1999-06-28 - Coming to a Town Near You
Psalm 119:133 Keep my footsteps steadfast in Thy word.
An editor at Rev. Jerry Falwell's newspaper is warning parents about the mostly-female summer music tour Lilith Fair. "Many young people no doubt attend the Lilith Fair concerts not knowing the demonic legend of the mystical woman whose name the series manifests," says the Parents Alert column in the June issue of National Liberty Journal.
In ancient Jewish non-biblical literature, Lilith was Adam's first wife, but left Eden after refusing to be submissive to her husband. The paper refers to the mythology as "pagan legend," and says that in pagan writings "Lilith lived with the demons after leaving Eden and went mad after witnessing the execution of her children. As a result, she went on a killing spree, seducing and murdering her own demonic male offspring and then slaying their children."
The two paragraphs above, through the magic of editing, are several news stories combined together into one. I don't get Falwell's newspaper and so I can not vouch personally for what it says, but the quotes are from CNN and other main stream news agencies.
Regardless of what you think of Falwell, and everyone seems to have an opinion, in this case, he got it right. And while Lilith Fair comes to a town near you, you should know and be aware that it is founded on principles and beliefs that are antithetical (contrary) to those of the Christian faith.
Last year I was asked by a Christian friend about Lilith being Adam's first wife and the person asking me had been told by a "big" supporter of Lilith Fair that the story of Lilith was from the Bible. I replied, "Not in my Bible," and have thought little about it since.
Let me say for those of you who wrongly feel that the Old Testament is a dull portion of Scripture, or that it is not necessary to know the Old Testament because we live in New Testament times. My friend was deceived by someone, because of a lack of knowledge of the Old Testament. By not knowing the Bible well enough to say, "Scripture no where says Adam had a wife before Eve," my friend was duped into believing an entire argument founded upon a false premise.
If you are going to make Scripture the foundation of your authority, (and you should have no other), you must know it well enough to not get fooled by people who wrongly use it. My friend thought, "well, maybe the Lilith story is in one of those sections that I don't know that well, like those long historical books." Well, it isn't, and unless you know your Bible, you also might be fooled by the next fool who you happen upon. Or, worse yet, you might be fooled by the very person preaching to you each and every week.
In order to know what isn't in the Bible, we must know what is in it. So back to the Bible. Other books can wait, these devotionals will still be coming every day if you take a month (or a year) off and read only Scripture for a while. Other authors, dead or alive, will still be in print if you put them down and focus on Scripture. But you and I can't wait a moment longer to adorn our faith with a saturated and compete understanding of God's Holy Word.
Soli Deo Gloria,