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Not surprising really, the connection of Christianity and paganism.
Most early civilizations realized their place in creation as creatures and sought answers to life’s questions in spiritual ways. In fact, Abraham, the undisputed father of the three main branches of monotheistic religions came from The Fertile Crescent where his family worshiped the moon god. According to Scripture, God spoke to Abraham, calling him out to teach him about the One True God.
Several thousand years later we have the culmination of monotheistic revelation, the coming of the God-man, Jesus, born of a simple, human woman, fathered by God to be the final bond of love between Creator and Creation.
Is it any wonder as Christianity miraculously spread, pagan peoples’ observations of birth and death, light and darkness, sacrifice and gift were fulfilled in the truth of Christianity? Or so incredible that in order to teach people about God, wise and compassionate Christians incorporated cultural elements into their celebrations? For example: bunnies, eggs and growing crops, represented new life to primitive pagan cultures. The Resurrection of Christ brings true, eternal, new life to all peoples. The connection is obvious and examples like this endless and cannot be adequately addressed here.
Every year, Christians liturgically close the Christmas season with the Feast of the Epiphany or, visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. This represents the celebration of God’s revelation being proclaimed to all peoples, all cultures, all belief systems. No longer was God’s covenant only for the Hebrew people but for all humankind represented by the magi spoken of in Scripture. (By the way, no number or nationalities are given in Scripture. Middle Ages artists chose to depict three men of various nationalities visiting Christ to emphasize the deep theology hidden there)
It is unfortunate that the column of Jan. 5 shared such superficial knowledge of Christian history. Do yourself a favor, before you believe such misinformation, discover the deeper meaning of Judeo-Christian revelation. You might be surprised what you find. God bless you all.
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