[quote="erinmary, post:1, topic:219795"]
My daughter is recently asking many questions about "other gods". When I ask her to clarify, she states that another girl at school is always talking about gods, such as Isis. That this girl "believes in other gods". She has told me that at recess they play "demi gods".
She is asking me if it is okay to play this way.
My question is, what is the Catholic church's teaching on greek mythology? I have always likened mythology to fables, so in that sense I wouldn't see a problem with them playing out stories they know. On the other hand, I worry that this subject could open a door to that which is not of God.
I would love any answers you may be able to offer!
I am not sure how old your daughter is, but I would start by explaining that there is only One God. If she is in school then she is old enough to go over the Creed with her and point out what we believe. I would also go over reall quickly the Old testement stories of when God showed these other gods to have no power (in other words not be real). I would also tell her that it is ok to play act and make bleive aobut these characters, but if the other girl really belive in them then she should not play those games with here as it is making funny of her.
She should know the difference between real people and pretend like with heros. We have real heros: Firefighters etc... and then we have superheros: superman, batman, wonder woman....
I would also point out that before God made himself know to all through Christ many people knew that there was more that just man, They knew that there was a God. And they invented the stories of the gods to explain what they saw but had no real knowledge of.