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I recently  found this “share” on facebook:

I think Greek/Roman mythology is simple: it is  a projection of the overweening pride of the Old Adam writ large.  Greek/Roman mythology is a ‘divine’ soap opera.  Hubris or pride is only a small part of the pie graph above.  I think this is incorrect.  It should be entirely red. The pie graph should be simple:  basically  pride is 100% and this is the cause of “prophecy that couldn’t be avoided”(see Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, etc.) and the cause of  envy over someone being better, that is having more talent, money, popularity;  and the cause of Zeus’ inability to keep his pants on (actually his toga down). Note, we can do some thing to prevent this on our own externally, like keeping one’s “zipper closed”.  So note, above illustrates 21st century thinking:  we can do nothing to keep the zipper up, we just can’t help ourselves, so pass out condoms at the next high school assembly.  We can keep the zipper up and the “hissyfits” of envy from our lips…but that does not solve the problem. I still WANT  to do things  against God’s Law, like adultery, anger, jealousy and the like. Lust and envy shows the state of the our hearts (see Matthew 15:17-19).  Lust and envy are marks of hubris/pride. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18  Jesus Christ has borne the destruction and arrogance of us all:  by the preaching and teaching of the Word of Law and Gospel, He gives us a heart transplant by faith in Him, by His grace.  He was killed and lives that He can pour the only salve that cures our souls and bodies and churches and societies:  His forgiveness marked with the print of the nails. His forgiveness is for my neighbor as well, like the one I am envious of, and/or lustful towards. His forgiveness alone cures temptation’s power:

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us

and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil (or, the evil one).

Amen!

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