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
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. A
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).”
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.
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Why Reality is an Illusion: Five Major Factors That Influence How We Perceive Reality
‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.’ – Albert Einstein
We love advising each other to be realistic without knowing that reality doesn’t exist since it’s an illusion. An African’s reality is different from an American’s reality. Moreover, a cat’s reality is different from your reality although we live in the same physical realm. For this reason, the only reality is Infinite Intelligence/God. Everything else is an illusion.
To prove reality is an illusion, I’ll share five factors that influence how we perceive reality.
Most cultures’ belief systems affect how they perceive reality. For instance, the Maasai warrior believes a boy only graduates to manhood if he kills a lion. This belief system affects a Maasai’s perception of reality as he might believe that all adult males who haven’t killed a lion are still boys. For this reason, the Maasai might think Bill Gates is still a boy because he’s never killed a lion.
Besides this, an individual who believes snakes are bad will be scared to death if he encounters a snake while an Indian girl who plays with cobras won’t be scared of snakes.
Senses are the biggest proof that reality is an illusion because animals’ super/extraordinary senses make them experience a different reality from us. For instance, while we can’t detect anything at night, snakes have infrared sensory organs that allow them to detect warm blooded animals at night. Also, a bear can zero in on the smell of a rotting carcass a mile away but we can’t.
3.The Information We’ve Been Exposed to
The information we’ve been exposed to affects how we perceive reality because it shapes our belief system. For instance, an individual who has read many inspirational books might believe it’s possible to be rich regardless of one’s social-economic status. On the other hand, a person who has never read these books might think it’s unrealistic to believe that one can rise from rags to riches.
Dimensions are levels of consciousness that affect how we perceive reality. People stuck in the 3rd dimension of consciousness believe human beings are victims of circumstances. Besides this, they believe the physical reality is the only reality that exists.
On the other hand, people who ascend to higher dimensions, such as the 5th dimension, believe in the existence of a spiritual world. Moreover, they believe they are limitless beings who are masters of their circumstances.
Your emotional state determines your reality. For instance, the sunset might be a beautiful experience when you are happy, but boring when you are sad. Furthermore, fear can result in you seeing things that don’t exist.
That being said, no one should ever tell you to be realistic because reality is subjective. It’s affected by belief systems, sensuality, information, dimensions, and emotions.
Besides this, whenever you are sad remember that you have created that reality and for that reason, you can make yourself happy by changing your belief system, and emotional state.
And lastly, realize ‘there’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.’ – Hermann Hesse
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6 Popular Lies We’ve Believed Our Whole Lives
Most of us believe the lies we’ve been told by the media, books, teachers, and other sources of information because we never assess the validity of the information we receive. For this reason, we’ve let lies govern our lives hence resulting in us having a wrong understanding of life.
Here are some of the main lies we’ve believed since we were young.
1.Suffering is Normal
Religion and the media have made us believe that we were born to suffer. We thus believe suffering is a normal occurrence, and we avoid trying to free ourselves from suffering.
However, suffering is abnormal, and it occurs when people fall out of alignment with Infinite Intelligence/God by embracing negative qualities such as laziness, ignorance, doubt, pessimism, greed, selfishness, self-centeredness, and so on. Suffering will stop existing if we all get into alignment with Infinite Intelligence by embracing positive qualities.
2.Religions Teach Different Things
Religions have disunited the modern society because people think they teach different things. People are too dumb to realize that they teach the same things. For instance, all religions lay emphasis on virtue and teach about a place/state of no-suffering. The only difference between religions is that they teach the same things in different ways.
3.Financial Success is the Ultimate Goal of Life
Financial success is important because it improves our comfort levels and allows us to help others. However, it’s not the ultimate goal of life. The ultimate goal of life is to understand how Infinite Intelligence works so that we can fall into alignment with its greatness.
4.Marijuana is a Bad Drug
Marijuana was important to many ancient societies as they used it for medicinal and religious purposes. Besides, some societies used it to make paper. Today, some physicians use it to treat mental conditions, and many people secretly use it for mental relaxation. This drug is only bad when over-consumed.
5.The Government is Dedicated to Serving Us
Most of us still believe the government is highly interested in serving our needs. We participate in voting because we believe the leaders we choose will serve our interests. Little do we know that these folks are only interested in serving their interests. Their families come first, their dogs second, and we come last.
6.Ancient Man was Dumb
Ever since we were young, we thought ancient man was dumb because we believed everything the media and our teachers told us. We think we are the most intelligent humans that ever lived. We are unaware that ancient folks were so intelligent that they understood the importance of the natural environment and invented technologies that modern man can’t. Besides, we don’t know that ancient men understood the medicinal, nutritional, and spiritual value of all plants although they never attended school.
N/B – Read Llailla Africa’s book, ‘Africa’s Holistic Health’ for more about the ancients’ knowledge about the medicinal, nutritional, and spiritual value of all plants.
In conclusion, never accept any piece of information without analyzing its validity. By doing this, you’ll never suffer because your thoughts and actions will only be guided by the TRUTH, and The Truth Shall Set You Free
Anyway, besides the above lies, there are many lies we’ve believed and allowed to guide our thoughts and actions. You are free to mention them in the comment box below.
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