“Compare the ethical behavior of Zeus with the ethical teaching of Jesus.”

When you think of Greek mythology, what do you think of? The gods, right? And who was the most famous and powerful god? Zeus. Today I’m going to compare Zeus’s ethical behavior to Jesus’s ethical teaching.

Zeus, although a god was not perfect! In fact, one of the ways the humans related to the “gods” was that they weren’t  perfect. The gods quarreled among themselves, fought and used other people to get revenge, and were deceitful.  They often acted like children, except with more power. I’ll prove this point by summarizing this story: “Jupiter and Io”.

The story beings with Ovid telling us that Jupiter raped Io. And Jupiter is known to be a player so his wife Juno, comes snooping around. Jupiter catches Juno and before she can find Lo he turns Lo into a heifer. To cover up his adultery. Juno still not satisfied, asks Jupiter to give her the heifer. He does and she takes the heifer and places it under the eye of the god Argo. Now Argo isn’t any ordinary god he has many eyes so he can see everything Lo (the heifer) does; whether he is turned around or sleeping. Well, Jupiter sends the god Mercury to get Lo back. Mercury decapitates Argo but doesn’t succeed in getting Lo. Juno takes Lo to the Nile to hide her from Jupiter. Then Jupiter finds them and vows to never be with Io again. Juno then permits Io to resume her human form. We can see that the gods are: dishonest, adulteress, not to be trusted, and lustful.

Now I’m sure you noticed that Zeus wasn’t mentioned once. Now that is because the Romans and Greeks have different names for “Zeus”. So Jupiter is Zeus.

Now let’s discuss Jesus’s teachings. Let’s start by reading1 Timothy 1:9-10:

We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers – and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine

We just read a list of condemning sins. That Jesus says we shouldn’t do.  And there are much more that we could go over but we don’t have the time. I don’t think I have to go any further for you to see the difference between Zeus and Jesus.  Jesus was perfect and he said to obey God and His laws. That is perfect and holy.  And Zeus wasn’t perfect, had no ethical standards-just don’t get in my way and we are fine.



western LIT, essay 105.


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