In most major religions today, high moral principles are established in religious doctrines. Believers are expected to worship their god and follow set standards which the church or god has established. Christians, for example, attempt to comply with the Ten Commandments; according to the Christian god, human beings are not supposed to commit adultery, lie, or covet their neighbor's wealth. Christians follow a specific text, the Bible, to know how to live a life that will lead toward an eternal life in heaven. The Homeric Greeks did not follow a set of standards that told them how to act; the gods did not play a role in determining moral etiquette. The Homeric Greeks believed they were ruled by immortals who determined the destinies of those Greeks who helped or hindered their goals as gods.
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"The Role of the Greek Gods and Yaweh: Emotions or Morals?,"
Draftings In: Vol. 2:
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