Adam and Eve.

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When comparing the two stories of the floods, a religious ideology is drawn to my attention; following the beliefs of a monotheistic religion or one of a polytheistic religion. In the story of Gilgamesh there are several G-D's. It says in the passage, "There was Anu, lord of the firmament, their father, and warrior Enlil their counsellor, Ninurta the helper, and Ennugi watcher over canals". In the story of Noah there is one G-D that rules everything. I believe that it is more beneficial and realistic to follow a monotheistic religion. From what I have noticed when there are many different G-D's a few things happen that are detrimental to that religion. I think that when there are multiple G-D's they are not respected as much as a single G-D is. They have more humanistic features because there are many of them and they each have their own area of expertise.

To me this expresses that each individual G-D has less power than that of a single G-D. The comparison of the two flood stories is a perfect example that shows how monotheism is more beneficial. In the story of Gilgamesh Enlil, the warrior counsellor, suggests that the G-D's exterminate mankind. His reasoning for this action is because humans are making too much noise with their disagreements and the G-D's cannot sleep. This is clearly not in the best interest of man, and we later learn that it was not what all of the G-D's wanted. In the story of Noah, the all-powerful G-D wipes out the entire human race as well. However, his reasoning is in the best interest of mankind. The Lord sees how much hatred and wickedness has come from humans and he regrets ever creating them. He wipes them out because they have created a...