Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Myth
         Myth serves as the basis of theology and religious belief systems. Myth is the symbolic explanation of events, conditions, and circumstances beyond rational understanding. It is populated with gods, sagas, supernatural creatures, miracles, cataclysms, and transformations. Myths are traditional stories containing symbolic lessons in living, accepted as either factual or fictional history, but accepted as truth among dedicated believers.
         ‘Worship’ is a vestigial remnant of ritual intended to appease imaginary forces. It consists of culturally-defined ceremony, obeisance to a mythical being, and/or beliefs in the supernatural. The ‘holy spirit’ or ‘holy ghost’ is a Christian mythical construct that conveniently explains the unknown.
         A miracle is either a myth arising from the embellished retelling of an ordinary event, or an actual natural event misinterpreted and stressed for moral effect to support belief in divine power (the supernatural). Much scripture is contradictory, incoherent, and based in superstitious fantasy and myth. Immaculate conception is the myth of virgin birth. Creation by a divine creator (supreme being) is myth. Creation science is based on Christian or other religious myth; it is faith-based, not evidence-based science. There is no universal agreement upon a theory of origin of the universe. Most cosmologists simply ignore creationist ideas, and espouse either a big bang or steady state theory.
         Ostensibly to compensate for human ignorance, a mythological god creates and guides all. The higher power concept is used as subtle, shame-based coercion into a state of submission to the control of a mythical, typically male, anthropomorphic ‘spiritual’ entity.
         Religions and communities of faith have tended to benefit humankind by rewarding and reinforcing virtuous and ethical behavior. Their moral guidance is well-intended. However, our value of human life, and sense of ethics, has a biological (not theological) basis. Virtue is not guided by a supreme being, mythical figure, or supernatural entity.
         Some ‘spiritual’ people claim access to supernatural beings, states, or realms. Reject the credibility and validity of clerics, shamans, faith healers, gurus, mystics, and spiritual leaders who claim a connection with the supernatural. Your healthy skepticism, based on reality and truth, is far preferable to blind acceptance of myth. Discover your own truths, and lose faith in patriarchal mythologies. Reject hypocrisy and old assumptions—seek evidence-based truth. You do not require a ‘faith’ to be moral, compassionate, tolerant of beliefs, or logical; to love humanity, or to have peace of mind.
         Separate fact and rationality from myth. Become your own realistic, independent thinker, truly enlightened and free.