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We have come from God and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. ––J.R.R. Tolkien
Put simply, the story of Jesus is a myth; yet a myth which became fact. It’s the only thing like it in the history of the world. Despite our freedom of choice, man’s logic and reason inevitably bend towards the universal gravity of the facthood of Jesus – He is the the Inescapable Truth. However, the broken condition of this world promotes influences that say the Bible is but a fashionable fable of clichéd ethics full of contradictions. This perception is viewed through the twisted image that the scoffers of pop culture and other proponents of the World System spew forth. However, upon a careful, objective inspection of the Text these charges can be easily refuted. The polarizing, critical difference is this: The Gospel of Christ is the one legend in the history of the world that actually became reality. This “myth” actually reveals the deep, veiled truths of the Universe. There are, fixed in every world legend, bits of symbolization that cohere to the holistic message of the Bible. C.S. Lewis proclaims, “We as Christians must not be ashamed at the mythical radiance in which our Theology rests!” Throughout ancient world myths we see, ingrained within, enchanting glimpses of the master story of Scripture.
The truth is the Bible, the Word of God, as whole is the archetype to every legend the world has ever known. Furthermore, it is the foundation that the universe rests on. And while it is awe inspiring to begin to understand the immensity and grandeur of our natural universe, the greater, more splendid truth lies in the divine reality to come after the Messiah Jesus returns. The Scriptures allude to time and time again the heavenly worlds being much more substantial and “real” than this current physical world. The practical truth is the entire physical universe, and its constituents, are actually immersed within the spiritual realm. Though our flesh and imperfections inhibit us from plainly seeing it, all things find their foundation in the supernatural and it’s creator, Elohim. The synergistic eloquence that nature, through its elements and systems, exhibits are attainable revelation to the omniscient, omnipotent God of the Scriptures.
“Where a God who is totally purposive and totally foreseeing acts upon a Nature which is totally interlocked, there can be no accidents or loose ends…All results are intended from the first. What is subservient from one point of view is the main purpose from another.” –Miracles
God is in exact, complete control of every individual unit of time, space, and energy. His sovereign nature isn’t at first seen by our depraved selves, but remains absolute in a world full of sin and corruption. Knowing this, we ought to trust Him at all times, no matter how you feel or how uncertain your circumstance. Suspend your disbelief. The previous quote from C.S. Lewis, in my mind, gives us insight to the nature of God and His relationship to creation; and by applying that truth to cutting-edge scientific understanding, I can understand that the natural world is an ensemble that ceaselessly gives glorious praise to its Creator, and also gives us an indication of His supreme active perfection despite the existence of sin. Concerning humanity; our intelligence, creativity, personality and passions are gifts from God who gave us foretastes of a select few of His eternal qualities, stamping us in His image. We have traces of divinity flowing through our frame, is it not evident?
C.S. Lewis provides us beautiful imagery in his allegory, The Great Divorce, where the main character is taken to a heavenly country by transport. He notices that our carnal, natural state on earth is actually transparent, subsisting like a vapor when compared to the supernatural realm. “I noticed that the grass did not bend under their feet, even the dew drops were undisturbed…It was the light, the grass, the trees that were different; made of some different substance, so much solider than things in our country, that men were ghosts by comparison… I bent down and tried to pluck a daisy which was growing at my feet. The stalk wouldn’t break…The little flower was hard, not like wood or even like iron, but like diamond.”
The all-to-wonderful reality that awaits us in the life to come is overwhelming to meditate on. My imagination bursts at imagery like this! How wonderful it is; praise God! I marvel at the fact that this natural world’s lifeblood is pumped through by the heavenly world from the Holy Spirit. Our wildest, highest conception of God is but a foretaste of the reality to come for those who love Him. This life is the great symbol of the life to come.
The moral and spiritual order of the Universe is just as (and a thousand times more) fixed as the natural order established upon the natural law. The order of natural law is a representation of the true order of Heaven. The Lord God’s manifest omnipotence and omniscience displayed in the natural law (understood through the the biblical lens) gives precedence to all His character claims. It also gives primacy and authority to Man’s code narrative, the Bible. The spiritual order is ordained by God the Father, who at this time is authoritating the war between true darkness and light. We know that there is not a square inch of neutral ground in the universe. There’s not a single moment that goes by that isn’t gained by God or counter gained by Satan. The good news is God will forever remain unconquered; the war has already been won at the cross. Christ is victorious, always. But our souls do hang freely in the balance. The Judgment seat of Christ awaits every individual. God has given us the terrifying capability to freely choose Him or to deny Him. We must open the eyes of our hearts and strive towards maturity, saying “Yes” to Jesus at all times. We must heed the essence of Scripture and continually refine our spirit using the Son’s righteous reflection as our sculptor.
In conclusion, while it’s impressive to contemplate the reality of eternity for those who abide in Christ, our time is now. We must walk day in and day out as ambassadors of the King; seeing and discerning with our Spirit, acting with vision, courage, and integrity. Just as Mordecai implored Esther to act on faith in the midst of treacherous uncertainty for her and the Jewish people, I implore you, “for such a time as this you may have been called.” You’re where you are in life for a reason and a destiny. Let’s make it our purpose to run our race with endurance, so as to finish the race in glory, receiving the crown of life from our Maker.