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Digression 17 Witchcraft

This digression is written largely to cater for the needs of those in Africa and other parts of the world where witchcraft is a common feature of daily life. It is recognized by all true Bible students that recourse to witches, African doctors and the like is incompatible with holding the truth. However, I do appreciate that witch doctors being cheaper and often more accessible than medical doctors, combined with their apparent success, makes them attractive. We need to look at this problem in a logical, Biblical way. This is the only way you will find the strength to resist the temptation to use these people. The Claims Of Witchcraft Witchcraft In The Bible Witchcraft is clearly labelled by Paul as a work of the flesh, in the same category as heresy (false doctrine), adultery and pornography (Gal.5 19-21). He comments I tell you, as I have also told you in time past (i.e. this was a highly emphasized part of Paul's teaching), that they which do such things shall not inherit the...

Paganism Exposed

It's very important that we consider the impact that Constantine had on our accepted customs, because he acted as a lens which filtered-out the (Jewish) roots of the faith. The habits of the western Pagan Gentiles like Sun-day, Easter, Saturnalia, Samhain, towers, and many familiar symbols were carried along and blended into the Nazarene faith as a matter of state policy. OWYhVs death and resurrection occurred at the time of Passover. Since the Gentiles of the western localities were in the habit of their Earth Mother fertilization festival, Easter, they continued to keep it in a new perspective when they converted to Christianity. The eggs and rabbits, rolling eggs on the fields, egg hunts, etc., should be more than enough evidence to show this. The early Nazarenes who were less inclined to inculturate the Paganism were disturbed as they witnessed the Gentiles' changes. Since they continued to observe the Passover, it meant even more to them than ever before. OWYhy had revealed the...

Augustine Casiday And Frederick W Nqrris

But of course not every powerful patron favoured Christianity. The emperor Julian (regn. 360-3) attempted to revive paganism by drawing on moral features taken from the 'Nazarenes' whom he so hated and, had he but lived longer, the stories of Christianity would have been remarkably different. But his death in battle, perhaps perpetrated by some of his Christian troops, foiled his plans. Theodosius II (401-50) set the final terms for Christian establishment by implementing measures in his legal code against heretical groups and traditional religions. Yet deeper investigation has revealed that, in various places, practitioners of traditional religions and marginalised Christian groups alike survived despite their outlawed status (see particularly chs. 6-7). Hagiography and inscriptions unmistakably illustrate how many bishops continued to struggle with pagan communities and influences (e.g., in North Africa see ch. 9). We have long known of their efforts in writing against classical...

Secret Dens Of Antichristianity

The first early lodges in the various European nations of Scotland, England, German states, and France built upon a number of existing organizations. Various secret societies were built upon. Although it is beyond the scope of this chapter to explain Masonry's early history, it will be found in the Knight's Templar groups, in the secret societies of Europe and the Middle East (including the Order called Roshaniya, the Assassins, & Sufism), the Rosicrucians, the Prieure de Sion, the Mystery Religions (including the evolution of the Mazdains to Mithraism to Manicheanism to Freemasonry), witchcraft, and Platonic humanists and philosophers.

Paul missionary at large

Famous Greek translation of the Jewish scriptures. He also knew Aramaic and his training in Phariseeism made him think naturally in the methods of interpreting the sacred books which were current in that school of thought. Ardent by disposition, the young Paul may have been all the more loyal and dogmatic in the strict adherence to the Jewish law and customs entailed by his Phariseeism because of his consciousness of the paganism which was all about him in Tarsus. As a youth he went to Jerusalem, the citadel of his religion, to study at the feet of Gamaliel, one of the outstanding teachers in Pharisaic circles. Here he came in touch with the followers of Jesus and joined in persecuting them. He stood by when Stephen was stoned and was sent to Damascus with letters from the high priest to the synagogues in that city with instructions to have arrested and brought to Jerusalem for trial those who were adherents of the Nazarene heresy.

Further first century spread of the faith

In becoming non-Jewish in its following, Christianity was entering into the Hellenistic world. While one eminent scholar has attempted to prove that some of the books of the New Testament were first written in Aramaic and then translated into Greek, there can be no doubt that the form in which they gained their initial wide circulation was in Greek and it may well be that all of them were first written in that language. The Greek was the koine, the vernacular of that language which was current at the time. Even the church in Rome, at the heart of the Latin part of the Empire, employed the koine. This meant that Christianity, still relatively flexible in thought forms, would tend to find expression through the ideas abroad in Hellenism and perhaps would even be moulded by them. It first attracted those elements in the Hellenistic population which were influenced by Judaism and thus for at least a generation was less shaped by the Greek mind than if its initial converts had come...

