I find this Greek/Christian mythology vs religion comment a little confusing. Help me understand it better.
I have often thought one person's mythology or superstition was another's religion - the key was whether you had faith in it or not.
But Harry T says many of the Greek stories were known to be just stories, not historical, by the Greeks who believed in the Greek gods.
Would it be like this:
Jesus' story of the prodigal son - parable/story - meant to make a point
The story of Jesus turning water into wine - meant to be a historical religious story
Noah's Ark - Historical religious story?
Trojan War - thought to be a myth, but shown to be a real place later on. Historical religious story?
The Golden Apple - myth/parable?
It gets slippery when there are interactions between people and the gods.
Moses and the burning bush
Virgin Mary pregnant with Jesus
Demeter requiring people to build a temple
Zeus getting together with a mortal woman to sire a son, Hercules
These specific interactions between gods and humans would be considered historical religious stories amongst people who believe in that religion, right?