved for God Almighty alone. Thus we can see that his arrogance and ego reached such a level that he thought of himself as god and forgot that he was a mere mortal.
In Genesis God is clearly the creator; he creates the 'heavens and the earth' Genesis 1:1, God creates the fish in the sea, birds in the heaven, animals on land. It is God who creates all this, there is no question or argument of that. There is a real focus on the creation of humanity, God creates man in his 'own image'. Before everything he creates God says 'Let there be...' and there is and it is 'very good'. The notion of everything being 'very good' explains that the creation of these things was very much intentional by God and is not appeared by chance.
The fact that the Bible, a book which a whole religion is based around, opens with God shows the power that He already has. This shows God to be omnipotent. When God was creating the different parts of the world, He says 'let there be...' and there is. This shows God as creator because all He has to do is to want something to be there, and it happens. He doesn’t even necessarily have to do anything.
Gilgamesh In the epic of Gilgamesh, there are quite a few complex characters. Every character involved has their own personality and traits. The main character in this novel is Gilgamesh. He is the kind of character who is very self-confident and he feels that he is superior to others, due to the fact that he is two-thirds god, and one-third man. This arrogance that he constantly flaunts leads to him being cruel at the beginning of the epic.
In addition, Gilgamesh is as powerful as the real god, so he includes the most powers at that time. However, he does not care about his people, and he imposes too much stress to them. Enkidu is a person, who is made by Aruru goddess. He has appropriate power to Gilgamesh. Then they become friends, and they are dominating Uruk together.