I want live my life mythically.
What do I mean by that? Am I making the suggestion that I want to live as the great heroes of old and men of renown like Achilles and Odysseus? Do I want to seek glory and fame by embarking on a great quest or fighting in an epic battle?
Yes. Yes I do.
Call it delusions of grandeur, but I believe each one of us is called to live the life of a Demigod. Gilgamesh, Achilles, Perseus, Hercules, even Percy Jackson and Annabeth were all children of the gods that stepped up from among their brothers and sisters in humanity to become legends. Often at times these stories are about a call to action (usually to save something or someone) and overcoming obstacles (usually their humanity), in order to bring about a significant change in their own lives and the lives of their community. In some cases the hero is granted the ability to shed the shackles of their humanity and become fully divine.
Anyone who is familiar with Joseph Campbell’s the Hero with a Thousand Faces knows that, deep down, each and every good story ever told contains a bit of what I just briefly touched upon. Called “the Hero’s Journey,” that core narrative transcends time, culture, and country, and can be found in the most ancient epics of Mesopotamia up to the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. All myth, be it creations of Homer or Hollywood, speaks to some innate part of the human psyche (or soul). Why is that? Why do human beings continually seek out stories? Taking it a step further, why do millions of people all around the world immerse themselves in fantasy role playing games where they take up the mantle of hero?
Because deep in our hearts we know we are called to be something greater than we currently are. We are called to be Children of God.
Regardless of denomination, doctrine, or theology, anyone who studies the Bible can see that the ongoing theme of scripture from Genesis to Revelation is that human beings are meant to be something greater than the last animal created. God created humanity in his own image. That doesn’t simply mean that somewhere out there in Heaven God looks like a human (although I like to think he does), it means we were created to be a living reflection of his divine presence—his representation. Genesis made the claim that human beings, and not images made by human hands, were the true representations of God on Earth. Human beings were each created to be a walking, talking, point where the glory of heaven dwelled within the world. With this in mind, is it any wonder that the Bible is filled with allusions to the human body being the Temple of God?
Simply put, to be a true human is to reflect the divine; to be a Child of God—to be Mythic.
The ongoing theme of scripture from Genesis on, however, is how humanity lost sight of their original vocation in favor of serving idols, false gods, and their own selfish desires.
To be a Mythic Christian is to grab ahold of our God-given mandate from the dawn of time and reflect his glory into the world. It is a heroic journey filled with peril and conflict as we are opposed by powerful villains, but it also one that is filled with mentors and compatriots that help us along the way. Join in the mythic journey. Brave the dark caves to ascend and meet the divine. Receive the birthright of heaven and return to the world to make it better for future generations. Is this not the Hero’s Journey? Is this not the very story of Jesus, the Firstborn of the Kingdom of God? (Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:18, Revelation 1:5) Are we not called to follow his example and become co-heirs alongside him? (Romans 8:17)
I was reborn as a prince of the Kingdom and I will live to be worthy of the Divine Image that I bear. I will be Mythic.