Posted by: SandreS | February 21, 2009

Being Myth-Taken – A Look at “Christian” Mythology

Neither give heed to fables … (I Timothy 1:4).

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables … (I Timothy 4:7).

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (II Timothy 4:4).

Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth (Titus 1:14).

Four times in Paul’s writings he uses the Greek word muthos/mythos, Strong’s Greek Lexicon #3454, meaning “a tale, i.e., fiction (‘myth’).” Our English word myth comes from this Greek word mythos.

Paul warned the believer about fables or “myths” that were being pawned off as “scriptural” teachings. As real as these threats were to the believer of Paul’s day, two thousand years have added a thick maze of twisted tales masquerading as the truth. The result has been that the overwhelming majority of Christendom finds itself being myth-taken. They are buried deep in the darkness of a “Christian” mythology.

It is no small task for the student of Scripture to study and sort through traditional “Christian” mythology and the actual truth of the Bible; but it is a noble and rewarding journey. It requires diligent and faithful dedication to the actual Words of God. The saints at Berea modeled this spirit of loyalty to what God had said:

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11).

What a life-long task every workman of the Scriptures has. It involves never allowing ourselves to be locked into any man-made creed or systematic theology; while cultivating an ever-adjusting heart and mind to what has been learned afresh from the Scriptures. It requires an attitude and spirit of adjustability.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971) wrote regarding the issue of adjustability:

Many of the Lord’s people stop short at adjusting to the truth. It very often means breaking with something that we have regarded as very important and very precious. We have come to see that, after all, that was only our conception of it. In God’s view that does not occupy the place at all that we had thought it occupied, and it has to be left behind. We have to adjust to something higher and fuller than that, to a more spiritual and heavenly conception of things. – A Witness and a Testimony (May 1939)

Do not spend your life following the fables of Christendom; being myth-taken. Join the noble sons of God who are diligently searching the Scriptures to see if those things are so. Be truth-taken!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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