Do The Gods Love Humanity? Essay

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Humans tend to believe that their gods love them, that they were created in the image of their gods to be inheritors, to one day join them in immortality, or even just as children who are loved and cared for. However, when examining the texts of ancient civilizations that offer stories about god to human interaction, it becomes questionable whether or not the gods actually had any sort or regard for humans other than as a pet or a servant. Assuming that the human interpretation of actions of the gods is factual, events such as Creation and the Flood- constants found in nearly every civilization- become advocates that humans do not hold the favor of the gods, and even heroes found in Ancient Mesopotamian myths can be thrown aside without regret. While Humans may hope to be cared for by their lords, the opposite may in fact be the truth. This essay will examine the myth of Creation and the myth of the flood in multiple societies, as well as Mesopotamian prayers and myths about human-god interaction such as How Adapa Lost Immortality, as well as Aqhat to determine whether or not the gods really do care about humans.
All religions hold the belief that humans were created by the gods, but the purpose for creation, as well as the method of creation, tends to vary. For instance, in the Epic of Creation, Marduk states that “[He] shall create humankind, they shall bear the gods’ burden that those may rest” (Foster, 38). In this Babylonian myth, Marduk passes this idea to Ea, who is actually responsible for the creation. There is no noted affection or love, it is treated as more of a convenience, creating them out of clay and the blood from the traitor Qingu with the “express purpose of providing them with food, drink, and lodging” (Ringgren, 42), essentially preforming the work that the gods have grown tired of. If Humans were in fact of real value, the blood of Marduk, Ea or any respectable god should have been used instead of the god that started the war between the gods. His punishment in death is even inherited the humans, that since they exist from the blood of the traitor, they must spend their existence in reparation to the gods for the crimes that Qingu committed.
Another major creation story comes from the Christian Bible. The single, all-powerful God “formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breathe of life” (Hebrew Bible, Genesis 1:2). The creation is similar to the Babylonian accounts, both using some sort of ground and something from a god, however, the difference is that the Christian God modeled man after himself, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness” (Bible, Genesis 1:1). God also created the Garden of Eden for man and woman to live in, so it is very clear that this god does actually care for his creation, allowing Adam to name and have dominion over all the other animals and creating a woman so that he may have companionship. However, the relationship appears to be like an...

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