Understanding Charles T Russell

As with all occult organizations a veil of secrecy is maintained by requiring initiates to take secrecy oaths on penalty of death. As in Witchcraft, Masonry repeatedly demands secrecy oaths at every new level. Charles T. Russell began participating in this secrecy when he took the Entered Apprentice (first Masonic degree) oath on penalty of mayhem and violent death, I do hereby and hereon most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will always hail, ever conceal and never reveal any of the arts, parts or points of the secret arts and mysteries of ancient Freemasonry which I received, am about to receive, or may hereafter be instructed in

Reaction under Julian and the competition of old and new faiths

The numerical triumph of Christianity in the Roman Empire was not yet fully accomplished. First came a brief attempt to restore paganism by Julian, one of the family of Constantine. There was also the continued competition of historic paganism, reinforced by the mounting disasters to the Empire. To this were added new religious faiths and the inroads of barbarians with their cults. As, from the vantage of the accomplished fact, we may think that the victory of Christianity in the Mediterranean world had long been assured, it did not necessarily so appear to contemporaries. Julian, because of his record branded by Christians as the apostate, is an extraordinarily appealing figure. Sensitive, able, studious, deeply religious, Julian had a youth which determined his scorn for Christianity and his nostalgic adherence to the traditional paganism. A scion of the Constantinian house and a cousin of the Emperor Con-stantius, he and his brother were left the only survivors of his branch of the...

The geographic extension of the faith continues

Although by A.D. 500 the large majority of the population of the Empire were Christians, in some areas and groups, as we have hinted, the proportion was larger than in others. In Phoenicia and Palestine there were many pagans well after the close of the fifth century. Even in Antioch, one of the strongest Christian centres, at the end of the sixth century paganism still had a recognized head. Athens long remained a stubborn citadel of the pre-Christian philosophies and numbers of the Christian youths who flocked there as students had their faith weakened or destroyed. It was not until the year 529 that the Emperor, by closing the schools in Athens, formally put an end to that focus of pagan infection. Although the sack of Rome by the Goths in 410 dealt a severe blow to the pagan party in that city, it was not until the sixth and seventh centuries that some of the remaining temples were turned into churches. At the close of the sixth century paganism survived in Sardinia and Sicily and...

Secondary Sources

'Paganism and Christianity in the Upper Tembris valley', in W M. Ramsey, ed., Studies in the art and archaeology of the Eastern Roman provinces (Aberdeen, 1906), 183-227 Chuvin, P. Chronique des derniers pa ens La disparition du paganisme dans l'empire romaine, du r gne de Constantine a celui deJustinien (Paris, 1991)

Argument and advocacy

A call that has its main appeal to Christians. Let me begin with the first, which seeks to counter the Marxist rejection of the Bible. For Bloch, an Enlightenment that rejected the Bible was more often a pseudo-enlightenment - the path of such a rejection led as easily to bourgeois rationalism as it did to Nazi neo-paganism and sociobiologism. For Marxists, Bloch argues, the Bible is a document that should not readily be discarded, since it is the Book of the peasants and workers who formed the base of the communist revolution.

Greco Roman Polytheism

Scope Both Judaism and early Christianity looked askance at paganism, but great caution should be taken in assessing their polemical perspectives. Greco-Roman culture was permeated by religiosity of every sort. The basic understanding of the divine was polytheistic, and religious behavior in general both reflected and reinforced the cultural system called patronage. In addition to a variety of public ritual observances that helped shore up society and to the complex patterns of piety (and magic) that gave meaning to private lives, the period of the early empire saw a proliferation of more spectacular religious phenomena, including prophecy, healing, and initiation into mystery cults. Even some forms of philosophy took on a religious character.

Religious Art In Worship

Both Tertullian and Clement of Alexandria regarded this prohibition as absolute and binding on Christians. Images and cultic statues belonged to the demonic world of paganism. In fact, the only second-century Christians known to have had images of Christ were radical Gnostics Yet before the end of the second century Christians were freely expressing their faith in artistic terms (Henry Chadwick, The Pelican History of the Church, p. 277).

Not Inherit The Kingdom Of

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal.5 19-21. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph. 5 5. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God Be not deceived neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drundards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6 9,10.

From The Preface To The First Edition

The church of the first three centuries, or the ante-Nicene age, possesses a peculiar interest for Christians of all denominations, and has often been separately treated, by Eusebius, Mosheim, Milman, Kaye, Baur, Hagenbach, and other distinguished historians. It is the daughter of Apostolic Christianity, which itself constitutes the first and by far the most important chapter in its history, and the common mother of Catholicism and Protestantism, though materially differing from both. It presents a state of primitive simplicity and purity unsullied by contact with the secular power, but with this also, the fundamental forms of heresy and corruption, which reappear from time to time under new names and aspects, but must serve, in the overruling providence of God, to promote the cause of truth and righteousness. It is the heroic age of the church, and unfolds before us the sublime spectacle of our holy religion in intellectual and moral conflict with the combined superstition, policy,...

