Demythologizing the New Testament

DEMYTHOLOGIZING THE NEW TESTAMENT 4

Demythologizingthe New Testament

Demythologizingthe New Testament

Icompletelydisagreewith Bultmann`s viewof demythologizingthe Holy Book. Whenthetermmythappearsin anysentence,itis usuallyaccompaniedby a connotationof a fableora storythat may not be real.TheBible in its entiretyis an actualnarrativeof howGod interactswith thesinfulhumansandprovidingredemption.Consequently, manis givena secondchanceto liveeternally.Thedivisionof thebookis to helpthebelieverfocuson thecentralpersonin theBible, Jesus Christ. Thecurrentquestionof demythologizing theNew Testament destroysthefundamentalprincipleof theBiblical textwhich can beinterpretedotherwise.Thismay meanthat,theNew Testament is not thedivinewordof God butjustanotherhistoricalnarrationthatanyone can rewriteorinterpretaccordingto their individualperception,perspectiveorvalues.

Demythologizingis not onlyunnecessarybutmight resultin moreconfusionto thereaderof theNew Testament. Themainheadachein thiswholeissueoccurswhenansweringthefollowingquestion.Whenyoudemythologize theNew Testament, whoare youstripping?IsthepersonJesusChrist?IsthepersonGod theFather? Thiskindof reasoningpermitssubterfugesubsequentlyopeninga lineof questioningto theauthorityof theNew Testament. Asa result,thismay meandegradingtheteachingscontainedin theBook to thelevel of anyothernarratedvolumelike TheOdysseyorTheIliadwrittenby theGreek poet,Homer.

TheChristian churchshould not accommodateitself to themodernworld,howeverthisdoesnot meanthatitisnot involvedper theChristian principlesin its relationto theworld.Thefirstproblemof accommodatingtheworldis that,theworldmay influencetheChristian churchto changeits doctrinessoas to blendwith theprevailingnorm.Consequently, thiswill authenticatetheunderstandingthat&quottheworldleadswhiletheChristian churchfollows&quot.Thewordmodern ought not to be stretchedoverboard.Therefore,my conclusionfollows,&quottimemay elapse,butprinciplesare permanent.&quot

Reference

Frye,N. (2008). Wordswith power: Being a second study of the Bible and literature(Vol. 26). University of Toronto Press.