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3 Incredible Hidden Truths You Can Learn From Ancient Myths

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Just like most people, I used to ignore mythology because I perceived myths as unrealistic stories. However, I became interested in myths after reading the African Bushman Creation Myth. This myth made me think deeply about ancient myths. I wondered who created them and why ancient people believed in them despite their fictitious nature. I intuitively knew that there are some valuable things I can learn from these ancient stories.

I then researched on them extensively and I realized three incredible truths we can learn from myths.

  1. There is a Collective Unconscious And We Can Access It

After reading many myths while listening to Lana Del Rey, I realized that all myths had similar symbols and features. I wondered how these similarities appeared in myths created by societies separated by thousands of kilometers. I then researched on what great thinkers and mythologists thought about these similarities, and I realized that the similarities occurred because all human beings can access the collective unconscious.

According to Carl Yung, the collective unconscious is a part of our sub-conscious mind that possesses the history of thoughts of all mankind. Other scholars define it as the ‘subconscious mind that we all share.’ Therefore, different ancient societies created myths with similar structures despite living far from each other because they accessed this part of their mind that is common to all mankind.

We can also gain access to the collective unconscious but most of us can’t because we are not aware of it and its value. We don’t know that accessing this mind can make us highly creative and enable us to know everything about humanity.

  1. Inspiring Lessons from The Hero’s Journey

Most myths narrate about a hero who undergoes various trials before he eventually achieves his goals. This hero always fears following his life purpose because he will have to face the unknown. The good thing is that a magical helper always appears to guide the hero and help him achieve his ultimate purpose.

The hero’s journey made me realize six inspiring things the ancients knew about following your dreams/purpose.

  • It’s normal to be afraid to follow one’s dreams.
  • The good life is on the other side of fear.
  • The journey to our dreams is so difficult and only the toughest people succeed.
  • The universe will always provide someone that will guide us through our journey.
  • You will regret and live an ordinary life if you don’t follow your dreams.
  • If you follow your dreams without giving up, the universe will help you achieve them. As Joseph Campbell puts it, ‘Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls ’.
  1. God Exists

Many ancient myths narrate about an all-powerful supernatural being which created the world. Even though the features of this being are diverse in different myths, a powerful supernatural being that controls the world’s affairs is common.

The presence of this supernatural being in almost all myths reveals that ancient men instinctively knew and strongly believed that The Creator existed. Despite living miles away from each other, all ancient societies claimed that a supernatural power existed, but they gave it different names and features. To them, life itself and the intelligent design visible in all creatures was enough evidence for God’s existence.

Conclusion

With this in mind, we must stop perceiving myths as meaningless fictitious stories. Instead, we must join the likes of Joseph Campbell and study myths because by doing so we’ll realize fundamental truths that can guide us in the journey of life.

By the way, I’m still studying myths because I need to understand all the mysteries surrounding them, and I will make sure that I share with you any nuggets of wisdom I will uncover from my research.

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Four Major Reasons Why Biblical Stories Are Myths

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Despite being born in a Christian family, I’ve always doubted if Biblical stories actually happened. When I questioned the validity of these stories, I was told to avoid questioning God’s word.  I was advised to believe in the stories because they were written by Holy Men.

Despite the advice, I continued questioning Biblical stories. I then realized these stories are myths when I compared them with ancient myths. In this article, I will share with you four factors that make Biblical stories myths.

Here are they:

1.Some Events and Figures Found in Biblical Stories are also Found in Myths.

Adam is found in both the Biblical creation story and the Sumerian creation myth. A man who builds an ark to protect himself from the floods (Noah) is also mentioned in the Sumerian creation myth.

Besides this, many ancient myths mention a miraculous birth that occurred after a Higher Power impregnated a human-being (The birth of Jesus).

2.Bible Stories, Just Like Myths, Are Unrealistic

Just like myths, Biblical stories are highly fictitious. They don’t make sense, and they’re some of the most unrealistic stories man has ever read. In the Bible, we read about ‘a chariot with horses of fire’ lifting Elijah to heaven. We also read about a whale swallowing Jonah, Eve talking to a snake, and Moses crossing the Red Sea on foot. I am 100% sure Christians could have classified these stories as myths if they were narrated by ancient Africans.

