Christ the Myth (from my new book “After You Die” available now)
Some would argue that the profile of Jesus is borrowed from gods of the past, for example, the myths of Gilgamesh, Osiris, Adonis, Bacchus or Balder. These myths, and hundreds like them, are all part of a category known as the Myth of the Dying God, which shares similarities with the myth of the Epic Hero.
The basics of the myth are simple. A god, or godlike being, or a hero who is himself the son of a god and a mortal woman, sets out to bring a great power to mankind, in some cases wisdom, in others eternal life. But in the course of this quest, the god/hero learns that he must die. Sometimes by his own choice, sometimes he is killed by his implacable enemy. But just when the enemy thinks he has won, the god rises from the dead in victory to claim his prize and save mankind from the evil fate the enemy intended.
Does that profile sound familiar to you?
Harry Potter perhaps? Superman? Thor? Captain American? The Dark Night RISES! You see for some reason we love this story. We tell it over and over again. We’ll spend hours reading books or watching movies that tell this same story. It permeates our literature, our art, and our entertainment (excerpt from Chapter 37 of my new book, “After You Die”).
Could it be that God has purposefully allowed humankind to borrow His story so that when we encountered the true story of Christ, our hearts would latch onto it? Could it be that God has woven a love for this story into our hearts like no other so that we would all embrace salvation through Jesus Christ? Could this embraced and beloved story by humankind be God’s ultimate wisdom in reconciling us to Himself?
Tell me, what do you think?