Greek gods vs the Judao Christian God

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Greek gods vs. Judeo-Christian God

Whenever we refer to the literature from which the Greek god's come from, we refer to it as mythology, i.e. Sophocles', Oedipus Rex. And yet, when we refer to the literature of the Judeo-Christian God, the Bible, this is not referred to as mythology. Both pieces of literature were written around the same time period, and yet, in modern day, we read one book to help teach us daily lessons, and we read the other for purposes of pleasure. I began to wonder why the stories of the Greek god's, that were worshipped by the Greeks of the time, came to be known as mythology, and not as a religious book, like the Bible. So, I examined what the books were centered around: the Greek gods and the Judeo-Christian God, and I noticed a definite contrast between the traits of the Greek gods, and the traits of the Judeo-Christian God. In comparing the Greek gods to the Judeo-Christian God, I found many subtle differences, but I am only going to concentrate on three major differences: the difference between the way they love humans, if they are one God or several gods, and if they have a singular presence or an omnipresence.

In Oedipus Rex , there are several references about the way that the Greek god's interacted with man, and how the god's treated them.

The god of plague and pyre

Raids like detestable lightning through the city,

And all the house of Kadmos is laid waste,

All emptied, and all darkened: Death alone

Battens upon the misery of Thebes (64 6).

In this quote we see that there is a specific god of 'plague and pyre' that has raided the city. This shows that not all god's are of pure...