Judaism Not Monotheistic

Take any of the modem heresies, the new religions our tired Christians like to think were just evolved you will find them all in Talmudism and its collection of ancient Old Testament paganism. The Jewish Cabala with its non-existence of evil, its deification of man, is a source book for modem isms, the sources of which are largely unknown in modem times.

Church and Biblical Christianity

Symbols Victory Christianity

Church, its success was virtually assured. Not only did it win enormous financial and legal advantages, but bishops could now call upon the might of the state to oppose their rivals competing forms of Christianity ('heresy') and Hellenistic religion and culture ('paganism'). The bishop became a figure of considerable temporal as well as spiritual power in his diocese (an area of jurisdiction modelled on a unit of imperial administration), and a representative of the earthly as well as the heavenly ruler. Perhaps most important of all, Christianity's claim to speak on behalf of the Almighty God gained new plausibility. Christian writers like Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 260-c. 340) were quick to characterize Constantine as 'the deputy of Christ', and eager to insist that the alliance of church and Empire was part of God's providential plan for the world. secular affairs, it did manage to establish itself, and Christian culture, throughout most of Western Europe - and thus to unify the...

Wotk er and Child lUordh

Indian Goddess Isi And Son Iswara

_J Babylonian paganism has continued to our day may It was during this period when the worship of the divine mother was very prominent that the savior, Jesus Christ, founded the true New Testament church. What a glorious church it was in those early days By the third and fourth centuries, however, what was known as the church had in many ways departed from the original faith, falling into the apostasy about which the apostles had warned. When this falling away came, much paganism was mixed with Chris One of the best examples of such a carry-over from paganism may be seen in the way the professing church allowed the worship of the great mother to continue only in a slightly different form and with a new name You see, many pagans had been draym to Christianity, but so strong was their adoration for the. mother goddess, they did not want to forsake her. Compromising church leaders saw that if they could find some similarity in Christianity with the worship of the mother goddess, they...

The Socratic versus Christian View of

The difference between the Christian definition of sin and that of paganism, particularly the Socratic understanding of sin, is also made apparent by their respective views of what sin is. Lacking a notion of original sin as the antecedent state that explains the obscuring of human knowledge, Socrates identified sin with ignorance, by which he meant that one does the wrong because one does not know what is right.52 If one knows the right, then one will do the right, as no one knowingly does the wrong. For Socrates, therefore, sin is due to a lack of knowledge. But if no one ever knowingly does the wrong, then sin does not exist, since for Anti-Climacus sin is consciousness of doing wrong. He thus charges that 'Socrates does not actually arrive at the category of sin, which certainly is dubious for a definition of sin', and it is 'specifically the concept of sin that most decisively differentiates Christianity qualitatively from paganism' (SUD 89). Christianly understood, sin is not a...

The profound effect on the religious life

As was to be expected, Christianity had a profound effect upon the religious life or the Roman Empire and its people. Christian apologists devoted much of their energy to denouncing the pagan cults in which the Empire abounded and would have no compromise with them. As we have suggested, there was some carry over from paganism in the attitudes and practices of many Christians, but there was not the deliberate and easygoing syncretism which was so marked a feature of the contemporary religious life outside of Christianity and Judaism. The Church was officially intransigent. It held that through itself alone was salvation, the true goal of human life, to be attained. By the year 500 the pagan cults had all but disappeared. They survived chiefly in backward rural districts and remote mountain valleys, or among the barbarian invaders. So sweeping a religious revolution had never before been seen in the Mediterranean world. It was not unique. It was later to be paralleled by the...

The Infinite Qualitative Difference Between God And Human Beings

Paganism, the demise of ethics altogether, and a general insubordination and effrontery toward the divine (JP v. 6075). This difference is given expression even in paganism by Socrates, who in The Sickness unto Death is seen as guarding 'the frontier between God and a human being, keeping watch so that the deep gulf of qualitative difference between them was maintained, so that God and a human being did not merge in some way into one' (SUD 99, translation modified). In Anti-Climacus's view, the Christian teaching on sin is also what most decisively distinguishes Christianity from paganism It is specifically the concept of sin, the teaching about sin, that most decisively differentiates Christianity qualitatively from paganism The qualitative distinction between paganism and Christianity is not, as a superficial consideration assumes, the doctrine of the Atonement. No, the beginning must start far deeper, with sin, with the doctrine of sin as Christianity in fact does. (SUD 89)

