International Dictionary of English also adds :A
myth is also a commonly believed but false idea. "
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]
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:
quality of being in accordance with experience, facts, or
reality; conforming with fact; agreement with a standard”
Oxford also defines it: : noun 1
quality or state of being true. 2 what is true or
accepted as true.
authenticity, correctness, exactness, factuality,
genuineness, integrity, reliability, truthfulness, validity,
veracity, archaic verity. 2axiom, fact, maxim,
truism, archaic verity." http://www.askoxford.com/dictionary/truth
have to be in agreement with the standard of the Word of God.
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
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
...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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
unrighteousness taking pleasure in something God has said
we're not to do?
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."
“cunningly devised “ as:4679.
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.
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
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.
1:14 Not giving heed to
Jewish fables and commandments of men, that turn from the
In both verses we are told not
to heed fables, myths.
The Greek word heed in
Strong's is:: 4337. prosecw
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);
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
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
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
"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
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
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
"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
"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
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."
"Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I
hate every false way."
"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."
"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."
"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
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."
"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."
"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
Psalm 119:66 "Teach
me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy
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
Scripture Quotes from the Authorized King James Bible
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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