Summary: Spiritual myths are abundant. My goal today is to acquaint you with some introductory information that will help you navigate these spiritual myths.
I have really good news this morning. We won’t have any financial concerns for quite some time to come! We’re going to have enough money to do anything we’ve ever dreamed of doing.
The good news came to me by an email at the end of this last week. The email is from a Christian widow in Nigeria. Her husband was a doctor and worked for a foreign embassy there. She told me in her email that she wanted to give several million dollars to a Christian cause because she is dying and has no children. She heard about us from an unnamed acquaintance.
I’m glad to hear that our church’s reputation has reached world-wide acclaim. And I’m trying to reach the lawyer she told me to contact. Now, this opportunity may cost us a few thousand dollars upfront, but we will certainly make up for it when we get the millions of dollars she is going to give us in the end.
Why do most of you have a look on your face that says, “You’re kidding, right? Didn’t your parents ever teach you that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is? Haven’t you heard about all the hoaxes just like the one you mentioned that are being passed around the Internet? ” Yes, I have.
Can you believe some of the things that people accept as true? There are a number of urban legends that have become part of our culture. Two of the most well-known ones are alligators in the sewer system of New York City and the mysterious, vanishing hitchhiker An urban legend is a story that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in various forms and is usually false. It is basically contemporary mythology.
This morning, we start a sermon series called Mythbusters. A myth, for our purposes, is defined as a widely held but false belief or idea. Do you see the tie between myth and urban legend? It’s the word “false.”
The opposite of “false” is “true.” Jn. 8:31-32 – To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Human beings have always been gullible and quick to both believe and spread false stories that they have heard told by other people. Even when there are websites dedicated to debunking these false stories, they continue to flourish and spread. Even though conscientious people inform others concerning the difference between fact and fiction in these stories, people continue to pass them on to others.
There are beliefs that are true. They are trustworthy and accurate. There are beliefs, though, that are false. They are deceitful and untrustworthy.
I’m calling todays message “Mythology 101.” In college, introductory courses are marked by the designation number of 101. My goal today is to acquaint you with some introductory information that will help you navigate these spiritual myths.