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sexta-feira, 21 de abril de 2017
TRUTH BY WAY OF MYTH
I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until
all these things have happened.
13:30 (read 13:24-37) – NIV
describes a series of catastrophic events and then declares "This
generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have
But that generation has long passed away as well as hundreds of later
generations without the historical end of the world that many people
were expecting. In spite of this many amateur biblical interpreters
insist on projecting these end events even further into the future.
Was Jesus mistaken? Or has the interpretation been all off? Was Jesus
wrong, or are we wrong in our reading of what Jesus was reported to
of the problems of Western culture is that we don’t know how to
read and interpret ancient texts. We have a logos
The logos mentality is rational, pragmatic, and literal. We read
ancient texts as though they are related to concrete historical and
literal events. The logos interpretation continues to wait for the
literally historical fulfillment of prophecies of the end of time.
This is a vain and frustrating wait, and it keeps us trying to
project things further into the future in a literal way. Ironically,
for many, Jesus has been returning soon for nearly 2,000 years.
ancient writers, including the Old and New Testament writers
expressed themselves with a mentality different from ours. Scholars
of ancient texts call this the “mythos”
mentality. Mythos is the symbolic perception of reality. Jesus was a
great storyteller and taught through parables and metaphors. Also his
actions were not mere events in themselves, but were carriers of
deeper truths. The message is not about predicted historical events
themselves but in what they represent.
misguided people are we Westerners who take these ancient teachings
literally and seek to transform them into prophecies to be fulfilled
in historic events. With this approach each generation needs to find
a new set of "facts" to be assigned to the prophecies,
because the previous generation’s interpretations did not
materialize. This has generated an endless series of frustrations and
disappointments. For example, during over 70 years of being a
professing Christians I have seen a series of apocalyptic antichrists
identified each with hundreds of proofs. None have worked out and I
am seeing new ones appearing on the horizon.
was speaking not of historical facts but of eternal, universal
truths. The text speaks of the depth of human experience: the
suffering and despair, hope and redemption. There are times when the
sun of our lives is blotted and life loses its luster. It seems that
the sky is falling in upon our heads and we will be crushed. But the
"Son of Man" comes to us and we find ourselves surrounded
by "angels" that unite us with others who are also being
rescued by God.
things happen in all generations and in every life. We do not know
the future and they can happen at any moment - thus the necessity to
is much more comforting and rich than the logos
that seeks cold facts for intellectual satisfaction. Mythos coexists
with the mystery of the when and the how and has no need for
explanations. It opens doors for worship, art, music and poetry.
logos reality brings no hope. The world is heading for the abyss. Our
Western culture is crumbling. The increase in violence, the inability
of governments to contain the collapse of order and the establishment
of a parallel government of crime and economic exploitation is
frightening to us. The spiritual vacuum is being filled with drugs
and consumerism. We need the reality
of the mythos to
be able to face the reality
Behind the concrete facts that we can examine by logic there is
another reality that speaks to our intuition and that gives us
meaning and strength to continue because of the perception that there
are cosmic forces beyond the immediate events that we are able to
13:24-37 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
in those days, following that distress,
sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the
stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be
that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great
power and glory.And
he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender
and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.Even
so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near,
right at the door.Truly
I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all
these things have happened.Heaven
and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven,
nor the Son, but only the Father.Be
on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.It’s
like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in
charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door
to keep watch.
keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will
come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the
rooster crows, or at dawn.If
he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.What
I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”