Thought For The Week: Mythologization Of The New Testament

We are once again coming to the “Christmas Season” and even though it is only mid-October Disney has already been advertising a “Holly Jolly Christmas” while trying to sell a trip to Disneyland. Not only is the merchandising of Christmas starting, but again right on cue, I am hearing from the atheists and general God haters about the “mythology” and copycatting of Jesus and the New Testament from Greek mythology. I have posted before on the so-called “copycatting” of Greek mythology in a past article;

But as I was reading Dr. RC Sproul’s publication: BE All The More Diligent To Make Your Calling And Election Sure 1-2 PETER, and I must note that he made an excellent point about the so-called mythologization of the New Testament. He tells a story of a friend who was a friend of his in the English Department of the college where he was teaching. This friend as Dr. Sproul writes “took great pains to try to debunk the New Testament.” This friend apparently explained that the N.T. had “significant similarities” to Ovid’s Metamorphosis. So Dr. Sproul asked his friend if he could explain the difference between the Greek and Hebrew view of history? Not only could he not explain it he fell backward!

Dr. Sproul then explains; “I reminded him of grade school education” (how humiliating that must he been) “students had to learn elementary biology and the principles of taxonomy, in which living things are divided into kingdoms, creatures are grouped according to their similarities. However, when that is complete, the task of science is only halfway done; these same creatures also must be grouped according to their differences. This is in fact how language emerges.”

Dr. Sproul elaborates; “It is how enterprise was begun in the Garden of Eden. When God called Adam and Eve to name the animals, they were involved in taxonomy.” “When someone has a stomachache, a doctor does not automatically prescribe aspirin or milk of magnesia. A responsible physician will want to get more specific and consider the differences between stomach cancer and indigestion.”

If his professor friend didn’t know the difference between the Greek and Hebrew view of history, he couldn’t teach his students the similarities of Greek mythology and the New Testament! The Hebrew view of history (being linear) and the Greek view of history (being cyclical) have nothing in common! “The Greeks and Romans did not care whether their god’s existed. They were myths, and they knew they were myths” writes Dr. Sproul.

Christian, we again are going to be bombarded with these fallacies of Mithras and other “mythological” gods. Stand up for the Truth. When questioned about such fallacies, don’t just let it rest, address it. The person is only repeating misinformation they were given. Learn the fallacy errors. Share the gospel. Share the Truth. Do it lovingly. They will likely say you are crazy, but that is only through years of clouding and programming the brain with junk, that is also how a cultist reacts. They will bring up “magical sky daddy” and other vitriolic attacks on the Lord, but be the light in the darkness! I think even the atheist can see that time is growing short; they need the Lord!

Matthew 5: 13-16
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
God Bless

Brian Mason