Greek and Roman Gods vs. The Christian God

Many different religions are practiced around the world.  Some worship many gods and some worship the One True God.  The Greeks and Romans worshipped many gods.  Christians worship the One True God.  If we look at the Greek and Roman religions we can see many differences with Christianity.

In Greek and Roman culture there are many imaginary gods. Some even call them myths. The Greek and Roman gods were quite spiteful and jealous. And since they were that way, they often seemed unpredictable. The gods of Greek and Roman culture reproduced in extremely strange ways, and would even interact with mortals creating many demigods. The Greek and Roman gods each had their individual powers. For example, Mars was the god of war, Poseidon was the god of the sea and Athena was the god of wisdom. Many of the Greek and Roman gods had human-like tendencies and many times they were not the best example of good behavior.

 

  On the other hand, our Christian God is real, and is talked about alot in the Bible. Our God is merciful and kind, and reproduced spiritually. Our God knows everything about everyone, and he is all powerful. God is constant and dependable, we always know he will do the right thing. God is above the human experience and his ways are something to aspire to. God is a good role model. 

 

So we can see that the Greek and Roman gods are very different from the One True God.  The Greek and Roman gods are petty and spiteful and are not good role models.  The One True God of Christianity is the perfect role model.  Different versions of pantheism and Christianity exist now and will exist into the future.

 

If I was the Mayor

Being the Mayor of my own town would be a great responsibility an interesting challenge. I would have to balance between as much freedom for all while at the same time taking care of things that all the people use and some help those in need.  I think the best way to make this happen is to provide for a free market, very strong economy to provide jobs and with as little government as possible while still helping those in need.

If I was the mayor of my very own town, I would make sure the economy was good for all. I believe a free trade system works best because errors or low quality work themselves out of the system  and pricing and profits are determined by the workers and the customers. I would keep a low tax rate as possible so earners could keep what they earned.  In this way, people would not be as reliant on the government.  We’d have particularly interesting trade items, including things from the local beach. My town would have open jobs that everybody could participate in, and many things to volunteer for. The small city-state would have secure borders, which helps the economy by stopping smuggling and having outsiders undercut prices of locals.
My town would be focused on treating everyone as an individual, no discrimination. Everyone would be considered an individual and judged not by the state but by the people they interact with based on their character.  Everyone would be in charge of themselves, free to work and support themselves as they please and best suits their talents.  Doctors will be required to be nice to families, keeping their well-being in mind. There would be some assistance for families of the very sick and large families as some of them may not be able to afford good healthcare themselves. Nobody will be forced onto anything, my town is about truly living free!

 

Balancing  a free market with a very strong economy to provide jobs and with as little government as possible while assisting those in need and protecting fair business is indeed a huge challenge.  If you listen to the news today, this balance seems to be what everyone is arguing about.   One thing is for sure, you can’t please everyone.

If I Lived in Ancient Rome

There are many things I’d miss if I lived in ancient times. For example, I’d miss my bike. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to adventure very far. Riding my bike is fun because I love to go fast: it makes me feel free. Seeing the beautiful world around me while riding my bike is my favorite. I love to roam free in new spaces and explore trails and nature.  With my bike, I can travel much further and see more than just walking. In ancient times the only other transportation I might have is a horse or maybe just walking.  Most people in ancient times just walked where they needed to go.

Another thing I’d miss if I live in ancient times  is video games. I would be extremely bored without games, because they provide interaction with people I don’t get to see very often like my cousins and friends that live in other cities. In certain games, you can design things and do quests. Exploring open-world games is my favorite. Without these things I wouldn’t be able to explore the real world or the fantasy world or communicate with my friends and relatives as easily as I do now.

 

 

