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Have Nothing To Do With Fables...

 

There has been a trend this last while for Christians to write and promote fables in order to relate Biblical truth. That is, relate truth with a lie. It's an interesting concept, until we weigh this presentation to the Word of God. Is it necessary to lie in order to spread the Truth contained in the Word of God? In so doing, does it become more acceptable or understandable to Christians and non-Christians alike? Is it something that Jesus promoted as being an acceptable 'tactic' in spreading the Gospel and the Word of God? Paul wrote:

1 Timothy 1:3b-4

"...that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine. Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do."

A Parable, which Jesus used frequently, is a short story of everyday life used to teach a moral by comparison or by implication. According to Strong's Concordance, it is "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning." Jesus taught the truth with situations that could easily be applied in our own lives.

A fable on the other hand, occurs five times in the New Testament, and is defined as this: [all bolding and underlining mine]

Fable (def)--1. A story made up to teach a lesson; 2. an untrue story; falsehood 3. A legend, Myth.

Someone who tells a fable is called this:

Fabulist (def.) -- 1. A person who tells, writes, or makes up fables; a liar.

Someone who writes fables or old wives tales is agreeing to write about something that is fictitious.

Fabled (def.) -- 1. told about in fables, legends or myths 2. Having no real existence; made up; fictitious.

Old wives' tale (def.) -- a foolish story; silly belief.

There are some who also say the Bible is composed of myth –meaning it has no foundation in truth. The stories of the Old Testament are just as true as what is recounted in the New Testament. They are historical records which actions and behaviors relay prophecy, fulfilled prophecy, how to live or not live for God.  If one believes they contain myths and just stories that we can pull out to learn a life lesson from, then we miss the reality that Jesus is the Word of God and the Bible is the record of how to live for him.

Each time the word fable occurs in the New Testament, the underlying Greek word muthos (3454 moothos), is used, which is where the English word myth comes from. Strong's Concordance says the word means "a tale, i.e. fiction (myth): fable." 

One can’t say the Scriptures are myths and then true, simply because the definition of myth is: 

Oxford Paperback Dictionary and Thesaurus: Myth: 

/ noun 1 traditional story usually involving supernatural or imaginary people and embodying popular ideas on natural or social phenomena. 2 such stories collectively. 3 widely held but false idea. 4 fictitious person, thing, or idea. mythic adjective. mythical adjective.

·1,2 allegory, fable, legend, mythology. 4 fabrication, falsehood, fiction, invention, pretence, untruth. mythic, mythical allegorical, fabled, fabulous, fanciful, fictional, imaginary, invented, legendary, make-believe, mythological, non-existent, poetic, pretended, symbolic, unreal"  http://www.askoxford.com/dictionary/myth

Webster Dictionary 1913 also states:

Myth (?), n. [Written also mythe .] [Gr. myth, fable, tale, talk, speech: cf. F. mythe .]

1. A story of great but unknown age which originally embodied a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient legend of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin; a popular fable which is, or has been, received as historical.

2. A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.

As for Mrs. Primmins's bones, they had been myths these twenty years. Ld. Lytton.

Myth history, history made of, or mixed with, myths"

http://machaut.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/WEBSTER.sh?WORD=myth

Cambridge International Dictionary of English also adds :A myth is also a commonly believed but false idea. " http://uk.cambridge.org/elt/cide

The Complete Word Study Dictionary adds that a myth is "that which is fabricated by the mind in contrast to reality."[p.998]  In the New Testament, then we can conclude that  the primary use of this word denotes "a fable full of falsehood and pretenses. “ [p.999]

In order for a person to write a “parable” or "what if" story that would be based on Biblical truth, they would first and foremost have to love the Lord Jesus Christ.  The standard that Christians are to use is the Bible. It is the foundation for what we believe and is to be our standard of truth. There is no other yardstick or source for what is True. 

Truth defined in Webster's New World Dictionary is:

"the quality of being in accordance with experience, facts, or reality; conforming with fact; agreement with a standard”

Ask Oxford also defines it: :  noun 1 quality or state of being true. 2 what is true or accepted as true.

·1accuracy, authenticity, correctness, exactness, factuality, genuineness, integrity, reliability, truthfulness, validity, veracity, archaic verity. 2axiom, fact, maxim, truism, archaic verity." http://www.askoxford.com/dictionary/truth

Hence we have to be in agreement with the standard of the Word of God.  

An analysis of 2 Timothy 4:2-4 reveals the following:

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

Notice Paul starts out with verse 1—"I charge thee"….we’re to do it, that is, Preach the Word, reprove, rebuke, and exhort with the Word which gives us our doctrine.

Those who refuse to adhere to the truth of the Bible as their standard for sound doctrine, exhibit the following identifiers according to that verse.

"...they will not endure sound doctrine..." That means, they are intolerant of the Truth.  The word "endure" means to tolerate or put up with and we are told they will not tolerate sound Bible teaching.

" ...after their own lusts ... " That means they make themselves the authority, that is, they evaluate truth based on their own morals, values, ambitions and so on. They set their own standard of what is good and evil, including calling fables good, instead of seeing them as God sees them, through His Word.

" ...they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” They look for people to agree with them and validate and support their error by popularity and cultural or political correctness. Manipulation of the truth in favor of a lie is not something new. Genesis records the first record of that type of event.

"...they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." That means, they choose to substitute myths for the truth.  The Bible warns that to eliminate, ignore or change the truth is to be following or going after a lie.  

Romans 1:25 refers to those, "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen”. 

