Zeus Was Not Willing To Do What?

Growing up Clash of the Titans was my favorite movie.  I’ve been interested in Greek mythology ever since I can remember, especially the story of Perseus.  Once I became a Christian and re-watched the end of the original version (1981) I noticed something interesting.  After Perseus saves Argos from the Kraken, the scene pans back to Zeus on Mt. Olympus who is asked by another god, “What if all men acted so valiantly as Perseus?  What would we do then?”  To which Zeus responds, “Than man won’t need us.  But  don’t worry, there’s still enough selfishness among men to keep needed.”  Though this is really unBiblical, it speaks fairly honestly about the theology of Zeus in Greek mythology.

So when the new Clash of the Titans came out in April of 2010, I was very excited/curious to see how they would end it.  Would they keep this comment in from Zeus or change it somehow?  Well, after watching it I was very happy.  The movie was great, I loved the remake and it is still my favorite movie, but they did change that ending quote.  After Perseus saves Argos from Hades and his Kraken, Zeus travels down to earth and begins to thank Perseus for bravery saying, “I wanted mankind to worship me, but I didn’t want it to cost me my son.”  When I heard this, I was astonished.  Do you see the contrast here to the gospel of the true God and His only Son Jesus?  While Zeus was not willing to lose his son Perseus to save mankind, the true and only God of the Bible gloriously offers His only Son for the redemption of His elect.

The God of the Bible stands in stark contrast to Zeus in both versions of the Clash of the Titans.  Praise God that He is not like Zeus, and that “when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

Amen.

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