Ancient Roman History

The city of Rome began from small communities of Latin shepherds, they had settled around the seven hills in Italy near the Tiber River. The river helped them become very sucessful farmers and traders. As time went on the Latin shepherds joined together to to protect themselves and to invade surrounding villages. Over time, the city grew. Legends and myths began to be told about its beginnings. The most famous is the legend that says Rome was started by Romulus and Remus in 753 B.C. Romulus and Remus’ evil uncle left them on the bank of Tiber River, so they were supposedly raised by a wolf, later to be raised by a shepherd. The brother’s true parents were Mars, and a mortal princess. They were heirs to a throne of their settlement. But their evil uncle ruined that chance. When they grew up, Mars told them to build a city in the place they had been rescued. As they were building the city, they fought over the wall and Remus was killed. Romulus became the king of the city, and the city was named Rome. Ancient Rome grew from small settlements to one of the greatest empires in history.
Roman government went through three distinct phases beginning with Romulus the King After Romulus died, a series of six kings ruling ruling as a Monarchy ending with Tarquinn the Proud.  Tarquin the proud was cast out in 510 BC.  For the next 500 years Rome was ruled as a Republic.  At first the Republic was controlled by only the heads of Patrician families.  These families were descended from the Patriarchs of Rome.  They were important and powerful men.  The Patricians elected two mean every year to serve as consuls and administer Romes business.  The Senate was composed of Patricians.  Anyone not in a Patrician family was considered a Plebian, basically a commoner.  These two distinct social classes were formed based on the Government system and they were not allowed to intermarry. Later, plebians would be allowed to participate in government.  In 59BC Julius Ceasar took control of the Empire and was made emporer by the people.  Ceasars rule ended the Roman Republic and began a government of one man rule until the Roman Empire fell in 476 AD.
Roman engineering was far ahead of its time.  Ancient Rome had roads and aqueducts which made Romans more comfortable and cleaner. They helped the Romans travel easier to reach all the outposts of the Roman Empire.  This is the beginning of the saying all roads lead to Rome.  Over time there were over thousands of miles built by the Romans.  Romans built aqueducts to bring clean water to sites and villages.  The Featured Picture above is of a bridge that is also an aqueduct in Pont Du Guard France.  Over 200,000 gallons of water reached Rome everyday throughout the aqueducts… and even though you could see them all around most of the aqueducts and cisterns (water storage) was underground.  Other Roman feats of Engineering were great buildings used as arenas such as the Colloseum and the Cirucus Maximus for the entertainment of the people. The Circus Maximus could hold almost 750 thousand people, more than any arena today.   Rome’s engineering talent made Rome one of the greatest empires ever.
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Feats of Roman Engineering

Roman engineering was far ahead of its time.  Ancient Rome had roads and aqueducts which made Romans more comfortable and cleaner. They helped the Romans travel easier to reach all the outposts of the Roman Empire.  This is the beginning of the saying all roads lead to Rome.  Over time there were over thousands of miles built by the Romans.  Romans built aqueducts to bring clean water to sites and villages.  The Featured Picture above is of a bridge that is also an aqueduct in Pont Du Guard France.  Over 200,000 gallons of water reached Rome everyday throughout the aqueducts… and even though you could see them all around most of the aqueducts and cisterns (water storage) was underground.  Other Roman feats of Engineering were great buildings used as arenas such as the Colloseum and the Cirucus Maximus for the entertainment of the people. The Circus Maximus could hold almost 750 thousand people, more than any arena today.   Rome’s engineering talent made Rome one of the greatest empires ever.

 

 

 

Ancient Rome’s beginnings.

The city of Rome began from small communities of Latin shepherds, they had settled around the seven hills in Italy near the Tiber River. The river helped them become very sucessful farmers and traders. As time went on the Latin shepherds joined together to to protect themselves and to invade surrounding villages. Over time, the city grew. Legends and myths began to be told about its beginnings. The most famous is the legend that says Rome was started by Romulus and Remus in 753 B.C. Romulus and Remus’ evil uncle left them on the bank of Tiber River, so they were supposedly raised by a wolf, later to be raised by a shepherd. The brother’s true parents were Mars, and a mortal princess. They were heirs to a throne of their settlement. But their evil uncle ruined that chance. When they grew up, Mars told them to build a city in the place they had been rescued. As they were building the city, they fought over the wall and Remus was killed. Romulus became the king of the city, and the city was named Rome. Ancient Rome grew from small settlements to one of the greatest empires in history.

Unlikely Champion

One cloudy day, the slave called Simon got an unexpected visit from one of the Roman guards. “You’ve been picked to be thrown in the ring with lions,”the man said.  The gruff guard signaled for Simon to get out of his cage. The Romans were cruel people and chose the weakest slave, only because they were in the mood for a bloody show. “Get to it!” the guard yelled, pushing the defenseless man into the pit. Simon took a while to get to his feet, his tattered sandals not taking well to the slippery sand set below the slave. He stood frozen, staring at the hungry lions before him. The biggest lion licked its’ lips, moving towards Simon. Suddenly, a calm feeling enveloped Simon as he sated beseechingly at the lions. After a moment it began to look like the lions understood and they started to circle the slave with curiosity. Simon remained cool and collected, anda sort of peace swept over him and the lions. Understanding and friendship filled the atmosphere as the lions showed mercy. Simon had won his life, he was the unlikely champion.