Humanity And Divinity : Piety, Worship, And The Eternal Search For God 's Grace

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Humanity and Divinity: Piety, Worship, and the Eternal Search for God’s Grace
The millennia-old observations of man’s connection to God we see within the Old Testament, Oresteia, and The Iliad, present a similar theological backdrop yet include striking differences. It can be surmised that these contrasts are due to the natural evolution and growth of religion across time and culture, as well as the role of God within society. However, it should be noted that man approaches God in similar ways between each of these texts; he assumes the role of devotee regardless of his own personal beliefs towards the deity. People demonstrate their righteous connection to God through worship, piety, or a combination of both. Although we often see gods arbitrarily determining what is good and bad, throughout various ancient texts the most consistent method of reaching God’s grace is by displaying reverence. Within the Old Testament, God is shown to provide divine intervention in response to the devotion and piety shown by His people. In this text, we are told that God holds his covenants dearly and remembers those who are loyal to him given by the statement “God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Exodus 2:24). The use of language is notable here, as God hearing this groaning paints a picture of a very intimately connected God who listens closely to his disciples. The piety of the devotees influences God to

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