Paganism, Christianity inexplicably intertwined |

Paganism, Christianity inexplicably intertwined

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” has been released in movie form! It’s again generating controversy over the evil effects such fantasy has upon our children! Paganism! Magic! Wizards! Oh, my! Christians are considerably exercised, and pagans are defending themselves vigorously!

It’s a grand and glorious case of the pot (Christians) calling the kettle (pagans) black. There is so much paganism mixed into Christianity that the two are now virtually indistinguishable.

The incorporation of paganism into Christianity began roughly 300 years after Christ’s death. The early church was having a difficult time converting those hedonistic pagans to an intellectual worship (no graven images, no orgiastic and sacrificial celebrations, no sensuality to entice body and mind), so they gradually introduced pagan rituals, ceremonies, saints and symbols, changing only the rationalization, not the nature.

For instance. Did you have a wonderful Christmas? The origin of Christmas is actually the pagan ceremony of the winter solstice, the shortest daylight day of the year, when the pagan’s primary god, the sun -giver of heat, of light, of life – shone less and less. The greater the celebration and sacrifice, the more pleased the sun, thus willing to favor his people once more with light.

Did you decorate a Christmas tree? It’s an ancient Frankish phallic symbol of fertility. It’s evergreen, and shaped into a point, the better to plow and fertilize the earth.

Do you celebrate Easter? Maybe go to sunrise service? Easter is a corruption of the name of the Assyrian moon goddess Ishtar, also known as the Chaldean goddess Astarte, whose worship was introduced into Britain with the Druids. Hot-cross buns, used in Easter worship, were known as early as the time of Cecrops, founder of Athens, 1,500 years before the Christian era. Jeremiah the prophet tells of this offering when he says, “The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven.”

Like halos? Ever notice the coronas of yellow light around the heads of saints in Old Masters paintings? That’s a subtle symbol of sun-worship. Do you wear a cross? That’s also the ancient symbol of sun worship. When you look at the sun, of necessity squinting your eyes, the rays form a cross. That’s why the Bible says it was so shameful to Christ to be crucified on the cross, the symbol of his arch-enemy Lucifer, the Morning Star (sun-god).

Do you worship on Sunday, the Venerable Day of the Sun? In the Book of Isaiah, Lucifer’s goal was “to be worshiped as the Most High.” Do you ever wonder that it might be more than slightly disrespectful to the One True God, to worship him on the day set aside for the pagan worship of his greatest foe?

It’s a fascinating study, this infiltration of paganism into a religion that was supposed to be kept pure. It’s particularly interesting in light of the fact that all civilizations have their own versions of the same historical characters, differing only in name.

Mesopotamian history tells of a woman named Semiramis, of such arresting beauty that according to the historian Valerius Maximus of Venice, writing around 1505, she was said to have stopped a rebellion among her subjects when she suddenly appeared among them.

She was the wife of Nimrod, whom the Bible calls “the mighty hunter of the Lord.” Nimrod was the man who, after the Great Flood, defied God’s command to go out and repopulate the earth. He built the Tower of Babel. When he met with violent death (pagan history suggests he was torn in pieces by a wild boar; Persian records say he was deified after his death, given the name Orion, and placed among the stars), what was an ambitious woman to do?

She gathered her priests around her and declared that Nimrod was the sun god in human form. (Zero-ashta, later corrupted by the Chaldeans to Zoroastes, “the seed of the woman”). And now he was returned to his place in the heavens after sacrificing himself for the betterment of those on earth. She introduced her son, born after Nimrod’s death, as the “miraculous” son of the god. She has come down to us today through pagan religion as the “goddess;” through Christian religion as the Virgin Mary, mother of God.

I wonder if the obvious fiction of Harry Potter is really as damaging to children as the pagan adulteration of Christianity, which they are taught to believe as truth.

Melinda Monaghan has lived in the Rough and Ready area for 35 years and writes a monthly column.

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