The Seventeenth Century In Hispanoamerica

It is the start of the colonial period as we tend to envision it today. The boundaries between the native Indians and the immigrant Spaniards began to harden. Missionaries stopped speaking to the Indians in their native Indian tongues as royal decrees forced the Indians to learn Spanish. Those who had been converted to Christianity in the sixteenth century remained Christian. Those who hadnot yet been converted to Christianity tended now to retreat to the isolated hill country and forest. They would revert to paganism such as we still encounter it today. In America the Jesuits did not support the policies of the bishops. There was continuing conflict betweeen the bishops and the Jesuits, and among the various religious orders themselves. The reason for this is that in this period we see the start of a process which I shall call secularization, although I do not mean it in the sense that we use the term today. Here I am referring to the fact that...

Union of Church and State

How was this governmental patronage of the church shown under Constantine and later rulers Immunities, privileges, and certain judicial functions for the clergy, and gifts, endowments, and financial support for the church first on a basis of equality with the priesthood and temples of paganism, then on a preferred basis, and finally to the exclusion of all except Catholic orthodoxy.

Tieing It All Together

Bnai Brith Dulles

Initially, this book describes Russell's belief in a Sun-god, later this book shows Russell, a Jew financed by Jews, was preaching Judaism with a veil of Christianity, and finally this chapter speaks of a New Age religion. Isn't this contradictory No, and this book will cover all this in due time. Joseph Campbell shows an old synagogue with a picture showing Sun-god worship was part of the synagogue, in his book on Myths.60 As one gets into where modern day Judaism is derived and what the Talmud and Cabbala are about, an investigator finds that they are a continuation of Babylonian magic and paganism. They are occultic. But then how widespread is the Caballa among the Jews For the religious elements it is extensive. Judaism has become a cultural and traditional ritual for many Jews.61 The small group of Karaites, Samaritans, and the larger groups of Messianic Jews (Christian Jews) have rejected the Caballa. The Caballa, which came from Babylon,...

Epilogue The Shape of the Initial Encounter and the Enduring Confrontation

Judaism endured in the West for two reasons. First, Christianity permitted it to endure, and, second, Israel, the Jewish people, wanted it to. The fate of paganism in the fourth century shows the importance of the first of the two factors (Geffcken 1978, 115-222). We see, in particular, that it was not the intellectual power of sages alone that secured the long-term triumph of Judaism. It also was the character of the Christian emperors' policy toward Judaism that afforded to Jews and their religion such toleration as they would enjoy then and thereafter. The religious worship of Judaism never was prohibited. Pagan sacrifice, by contrast, came under interdict in 341. Festivals went on into the fifth century, but the die was cast. When, after 350, Con-stantius won the throne over a contender who had enjoyed pagan support, he closed all the pagan temples in the empire, prohibited access under penalty of death, and tolerated the storming and destruction of the temples. Churches took the...

Persistent opposition and persecution

Christians had to face the dislike and active opposition of the pagan population about them. Criticisms were on several grounds but arose very largely on the one hand from the fact that they would not compromise with paganism, but held themselves apart from it and in so doing withdrew from much of current society, and on the other hand because they won converts from that society and so could not but be noticed. To avoid unnecessary publicity and to escape so far as possible the notice of government officials, Christians held their services either secretly or without public announcement. In a broader and a deeper sense the dislike and the persecution which grew out of it and accompanied it were evidence that, as Jesus had said, in the Gospel something had entered the world with which the world was at enmity. Few of the second and third century apologists devoted much attention to the Jews and Judaism. By the time that they wrote, the separation of the Christian community from Judaism...

Otto Rahm On His Mission In The Grottoes Of Ornolac

The Words And From The Viewpoint

This chapter is meant to be a tool to enable the reader to see that those basic ingredients of gnosticism make up all the gnostic religions, and that the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Nazi's, the Mormons, the Masons, Wicca, etc. are simply different flavors of the same thing. If you want Moslem flavor be a Sufi, if you want a Jewish flavor join a Jewish New Age synagogue, if you want a Buddhist flavor join Nichiren Shoshu or Lamaism, if you want American Indian flavor join the Earth Circle or the Bear Tribe Medicene Circle, if you want a Christian flavor join the Moravians, or Jehovah's Witnesses, or the LDS church, or the I AM. The Gnostic New Age movement has other flavors too, Egyptian, Aryan, Witchcraft, Sun Worship, Satan Worship, and New Thought. This Author has drawn a diagram to show the reader his choice of Gnostic poisons. What flavor do you want

Heathen Corruptions

It must not be forgotten that contact with the heathen had corrupted the opinions of the Jews, at the time of our Savior, from the simplicity of Moses, and that by receiving the traditions and fables of paganism, they had made void the word of God. They had accepted Hadees as the best Greek word to convey the idea of Sheol, but without investing it at first with the heathen notions of the classic Hadees, as they afterwards did. What these ideas were, the classic authors inform us.

