Prometheus


People have reached a pinnacle of arrogance which threatens autonomy. J

I am easily misunderstood by the faith community.  I believe enough to question God in a healthy way.  I do not disbelieve by any means.  History, myth and fable shed truth.  We are either bound or set free; chastised or rewarded.

The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.  –Paul Kurtz

The dark night of a soul is a journey I endure.   I found a matter of time becomes minutes to hours and hours unable to be contained by days.  The stories of Prometheus and God understand our need for security and pass their shadows over us.  Knowledge and wisdom our fortitude, Prometheus and God bestow a gift of hope for the future in the destruction of evil and the promise of rebirth.

The bearing of fire, warmth and light, endures for eternity.  The next generation will need storied thought and soulful belief.  Belief in fire guides and water purity.  We best learn to discover while we live.  So then I follow my thoughts…

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Why is Prometheus tormented by an eagle while the Prophet Elijah is fed by a raven?

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Caspar de Crayer, The prophet Elijah fed by a raven, 1619-1630

Jeremiah 15:3  “I will appoint over them four kinds of doom,” declares the LORD: “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag off, and the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.

The Story of Prometheus tells his gift of fire (light, warmth) to man and hence stricken by Zeus for his audacity to befriend humanity while the Prophet Elijah, who ran from doing right, was given a second chance, sustained by God.  How many chances does it take us to do right by humanity?  Does God’s sovereignty over all the Greek gods deem Prometheus’s fire not pure and hence retribution for bringing wisdom, all that was hidden from our eyes?  Is Zeus a metaphor for God?  Is Prometheus, as a god, subject to judgment as man?  There are a few verses in the Bible that fascinate:

1 Kings 18:24  “Then you call on the name of your god,
and I will call on the name of the LORD, and the God who answers
by fire, He is God.” And all the people said, “That is a good idea.”

1 Kings 18:38  Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed
the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust,
and licked up the water that was in the trench.

Psalm 50:3 Our God comes and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.

In studying Greeks myths side-by-side with the Word of God, I discover the similarities and differences.   There are many questions, more than answers, hence my quest.  I wonder about the stories woven throughout time and how we can utilize them as a map for the future.  Has our ability to let go of myth and story led us down a path of annihilation of ourselves and the world?  Our map of the world burnt?  Perhaps a post for another time…

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”  Joseph Campbell

Personally I do not consider myself to be an answer at all.  I see myself as an enigma, as my husband calls me.  Enigma: a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.  I suppose in a way I am not willing to follow the crowd and people cannot understand autonomy.

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”  This is a Joseph Campbell quote I believe.

Then, Roxanne Meshar, M.Div., in her book “God is not Zeus”, contends we want God to be Zeus but says He is not, no matter what we desire.  I counter does God not say He is He?  I am the I am?  Metaphorically Zeus?   We desire to be saved and seek someone or something stronger than ourselves.  We want God to be Zeus.

So how can any of this post help if someone believes metaphors are lies?  Does not an atheist contend and promote skepticism, blaming religion for all problems.  Is religion the scapegoat while dismissing the nature of hearts?  Can any of us say we have never committed a transgression against another?  Are we free of needing forgiveness?  Is it humanity, in all its foibles, that rules the world?  Or is there justice by a higher authority and who might that be?  Why, we ask, is God silent if He sees and knows all?  Why is the I am not walking the earth with us battling evil?  Or can we save ourselves by believing and finding the power within?

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell

Happy thinking, J

17 thoughts on “Prometheus

  1. Much is misunderstood – possibly especially on blog posts and in comment boxes. Never mind about this. I enjoy reading what you write. I know you have problems with your cats at the moment (as well as everything else going on) – cats – they only give cupboard love, but that is one reason I love them. Hope you get your writing room sorted out soon.

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    1. We bring our thoughts to other writings. I would hope reading we encounter a sanding edge. At times it can provoke new insight to ponder. Agree or disagree we can bring our thoughts forward. Thanks for reading. And I enjoy yours.

