Why Do We Love Origin Stories? - Hope 103.2

Why Do We Love Origin Stories?

Many hit movies are about where the hero came from. We take DNA tests to trace our ancestors. What's the fascination?

By City Bible ForumSunday 20 Nov 2022FaithReading Time: 1 minute

Many popular movies are about the origin of certain characters or situations – how they came to be – Batman Begins, X-Men origins, Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace.

But it’s not just movies – we are fascinated by our own origins – as millions of people get DNA tests to discover their ancestors.

Origin stories help explain, define and shape who we are today.

But what about the origin story for all of humanity?

Well, the modern scientific origin story is: In the beginning, there was nothing, which exploded.

It’s impersonal, mindless and purposeless.

Or there is the Biblical origin story, which claims we were deliberately, purposefully, and wonderfully made in the image of God for relationship with God and others.

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I wonder which origin story best explains our desire for love, relationship and meaning?

Article supplied with thanks to City Bible Forum.

About the author: Robert Martin oversees the work of City Bible Forum in Melbourne and is the host of the Bigger Questions radio show/podcast. 

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