· enormous strength
· home IN the: earth, sea, sky
· control fire
· control earth, water, and wind
One commentator observed what he thought was a warning incorporated in the paintings, drawings, stories and myths of every religion. His opinion was the authors were warning that certain privileges or abilities were only for the gods.
Gen 6:1-4 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose. And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years. The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.
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Nature of myths - Typical characteristics
The main characters in myths are usually gods, supernatural heroes and humans. As sacred stories, myths are often endorsed by rulers and priests and closely linked to religion or spirituality. In the society in which it is told, a myth is usually regarded as a true account of the remote past.
Icarus Daedalus. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned. Uncontrolled ambition or curiosity.
Hebrew account in KJASV Genesis:
Adam is given almost total freedom and command over all he sees. The only restriction is to not eat of the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. Seems simple enough yet, eventually, he does eat. Disobedience.
Our judicial, academic, and religious systems are filled with ordinances, rules, and laws to govern us. Most are designed to guide, limit, protect and secure us for the common good. There are ethical, religious, judicial and moral standards for the common welfare.
Jesus said to his disciples, "With God all things are possible". For example:
· Peter walked on the sea to go to Jesus.
· The disciples could heal, cast out spirits and many other actions.
· A flight student may fly an aircraft with a senior instructor aboard.
· A child can travel almost anywhere by any means with a parent.
· People have accomplished great things that have blessed the population and our planet through prayer and obedience.
With God all things are possible to be had, used, or completed for the good. This speaks of a relationship of communication, trust, faith and love. We are designed with abilities to accomplish whatever we can imagine, even without consulting God, but with questionable results.
After the flood, Noah's family and the creatures departed the Ark.
Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
Some years later, the people thought they had a better idea and decided to consolidate and create their own method to Heaven.
Gen 11:5-7: And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And Jehovah said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do: and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do. Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
According to various studies, we humans, in general, want whatever is withheld from us.
·Speed Limit is 155 mph but I want to drive 156 mph.
·My candy bar is HUGE and hers is smaller but I want hers.
·I know this, but I want to know that.
·I want a lake in place of this pond.
·We want bigger, higher, longer, wider, etc.
The desire to change or engage in actions for change is usually amoral; Painting the house, adding an addition to your home, buying a jet, or changing the course of a river. The consequences of certain activities may reveal moral issues ?
The human ignorance of Nature's design and operation is colossal yet, our attempts to correct or fix nature are infinitum.
· A decision was made to dam a Salmon run to create a beautiful lake resort. They built hatcheries and artificial runs for the Salmon which failed to produce the intended effect. The changes caused a dramatic Salmon reduction and disrupted the ecology of the river.
· We have a snake problem and an expert informed me about their animal that eats snakes. Yeah, bring 'em! Hmmm, one hunts during the day and the other at night; so neither knows the other exists and now both populations are out of control.
· We have just built this beautiful highway through the mountains but a large ledge randomly drops rocks on it. No problem, cut the ledge off. That's done but now the wind off the mountain is blowing vehicles off the highway. The ledge served as a brake to the wind shear.
Each account may be studied in detail to consider the moral influence. Cutting down entire forests, uprooting the native population, and destroying thousands of years of ecology will require accountability to our children.
Throughout my adult life, I have often heard, "We don't have to listen to that law, those people, or these rules. We can do what we want. God gave us a mind to use." I have learned that these words are prelude to minor or major disaster.
From our beginning God desired a lasting friendship with regular communication. We enjoy visits with a close friend talking about topics important to us and so does our God. Each assignment given Adam, Eve and Noah implied a need for occasional guidance, which would come from God. The need also implied frequent and open conversation.
Gen 3:8-9 And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden. And Jehovah God called unto the man, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Gen 18:1-5 And Jehovah appeared unto him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself to the earth, and said, My lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: and I will fetch a morsel of bread, and strengthen ye your heart; after that ye shall pass on: forasmuch as ye are come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
Joh 1:48Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
Joh 4:9 The Samaritan woman therefore saith unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman? (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
Jehovah came to Abraham and Sarah's house, and accepted an invitation to stay and have lunch. Jesus went to the well to have a refreshing drink and converse with the Samaritan woman. I believe he is still open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner invitations. Invite him for coffee or tea with fresh glazed donuts.
Every day, all day, Jesus seeks an open door to discuss your job, car problems, and thoughts about marrying a certain person and other important topics.
We will never know or understand exactly what those people experienced or knew in the beginning of time; yet they seemed to have a universal understanding. They wrote it, sang it, painted it, drew it, and told it. Be careful for what you reach for and from whom or where you receive it. There is only one true God and he alone has all of our best interests at heart.
One person summed it up this way:
Ecc 12:13 This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.