The Bible and Mythopoetic Language In Scripture




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As we examine the work done by scholars working with secular documents and records to give us a realistic view or framework of the images and the events described in Scripture, we come to see the images unfold. Yet, we do not comprehend what we are seeing; unless we do so with the view that just because we do not understand the images we are seeing in Scripture, our non-comprehension does not make these so-called mythical images any less real. It is when we move into unwavering faith that we come to understand the imagination of God.

He has shown his imagination and it has been clearly made visible and is seen in the many varieties of animal, insect, and plant species that he created. It is in this imagination that we are moved from a superficial faith to seek the power and vitality that God reveals to us in our Christian heritage.

That is to say, just because our imagination is limited and our comprehension is dulled, it does not mean that the images described in the Bible are not real. We must understand that all subjective analysis is based on human opinion and perspective. What we are in need of first, is the transformation of Biblical faith.

Biblical faith is narrow in that we understand that what God reveals to us can only be understood and described in the finite state of our being. In other words, it is to be compared to the story of three blind men describing an elephant. One is touching its trunk, one – its side, and the last – its tail. They all have a different perspective based on the position that they occupy, but just because their perspectives are different, it doesn’t mean that one is correct and the others are wrong.

In believing that the Bible is the written Word of God, it behooves us to allow for the various views of the writers based on the inspiration they received by the Holy Spirit. After all Scripture also says, (1 Corinthians 2:9) “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Before you allow anyone to cause you to waver in your faith and the validity of God’s word, ask yourself this question. When the critics speak of “Biblical Mythology” – is it really myth or misunderstood truth?

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Source by Franklyn T. Johnson, Ph.D

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