Does the New Testament Need Some Updating?
Before indulging in the reading my first step was to analyze the title, "The mythological Element in the Message of the New Testament". For me this provided a backbone to what was to come. I was prepared when Bultmann instantly became an engaging figure by examining the development of the universe or in a shorter sense cosmology. I could tell from the beginning that he was definitely looking for a way to bring clarity to how the modern society view the New Testament. He describes the structure of the universe as Heaven being above and hell being below. Which is what many of christian believers and non-believers ...view middle of the document...
It seems that as we lose certain principles about the idea if heaven and hell, our ideology of the New Testament becomes a jumbled mess. Science has had an astounding affect on many views that people hold. Science has proven that sickness and diseases are not caused by evil force, but form naturally. An interesting argument that stood out out me is when Bultmann stated that the miracles that many believe and have poured their hearts and mind into have become more superstitious than anything. Which leads to say that this is very distant from true faith. A common theme through the reading is the mythical eschatology, however, when we start to question the presence of God through a scientific approach then this by many meant the we are criticizing the New Testament. However, Bultmann is quick to make it clear that believes this is not the only problem.
Another issue that Bultmann expands on is how a modern man views himself. Their are two distinction of a modern man, one being that he sees himself as as spirit, and the other being that he views himself as part of human nature. Bultmann elaborates on his ideas by bringing up some which I believe are great points. He states that death is seen in the bible as punishment for sin. However, in all actuality death is a necessary process. The idea of atonement and the resurrection of Jesus are also objected through the denial of the idea of what many assume as super natural forces.
Bultmann continually states that he is not trying to deface the New Testament, but more importantly trying to divulge the idea if it is truly full of myths. He goes on to describe the idea of a myth. One idea that stood out to me is when he stated that a myth is NOT used to express a negative view of the world, but more to understand the world that we live in. As much as devout Christians believe in the New Testament I think that...