Many Christians today believe the Bible is a collection of myths. It has to be. Science tells us the things the Bible says happened couldn’t have happened. The account of Noah’s ark couldn’t have happened. Jonah couldn’t really have been swallowed by a fish and spit out three days later no worse for the wear.
Jesus couldn’t have been born of a virgin. Jesus couldn’t have really healed people by casting demons out of them. Stuff like that is from a primitive, pre-scientific time. There’s no other way for intelligent, educated people to look at the Bible than as a collection of myths.
If you want to, you can look at the Bible as myths.
But be sure and realize what you make out of God when you do that. You make God not matter. Why? Because God has never done anything. Every time the Bible says God did something, you chalk it off as a myth. So what has God ever done? Can you point to any one, concrete thing God has ever done?
I guess the only thing God has ever done is inspire people to write myths.
But why should a God like that matter to anyone? After all, He’s never really done anything, so why should we pay Him any attention?
This is the situation Christianity finds itself in today. All modern Christianity has to say about God is abstracts—God loves, God cares, etc. But if He’s never actually done anything, why does He matter? If God doesn’t do anything but have squishy feelings toward us, what good is such a God to anyone?
Here’s the real problem: In the modern world, we believe we are able to perceive everything that exists. If we can’t see it, if we can’t measure it, if we can’t detect it, then it doesn’t exist. We believe we are able to understand everything. If we can’t understand how something could happen, then it couldn’t have happened. We believe if we haven’t experienced something happen, then it never happened.
That’s really where the “Bible as myth” attitude comes from. Our certainty that we, finally, out of all the generations who lived before us, are the first to understand “the way things really are” has closed our minds. It has closed our minds to the possibility that we might not actually have reached the apex of understanding. It has closed our minds to the possibility that there might be things beyond what we can see, measure, and understand.
The Bible is not the musings of philosophers, people who sat down and made up nice little stories. The Bible is the account of how, long ago, people saw things happen. These things were so extraordinary, so monumental, that they forever changed the people who witnessed them. Witnessing these things was a life-changing experience. The people could never be the same again. Everything they believed, everything they thought they knew and understood, had to be re-evaluated.
They could never look at things the same again. They could never think the same again. Their whole outlook on life changed. Their entire belief system changed. Why? Because of things they actually saw happen.
People didn’t understand these things and didn’t know what to make of them. They didn’t know how to describe them. But they did the best they could to describe them and write them down. They couldn’t fully explain and completely describe what they saw, because they didn’t understand what they saw. They just knew it was something way beyond anything they had ever imagined.
They tried to describe in human terms something which is beyond human understanding. They tried to describe that which lies beyond, but which, at some brief times, had touched things here.
It is up to us to accept their witness or not.
But be clear about one thing: If their witness is false, there is no Christianity. If the Bible is myths, then we might just as well forget Christianity.