“Myths are universal and timeless stories that reflect and shape our lives – they explore our desires, our fears, our longings, and provide narratives that remind us what it means to be human.” – Karen Armstrong
For thousands of years people have looked to sacred stories and writings to help them develop their beliefs and understanding of God.
The Jewish faith bases their understanding of God through the Torah.
Buddhists use the Sutras which contain the teachings of the Buddha.
Islam looks to the Koran for how to live life and practice faith.
Humanists and secularists look to great works of poetry, literature, scientific, and political texts.
Christians believe the bible, which contains the Old and New Testaments, reveals who and what God is, particularly through the life and teachings of Jesus.
Regardless of what texts various faiths and philosophical frameworks turn to, groups of adherents within each tradition have their own wide-ranging understandings of their own texts.
In other words, there is no right or wrong understanding or interpretation of a sacred text. Whichever one (in whichever way you interpret it) that most resonates with your understanding of God is the right one for you.
If you’d like to dive a little a deeper on how to understand/interpret sacred texts, check out this podcast episode from The Bible For Normal People.
Choose a sacred text to explore for the next week. Consider diving deeper with a text you are familiar with and/or exploring a text from a faith or spiritual tradition that you are unfamiliar with.
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