In the ancient epics and myths, of course, the greek gods show up all the time. They’re an essential part of the myths. So, the question is, “were or are the Greek gods real?. If so, are the Greek gods still alive?
There are several ways to answer this, but they are all determined and driven by a particular outlook on history, on the supernatural, on man’s origins. But here’s the way I approach the question.
First of all, there’s a grain of truth behind all the myths. A myth doesn’t arise for no reason. Where that grain of truth is another question, of course. But there’s a grain of truth behind all the myths and legends — something causes them to arise.
Secondly, in the scripture, if we take the Old Testament account of the origins of man and nations seriously, we see that all human beings have come from a common ancestor, not just Adam, but filtered down through Noah and his three sons because everyone is wiped out in flood except Noah and his three sons.
Through Noah and his three sons, the earth is repopulated; and so, we read in early chapters of Genesis that the three sons of Noah become the antecedents of the nations of the world and we’re these the nations of where their descendants have spread out. But if we think about the way generations were, about the dynamic that goes on between parents and the children they’re raising, parents teach their children things. Parents tell them where they came from. Parents tell their children what the history of their family is.
So, if we think about what the generations after Noah and his three sons would have been doing, they would pass on the knowledge they have. It would be primarily motivated by the fact that the earth has been destroyed and they’re the only people who survived the flood.
Therefore, they will need to tell their children what the earth had been. They need to pass on to their children, into generations what the world had known before the world was wiped out.
So, it’s inconceivable to me that Noah and his three sons would pass on to immediately subsequent generations, information about the path about the past world without knowledge of the angels, the cherubim that guard the Garden of Eden, who would have been known by 2,000 years of generations until the flood removed the necessity of cherubim guarding the Garden of Eden.
It’s inconceivable that they would have passed on knowledge about the past without talking about having walked with God in the garden; about having been to give information that we can never receive about knowing that the sons of God fell in love with and inter-married the daughters of men and produced a race of giants.
Of course, that is an entirely new topic that can get told another time, but in my opinion, that’s the that’s an account of angels mixing it up with human beings. So, Noah and his sons would have passed on knowledge of transcendent beings, God himself and the superior created beings we call the angels to subsequent generations.
Noah and his three sons presumably are godly people, so they tell the story straight. But as later generations continue to pass on the decks—parents don’t simply stop telling the stories, but they’re wonderful stories—from era to age, stories can get warped and changed.
Just in the natural process of repeating a story, like the game of telephone where you sit around in a circle and whisper in one another’s ear, by the time the tail gets back to the person who starts the story, it’s been changed, sometimes all out of recognition, there’s a natural sort of tendency for stories to transform.
But there’s also a motivation for stories to change when later generations after Noah and his three sons become rebellious and no longer walk with God—it’s one thing to pass on a story about a God who loves you and with whom you have a good relationship. Still, it’s another idea or a whole other thing to pass on a story about a God who cares about your morality, who cares about the state of your heart and has expectations about you.
So, I can conceive quite easily of God’s stories and the Angels being passed on from generation to generation but being changed so that we can live with them. So that we don’t have to talk about God to whom we are accountable.
The truth? He’s still there and these angelic beings to whom God has given power and authority over the nations of the earth, that knowledge is still there. Even, I changed the stories to live with them and tell my children different stories about these powerful beings.
So, the result would be stories about gods that expect only a smoking sheep thrown at them and make such sacrifice to. A god who only cares that you fulfil the rituals on the rights but doesn’t care about the state of your heart, that’s a god you can live with, and that’s a god like Zeus, Apollo and Hera, and the other Greek gods.
So, it seems to me that since all myths have a grain of truth, and since the origin of man is what the scripture tells us it is. There had been knowledge of superior beings called angels and these angels. According to the Old Testament, they have been given power over the nations of men—we see that in Daniel when a wicked Prince of Persia withstands Michael the Archangel, the Prince of Israel when he’s coming to aid Daniel. We also see this in Deuteronomy where we’re told that men’s nations are set under the guard and guidance of the angels called “gods” and the Psalms.
All these things suggest to me that the stories of the gods are not simply made-up fiction. The tales of the gods are based on reality. The actual things told about the gods in the myths may not be accurate, but they probably are based on the knowledge that there are superior beings who have had dealings with men.
There’s one other point that we might make about this as well. To say that pagan gods and pagan religions are mere inventions, entire falsehoods and there’s no truth to it until Christianity comes along, is to be thinking like an evolutionist. Evolutionists tell us that we evolved from troglodytes or apes swinging in the trees. Then gradually, the idea of religion starts with being terrified of the Thunder and then a priestly class saying I have a way of taking away your fear and so on. That’s an evolutionary theory.
But when we Christians say that the gods are entirely false and there’s no truth to them at all, we’re talking like the evolutionists. Instead of saying that paganism is entirely wrong, and it needs to be entirely rejected, as though there’s no value in it at all, we need to think the pagans instead were not the first people on the earth—that’s what an evolutionist would tell us.
What Happened to the Greek Gods?
One of the questions I could ask quite often is what happened to the Greek gods and goddesses? Why did they disappear so suddenly with no explanation?