The defeat or the Arians

The seeming victory of Arianism, due as it had been to the Emperor Constantius, was illusory. However, the reversal of the tide did not come quickly. In 361 death removed Constantius. As we have seen, his successor, Julian, sought to restore paganism and was, accordingly, not averse to the weakening discord in the Church. Athanasius was able to return to Alexandria, but within the year Julian ordered him again into exile, his fourth, for his success in winning pagans to the Christian faith. On Julian's early death (363), Jovian, a Christian, was elevated to the purple, but was little interested in ecclesiastical disputes. Athanasius once more returned to Alexandria. Jovian was followed by Valentinian I, who soon made his brother Valens his colleague and put him in charge of the East. Valens was under the influence of the Arian clergy, for they were strongly intrenched in Constantinople, and Athanasius for the fifth time was exiled. Yet Valens was not as vigorous a supporter of the...

Winnowing Fork Is Separating Us

Here in the US, as well as the UK, witchcraft and the occult have become the counter-culture of the young. The Pagan movements are seeking equal use of public facilities, especially those used by popular Christian sects. The gap between the worldly and spiritual is becoming well defined The pyramid was sacred to many Pagan civilizations of history, being the top of an obelisk -called a pillar of jealousy in Scripture, which the Israelites would not bow to. It was interpreted as a sun ray, but also as a male fertility symbol. It evolved into various religious towers, or high places, such as steeples or turrets. They all trace back to the ziggurat of Babel. Poles and high structures were always a part of any Pagan temple, which Scripture refers to as an image in places. At Nimrod's death, the Babylonians worshipped him as the Sun -- which later was represented by the eagle, seen carrying the golden orb of the sun across the sky (hence our flag-pole ornaments). The eagle seen on the...

Covenants and Jeremiads

With the passage of time it became clear that they had, indeed, failed to establish the covenantal utopia they had envisioned. There were wars with the Indians, shipwrecks that distressed their colonial economy, pestilence, epidemics, devastating fires, outbreaks of witchcraft, and political squabbles. Jeremiads began to be heard. In their own view, to read surviving sermons, they behaved little better than Sodom, only worse because the Sodomites did not have the benefit of a covenant blessing to moderate their behavior. They were guilty of fornicating, gambling, frequenting pubs and drinking heavily, neglecting their families, falling asleep in church, behaving in a proud manner, overcharging for their goods, growing greedy and deceitful in their business practices, breaking promises, failing to provide for public schools, and dressing strangely.10 The rhetoric of self-condemnation that grew out of this experience is astonishing. Countless sermons denounced the sins of the people and...

Popular Cultures Congenital Defects Tertullians de Spectaculus

The festival days around which the shows are arranged have their roots in paganism, he argues, as can be plainly seen in that they are dedicated to such false gods as Venus (patroness of lust), Bacchus (patron of drunkenness), Circe (the enchantress), and Neptune (ruler of the surging passions of the soul). The gladiatorial games retain elements of ancient rites of human sacrifice, which can be detected in the cruelty they are known to have perfected toward their victims. Perhaps they mete out a kind of justice, but it is a perverse justice. True, Tertullian allows, they provide a mechanism for the guilty to be punished nevertheless, God commands us to love our enemies and show them mercy. Consequently, the innocent can find no pleasure in another's sufferings he rather mourns that a brother has sinned so heinously as to need a punishment so dreadful. Besides, it is not always the guilty who are thrown to wild beasts or drawn on racks.13 Instead of teaching us mercy, these spectacles...

In what did Christ ask the Father in behalf of His disciples Holy Father keep

When paganism, that which hindered the full development of this mystery, was taken out of the way, what followed And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming. 2 Thess. 2 8.

The spread of Christianity in Scandinavian outposts in the Atlantic

The first settlers of Iceland seem to have been Irish monks, but, obviously, they did not give rise to a continuing population. The first large immigration appears to have been by Norwegians who disliked the centralizing measures of Harald Fairhair. Some effort at their conversion was made in the 980's. More vigorous and outwardly successful measures were taken at the instance of Olaf Tryggvason during his brief and stormy reign. Many were baptized and for a time civil war threatened between Christians and pagans. This was avoided by a compromise suggested by one of the leading men. It was agreed that all were to accept baptism, but that secret sacrifices to the old gods were to be met with only minor penalties. A few years later paganism was officially abolished. Olaf Haraldsson sent at least one bishop and a bell and timber for a church. The island long suffered from a shortage of clergy. This was partly met by training local boys and by a line of native bishops. The lads so...

