1 Timothy 4:7 - Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather train yourself to be godly.
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When we read the bible, we read stories of God’s work in His creation. We read a narrative of His love and redemptive work to a people who are sometimes very obstinate and stubborn. We learn from these stories how to look at our own lives and how to live out a life a faith. In school, many times we are given lists and informational data to memorize, like the ones and zeros of a computer program. However, life is not about analyzing data, but learning about living from the story lessons that lead us to God.
Paul knew this and wanted to remind his young protege, Timothy. Just as we have today, there were many other made up stories and fantasies of Greek gods and ancient legends. These myths and legends are exciting to hear and read about, but Paul reminded Timothy that these things can be a distraction as well.
There are many stories that we are drawn to today, in movies and books. In many of these stories, we can see the mirror reflecting man’s need of a Savior and understanding their purpose. These stories will have Christ like characters and imagery that remind us that we are all searching for answers in life. We have to be careful though, that these stories do not distract us away from the truth of the faith we have in Christ.
Paul’s instruction to Timothy is valid and relevant for us today. We need not put our hope or attention in godless myths or stories. We need not be drawn into old wives’ tales or superstitious warnings. We need to make sure our attention is firmly established where our hope is - in Christ.