The Bible Story in His Glory
I remember reading my kids the story of Cinderella. When it came to the part where the fairy godmother came to help Cinderella out of her plight, I didn’t feel it appropriate to name the fairy a “god;” therefore, not knowing what else to do, I called her laughingly, the fairy fod-mother. As a child, this was my favorite fairy tale, as it was an avenue that took me away from my troubles and miraculously saved me from whatever distress I was in at the time. Not only that, but I got the prince charming as a side benefit. 🙂
I’ve had this on my mind recently as I studied the history of fairy tales. It may come as a surprise to many, but most of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Anderson stories didn’t stem from “they all lived happily after.”
In the first version by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Little Mermaid,”the mermaid sees the Prince marry a princess and she despairs. She is offered a knife with which to stab the prince to death, but rather than do that she jumps into the sea and dies by turning to froth.
Most don’t realize it, but mermaids came from the ancient goddesses of long ago.
The origin of the mermaid reveals the source of their strength: they were goddesses – and important ones at that. In the oldest religions the creator god is usually a goddess. 1
…From the intersection of these two ideas we have Aphrodite and Venus. Goddesses of love, and therefore fertility and creation, they are also associated with the sea. ‘Aphrodite’ means foam-born (born from the foam of the ocean waves). 1
Stories and myths of gods and goddesses, those who were put under magical spells and fairies (gods in one form or another) that rescued men have been around since the beginning of time. The thread that connects all these stories and myths is the absence of God as the hero and supernatural forces (fairies, gods or goddesses) that saved the day. These stories continue to permeate our culture, and are stamped on almost every child’s piece of clothing or items from backpacks to lunch boxes. Why? You may say, for the sake of monetary gain, and you would be right, but let’s go a little deeper into the reason man is fascinated by these stories. Why is it that bedtime stories bring children into magical kingdoms and the realm of the supernatural? We gasp at the thought of our children idolizing wizards and witches, but in actuality we can be a part of setting them up to do just that. Satan is not obvious. If you think back on TV shows that we admired, such as Bewitched, I Dream of Jennie, even the all time favorite Wizard of Oz, we begin to be slowly convinced that white magic is something that can be used for good. Wicca (religion of witches) believes in nature holding within it magical power. Remember the worship of nature in Pocahontas? Doesn’t that sound familiar to the Old Testament gods and goddesses of nature? It’s amazing how far we’ve come from the fairy godmother’s wand to the famous Harry Potter’s. This is by no accident.
I don’t judge those who read fairy tales per se, but I would like you to consider the reason for my discussion here.
Ask yourself this question: “Do my children know more about Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, or The Little Mermaid than they do about Esther the queen, Abigail, Ruth, Dorcus (Tabitha), Sarah, the widow whose flour and oil were always full no matter how much she used, and for the boys Samson, David and Goliath, Elijah, Solomon, Moses, Joseph, the miracles of the twelve apostles and Paul. Here, in God’s Word, we have womanly beauty that is exemplified in Godly form by what’s inside and not outside and the teaching to young men that man’s true power and might only comes from God and not put supernatural beings (i.e. Superman, Spiderman) up on a pedestal rather than God as our only Savior.
Now, ask yourself, what is the difference between reading what man considers (the supernatural) in children’s stories and the stories that we are commanded to read to our children and our children’s children? What does God’s word say to teach via oracles?
De 4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
De 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
De 4:7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
De 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
De 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons
De 4:10 Specially the day that thou stood before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
Who are we suppose to proclaim is the superhero? Yes, God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, soon to be the ruler of the Kingdom of God. Who are they suppose to put their trust in always under every circumstance? Yes, in God alone. That brings comfort to the heart of your children in any distress, throughout their entire lives.
Psalms 146:3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
Isaiah 42:20 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to idols.
That’s why He has instructed us to teach our children over and over again in oral form the scriptures that God handed down through the prophets and apostles. They are truly the bread of life, not just for ourselves but for our children and their children’s children — so they…. remember, especially in those times in life where it is so vitally needed.