Religion vs Myth

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Today a God that created lightning is part of a myth. But a God that created rainbows is part of a religion. Why? What separates these two words?

If we define a myth as something that’s not true, do religious people consider all other religions as myths? Do we consider fictional characters such as Frodo and Gandalf as myths?

Is the difference in the devoutness of believers in regards to religious faith, traditions and customs? But no one was more devout in their religious beliefs than the ancient Egyptians whose religion lasted for over 3,000 years, and yet, Isis, Osiris, Horus, and Set are now considered myths.

We generally define a myth as traditional stories with supernatural elements that people used to believe were true, but now these people died long ago and no longer have any real representation. The difference between religion and myth is time. Yesterday’s religions are today’s myths. Today’s religions are tomorrow’s myths.

Imagine a thousand years from now if no one, or only a few people, believed in Allah. People would discuss Islam the same way people today discuss ancient Greek mythology. And this gets into the mortality of the Gods. If people stopped believing, every religion today would be referred to as a myth. Mythology teaches us that no matter how much people believe or have faith in something, that doesn’t make it true.

-James Kirk Wall

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