Writing Assignment: Write a 500-word essay on this topic: “Compare the ethical behavior of Zeus with the ethical teaching of Jesus.”
Alright, gang. Stop talking and listen up. If you got anything I told you, you’ll know who Zeus is. Remember him? The King of the Olympian gods? Has a lightning-bolt and rules the sky? Does that ring a bell? Anyway, he wasn’t (shhh, don’t tell him I said this) a very good being. He was prone to fits of anger and when that happens, he can destroy pretty much the entire world if he wants to. He did it too. There was a fella who’s name was Deucalion and his wife’s name was Pyrrha. Don’t ask me how to pronounce either of those names because I couldn’t tell you. Anyway, Zeus decided that the world was too evil so he warned Deucalion and Pyrrha to get ready for a big flood. They went to the attic and found an old chest that they lashed themselves to and when the water came up and started trying to drown them, they just up and floated away and they would have been happy as larks, except that they recognized a few of the dead people (“Hey, look, there’s cousin Fred. I must say, I never did like him that much”) and Pyrrha kept getting the hem of her skirt wet and just as it dried out, another big wave would come along and get it wet again. They were also sort of sad to be the only people alive because they were too old to have any children. Now you might be thinking ‘Hey, I think I’ve heard this before somewhere!” Yes. You have. The other guy’s name is Noah and he had a bigger flotation device, so big, in fact that he had a whole lot of animals with him. Deucalion saw him floating by, they waved and exchanged greetings and when they had passed each other Deucalion said, “That’s a great idea. Why didn’t we get animals? That would have been so much fun.” Pyrrha said, “Because, you dummy, there wouldn’t have been enough room for them on the chest. Now move over please, you’re sitting on the hem of my skirt and I’m trying to dry it out remember?” After awhile, they stopped floating and came to rest in the middle of nowhere. They didn’t know how to re-populate the earth so they went to the Oracle of Delphi, who had somehow miraculously survived the flood. They asked what they should do and she told them to throw the bones of their mother over their shoulders. They thought she was bonkers (she was) so they turned away in disappointment and bewilderment and as they walked away, Pyrrha realized something. Maybe the Oracle didn’t literally mean the bones of their mother, maybe she was talking about Mother Earth. Pyrrha and Deucalion picked up the stones in front of them and tossed them over their shoulders. There was a funny sound as each rock hit the ground and later Deucalion and Pyrrha found out that each rock Pyrrha threw turned into a woman and every stone that Deucalion chucked over his shoulder turned into a man. Thus the earth was re-populated.
But I digress. My point was that Zeus wasn’t a very nice person and Jesus is. Actions speak louder than words, so by doing what they did, they were teaching in different ways.