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Old 09-29-2012, 03:13 PM   #20
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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?
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