When God's truth is rejected, it is automatically replaced by a lie. That lie becomes that persons truth and they view God's Word as a lie. In fact, it is very clear that those who do not love the truth in the Word of God, will readily believe the lie, to their own destruction.

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Isn't unrighteousness taking pleasure in something God has said we're not to do?

The Apostles, Peter and Paul, were accused by many of perpetuating fables and lies in order to preach. However, they made it clear that they spoke the truth plainly, as should we. They affirmed that they did not lie or make up fables or stories, nor was there need to, in order to accomplish their God-given mission.

2 Peter 1:16 "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty."

1 Timothy 4:6-7 "If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness."

Strong's defines “cunningly devised “ as:4679.  sofizw  sophizo,  sof-id'-zo from 4680; to render wise; in a sinister acceptation, to form "sophisms", i.e. continue plausible error:--cunningly devised, make wise.”

Put it together. A "cunningly devised fable" is a lie that is devised to be acceptable and is often introduced slowly and becomes increasingly popular. It's happened over and over again. Nearly all mythology has it roots in pagan religion and worship.

1 Timothy 1:3, 4   As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith so do.

Notice that the phrase, “that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith so do." is all part of the same thought. 

The command is, Don’t teach other than Biblical doctrine, do not give heed to fables, which cause error and are unedifying or turn a person away from Biblical truth.

Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

In both verses we are told not to heed fables, myths.

The Greek word heed in Strong's is:: 4337.  prosecw  prosecho,  pros-ekh'-o from 4314 and 2192; (figuratively) to hold the mind (3563 implied) towards, i.e. pay attention to, be cautious about, apply oneself to, adhere to:--(give) attend(-ance, -ance at, -ance to, unto), beware, be given to, give (take) heed (to unto); have regard.

In other word it means we're Not to, “pay attention to, be cautious about, apply oneself to, adhere to or give attendance to" myths or fables. In other words, reject the myths and fables. We are rather called to promote the Truth so that others are edified.

1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

2 Timothy 2:15-16 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."

Ephesians 4:15 "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ."

Titus 2:1 "But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine."

1 Peter 2:12 "Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation."

Blatant promotion of error and cunning promotion of error and false doctrine are still the promotion of error. If someone teaches you that fables and myths are good, then they are going against the Word of God.

What of those that choose to speak in fables or those who want to hear those types of things rather than the truth in God's word and the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ? 

Is it necessary, good or obedient to convey explanations of the Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ through fables? 

Is it of God to try to present His truth with fables or lies or does the Bible warn against it?

Ephesians 4:25 "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another."

Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers."

2 Timothy 4:2-4 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

1 Timothy 6:3-6 "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain."

Titus 2:7-8 "In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you."

Colossians 3:9-10 "Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:"

Proverbs 30:5-6 "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto His words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found to be a liar."

How does God view people who Lie? How does He view those that approve of those lies? 

1 John 2:21 "I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth."

Psalm 101:7 "He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight."

Proverbs 14:5 "A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies."

Proverbs 19:9 "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish."

Proverbs 17:4 "A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue."

Those that love God and have Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord desire to make every aspect of their lives a reflection of Him and obedience to Him and His will. Sometimes that means dealing with issues that involve looking closely at what and who we uphold as being like-minded in the Lord. We must determine whether they are being obedient to God's word and if by upholding them, we are being obedient. Often it is difficult when we see those we may have approved of actually going against the Word of God. Our thoughts regarding these issues must be in line with what God says in His word and our desiring total obedience to Him.

Psalm 40:4 "Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."

1 John 2:4 "He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."

Psalm 119:104 "Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way."

Psalm 119:127-129 "Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."

Psalm 119:116-118 "Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood."

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

Philippians 4:8,9 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."

1 Peter 1:15-16 "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."

Surely we can see that it is unnecessary, and a sin, to lie and rewrite the truths from Gods Word. We can see that there are enough parables and true, historical accounts in the Truth from God's word. It takes a lifetime of studying to know and understand all of what God ordained and set before us in His word. We don't need Truth rewritten into a fantasy or fable in order to understand it. 

To make the Gospel and the truth contained in God's word into fables-- is that not making them appear to be just some of many "stories of old"? Stories we hear about but know that they are just mere stories---and in the secular world fantasy and lies abound with many such "stories of old". Many in the secular world have taken the true stories in God 's word, and made them into perversions of Truth by turning them into just that. Why would anyone claiming to love God do the same thing?

We need to be holy, as He is holy, in thought and word, both spoken and written. Neither adults nor children need a new version or fantasy of God's word or truth. They merely need to seek God for the understanding that only comes from knowing Him. Only through Him will we truly gain the understanding of all the wisdom that is contained in that wonderful, incomparable, pure Word of God--the Bible. It is never dull, nor lacking in content or wisdom to them that love God. Many are falling because they seek fables instead of that truth and would rather read man's opinion or ideas over God's inerrant word.

Psalm 119:10-12 "With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy Word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord, teach me thy statutes."

Psalm 119:104-105 "Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path"

Psalm 25:4-5 "Shew me thy paths, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day."

Psalm 119:2 "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart."

Psalm 119:33-34 "Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart."

Psalm 119:66 "Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments."

Psalm 119:151"Thou art near, O Lord: and all thy commandments are truth."

Psalm 119:160 "Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever."

Psalm 119:140 "Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it."

Psalm 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

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 All Scripture Quotes from the Authorized King James Bible

Dictionary definitions from: "Dictionary of Canadian English: The Senior Dictionary", W. J. Gage Limited

The Complete Word Study Dictionary; Spiros Zodhiates; p. 998, 999

Webster's New World Dictionary; C 1968; The World Publishing Company

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