All The World’s A Stage


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

All The World’s A Stage…(As You Like It)

“What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.”
Albert Einstein

A myth is like a theory – not necessarily truth, but workable, like a man on crutches. So it is with creation myths, supernatural but significant, traditional stories about gods and heroes creating the world out of nothing (ex nihilo) in an effort to solve problems of human existence. But without the facts, they cannot stand on their own.

The Aztec narrative has an earth mother, Lady of the Skirt of Snakes, being impregnated by an obsidian knife. She gives birth to the goddess of the moon and then to males who become stars. The Greek philosopher, Plato, has a demiurge coming out of Chaos to give birth to Gaea (Earth).
Creek Indians believe the world was originally underwater. The Mayan account in the Popol Vuh creation myth has Tepeu and Gucamatz coming together to create the world and then creating animals. Nordic people believe ice and fire came together across a yawning gap.

Raelism is a modern UFO religion that has humanoid aliens creating life through genetic engineering and nanotechnology. Then there is the Randomness or chaotic theory – treating quantum mechanics as the prime mover and calling it divine. China has no story of creation at all.
Even Shakespeare gets into the act in The Tragedy of MacBeth. When the hero hears of his wife’s death. He bemoans: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Act 5, scene 5. No wonder he’s miserable.

Enter Judaism and Christianity. The book of Genesis has two creation myths: God creates the earth in seven figurative days by divine command. Man and woman are then created separately for each other but cannot procreate while in the Garden of Eden. We know the rest of this story.

Now listen to the voice of Jesus Christ in Doctrine and Covenants 93:24,30: “Truth is the knowledge of things as they are, were, are to come… Truth is independent in the sphere in which God has placed it.” Does truth needs religion to clothe it? How can we be anything but what God made us? We are originators, not producers. In space we are coexistent with God and in time, coeternal. We live forever, hence temple work for our dead invites each living spirit to return to its Heavenly home as it continues to progress toward perfection or freely chooses some lesser reward or a penalty.

A close reading of D&C 76 tells us the true creation myth: All things move under the mastery of the Savior and all things are begotten of God Who is obedient to the same laws and Who has progressed in the same manner as His creations.

Prof. Truman Madsen explained it best: Through mortal birth we inherit the traits of our biological parents. Man’s spirit, long ago and through actual transmission, had forged into it the “embryonic traits, attributes, and powers of God Himself. And in the surroundings of that realm man was nurtured in the Divine image.” (Eternal Man, Deseret Book, 1976) It follows that all of humankind once knew and rejoiced in these truths. They are the true hallmarks of creation – take the confused myths of men and bathe them in the clarifying light of Christ.

Our Heavenly Father has said:
“This is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39, Pearl of Great Price)

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