The Mutual Interdependence Of Bible And Liturgy

Also demonstrates rich intellectual curiosity in pursuing biblical and theological knowledge for the sake of truth. The Fathers used contemporary methodologies derived from the Greek and Jewish traditions, properly qualified by theological criteria, to explore the depths of scripture. Convinced of the universal significance of the truth of scripture and the universal mission of the Church, they did not shrink from engaging the contemporary intellectual world philosophically and philologically. A striking example is Gregory of Nazianzus, also known as 'the Theologian' (fourth century). In the struggle between the Church and Emperor Julian's failed rejuvenation of paganism, the emperor tried in vain to prohibit the use of the Hellenic heritage by Christians. Gregory loudly protested that no one was about to cut him off from the intellectual discourse (logos) of his culture.13

Perfection of Character

What are the works of the flesh Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like. Gal. 5 19-21.

Abraham Wilmington And Islam

He sought to convert his mis-guided people from their Paganism, but had to flee for his life from Mecca to his birthplace in Medina in CE 622, because the Arabs were dedicated to their idols. This flight, or hejira, is the beginning point in the Islamic calendar. When he was in his mid 20's, he organized a large band of followers, and attacked the Pagan hierarchy in Mecca, and destroyed the idols in the Kaaba, replacing them with oil lamps. A large black rock inside is believed to be a gift from an angel to their father Abraham, and the Kaaba is considered to be the holiest place on Earth today by Muslims. Muslim means one who submits, and is based on the same word as Islam. He married an older woman in her 40's, Kadjah, who was a Roman Catholic nun. It is believed by many that she had been sent to him by the Vatican, who taught him from the Scrolls of the TaNaKh. In these scrolls, there is a different transposition of the names Isaac and Ishmael, indicating...

The unitary state Who will decide

Heinrich Meier has made Schmitt's interpretation of Hobbes a centerpiece of his landmark study (1998 100-34). In his reading, Schmitt distorted Hobbes to fit his own needs he was not a Hobbesian at all, at least in the conventional sense, but a dedicated if evasive believer. That thesis requires respectful qualification. Too many of Schmitt's contemporaries thought otherwise, including friends such as Erik Peterson, who was particularly disturbed by Schmitt's attack on the church's indirect power The polemic against the potestas indirecta only has meaning if one has repudiated Christianity and has opted for paganism (Nichtwei 1992 735). Peterson may have been especially disappointed in the defection of someone who had once written compellingly of the church's representative power (Nichtwei 1994 57-8). The denial of the indirect power meant a fatal acquiescence in secularization. The unity of the state could not be won at the expense of the church's public ( ffentlich) character. The...

Freemasonry Roman Catholicism

Papacy and Freemasonry, those are the two powers active throughout the world and each is seeking to dominate it. The solution of the struggle taking place between them is, at the present moment of the utmost importance for we are face to face not only with the crossroads of history but also with a radical transformation of humanity itself. Either Roman Catholicism will lift us up again to the level of Christian Civilization or else Judeo-Masonry will drag us down the path of Barbarism and Decadent Paganism. The whole world oscillates between the two Christianism and Paganism. On December 8th, 1892, Pope Leo XIII wrote to the Italian Episcopal Hierarchy 'It is necessary to fight Freemasonry with those weapons of divine faith which in past ages vanquished paganism.'

Where Did The Protestant Order Of Worship Come From

So where did the Protestant order of worship come from It has its basic roots in the medieval Catholic Mass.' Significantly, the Mass did not originate with the New Testament it grew out of ancient Judaism and paganism.' According to Will Durant, the Catholic Mass was based partly on the Judaic Temple service, partly on Greek mystery rituals of purification, vicarious sacrifice, and participation.

The Sinners Prayer And A Personal Savior

Halliday, The Pagan Background of Early Christianity (New York Cooper Square Publishers, 1970), 313. The giving of milk and honey was borrowed from paganism. The new convert (catechumens as they came to be called, from which catechism is derived) was typically baptized on a Sunday Passover or Pentecost. The Thursday beforehand the candidate had to be bathed. He spent Friday and Saturday in fasting, and then he was exorcised by the bishop to drive out any demons. By the end of the second century, this was a fairly uniform baptismal ceremony in the West. Gregory Dix points out that the introduction of the creed in Christianity begins in the first half of the second century with the baptismal creed. The creed was made up of a series of three questions dealing respectively with the three Persons of the Trinity. The Council of Nicaea of AD 325 carried the creed a step further. The creed evolved into a test of fellowship for those within the church rather than a test of...

