How many legends are actually based on true history?

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In prophecy and creation, scholars often study things like Noahs flood,  what the world was like before the flood, angels mingling with man etc.  Every population of the world has some kind of a flood story, with similar attributes, whether it be indiginous people in North America, or Australia, or China. Oh, that the bible records the flood too.  How did all those civilizations get such a similar world wide flood story handed down? There isn’t much work by secular scientists that I’ve come across so far that study these, and likely if they did, they would write it off to ‘simple’ ancestors, who happened to all write about local flooding in their own ways :/

Too bad we couldn’t all be totally objective and open to ideas when it comes to looking at archaeological records or when reading the history books including the bible? I think we would be a lot further along scientifically and spiritually if we left the possibility open for a greater power in this world even if you didn’t choose to follow Him.

The ancient legends of Hercules, and ‘gods’ ruling and fighting on earth, mighty men and such are all very very tantalizing and probably all based on true stories. How you say? Read Genesis. It tells the story of how there were giants in the land during that time, pre-flood specifically, and ‘mighty men’, angels mingled with humans creating half human, half angel (or better termed demon). These ‘angels’ weren’t on Gods side, they were fallen angels. Together they made earthly ‘gods’ just like the greek legends and others tell of, ruling over man out of lust for power mostly probably. This is the world that went so awry that God flooded the earth to destroy mankind and all these ‘god’ like creatures on earth.

Legends like these are far more real I think than we realize, and one day we’ll find out all about it.  In the mean time, start reading your bible, it explains pretty much everything in this world and outside of it with a little study.

I’m not sure I know one thing that the bible doesn’t explain either directly or indirectly.

http://www.creationism.org/csshs/v07n4p20.htm

Greek tradition contains many stories similar to those of the first eleven chapters of the Bible: legends of a “Golden Age”, like that of Eden, which ended through the first woman’s disobedience; characters resembling Cain and the sons of Lamech from Genesis 4; Stories of a great flood and a “Noah,” The Greeks also had traditions of mass migrations throughout the eastern Mediterranean shortly after their great flood. These stories have passed down to us through the often conflicting genealogies of the many early Greek states. Such is their similarity to Scripture that these legends must have been rooted in the same events described in Genesis 1 to 11.

Giants in the land:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_(mythology)

The mythology and legends of many different cultures include monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength. “Giant” is the English word (coined 1297) commonly used for such beings, derived from one of the most famed examples: the gigantes (Greek “γίγαντες”[1]) of Greek mythology.

In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they OlympianNartianHindu or Norse.

There are also other stories featuring giants in the Old Testament, perhaps most famously Goliath. Attributed to them are superhuman strength and physical proportions, a long lifespan, and thus a great deal of knowledge.

These and more on google are totally worth checking out. I’m not saying you can take every single thing in these articles to the bank but they are VERY interesting. The more we learn about history and our world, the more we realize the bible was right all along and usually, the more we know, the less interpreting we need to do. Often we find out that things were like and are like just the way they were written in the bible. It  a literal interpretation needed here.

Go study for yourself. Fascinating stuff.

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6 thoughts on “How many legends are actually based on true history?

  1. I’ve long had the same pet theory that our greatest myths, while stretched and distorted, probably originally had a good portion of truth. Modern man is too quick to look down on the intelligence of those who came before us. Those people weren’t stupid. They were talking about something with a kernel of truth.

  2. I read a novel based on the same premise when I was 15 or 16. The author added the idea that pre-flood humans were also technologically advanced beyond what we are today, thanks to the “demi-gods”. (The Stargate movie/series has a similar premise …) He suggested that the myths of centaurs and minotaurs were based on actual genetic experiments that the demi-gods carried out either by cross-breeding or surgically. I find it interesting, because when we think of how evil the world must have been before the flood, we compare it to our world today — and what could be more evil than that? But we tend to be myopic in our thinking, and there may have been far more to the story. Maybe too much for us to deal with …?

  3. Interesting, ya makes total sense. Just like Narnia but it actually happened. I too think we are way to high on ourselves when we think this world is as evil as it was back then. Obviously it must have been SUPER bad if God destroyed it. All things in perspective, the world is still generally ok, evil doesn’t outweigh good in the world yet. It will once the restrainer is removed, (holy spirit) and we are raptured. Then it will take off just as it did back then and God will have reason to destroy the world again – which of course is all foretold in bible prophecy

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