Tuesday, September 25, 2012

God cannot do everything...!

Recently I took an interest in Aesop's Fables. I came across a very interested story, which is used in many other forms by the Christian world. The fable is entitled "The Shipwreck Man":

A rich Athenian was sailing with some other travellers. A violent tempest suddenly arose, and the boat capsized. Then, while the other passengers were trying to save themselves by swimming, the Athenian continually invoked the aid of the goddess Athena (patroness of his city), and promised offering after offering if only she would save him. One of his shipwrecked companions, who swam beside him, said to him: 'Appeal to Athena by all means, but also move your arms'. 

By this small didactic story we understand that we can invoke the gods, however, we must not forget to put in our own efforts to save ourselves. In Greek there is a phrase for this, taken from this story, 'συν Αθηνά και χείρα κίνει᾿. This of course applies, also, to the Christian faith, whereby we should pray to God, but we need to help ourselves too. Without the latter (and due to our free will) it is difficult for God to help us. 

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