Essay on The Holy Bible - Dionysus and Genisis God
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Dionysus and Genisis God
Every individual has his/her own view of a divine power. It appears that each different culture looks at its’ higher being in a
different way. Texts and myths are used by each culture to explain its god or gods or even goddesses. Genesis, from the
Bible, shows the many characteristics of the Christian God, as does Euripides' The Bacchae of Dionysus. The two separate
Gods are shown to illustrate very similar human characteristics; however, they differ by their godly attributes and their effect on
how women are viewed in today's society.
The Christian God, as described in Genesis, possesses some common human characteristics. The Greek God of all that
is emotional, Dionysus, is depicted in The Bacchae to have those same human emotions. Both Gods portray a very common
human emotion: need. The Genesis God wants to be the only God that the people belief in; he is needy in receiving recognition
for being the only God. Dionysus has a very similar conflict. The entire play deals with Dionysus testing the Theban women of
their sincere devotion and belief for him. While Dionysus struggles to be recognized as a true God, the Christian God is
struggling to be recognized as the only God. Both Gods possess this very human emotion that we call need; both are in
desperate search for recognition and acceptance. Another human emotion that can be found in both Gods is authority and
wrath. The Biblical God punishes Adam and Eve severely when they eat from the Tree of Forbidden Fruit. He uses his godly
authority and sends them out of Paradise. Dionysus portrays that same angry emotion; he gets angered so easily when someone
refuses to belief in him. Need and wrath are very human emotions that the Christian God and Dionysus experience.
The attributes and power that each God has is a major difference between the depiction of the God in Genesis and the
Dionysus from The Bacchae. Genesis tells of the story of how God created the earth, and how he made the animals, man and
woman. This God is shown to have the power to do anything in his will. He is the one and only true God. Dionysus does not
possess that kind of power.