The truth will set you free
Along with others, I recognize the historical facts (easily found and verified in encyclopedias and other historical reference books or internet sites) and the spiritual (Biblical) truths in Melinda Monaghans’s recent article entitled “Paganism, Christianity Inexplicably Intertwined” which addresses what I refer to as the “archaeological layers of religious traditions” that, for centuries, have successfully covered, buried and dramatically altered the truth of God. It takes courage to publicly speak of such truth that goes against that which is so completely accepted by Christians and non-Christians alike. But perhaps it could more effectively be spoken and offered as a compassionate invitation to seek the truth, with the assurance from God Himself that His Word is truth and that “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The truth is offered by God as healing and freeing – not in a spirit of condemnation or wounding. Most Christians have never heard of the facts presented by Ms. Monaghan – she did not always know them, neither did I – so it’s not fair to imply that most Christians know these facts and have knowingly chosen to reject them. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring about conviction in the light of truth.
And as for the use of the phrase “inexplicably intertwined” … it’s not inexplicable: it is the very work of Satan to deceive the whole world (Revelations 12:9) and separate people from God and His truth whether it be subtly (as through layers of time and traditions) or through the obvious such as “Harry Potter.” So to answer Ms. Monaghan’s query of “is (it) just as damaging?” – yes it is: all lies and deceit that separate us from God are equally damaging.
But through Ms. Monaghan’s article and hopefully this letter to the editor, I am assured of another of God’s truths and promises: “My word… will not return to me empty… without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11).
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