Dogmatic Assumptions of Modern Science and Theology

The ethics of Paganism perhaps met the wants of the uncultivated people of antiquity, but not until the advent of the luminous Star of Bethlehem, was the true road to moral perfection and the way to salvation made plain. Of old, brutishness was the rule, virtue and spirituality the exception.

Interpreting The Exemptions

The contrast between the stricter Mishnaic approach and the material collected in the Tosefta and the two Talmuds has been noted by scholars, who categorize the later allowances as an attempt to relieve some of the strictures in the area of Jewish-pagan relations. Ephraim E. Urbach, for example, notes that relationships between Jews and their neighbours relaxed and became more lenient over the years, claiming that all kinds of goods were permitted because of economic necessity (1959, 189-205). The presence of zodiac mosaic floors (with sun-gods and other human images) in synagogues would reflect this relaxed approach to paganism. Saul Lieberman also thinks that economic necessity drove Jews to trade with pagans, even though some regulations were still maintained in order to deter Jews from falling victims to it idolatry under duress or for lucrative reasons (1950, 121). Safrai concurs with Urbach and Lieberman but introduces a more sophisticated approach, suggesting that it was only...

Thematic Presentation Of The Evidence For Greek Sacrifice In The Period Covered

Given the fact that there is no perfect way to divide up the evidence, I have deliberately chosen to approach the question of Greek animal sacrifice in a way which both smooth the gaps in the evidence, and provides the setting which shows a vigorous paganism as the environment in which Christianity developed.

What are the principal texts used in attempting to justify polygamy by divine precept and what may be said of them

NOTE. - Whether this was fulfilled centuries ago, or applies to the Mormons of today, does not prove that God now designs a man should have seven wives instead of one. There are prophecies of evil as well as of good and because the crimes of Absalom, Ahab, Judas, and the persecutions under paganism and the papacy were predicted, does not prove them divinely sanctioned.

Their Works Follow Them

Not the belief the faith, or the moral and spiritual condition of the last moments of life is here alluded to, but the works. That is, the works of the spirit. These are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Gal. 5 22, 23. These follow the spirit into the other world. The Bible does not teach that the works of the flesh follow the dead. These are adultery, fornication, uncleanliness, lasciviousness, idolitry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings and such like. Gal. 5 19-21. These perish at the death of the body

Early reform efforts by Bishops

In his youth, as a result of a severe illness, Dunstan became a monk. In his mid-thirties he was made Abbot of Glastonbury and the monastery which he built there became the centre of a religious awakening. He attracted able followers, some of whom in time became leaders in the Church. An unfriendly king exiled him to the Continent and there he came in touch with some of the new tides of life. Brought back to England in 957 by a new and devout young monarch, Dunstan became a leader in a widespread monastic revival which seems to have been modelled in part upon what he had seen on the Continent but which was also distinctively English. Appointed to the see of Worcester, he was soon transferred, or, to use a later technical term, translated, to the see of London and then, as Archbishop of Canterbury, to the primacy of the entire Church in England. He did much for the political unification of England, strove to improve the administration of justice, and sought to win the Scandinavian...

The Puritan Contribution

The church fathers were greatly influenced by their Greco-Roman culture. Many of them, in fact, were pagan philosophers and orators before they became Christians. As already stated, this is why their church services reflected a blending of pagan culture and Jewish synagogue forms. Further, recent scholarship has shown that the writings of the fathers on Christian worship were written later than assumed and have been reshaped by various layers of tradition (Bradshaw, Origins of Christian Worship, ch. 3). The church fathers were heavily influenced by paganism and Neoplatonism. Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, 610-619,650-651. See also Durant's Age of Faith, 63.74,521-524.

How The Diagram Is Divided

The diagram showS that witchcraft and magic can said to be performed either for good, or evil. Witchcraft can also be done with physical implements, or secretly with some internal power. From those two divisions, four possibilities arise as is diagramed. Historically, Christians have rejected all of these forms of Witchcraft. But today Block C has been introduced into many Christian churches. It is introduced through New Agers who pretend to be Christians, either as speakers or as members. (Yes, pretend is the proper description because some are actually infiltrating, knowing full well what they are doing.) Kurt Billings, whose mother was a high witch, was trained by the New Age to infiltrate churches posing as a born-again Christian. He told his story on Praise The Lord, Beaumont, TX. Men like Kurt who were taught how to infiltrate and subvert the Christian churches are trying to warn the Christians. The new age also uses books such as How to Write Your Own Ticket With God to promote...

