“Noah and the Flood” depicts “the Lord” creating a new generation because of his actions. God decides to destroy all life but he saves Noah, “I have decided to put an end to all flesh...” (61). God’s ultimate decision to decision was caused by humanity. In God’s eyes humans have become corrupt and wicked so he takes it as his duty to punish them. Noah is a fair man and God values him thus saving Noah and his family.
The Babylonian epic tells a similar story of the flood. The gods within the story are very angered by humankind’s behavior. So they decided to punish them a flood. Ea, a Babylonian God, disagrees with extremely harsh treatment. He then instructs Utnapishtim to flee with his family and all the animals on a boat.
What the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Accomplished? In order to understand the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus it is imperative to comprehend the meaning of the Old Testament and the covenants that God made to Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. When God created the world and humans it was for God to inhabit the world with humans. However, Adam and Eve the first humans that God created, sin against Him by eating from the tree that God had forbidden. From that moment on, the world fell into sin.
The abilities of each are in contrast; God can create but not control, whereas, the Devil can control but not create. Creation is the act of making new matter, whereas the act of controlling is forcing matter to act based on the wishes of the controller. One of God’s monikers is “The Creator”. He made the universe in seven days, brought a huge flood upon the Earth and rained fire and sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah. Killing through massive disaster was the only option for God, because he couldn’t control the people and make them benevolent.
“Gods can be evil sometimes.” In the play “Oedipus the King”, Sophocles defamed the gods’ reputation, and lowered their status by making them look harmful and evil. It is known that all gods should be perfect and infallible, and should represent justice and equity, but with Oedipus, the gods decided to destroy him and his family for no reason. It might be hard to believe that gods can have humanistic traits, but in fact they do. The gods, especially Apollo, are considered evil by the reader because they destroyed an innocent man’s life and his family. They destroyed Oedipus by controlling his fate, granting people the power of prophecy, telling Oedipus about his fate through the oracle of Apollo, and finally afflicting the people of Thebes with a dreadful plague.
Zeus condemned Prometheus by dictating that an eagle would come every day for eternity and eat his liver, only to have it grow back over night. Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus both rebelled against God’s pure process of birth by nature to create their own forms of life. Victor thought that “a new species would bless him as its creator and source”(Shelley 58). Prometheus molded his human race out of his bare hands. Victor “found so astonishing a power placed within his hands”(Shelley 47).
Tiamat disagreed with Apsû’s decision to kill Ea, so she warned Ea and his brothers about Apsû’s plans. Ea, the most powerful god, used his magic to put Apsû into a coma and then killed him. Ea and Dam... ... middle of paper ... ...itional polytheistic creation myths would be how powerful people in the Ancient Near East thought the gods were. The nomads would have greatly depended on rain and weather to be able to keep their sheep and herds alive. By depending on the weather for the survival of their flocks, they would probably believe greatly in the gods.
The Lord decides, he "will destroy human beings I made on earth. And I will destroy every animal and everything that crawls on the earth. I will also destroy the birds of the air." (Genesis 6:7) After God makes his decision to create a great flood he chooses Noah to build an ark to save his family and a number of each animal to live on after the flood so they can start a new and better life on Earth. The Epic of Gilgamesh relays to readers a story very similar to Noah's flood story.
Noah was saved as opposed to the others who died in the flood. The others didn't do as God commanded them. As the LORD says in Jeremiah 18:7-8 “If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.” It appears that the LORD would have allowed other people to repent and perhaps be saved from the flood, just like Noah. I would assume that people made fun of Noah and his sons for building the ark. The other people, much like Noah had probably never seen rain, and therefore failed to believe that a flood was coming.
The depictions that this poem contains regarding the flood hold specific details that most individuals could relate to the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. However, being that this epic poem is over four thousand years old, the origin of such a familiar story stands in curious position. Within the epic, the gods become unhappy with mankind and decide to send a great flood to wipe out humanity. The god Ea betrays the other god’s intentions by tasking Utnapishtim to act as the Mesopotamian Noah. Ea warns Utnapishtim to abandon his worldly possessions and create a giant ark, stating to “forsake possessions and seek life, belongings reject and life save” (Gilgamesh 143).