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God and Athenas Relationships With Man All across the world people have their own cultures customs and beliefs A belief in a god or some superior deity is almost seen in every society in history Of the most widely believed gods is the god mentioned in the Bible Even though the God mentioned in the Bible is very impersonal he still maintains a direct personal relationship with many of his followers such as Abraham Although many people still believe in God today Greek gods are now simply viewed as myths and stories However the relationships the gods have with man kind shows a striking similarity between the evolving cultures of the Greeks and the Hebrews In Homers The Odyssey Odysseus who is the main character shares many adventures and even develops a very close relationship with the goddess Athena The Hebrew God is a monotheistic god and seems to be more impersonal then the Greek gods however he still shows his love and kindness towards Abraham Considering the different religion beliefs and cultures these two relationships on the surface seems very different However despite these differences Abrahams relationship with God is similar to the relationship shared between Odysseus and the Greek goddess Athena in that both relationships are very personal and that the gods are here to aid Abraham and Odysseus Even though both God and Athena help Abraham and Odysseus one major difference between the two gods is how they present themselves Athena appears as many different human forms in order to guide Odysseus She appears as Mentor Mentes and several other characters as she sees fit In the Bible it is assumed that Gods voice directly speaks to Abraham Abraham must obey Gods commands without question When God wants to test Abrahams loyalty to him he speaks down to him Abraham And he said Here am I He said Take your son your only son Isaac whom you love and
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