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  2. In your thought, you seem to be putting ‘the faith community’ on one side, and ‘atheists’ on the other. I am an atheist, but I don’t belong to any particular group of atheists. I think what I think.

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    1. Joan there is a divide in ideas, not from my dividing, I do not have such power. I don’t agree with many ideas put out in the public realm. I have a philosophical and spiritual side that blends from several ideas.

      I don’t know atheists personally, only what i read in books and ideas that float around or listening to debates communicated publicly. From what I read and understand atheists do contend God is a myth, a fairy tale. Silliness. Stories can be true literally and sometimes they make a point figuratively or metaphorically. Stories have been part of mankind for centuries and that was the point of my piece. To point out several overlaps between Greek myths and God. If you search further Native American, Inca, Romans, Egyptian, etc also have similarities to God. This was one god explored, Prometheus.

      I know the divisions in the faith community. Everyone interprets the Bible differently. Why does no one debate other stories and myths, ie Greek or Roman? They remain cut and dry? Stories can be true literally and sometimes they make a point figuratively or metaphorically. These stories deal with man’s soul and mental capacity and are not dry scientific precepts. Science may not agree with these stories but science cannot explain a man’s need for spiritual food.

      As far as you, from what you write on your blog, it may take you 100 years to figure yourself out. If you felt i called you out in my piece personally i am unsure where you feel i did.

      People do have a need for heroes and I am exploring that. It is fascinating psychologically, spiritually and philosophically.

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    1. God is part of Christianity, Jewish and Muslim beliefs but in this particular instance I refer to those who believe Jesus as God’s Son, the Promised Messiah of the Jews and not just a great teacher as Islam purports. I have no reason not to believe but I struggle with unbelief. Too many tragedies to count and some days are worse than others but some thread remains that keeps me tied to my childhood beliefs. I think the quest i am on is not to make one momentous proclamation but rather produce small fissures in my (the) mind to reconstruct myself (an image). I am broken so i figure while i attempt to put myself back together why not take myself all the way apart. The process of mending is healing. I cant simply believe anything anymore. I have to search. J

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      1. Seems a healthy way to start looking. I also feel everything is to be constructed moment to moment, as near as I get to a philosophy really. My faith is in the human discovering – or rediscovering – a place in nature.

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      2. And I could find other excuses to get out and sit on the crisp grass and look out over the airy roof of Yorkshire. It was like taking time out of life. Time to get things into perspective and assess my progress. All Creatures Great and Small… James Herriott. 🌻

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    1. Hi. Joan. I once thought i would be a lawyer during a time when i loved to argue. I even won a battle between Robert E. Lee and the north in a history class. I won because I was willing to put in the time. I did not believe what I was saying but I could argue. Today, I take on no such contention.

      By stating anything, I am ______, we lay down a line that draws out a battle. We are told bring evidence? Is this not why people say “Why?” in the first place?

      Gotta get my kitties to the doctor this morning so they cannot populate the neighborhood with their offspring. 😉 Talk soon…

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      1. Not sure what you mean by that. ?? Perhaps to make it clearer, if i say, “I believe in a higher being” i will face those on my left who are up in arms and if i say “This is all there is. See it!” those on the right will squawk. In the end, no matter, I lose. So I pose the questions, keep my findings deep inside for the most part and silently listen to others. Above all the chaos people mean the most. The only time i fight back is when someone, including myself, is hurt or demeaned. I may not agree with people but i respect all thought. Is that clearer?

        I knew when I answered it would be uncomfortable but my point was to lay groundwork for further thinking. Man stands on evidence. A few stand on precepts and concepts. Belief is subjective. We can believe in just about anything. Answering questions might make it worse….but stories teach us to think. Listening to the stories we may find we were wrong but we also can find new evidence. In the end i may never understand but i shouldn’t strip others of life lessons and emotion. We must teach all thought and let others decide. We all feel something and search to understand the “Why?”.

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