The Supremacy of the True and Living God
The gods are a major part of Greek and Roman mythology. In the Bible, God also has a primary role. Even though in both instances they are immortal, there are many differences between God and the gods, namely their morals, abilities, and actions. However, the God of the Bible is perfect, especially when compared to the gods of mythology.
Firstly, the gods and God have different morals. The God of the Bible is a moral God; He is not lustful or adulterous. God shows this in the laws he makes for His people. “You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:13-15 NIV) On the other hand, the gods of ancient mythology act like some humans. The gods are immoral, having lustful thoughts which are sometimes carried out into actions. Most of the gods are unfaithful to their spouses, secretly committing adultery with other gods, like Jupiter and Io. “Juno suspected the heifer’s form concealed some fair nymph or mortal mould – as was, indeed, the case; for it was Io, the daughter of the river god Inachus whom Jupiter had been flirting with, and when he became aware of the approach of his wife, had changed into that form.” (The Age of Fable, Juno and Her Rivals) When this happens, the Greek and Roman deities often become jealous and fight to gain back their husband or wife, claiming revenge on the human.
Secondly, God is omnipotent. “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) None of the pagan gods have absolute power, causing problems. This is clear in the Iliad, when the gods are constantly descending to the earth to change who is winning the Trojan War. “Juno and Minerva, in consequence of the slight put upon their charms by Paris, were hostile to the Trojans; Venus for the opposite cause favored them. Venus enlisted her admirer Mars on the same side, but Neptune favored the Greeks.” (The Age of Fable, The Iliad) If the gods had not interfered, the Trojan War would have been a less complicated war and probably would have ended sooner.
Finally, the actions of God and the gods are completely different. God is patient and loving, merciful and faithful. The Lord keeps His promises and has mercy upon sinners.
“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV) However, the Greek and Roman gods often bicker and fight, and they are impatient and full of hate. The gods are cruel as well, punishing humans to extremes for a simple error or even beauty, as is seen with Medusa. “She [Medusa] was once a beautiful maiden whose hair was her chief glory, but as she dared to vie in beauty with Minerva, the goddess deprived her of her charms and changed her beautiful ringlets into hissing serpents. She became a cruel monster of so frightful an aspect that no living thing could behold her without being turned to stone.” (The Age of Fable, Perseus and Medusa)
Whom would you rather serve, a perfect, loving God or gods not much different from humans? The gods of Greek and Roman mythology appear to be only slightly higher than humans, being immoral, having human traits, and weak. The true and living God is unfathomable. He is set apart from humans, completely moral, perfect, and having absolute power. He is a wiser choice than the false gods of mythology. “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15 NIV)