“Gods in Greek mythology were like humans. They exhibited immorality in acts such as stealing, deception, and adultery. These gods were distinguished from humans only for their immortality. Xenophanes criticized that these misconducts were blameworthy even among humans and should not be ascribable to the divine. He found the origin of these misconceptions of gods in human anthropocentric projections of human images to the divine.”
The Greek philosopher Xenophanes was a critic of Greek polytheism. He derided the idea of gods with human limitations. Given that Christianity’s concept of “God” maintains that the Almighty came to earth in the form of Jesus, we need to consider this belief vis a vis Greek paganism. The Greeks believed that their gods manifested themselves in human or animal form. The Christians also believe that their god manifested as a man. Even the holy spirit manifested as a “dove” (Matthew 3:16). As Xenophanes observed, the Greeks also ascribed “immoral” behaviors, such as stealing, deception or adultery, to their gods. As it turns out, as a man, the Christian god also committed immoral acts. In the thread “Was Jesus Sinless?”, we showed examples of the sins committed by the Biblical Jesus during his ministry. These include destroying other people’s property (as in when Jesus allowed demons to possess some pigs without asking for the owner’s permission) or telling flat-out lies (as in when Jesus told his family that he would not go to the Festival of Tabernacles, but then went anyway later on). These kinds of acts, as Xenophanes would maintain, cannot be ascribed to the divine. They are human acts, and are considered immoral even for humans. So how could the Almighty God commit such acts? It seems that Christian theology is not much different than Greek paganism, or any other form of paganism.