Saturday, November 27, 2010

One Thing: Myth vs. Truth

"For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
2 Peter 1:16

I had to learn about the four kinds of traditional literature for my children's literature class: folktales, fables, myths, and legends. The definition my textbook gave for "myth" included the following (emphasis added).
Every ancient culture made up stories that answered questions about the creation of the world, the origins of people, and the reasons for natural phenomena.  the Greeks called these explanations mythos, which means "tales" or "stories." Today, people sometimes use the word myth to describe any story they consider to be untrue. However, in literary terms, a myth is a story containing fanciful or supernatural incidents intended to explain nature or tell about the gods and demons of early peoples. In distant past, as in some traditional cultures today, the stories were taken as fact and made sacred by religious belief.
Many people would consider the Bible a myth and attach this definition to the Holy Word of God.  It is not. We can have confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ.

One Thing: Be bold.  We do not tell mere myths; we have been entrusted with the Word of God.

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