How the Greeks’ Worldview Influenced their Religion – English Lesson 115

How the Greeks’ worldview Affected their Culture

The Greeks had a very diverse culture, and their worldview greatly affected that.  Their religion was made up of a gang of gods, each said to control a different element or thing.

The god Pluto was the supposed god of wealth and mining, underworld, and the dead.  Zeus was supposed to be the king of all gods.  Hera was the goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, heirs, kings, and empires.  Poseidon was the god of the sea.  Demeter was goddess of agriculture and growing.  Ares was the god of war. Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty, love, desire, and pleasure.  Apollo was the god of music, arts, knowledge, healing plague prophecy, poetry, manly beauty, and archery.  Artemis was the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, young girls, childbirth, and plague.  Athena was the goddess of reason, wisdom, intelligence, skill, peace, warfare, battle strategy, and handicrafts.  Hephaestus was the god of fire, metalworking, and crafts.  Hermes was the god of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, language, and writing.  Hestia was goddess of the hearth, home, and chastity.

They thought of the world as made by these gods and hundreds of others.  They thought that these gods made them and the world around them.  They think about these gods, and yet, they do not think; How were we made so well, why are there other planets, why are there other galaxies?  Who made everything?

The answer is the LORD.  He made all things, saw them as good, and therefore keeps making.  We are made to his liking and we should stay that way, following his orders and instructions. For he is the creator of all things, and the creator of us, who were made to love him.  We should love the Lord our God, and not despise him and reject him, because he died for our sins, and would again if his Father wanted him to.  That’s how the Greek worldview affected their culture.


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