Posts tagged ‘myths’
Yesterday, I wrote an article which offered a radically different interpretation of the Adam and Eve story. I do love the stories of Genesis. They are obviously of timeless quality and influence. I was raised to believe that these amazing, but bizarre stories are true – literally true – the Divine account of the universal and human origins. A recent poll done by USA Today shows that 66 percent of American adults are of the opinion that God created human beings pretty much in their present form within the last 10,000 years.I now believe that the book of Genesis like much of the Old Testament, is mythology. Hermann Gϋnkel in his book Genesis long ago laid out the different types of mythology (or as he called them, legends) contained in Genesis, and how to interpret them as ancient myth that make sense to the modern reader. Gϋnkel emphasizes that myth in Genesis is not fiction, rather it is legend that “adopts and works over certain data which come from reflexion, tradition or observation”.
I want to write my thoughts on the legend of how the human language became confused – The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). As a Christian, I was taught that the scattering of the languages was a result of the pride and pretension of humanity…
And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, From the Ghent altarpiece by Jan van Eyckand brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. – Genesis 2:18-20 (NKJV)
I have always loved the creation stories in the Bible. They were probably among the first things that I read in Scripture, since I remember them from early childhood, and also they are in the front of the book! Christians have interpreted Genesis 2 and 3, the famous story of the Garden of Eden, to be the Fall of Man and the origin of Sin.
In response to a previous post, Marcel made the following comment:
You know why the Jews spent 40 years in the desert ? Because just like Atheists they refused to have faith. The truths they heard [were] of no value to them because they did not combine it with faith.
In Hebrews 4:2 (New International Version), Paul says “For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.”
What makes the answer so troubling is the fact that this generation had so much evidence of God’s leading. Go back over the story of the Exodus and of what happened to them in the desert. God performed miracle after miracle, everything from the parting of the Red Sea to the daily provision of the manna. And yet, they still lacked faith!
It is pointless to know the truths of the Bible if you decide to lack faith and refuse to ask for it. Jesus said you can pray for faith.
Christianity as a whole is based on myths and rituals of a nomadic Middle Eastern tribe who wandered around in a desert a few years too many so it’s difficult to classify what is truth. However, even within this construct, is an embedded lie called tithing (giving 10% of your income to “God”). However, if we assume for a moment the Bible is truth, it would still be illogical to say tithing is a requirement for the church.
In Matthew 23:23, Jesus referred to tithing as a part of the law. In the book of Galatians, Paul the Apostle makes the case that Christians are no longer to follow the law. In Acts 15, the council at Jerusalem listed 3 things from the law that should be followed. The rest – not so much. Tithing was NOT included in this list.
However, many churches insist that Christians are required to tithe. There are even petty arguments on whether it should be on gross or net pay. In certain churches, a person cannot hold a leadership position if they are not a tither.
This teaching is one of the most hypocritical tenants of the church. To openly preach freedom from the law on one hand then require Christians to tithe on the other is negating the very gospel they believe (per Paul in Galatians)…