I was first introduced to Greek mythology at the age of seven, and – sorry, Calvert School – I found it depressing. I still do. Take one look at the ancient Grecian pantheon, and it’s not surprising that faith in mere men (i.e., philosophers and politicians) effectively displaced a more primitive faith in capricious gods and goddesses. Greek myths might make successful entertainment, but I suspect, as a religious foundation, it would’ve made people desperate. What better illustration is there than the story of the Trojan War? Deities are bitter (Eris), cowardly (Zeus), and vain and revengeful (Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera). It’s impossible to please all of them at the same time. People are fated to die as a result.
When Jesus declared “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24), He was addressing selfish desire. However, I think that the verse easily could apply to those who might have tried to appease multiple deities at once. There’s no hope seeking protection from a host of jealous gods and goddesses, each demanding undivided loyalty. As Christians, our God is unique, so we can focus on what pleases Him and concern ourselves with only His judgment. As difficult as that might be sometimes, we don’t have to constantly watch out for His competition.
This post’s topic is based on the Wednesday Devotional Theme covered tonight at Alhambra Church of Christ.