Truth That Matters

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Myths that corroborate the Bible

Ancient cultures have myths that describe events that supposedly occurred long ago. Although these myths undoubtedly contain a lot that is fictional, they are too widespread and too similar to each other to be completely fictional. Moreover, these myths resemble Biblical stories. So good is the agreement that skeptics have felt the need to put forward the hypothesis that the Bible is plagiarized myth (It isn't). Rather, the similarity suggests that these events actually happened, and thus that the Bible is true.

Creation

Note the following features of the Biblical creation account:-

  1. It begins with the eternal, transcendental, omnipotent God (Genesis 1:1)
  2. God first made the heavens and the earth (matter). There was darkness, the earth was without form and void, covered with water, and the Spirit of God brooded upon the waters (Genesis 1:2). The Spirit of God is sometimes "like a dove" (Mark 1:10) 
  3. God made the angels including Satan (the chief angel who later rebelled against God, according to Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28) before He laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:4). "Foundations of the earth" may refer to its axis of rotation, or other features that would be used later.
  4. God spoke light and other things into existence.
  5. The persons of the Godhead finally set out to make man in God's own image. Only man has the capacity to relate to God.

Now let us look at ancient cosmogonies from around the world.

Greece:
Hesiod's ancient Greek cosmogony says: "Long before the gods appeared, in the dim past, uncounted ages ago, there was only the formless confusion of Chaos brooded over by unbroken darkness. At last, but no one ever tried to explain, two children were born to this shapeless nothingness... [then] ...Earth, the beautiful rose up, broad bosomed, she that is steadfast base of all things. And fair Earth first bore the starry heaven, equal to herself, to cover her on all sides and to be a home forever for the blessed gods" [Edith Hamilton, Mythology (Boston: Little, Brown, 1942), p. 77-78.

The Aborigines
Yhi, the creator goddess, watched the first man, who had no woman and was unlike anything else she had created. While the man slept, Yhi turned all her power on a flower and soon, the man woke up and, joined by all the other animals, watched her. The flower then turned into a woman.

The Pelasgians (the Pelasgians lived near Greece, before the classical Greek civilization):
"In the beginning, Eurynome, the Goddess of All Things, rose naked from the Chaos...wheeling about, she caught hold of this north wind, rubbed it with her hands, and behold! the great serpent Ophion...Next she assumed the form of a dove, brooding on the waves, and in process of time, laid the universal egg. At her bidding, Ophion coiled seven times about this egg, until it hatched and split in two. Out tumbled all the things that exist...Eurynome and Phion made their home on Mt Olympus, where he vexed her by claiming to be the author of the universe. Forwith she bruised his head with her heel, kicked out his teeth, and banished him to the dark caves below the earth. [Robert Graves, Greek Myths, vol. 1 (Baltimore, Penguin, 1955), p. 27.]

The Vedas (India):
"In the beginning was darkness swathed in darkness; all this was but unmanifested water. Whatever was, the One, coming into being, hidden by the void, was generated by the power of heat.... by the emanation of this the gods only later came to be..." [Hindu Scriptures, trans. by R C Zaehner (London: J M Dent, 1966), pp 11-12]

“In one of the Vedas, speaking of Brahma, it is expressly stated that "ALL beings" "are created from his MOUTH...It is well known that the Brahmins, to exalt themselves as a priestly, half-divine caste, to whom all others ought to bow down, have for many ages taught that, while the other castes came from the arms, and body and feet of Brahma--the visible representative and manifestation of the invisible Brahm, and identified with him--they alone came from the mouth of the creative God.” – Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons)

Ayyavazhi religion, South India
Kaliyan the first man asks Sivan the Creator-God to create a woman for him. So Sivan took Kaliyan's rib-bone and made a wife for him. [Although this religion has been recognized as distinct from Hinduism only two hundred years old, its myths are likely to be ancient.]

The Eddas (Scandinavian myths):
"There was once no heaven above, nor earth beneath, but only a bottomless deep, and a world of mist in which flowed a fountain...southward from the world of mist was a world of light. From this flowed a warm wind upon the ice and melted it. The vapors rose from the air and formed clouds, from which sprang Ymir, the Frost giant and his progeny, and the cow Audhumbla"
[Thomas Bullfinch, Bulffinch's Mythology, New York, The Moder n Library p. 262]

From Audhumbla came all the Norse gods including Odin their chief who made the earth and humans.

