What are wives' tales anyway?
Long ago, before the internet, telephone, and hair salons, there was a unique way of sharing information woman to woman.
This method of transferring information is as old as the hills and has often been referred to as "old wives' tales" as many times the information centered upon superstitions instead of verifiable facts.
Supposedly many tales and stories were spread by illiterate women. However, knowing women and how we like to share information, I can imagine information passed freely from woman to woman no matter if one was rich or poor, illiterate or well educated.
Interestingly, these tales were even mentioned in the Bible.
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 1 Timothy 4:7 NIV
That scripture would lead one to believe that "old wives' tales" are not a good investment of our time. I mean really, who needs to waste time believing shaving unwanted body hair makes it grow back thicker and darker?
This is an old wives' tale that most of us have heard. The Mayo Clinic disputes this tale! Click here.
Well then--- what's a fable?
Tales, legends, and myths---stories not anchored in facts. Fables are fictional stories. Remember Aesop's Fables?
Aesop's Fables' usually reminds the reader of a valuable lesson.
However, interestingly these too are also mentioned in the Bible in 2 Peter 1:16-18 (KJV).
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.