Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Christian Myths

What I have found hard to believe in most of our churches today is the following of myths. I am not talking about Greek mythology or urban legends, I am talking about myths from Bible teachers, pastors, and even in Christian literature. Myths that have become teachings in our churches that have no Biblical support.

One that keeps being referred to time and time again is, "God helps those who helps themselves." Is that in the Bible? No. The ancient Greeks used to believe that which is why Paul combated that with the teaching that we are dead in our trespasses and sins, followers of Satan and children of wrath (see Ephesians 2:1-10). Benjamin Franklin, one of America's founding fathers, has been attributed with this phrase. What's ironic is Franklin was a deist who believed God created us but has no interaction with his creation.

Many Christians today are following myths that have never been inspired by God to be written in the Bible. We hear more myths from TV preachers, such as the prosperity gospel preachers, and even sometimes from our pulpits. What myths come to mind are:

God will not give you more than you can handle

The devil is in hell right now

While Jesus was on cross, you were on his mind

We (God's creation) are the center of God's universe

America is the holy nation mentioned in 1 Peter 2:9

God will never use an unclean vessel

God will make you healthy and wealthy

These are just name a few Christian myths that are out there on Christian TV, radio, and even in Christian bookstores (let the buyer beware). As Christians, we need to be more Biblically minded when it comes to every form of teaching and go to the Bible when we hear something that does not sounds Biblical. We are to "test everything" (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and recognize if this teaching is from God or not (see 1 John 4:1-6).

What if you hear is a myth, then do what 1 Timothy 4:7 says, "Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness." What if its your pastor who said it? Good question. First, I would approach him and tell him what is on your heart, without bashing him. Remember he is still growing just as much as you are. Pray for him. If he is still believing this myth, continue to pray that the Lord will open his eyes to Biblical truth and see what he is teaching is not in conjuncture with the word of God. If your pastor continues to be persuaded by myths and teaches less from the Bible, then, I feel it is time for you and your family to consider another church to join and serve that teaches the Bible faithfully without going to myths.

What if you believe in a myth that I may have mentioned or maybe even one that you were taught as a child that you have held on for all your life. Check it against Scripture. Find a more maturing believer and ask his opinion about the matter. Pray that God will enlighten you to believe what the Bible says not what you think it says. Study the scriptures and ask the Spirit for discernment. Just because something is labeled "Christian" does not mean that it is necessary honoring to God.

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