Relationships Between Gods & Mortals

Topics: Trojan War, Hera, God Pages: 2 (638 words) Published: August 10, 2011
In the mystical world, Homer’s “Iliad” portrays very distinct and personal relationships between gods and mortals. In “my world”, there is a relationship with a god, the God. Unlike the “Iliad,” my relationship with God is not very much distinct but is very much personal. In my world, there is only one god, God. God is known as the creator of all things: the Alpha and Omega: the Beginning and the End, the Creator, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Bread of Life, and so forth. He is the only possible thing that exists that knows all things, sees all things, and can do all things. With God, choosing sides is not an issue; He is fair and just and considers all mortals his children. Unless it is necessary and not out favoritism or entertainment, I feel that God does not interfere with conflict or any matter in the “human world”. In the Iliad, each god sits on either the Trojan side or the Achaean side out of favoritism or because a child of theirs belongs to the side they favor. Each god has a duty to a certain side based on which one their child is on or whom they have responsibilities for. The gods that were on the Achaean side are Athena, Hera, Poseidon, and Hermes, and the gods on the Trojan side are Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, and Leto. Throughout the story, the gods have interfered, helped, rescued, and wounded for the side they are on. In Book 1, Apollo sends the plague to the Achaeans. In Book 3, Aphrodite rescues Paris in his fight with Menelaos to spare him from getting killed. “He turned and made again for his man, determined to kill him with the bronze spear. But Aphrodite caught up Paris easily, since she was divine, and wrapped him in a thick mist and set him down again in his own perfumed chamber.” (Book 3, Lines 379-382) Prayer is a sacred entity in religion. Whether it is prayer of thanks, sorrow, repentance, requests, or conversation, it is still sacred. In my world, prayer is one of the few ways, I see, mortals can connect with God. We use it...
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