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Author Topic: Homer's Gods, Plato's Gods.  (Read 10006 times)
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« Reply #2: May 31, 2008, 09:16:52 pm »

Even if the birth of Zeus is eternally happening, so is the state before Zeus on born and the state after Zeus was born. If the Gods are eternal as Plato believes, there there could be no state before any of the Gods were born to talk about in mythology.  Translation, both beliefs probably cannot be literally correct. They might both be correct ways of understanding the Gods in that they each tell you something important about the Gods

But one aspect of divinity is the ability to transcend time. Let's just suppose that Mr. and Mrs. J have a bouncing baby boy; call him J Jr. In the course of events, he grows to maturity, and one day comes to Mom and Pop with an idea: "Dad, I think you might want to consider giving our people something I'm tentatively calling 'fossil fuels.' Which reminds me—I think this dovetails nicely with that idea Sis had for those animals she calls 'dinosaurs.'" Mom and Dad say, "Go ahead". So J Jr. reaches backwards in time and reworks the universe, keeping Mom and Dad's original creations but adding in his new touches with a tweak here and there in order to match the new universe with the old one as closely as possible; his last step is to take all of the people from the original timeline and pop them over to the new one so gently that they don't even notice the difference. So, while J Jr. had a definite start date and time in the original timeline—call it reality 'A'—in the new reality, A-prime, he was the motivating and creating force from "In the beginning...." all the way up to the present moment. There was, in the reality everyone now sees and experiences, no time when he did not exist and no time in which he was not God. And that is, IMNSHO, how a deity can have a definite beginning and yet be eternal at the same time.
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