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Favoritism and the Powers of the Gods In ancient times people believed that their lives would be significantly better off if the gods favored them In the Aeneid gods were battling with each other over who would control fate Even the Bible shows us incidences of favoritism In a society where everything is governed by the gods the favor of a god bestowed upon a person was extremely important In the sources The Aeneid and The Bible favoritism and the powers of the gods play crucial roles in determining the outcome of the stories While reading the Bible one cannot help but notice the obvious cases of favoritism In the story of Cain and Abel the Lord God is portrayed as a supreme being who demands that the highest respect be paid to Him In receiving offerings from Cain and Abel God expects that they would bring Him only the best they could give He took it for granted that each of the boys would sacrifice anything to please Him However this wasnt to be 3 In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the soil 4 while Abel for his part brought one of the best first- lings of his flock The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not Genesis 43-5 This passage shows that by giving an offering that is deemed worthy the favor of God will shine down However the opposite also holds true that if ones offering is only sub-par then God will not look down upon you with favor as is the case with Cain This idea is also portrayed in the story of Noah The Lord God has seen that his beautiful creation has been corrupted and decides that he will destroy all living things on Earth However God spares Noah and all of
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