Friday, February 16, 2018

Biblical Myth

The Bible is mostly written in myth language.
Good religion traffics in myth.
Myth is intended for that which is more than literally true.

We need myth
to express the more-than-factual meaning
of experiences like falling in love, grief, and death.

Art, poetry, and myth
point us to the deeper levels of truth
that ordinary language can’t fully explain.

Early Christians knew this;
but the Western Church has spent the last five centuries
trying to prove that the stories in the Bible really happened
 just as they are described.

For some Christians,
it’s imperative that the world was created in six literal days,
otherwise their entire belief system falls apart.

Christianity came to rely heavily on
 technique, formula, and certitude
instead of the more alluring power
of story, myth, and narrative.

These give room for the soul, mind, and heart to expand.
 Ironically, from such an open and creative stance,
we can actually solve problems much more effectively.

The whole point of Scripture
is the transformation of the soul.
But when we stopped understanding myth,
we stopped understanding how to read and learn
from sacred story or Scripture.

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