We live in a world divided into two camps, where one believes in Creation and the other believes in evolution. Some people use myth to mean a fable, but the concept is far more powerful.
I taught an elective called mythology, and I had no trouble associating Creation with the concept of myth. Wait a minute - put down the stones and do not warm up the tar just yet. I always told the class - I believe in Creation and in the Genesis Flood. I did then and I still do.
Creation is a concept that changes how we view everything, how we think, and how we express ourselves. Louis Aggassiz wrote about America's vast landscape in terms of God's Creation. And there are many quotations from this honored scientist of yesteryear that would cause someone to lose tenure, his job, and his reputation today.
The glacier was God's great plough set at work ages ago to grind, furrow, and knead over, as it were, the surface of the earth.
I sometimes hear preachers speak of the sad condition of men who live without God in the world, but a scientist who lives without God in the world seems to me worse off than ordinary men.
I will frankly tell you that my experience in prolonged scientific investigations convinces me that a belief in God—a God who is behind and within the chaos of vanishing points of human knowledge—adds a wonderful stimulus to the man who attempts to penetrate into the regions of the unknown.
By Curtis A. Peterson
Some of you are wondering, "Where is he going with this theme?"
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The Walther Myth.
In the LCMS especially, but also in WELS and the ELS, the Myth of the Great Walther has a daily impact on the thought, words, and deeds of the leaders.
- Missouri is not honest about when their sect began, because the real beginning was the house arrest of Bishop Martin Stephan and his orders to the Walther circle and others to ship off to America. They believed they were the only Means of Grace in Europe.
- Missouri denies that the Great Walther followed and carried out discipline for a known adulterer with syphilis, finally robbing and kidnapping his bishop when the time was right.
- The LCMS, ELS, and WELS have continued to worship Walther and emulate his dictatorial control of pastors, laity, congregations, and synods.
- The dishonest brutality visited upon Stephan is still the model for today, where church leaders kick people out who no longer serve their purposes.
- Criminal sexual conduct is no problem for these leaders. Scandals are covered up and lied about. ELCA routinely puts out news releases about leaders who transgress, but the "conservatives" do not admit to anything. (ELCA is not totally honest, but more honest, even admitting they lost a $40 million lawsuit from ordaining a known predator.)
- Stealing land, money, congregations - routine for all three sects. The most spectacular was kicking out Historic St. John Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and then stealing the land and endowment years later. Thank you Mark Jeske and Mark Schroeder. Walther, who stole land from his bishop, would be proud.