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Essays On Ancient Religions

Religion: Important in the Lives of Ancient People Essay

2126 WordsNov 26th, 20149 Pages

Religion played a huge role in the lives of the ancient people. Their religion decided how they lived their lives and how they treated other people around them. Mesopotamian, Hebrew, and Hindu people all lived in order to please their gods to the best of their abilities. This essay will argue that the people had fairly similar relationships with these gods in that they all had a sense of obligation to obey them. The Mesopotamian people were polytheistic and had different relationships with each god. They saw some of their gods as loving and compassionate while others were angry or quick tempered. In the document Advice of an Akkadian Father to His Son c. 2200 BCE found in Envisioning World Civilizations it shows how the people were to…show more content…

Another document shows both the loving and the jealous sides of the Hebrew God. The Hebrew people were quick to fall away from the commandments God set before them to follow. In the document Exodus, “The Ten Commandments” found in Envisioning World Civilizations, it tells how God chose Moses to come up to the mountain that he was on so that he could make the commandments and have him give them to the people. The Hebrews thought that God was very possessive of them. They felt that out of all the people He made a covenant with them making them his chosen people. In the document he admits to being jealous over the people, he says, “you shall not make for yourself a graven image...you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God.”6 The people were impatient and could not even wait long enough for Moses to come down from the mountain before they were making a golden god to worship. When God descended on the mountain there would be loud thunder and the people were terrified. Exodus, “The Ten Commandments” says when they heard the thunder and trumpets they told Moses, “You speak to us, and we will hear; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.”7 The people were so fearful of God they did not even want him to talk to them but they still turned their backs on him and made a god to worship before Moses returned. When God saw

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Essay on Ancient Religions: A Comparison

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Ancient Religions: A Comparison

As civilization has expanded and improved it has gone through many different religions. Some of the most interesting and different have been the Mesopotamian religion, the religion of the Greeks and finally Christianity. These three religions were practiced in different areas and different time periods and therefore they will be excellent for a comparison. Religion is a key part of every society and civilization. No matter how it is organized or what type of God they worship, a society would be nothing without some kind of deity to organize it. Through the units of study the amount that people rely on Gods has been evident and that is why this makes a very good essay topic. Three areas of religion will be…show more content…

Christianity was also often practiced in secret but for a different reason. In the early days of Christianity, Christians were persecuted for their religion. Because of this, they were often forced to practice their religion in private and in small groups. They would meet in people’s homes and sing praises to their God. It was very dangerous to worship or even pray in public because of the persecution. Worship was very simple though, small groups would meet together and simply sing songs and talk about their experiences. They would talk of who was being persecuted, pray for those in prison and being tortured. Later on in the Roman Empire things changed, Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the entire Empire. Large churches were built and huge masses of people flocked to praise God. Worship stayed the same basically with singing and praying but in greater numbers. They could now worship in public without having fear. Soon there was an organized religion where before there was simply groups of believers. There were festivals and religious days recognized by the whole of Rome. The early church was like today’s Catholic church and eventually developed into the Catholic Church we know today. Many of the rituals and customs that are observed came from things done in the early days of the church (Williams, p3). These three religions had different ideas of how to worship their God or Gods; this often affected other

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