Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mythological Conflict

Why do so many myths, classical or modern, involve conflict? One could argue with some force that story requires conflict. I think there is more to it, though. If we peel back that onion one more layer, what do we find?  Why does story require conflict?  Perhaps it is because our stories are meant to convey truth, and the truth is that we are in a conflict.

We are at war.

We have been from the beginning, not against each other but against "the  prince of the power of the air". (Eph 2:2) Cain was not the first murderer. Satan was a liar and a murdered from the beginning. He twisted truth until its neck snapped and led man into sin.

The old myths are full of "good dreams", as C.S. Lewis put it, hinting at the  drama unfolding through history. The poets once spoke for the gods; in a way, they do still speak for God. They give us glimpses and warnings of how things really are. We struggle with would-be gods that rise from the world, from our own pride and fallenness, and from the designs of the enemy.The myths remind us of that and that evil, worldly and otherworldly, can be opposed and has been beaten.

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