Which Came First? The Chicken or The Egg? Greek Mythology or Creation?

There are many mythological stories that seem to have a similar theme to the stories of creation in the Bible. Skeptics will use those stories against the Bible, claiming that because these stories exist, it means the Bible is false.

I am assuming that because they believe in billions of years of evolutionary changes and that man came from a blob of slime originally, that it puts the order of these stories in a different light. In the skeptic’s mind, it means simply that the Creation account in the Bible is no more than mythology.

If you do evangelism, you are certain to hear arguments having to do with the Bible being nothing more than a mythological story. They would point to the similarities of the Bible account and the mythological stories and claim that the events in the Bible were borrowed from mythology. Let’s see if that is true, or, perhaps it is the other way around?

The story of Pandora is very interesting. In Greek mythology, the gods created a woman, from earth and water, whom they named “Pandora’. Pandora was given a box. In this box each god was to give an attribute of himself. All of the attributes were evil, except one. Pandora was not allowed to open the box. Curiosity got the best of her and she opened it. She quickly closed it and all the evil was now outside of the box. The only thing that was good that came out of the box was Hope. (Paraprased version from Ruth Beechick’s book, ‘Genesis; Finding Our Roots ).

So, did the Pandora’s box story come before Creation or after it? Was Pandora really the first woman to be created? You can see the similarities of the story of Creation and the story of Pandora. Skeptics would say that Christianity borrowed from Greek mythology. So, in order for that to happen, mythology would have had to have happened first. In order to find out what happened first, we need to know the timetable of these events.

Many notable events are based upon dates, and our modern dating system is based around the life of Jesus Christ (B.C. means before Christ, A.D. means Anno Domini ‘In the year of our Lord’). There is a fairly new addition to this which is B.C.E. which means before common era. People who want to reject the validity of Christianity will use this one.

It is thought that Creation began no more than 6,000 years ago. It is thought that Greek mythology was going on around the 8th century B.C. So, if that is true, then the Greek mythological story of Pandora and her box would have taken place after the creation of the world.

There is another thought, and this is just speculation, but a very good possibility, is that the mythological stories are based upon what happened in Genesis 6. We are told that the ‘sons of God’ (which is probably referring to angels, and in this case, the fallen angels) came down to earth and had sexual relations with women, who gave birth to children who were giants, also known as men of renown. Could these giants have been these Greek gods that did interesting and amazing exploits which are written down today for us called ‘Greek mythology’?

Whether these weird stories actually took place, or even partially took place, we really don’t know. But we do know the Bible is true, and many stories have been made up using some Bible truths or aspects along with embellishment. The accounts in the Bible could not have been borrowed from these stories because the stories would not have happened until a long time later.

You will also hear people try to negate the account of Noah’s Ark and the Global Flood that destroyed the world. Again, we have the same situation. We have the original account of what actually happened, in the Bible. Yet, many years later, others wrote accounts of a world wide flood, but with different details and aspects, missing the whole point of what the Bible is teaching on the reason for the Flood. It would make sense that the people would orally pass down the story of the Flood. Of course, things would be added to it and changed around. Then you come up with stories like, ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’. It dates back to 2100 B.C. in the city of Ur in Sumer. Like the story of Pandora, the gods created Enkidu to stop Gilgamesh from oppressing the people of Uruk. The Greek gods and goddesses all have sinful, selfish hearts and they all seem to have some supernatural powers and abilities. In this epic, there are some similarities to the Global Flood of Noah’s day, and a lot of embellishments added to it. The true story of the Flood was twisted to make a very interesting novel.

The point is, that all these stories came after the Biblical events that they were obviously drawn from. They do not negate anything in the Bible. In fact, those stories give evidence of what really took place in the Bible.

Ishtar went after her lover into the underworld. Apparently, she resurrected him from the dead? This was a story of a resurrection from Greek mythology. I don’t know all the details of this story, so I won’t try to write them out. Skeptics will say that Christianity is borrowed from this story. Let’s look and see if it is.

In the book of Genesis, God created Adam and Eve. They fell into sin by taking and eating the forbidden fruit and plunged the human race into darkness. Satan was now the ruler of mankind. God in His mercy promised to provide a Redeemer who would come one day and destroy the powers of darkness. That happened when God sent His Son to earth to live a perfect life and die a horrible death in our place. After Jesus died, He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day. Those who want to doubt this event claim that it was borrowed from Greek mythology, particularly from the story of Ishtar.

If God already told Adam, Eve, and the devil what was to come by way of a Redeemer, and if He gave clues throughout the Old Testament of what this Redeemer would be like, and in fact did send this Redeemer, how can this be borrowing from mythology? It’s not like someone just decided to write a book called the Bible and then pick out stories from the past to build the story of the Bible on. God is eternal. He existed before any of the Greek gods or goddesses existed. There can’t be any borrowing from the mythological stories since God already had His plan in place before any of these supposed events took place.

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