There are some interesting theories, but the answer is far less exciting and honestly slightly disappointing in reality. There was no epic war to end all wars; there was no Ragnarök like an event to signal the world being reborn.
The Greek deities were slowly phased out by Christianity and eventually forgotten by the Greek people. It’s easy to forget that these Greek myth stories we look at today were more than just a set of accounts. They once made up the primary religion of ancient Greece, long before Christianity ever did.
The fall of these Greek deities follows a pattern that we’ve seen across numerous countries. Christianity and other religions bulldoze their way across the land, and through a series of smear campaigns, they demonize the worship of all other deities. And this is something we’ve seen of Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic, and Slavic gods, to name a few.
Throughout ancient Greece, there has always been a major cult to a period of time when the people would partake in the worship of these deities, whether it was the Mycenaean, the Minoans, the Orphic, or even the Hellenistic period. But this worship was always contested even before Christianity spread to Greece.
The several scholars openly criticized the worship of these deities, with the first being Xena-phonies who criticized the gods-human vices, which definitely contributed to their downfall. Even Plato believed there was one Supreme God. One example of perfection in the universe that he named the form of the good. So, with this metaphorical fire of descent already burning, the arrival of St. Paul and Christianity in 49 A.D then further stoked the flames, disbelief and crisis of faith spread across the country like wildfire.
Many of us, today who have become bored with the idea of one omniscient perfect deity, Greek mythology and many others provide us with an interesting set of alternatives. A collection of gods who behave quite similar to us. A group of stories that we can some way relate to. However, this argument was definitely one of the Christians’ most powerful tools in tearing down other mythologies and belief systems.
St. Augustine and other Christian philosophers would often ask the question, “if these were higher beings worthy of worship, then why do they act out of pettiness and jealousy?”
Now, when you couple this with the fact that those refusing to convert to Christianity were hunted down and killed, you have a fairly compelling argument to forget about Zeus and coal and adopt this new religion. These old gods never really went anywhere. People just raised this Greek Orthodox under a Christian belief system, and we’ve talked of these ancient gods been seen as a punishable sin, they just faded into obscurity.
In recent years, there has been somewhat of a resurgence in the belief and the interest in Greek deities, which ultimately comes down to us becoming a more secular society. We can now discuss these ancient religions and mythologies without fear of being burned at stake—at least in most countries.
There’s no doubt that pop culture has played its part in helping raise interest in these deities, whether it’s in the form of comics and books or movies and TV. We’ve even seen a rise in Hellenistic neo-paganism since the early 90s, which is now once again a recognized religion in Greece.
Even before Christianity spread its way across Greece, these gods’ worship had always been debated and contested. Similar to how today people still dismiss these deities because they believe their behaviour to be immoral.
As someone who runs a blog that mostly discusses mythology, I’ve definitely had my fair share of people telling me that I need to stop what I’m doing because “all you’re doing is spreading the word of the devil” because I discuss these stories.
Christianity may not have been the entire reason the Greek gods were forgotten, but it definitely was the nail in the coffin for many mythologies and religions. Unfortunately, Greek mythology was so well documented that we could recover a portion of what was lost. Sadly, that’s a fate that many other mythologies did not share.
They were once part of ancient Greece’s primary religion until they were replaced by Christianity and eventually forgotten. That is until the rise of Greek mythology which now gives these deities the spotlight once again. However, whether you believe these deities were real and whether you choose the worship them, is an entirely different story.
Are the Greek Gods Still Alive?
Depending on what you believe, the outcome of this answer differs. As a Christian, you may be wrong to believe that these Greek gods never existed. In the bible, it was said that the ‘Fallen Angels‘ came to the earth to take human wives. This correlates with Greek mythology and the myths behind the Greek gods as it was said that some of these Greek gods took mortal wives. We can see this from the examples of Zeus and Poseidon.
Following from the book of Enoch, it was made clear that the fallen angels, which could have been the said Greek gods, asked Enoch to plead on their behalf with the God Almighty, who is known as JEHOVAH—the God of Abraham, the creator of all things (not Chaos or Gaia) and Jesus Christ’s Father.
Unfortunately, the pleading wasn’t accepted, of which we come to learn that a few of these false gods (or these Greek gods) ended up being imprisoned by the Arch-Angels. Therefore, if a few ended up being imprisoned in the Abyss, what about the rest of them? Where did they go?
So, to answer the question of “where the Greek gods went”—Nowhere. They are part of Satan‘s active demons ruling the world that we live in right now.
To Answer the Questions,
Are the Greek Gods Real?
Depending on your belief, the answer differs. Yes, the Greek gods were real if you are a Christian. Why? Most of the Christian beliefs originated from the ancient Greek religion. It could also be a ‘no’ to the question if you do not believe in celestial beings or you are an evolutionist.
What Happened to the Greek Gods?
Unfortunately, there is no evidence to state what exactly happened to the Greek gods. When the Romans overtook the Greeks, the Romans took the Greek gods and changed them in a more suitable way to make them the gods of an empire.
Eventually, the Roman Empire beliefs were passed down to Christianity. And then, there was the Great Schism, which spread the eastern half of the empire to become the Byzantine Empire, and instead of being Catholic, they were Eastern Orthodox.