Mythos: Preparing the Nations for the Savior

mythos, Myrrha

“There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat, or smell.  But from there, you will search for the Lord your God, and you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul.” ~ Deuteronomy 4:28-29

This series deals with the core purpose of “Of Mermaids and Myrmidons.”  When I began this blog, I set out to prove that every story – even those corrupted by sin – can be used by God to teach us lessons about Himself.  Mythos – the Greek word for “myth” – puts that theory to the ultimate test.  After all, I’m dealing with pagan ideologies, and I therefore must tread cautiously.  

It is, I suppose, a strange theme for the Advent season.  It is not the truth of God that is revealed in the Bible, but a pagan belief system comprised of “man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat, or smell.”  However, “from there” we can begin to search for God; and to our surprise, we begin to see that He has a purpose for these myths.

Just to Clarify…

This idea began about six months ago, and God let it take root and blossom. I want to be clear though: in no way are myths truth in and of themselves; the Greeks did not think their way to God.  Rather, the myths served to point the gentile nations back to the Hebrew God as He prepared the world for their Messiah.  

The Greeks were great thinkers, and their mythology reflects it.  They realized mankind was in need of a savior, worldly hope was deceptive, and they had a few examples of unmerited grace (which were very rare in Greek mythology).  Then, with the improbable feats of Alexander the Great (and later the Romans), half the known world was united under one language and one mythological mindset.  

It is no wonder that gentiles flocked to Jesus.  Yeshua the Messiah provided answers to the questions the gentile myths raised.  He was their Savior, their Hope, and their Grace – everything their myths hinted at and yet failed to provide them.  He was everything their gods and their mythos were not, and they believed in him by the thousands.

God didn’t just prepare Israel for His plan of salvation; He prepared the entire world to recognize the Savior, so that we are all “without excuse” when it comes to recognizing Him (Rom. 1:20-21).  God – who is sovereign over everything, including stories – used these myths to prepare the nations to accept their Savior.  

I hope that this series will inspire you to be in reverent awe of God this Christmas season.  

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