November 1, 2011
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness. 1 Timothy 4:7
Reuters News Service recently interviewed Mike Smith who was the head of a research team in Great Britain.
They interviewed thousands of adults and asked them questions concerning the myths, the legends and the old wives' tales, which deal with matters of health.
What they discovered was most interesting.
For example, one in five British women really, actually, believes in the reality of an illness, which is called "the man-flu." The man-flu, in case you didn't know, is a debilitating disease, which leaves the sufferer temporarily paralyzed on the couch -- the couch from which he can watch sports on TV.
Other myths that have a high degree of acceptance conclude
• too much stress can turn your hair grey;
• eating carrots improves your eyes;
• we lose most of our heat through our heads;
• watching too much TV will give you "square eyes";
• men exaggerate their symptoms to get attention, and they take longer to recover from illness. (By the way, my wife says this one is not a myth.)
Smith said, "No matter how many millions are spent on health and education, some medical myths still prevail."
Even as Mr. Smith is trying to educate people about these health myths, St. Paul tried to discourage Christians from putting stock into the many spiritual myths and legends that were widely circulating.
St. Paul knew -- as every Christian ought to know -- that Jesus Christ is the only Way, the only Truth, the only Source of eternal life. Any other message is wrong; any other path is not going the right direction and can only lead to destruction.
This is why I pray you and yours will always have nothing to do with silly and irreverent things.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me turn a deaf ear to the lies of Satan, who is the father of lies. Keep secure my faith in Your Holy Word and the salvation story that begins and is completed through Jesus' merit. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries