- Creation myths—how did we get here? Everyone wants an answer to that one.
- Flood myths—natural disasters, earth-shattering changes: we want them not to be pointless.
- Hero myths—give us hope in the face of feeling powerless.
- God as man myths—answer our need to feel we matter… And we have the ultimate God-as-man story in Jesus.
Going back to my school library books, I fell in love with everyone else’s myths, and pretty soon I was wondering why the Bible was so boring. Why didn’t God hire better writers? Of course, what I was missing was that most of these stories were retellings, not translations of the original. As language gets richer, the retelling becomes more colorful. If I “retell” a Bible story I’ll give you details that aren’t really there. I try to make readers relate and ask questions and make the story their own--it's the way I write. But what if people don't write--if they're keeping oral traditions alive with stories round the camp fire? There are basically two ways they might use:
- My way, with lots of imagination and extra details, or
- The religious way, with lots of recitation and nobody dares to change a thing.