MYTH and LOGIC
BY: JAN A. ANTONSSON
OCTOBER 9, 2015
The Glory Road Blog, A Kingdom Highway
“Because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Probably every Christian understands that he or she must find a way to believe the verse just quoted. Non-Christians, like Hindus and Buddhists also have something they must believe before they can practice their religion. Even atheists and agnostics have something they profess to believe in, i.e., their non belief of God. The famed 12 step programs practiced by those attempting to shed their substance abuse and other addictions have reduced the object of one’s belief to its lowest common denominator and merely call it,
That thought struck me as ridiculous when I first read it, until I remembered the verse in
My thanks to Fr. Richard Rohr’s latest meditations for amending my previously held thought that
What I’m pondering today is the importance of the first definition, ie., the importance of myth in our lives, as opposed to mere logic. The East embraces mythology and mysticism, whereas the West has gravitated toward logic, analysis, and scientific proof. Lenny and I had a Real Estate client back in the day who was a dear old man, a retired math professor and a Presbyterian, as I recall. We got to be friends with him while helping him sell a property. One day something was reported on the news about the search for Noah’s ark, and he confessed to us rather ruefully,
Do you believe in God and the resurrection of the Lamb? It’s very important that you do, according to Paul, because your salvation depends upon it. It’s easy to confess that you do, but if you do, why do you? I’m not trying to be a trouble maker here, but only to make the point that so many of the things most of us believe, the stories of miracles and angels, and God’s intervention in the lives of men and women, which are so dear to us, cannot be proven. There was no CNN reporter at the foot of the cross documenting the cruel execution of an innocent man, nor at the tomb to record the glorious resurrection of the Son of God.
In fact, you cannot prove the existence of God. He cannot be observed, quantified, dissected, probed, or proven in any manner valued by true scientists. A scientist friend used to say,
Someone sent me an e-mail, which I shared with a few, about NASA’s looking back in time and discovering that there was a day and 20 minutes missing in the provable record. They were stumped until a believer told them about Joshua’s battle with the 5 kings. The Israelites were winning, but the sun was about to go down, meaning all would be plunged into darkness and the enemy would surely get away. Here’s the text found in
That accounts for 1 day and the additional lost 20 minutes happened when Elijah prayed the shadow on the sun dial would go back 20 minutes to convince King Hezekiah that God really was going to allow him to live an additional fifteen years (II Kings 20:6, 8-11). NASA’s research provides unusual and exciting information not available about most of the miracles in the Bible, including even the Exodus. A good friend sent me a video regarding the effort to prove the Exodus actually happened, because unbeknownst to me, even some Rabbis do not believe it was an actual event, but merely a mythological story to build faith. How faith can be built on a false story is beyond me, but there are many who do not believe that the Israelites were delivered by God from their captivity in Egypt.
Do you believe the thrilling descriptions of Almighty God found in scripture? If so, why do you believe them? I suggest it is because the Spirit uses the unprovable events in the Bible to reveal the Father’s heart to us.
My blessed parents brought me up to believe in every word of the Bible, which was easy, because I began reading it when I was a child. The reason Jesus called us to become like little children in order to enter the kingdom, was, I believe,
We all need heroes to believe in. As a child, I thrilled at the courage of young David, as he stood against the giant Goliath, who had said that he would feed the flesh of David to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.
As a child, I didn’t need proof that this actually happened, or that any of the other miracles happened either. God used the truth of His personal involvement with the children of Israel to lift me out of myself and opened my eyes to see into the realm of Spirit, where the Lord God Almighty always defended His children, always protected them, and always loved them. Those early years of soaring in the spiritual mythos of the Bible are with me still. My blood rushes faster when I read of His love and deliverance, and some of the stories still bring tears to my eyes. These stories of God’s love, protection and deliverance of Israel sustain me yet today, for now that Lenny is no longer here physically, I depend upon my Father, my Abba, my Champion to lead and guide me and keep me safe and whole. He who was, and is, and is to come has never failed to do that even in the smallest things. Big miracles make the evening news (sometimes), but it is the tiny ones which show me His care and His ever constant presence in my life.
In considering the effect of myth on our spiritual growth as opposed to logic, I remembered the verse found in
By the Spirit, we have
Father, You are precious beyond words and Your love and care are the reason the world still stands. You bring order out of chaos, good out of the worst evil; You are the light which shines brighter than the evil deeds committed by evil people which constantly clamor for our attention. Your love is eternal, everlasting, all encompassing, and perfect. We join our voices with the great multitude, with the voice of many waters, and with the voice of mighty thunderings, we say,