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Don Stewart :: What Is the Mythological View of the Bible's Authority?

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Don Stewart

The "mythological view" is similar to the "encounter view." It believes that a person can encounter God through the Scripture. However, the mythological view does not believe that the supernatural events that the Scripture records actually occurred.

There Is No Historical Base For The Biblical Accounts

The mythological view basically says that the supernatural events that are recorded in the New Testament never occurred - they are myths. The job of the interpreter is to strip away the mythology to discover who Jesus really was and what He really said. Once this is done, then the person can have an encounter with God.

Why Study The Bible?

The problem one immediately has with the mythological view of divine inspiration concerns the purpose for studying the Bible. Why should the Bible be taken seriously if it is nothing but a group of myths? Why should anyone waste his or her time studying something that claims to be the Word of God but, in reality, is nothing but fiction? Furthermore, if the Bible contains a bunch of myths, then why should anyone believe in the God of the Bible? On what basis can we contend that He really exists - especially if the Bible is nothing but a fanciful book?

Why Would God Reveal Himself In Such A Way?

In addition, why would God, if does He exist, reveal Himself in such a way? In does not make sense that a God who created the universe with such precision and order would reveal Himself in a hopelessly contradictory and mythical book. Consequently, the mythological view does not encourage any real study of Scripture or give any real basis of trust in the God of the Bible.

Summary

In some circles it is popular to see the Bible as nothing as a bunch of myths. These myths need to be stripped away before one can experience God. Yet the mythological view does not take the claims of the Bible seriously. It assumes that it is like any other book - with the exception that God can somehow be experienced through it.

The mythological view does not encourage any faith in the God of the Scriptures. If the Bible is mythical, then why should anyone believe anything that it says? However, the mythical view is not the correct view of the Bible.

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