3. Both Myths and Biblical Stories Are Metaphoric

We are often advised to not read Biblical stories literally because, just like myths, they are metaphoric. In other words, these stories never occurred, but they represent fundamental truths about the world around us. For instance, it’s believed Jonah’s story symbolized how The Creator uses creation to fulfill his divine plan. On the other hand, it’s believed the Greek story about a Roman God eating his children and vomiting them symbolized how things are always destroyed and created again.

4.There is no Evidence of Biblical Accounts

Christians claim myths are not true stories because there is no evidence of their occurrence. However, they ignore the fact that there is nothing that proves Biblical stories are true stories. Archeologists have never found something that proved Biblical stories actually happened.

Brian Baker, who was once a pastor, also realized the lack of evidence for Biblical stories. In his book, Nonsense from the Bible, he wrote:

‘“The Bible is a collection of stories and myths based on hearsay transmitted from generation to generation and which were recorded by many different authors during a period spanning possibly 1,600 or more years. The ‘evidence’ then is only to be found in the Bible – no historical scientific or authenticated archaeological evidence exists. If you check the internet for such evidence you will discover many websites by Christian ministries – all present the evidence only from the Bible. Most so-called archaeological evidence is based on assumption rather than text (Brian Baker, Nonsense From the Bible).”

Conclusion

That being said, it’s reasonable to argue that Biblical stories are myths. However, even though they are myths, I firmly believe there are some fundamental truths about life, and our relationship with The Creator we can learn from them. For this reason, I occasionally take some time to read these stories to discover their deeper meaning.

THE END

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Is Righteousness Necessary?

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Righteousness is mainly defined as, ‘living a life that delights The Creator.’ It also refers to any behavior that aligns with the conventional principles of uprightness, virtue, and morality. Muslims and Christians strongly believe that God rewards and protects the righteous. For this reason, some of them strive to be righteous because they believe that being righteous guarantees blessings and prevents bad things from happening.

However, according to reality, bad things happen to anyone regardless of whether they are righteous or not. Nothing proves that the righteous are privileged or immune to bad occurrences. Just like wicked folks, the righteous are also found in catastrophic accidents, terrorist attacks, and many other bad incidences.

The universe seems to not care about righteousness because it treats the righteous and unrighteous similarly. For as Henri Frankfort observed: ‘A man who has been righteous throughout may yet be dealt with the powers who govern existence as though he were the blackest offender.’ (Henri Frankfort: The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man.’)

For this reason, the belief that God protects the righteous from bad occurrences is delusional. This belief might make you stop believing in God when bad things happen to you despite being righteous all your life. The only good thing about this belief is that it’s psychologically beneficial. It makes righteous folks less worried because they know their behavior assures God’s protection.

By the way, I am a realist. I look at life as it is and I don’t console myself with irrational belief systems. I only believe in things after proving their validity. Therefore, I embrace righteousness not because God protects and blesses the righteous, but because of the several benefits of righteousness I’ve experienced.

I’ve noticed that righteousness eliminates negative energy since it discourages negative feelings such as jealousy, hatred, and anger. Besides this, righteousness makes people trust you, and it makes life meaningful. It also enables you to be at peace with everybody and results in a good reputation that can help you attract wonderful opportunities. Many people will be willing to give you leadership responsibilities when you are righteous because they believe your behavior is reliable.

Therefore, righteousness is necessary because of these, and many other realistic benefits. We have not yet proved that God rewards or protects the righteous because just like the wicked, they also suffer. The righteous are vulnerable to bad luck, and a good number of them die poor. If God really loved and blessed the righteous as the Bible says, we could have seen them experiencing heaven on earth.

However, it seems God is fair because he treats the righteous and unrighteous equally. He designed the universe to ensure that all individuals experience bad and good things regardless of their way of life. He blesses and rewards both the righteous and unrighteous.

That being said, realize that righteousness is necessary, but don’t be righteous because you want to be rewarded or protected for your righteous way of life. But be righteous because of its real benefits.

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