Myths and Legends
Babylonian Gilgamesh: Utnapishtim
The god of Enlil secretly warns this individual and his wife.
After the flood Utnapishtim overcomes the second wrath of Enlil declaring that he and his wife shall become immortal and no longer live by “waters.”
Another Mesopotamia: Atrahasis
Battles the various gods, and is able to defeat them through the “building” of a floating device.
Because of he preserves, and overcomes he is awarded immortality.
(Ugarit, A seaport in the Syria region)
Tragedy - The Greek centers on a dream given by the god Kronos warning Xisuthros about the upcoming destruction, and that he must overcome it.
After the flood, Xisuthros is allowed to dwell with gods, him, his wife, and their daughter to spend out their days in ease.
Myths are Anthrocentrism
Mankind not only battles humanity but also battles the various gods.
The Bible is Theocenterism
The God of the Bible is the Hero in every episode of every event that is recorded.
Inclusivism - Not excluding any section of society or any party.
Salvation is not limited to faith in/on the God of the Bible.
Therefore, we do not need to know God, understand God, have a personal relationship with God, etc.
The mercy of God is wide.
Everyone was invited to enter into the Ark: Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, H. A. Ironside
Works + Obedience = Salvation
A pattern by which salvation is obtained through a life of righteousness and obedience.
The most popular belief of our day.
(Moralistic Therapeutic Deism)
Results based salvation
Salvation is earned through overcoming the trials and tribulations of this world.
Those who preserve will receive eternal life of pleasure, comfort, and rest.
Clean and Unclean
Unclean = sin
Clean = righteous
Has become a very spiritualized concept based on a fragmented idea of the confrontations with the teachers of Jesus’ day.
(Matthew 12:45; Luke 11:26; Acts 10)
The nature of God
The foundation of God’s nature is Holiness and Love.
Therefore He cannot lie, He will not deceive, He will not tolerate injustice, He will not allow for evil to continue beyond a set time.
His Word (The Bible) describes this nature.