Apache (native American) myth:
"All the Hactcin [personifications of natural forces] were there from the beginnning....they made the world in the form of a living woman and called her Mother. They made the sky in the form of a man and called him Father"
[Sproul, Primal Myths, p. 263]

The Mayans:
"In the beginning, only Tepcu and Cucumatz existed as sun-fire powers in the middle of the dark waters of the void. They thought and spoke together, and then joined in agreement, created the world by command: "Let the emptiness of the world be filled" and it was. The earth arose out of the water, and the gods made all the birds and animals to live on it. But these creatures were flawed in that they could not speak to praise their creators, so the gods set out to make people." [Sproul, Primal Myths, p. 287]

China
The universe began with formless chaos which coalesced into a cosmic egg out of which Pangu emerged. His body parts became the various features of the world and goddess Nuwa used clay to make humans. The early humans were individually crafted by Nuwa and so were very smart.

Egypt:
The Book of Knowing the Evolutions of Ra, and the Overthrowing of Apepi, says: "I am he who came into being in the form of the god Khepera (a form of Ra the sun-god)...I came into being from primordial matter....I made all the forms under which I appeared by means of the god-soul that I raised up out of the primeval abyss of water." [Wallis Budge, The Gods of The Egyptians, (New York, Dover) vol 1, pg 293-294, 302]

Babylonia (the cradle of human civilization):
"Out of the chaos of the primeval waters came two gods into existence: Lahau and Lahamu"

One can't help note the similarities! Is it not suggestive, that all these myths, although distorted and muddled through history, had a common source? Adam and Noah knew how God had created the world - they had Genesis 1 and 2 with them - and they obviously  told their children who spread out in different directions. Thus, many origin myths having features common with the Biblical account constitute evidence that the Biblical record is correct.

Modern evolutionists scoff at these "creation myths". In doing this, they fail to realize that although these myths have similarities with the Genesis account, they are actually "evolution myths", because they all (except the Mayan) start with inanimate matter, and claim that "gods" who have volitional consciousness arose out of this matter. This is of course similar to evolution theory, which starts with inanimate matter (or quantum vacuum fluctuations), and claims that thinking beings such as humans arose out of this inanimate matter.

The Fall of Man

The Bible says that God created the first man and woman and put them in wonderful surroundings – the Garden of Eden. However, in Genesis 3:1 and onward we read that Satan tempted Eve, the woman, and persuaded her to disobey God. This was the beginning of evil and suffering in the world. Adam and Eve would have told these things to their children and the story would pass from generation to generation. Thus, we expect distant memories of this event in various cultures. We're not disappointed. The image is the so-called "Adam and Eve seal" showing Adam, Eve, the tree and the serpent. Such seals have been found at many places and are accompanied by Fall Myths similar to the Biblical account. This is evidence that the Biblical account is correct.

Promise of a savior


According to the Bible, although God punished Adam and Eve, He promised them a redeemer – the Seed of the woman who would come and bruise the head of the Serpent (Satan appeared to Adam and Eve in the form of a serpent). The Serpent would bruise the heel of this Seed. Now look at the myths of various civilizations.
 
This website exists to proclaim that the man Jesus, who lived in Nazareth, a town in northern Israel in the first century is indeed that long promised Messiah. How has Jesus of Nazareth authenticated himself as the Messiah?

The Great Flood

As the years passed after the fall of man, people were very evil and God decided to wipe away everyone with a flood. Noah however, was a righteous person, and God saved Noah and his family. God asked Noah to build a huge boat (ark), and God made the animals of each kind enter the ark in pairs. God then made it rain and the whole earth was flooded (around 1600 years after creation). Noah and his family, and all the animals with him spent about a year in the ark before coming out and starting life afresh. The flood narrative in the Bible can be found in Genesis 6:11-8:22. Surely, an event of such great proportions should be preserved in the memories of people, and it is!

Conclusion

Similar myths are found all across the world - among remote tribes and cultures that did not interact with each other in historic times. This phenomenon cannot be a coincidence. It rather suggests that certain events really took place, and these myths are distorted versions of those events. The Bible describes the same events. Therefore, these similar, ubiquitous myths provide evidence that the Bible is true.