From the previous post wherein I reflect on the demise of the once-great Pharaoh Amasis (and the entire Egyptian culture), I find my way to this noteworthy item: the demise of Egypt's god(s).
There were few limits to the number and kind of gods worshiped in Egypt, of that we are certain. But the god that garnered the loftiest locale was none other than Re, the sun god. The early Egyptians believed that he created the world; and the rising sun was, for them, the symbol of creation.
Where Egypt's god Re (aka Ra) is concerned that fact is particularly poignant. After-all, to have worshiped something or someone so fervently for so many decades, building an entire culture/worldview around it, and then to have it/him fall into disrepute or death is a tough pill to swallow.
What DOES one do when their god ceases to exist?
I can imagine the stark incredulity as Re's adherents cry out from antiquity: You mean my god's dead?
Re was thought to be the creator of the universe - - the original master, or lord. At some juncture he was made to share his god-ness with Egypt's king (Re's FIRST mistake), and then later with other gods, like Osiris.
What was he thinking?
Though Re lived on in various forms into the Greco-Roman period, his worship gradually deteriorated during the fist millennium. This decline was probably due to the weakening of the kingship under various foreign rulers; and while he continued to be a part of Egyptian theology, he was no longer a part of the peoples living faith.
This god, and all like him, fell out of favor. Seems people like their gods to stay in step with the times!
Don't those gods realize if they're created they can be un-created?
What a shame about Re. To have been god, and then to fall into the same Netherworld you once ruled is terribly disconcerting.
about our Lord ... Who has saved us
and called us to a holy life—
not because of anything we have done
but because of His own purpose and grace.
This grace was given us in
Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
but it has now been revealed through
the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,
who has destroyed death and
has brought life and immortality
to light through the gospel.
2 Timothy 1:8-10