Thought control The Holy Inquisition

It is computed from historical records that nine millions of persons were put to death for witchcraft i n Europe) after 1484, or during the period of three hundred years, and this estimate does not include the vast number who were sacrificed in the preceding centuries upon the same accusation. Assuming conservatively a similar figure for the ten centuries or so of Christianity previous to 1484, we arrive at a truly staggering figure of not far short of twenty million - And this for witchcraft alone, and also not counting the enormous numbers of men, women and children that were consigned to the flames and the sword by the Jesuits and the 'Christian' soldiers in the Americas. It is worth taking a brief look at this blood-soaked chapter in human history - probably the most destructive chapter in the history of the world.

The Speculative Point Of View

Hubby, darling, where did you ever pick up such a notion How can you not be a Christian You are Danish, aren't you Doesn't the geography book say that the predominant religion in Denmark is Lutheran-Christian You aren't a Jew, are you, or a Mohammedan What else would you be, then It is a thousand years since paganism was superseded so I know you aren't a pagan. Don't you tend to your work in the office as a good civil servant aren't you a good subject in a Christian nation, in a Lutheran-Christian state So of course you are a Christian. At a later point in the text Climacus further charges that modern speculative thought has virtually identified itself with Christianity inasmuch as it claims to have 'completely understood Christianity and declares itself to be the highest development within Christianity' (CUP i. 361). In making this claim, modern speculative theology, in Climacus's estimation, has gone beyond Christianity and back to paganism in its view that human reason is capable...

Annotated Bibliography of Books on Theology and Popular Culture

Drawing on an Eliadean account of religious phenomena, deChant analyzes the market economy as a sacred canopy under which we live out our lives, sorting out its cosmology, myths, rituals, shamans, sacraments, and disciplines. He examines the extent to which the cycle of acquisition-consumption-disposal has become the core of our self-definition in the West. DeChant digs down to the meta-myth of expanding prosperity that underlies our consumption, and discusses the secondary and tertiary myths and rituals that sustain it as a way of life. The book is about much more than Christmas, as the title implies, but the great potlatch of Christmas is one of the high holy days of the religion of consumerism, attended by ritualized acts of shopping, sacred texts (advertising inserts and mail order catalogues), feasting, etc. It has been appropriated from Christianity for the new religion - just as Christianity had appropriated the holiday from paganism centuries...

The Bibles Indestructibility

In 303 a.d., Emperor Diocletian, one of the last great persecutors of the Church, saw that the Bible was the source of courage for Christians who opposed his paganism. He ordered the confiscation of all Christian property and the destruction and burning of all Scriptures. Only ten years passed before Diocletian was dead and Constantine the Great had risen in his stead to sit upon the throne of Rome. He professed to trust in Christ as his Savior. He ordered the writing of many copies of the Scripture and encouraged everyone in the Roman Empire to read the Bible of the Christians.

Jesus In Christianity

If it is reasonable to say that Jesus is the centre of Christianity, that is not a statement beyond challenge and correction. First, it is not beyond challenge. Christianity has often been at pains to assert its position as a monotheistic faith, whether in the early centuries, in the face of the polytheism of Graeco-Roman paganism, or in recent times, in the context of the diverse religions and belief-systems of the modern world.

The continued development of the structure of the Catholic church

After the time when, through Constantine, the government of the Roman Empire made its peace with the Church, the Church became increasingly associated with the state. Long before it had accepted the Church, the Roman state had insisted upon controlling the religion of its citizens. Its Emperor was pontifex maximus, the chief priest of the cults officially acknowledged by the state. It was, therefore, natural that when the Emperors were Christians they should insist upon having similar power in the Church. To be sure, they were not members of the hierarchy and did not perform the functions which by now had become exclusively assigned to the latter. The Church was never as fully subservient to the Emperor as the former pagan state cults had been, but to a degree maintained the autonomy which it had developed in the centuries when it had not been accorded legal recognition. In theory a Christian Emperor might be cut off from communion for his misdeeds like the humblest member of the...

Important Definitions

How do we describe a person who was born to Jewish parents, adopted by nominal Christians, sprinkled with a little baptismal water, and who then turns to Satanism Is he Christian, is he Jewish, is he Satanic In some cases like this, the person may in the book be identified as Jewish- that is if they knew they were adopted from a Jewish heritage on the assumption blood a blood tie is thicker than water. Blood ties are important in Satanism and witchcraft. Many higher witches belong to the traditional view that one needs to belong to a family with a witchcraft heritage to be a real witch. The whole issue is really difficult. Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler were both Satanists. They were both nominal Christians, and from the best I can tell both had Jewish blood. The same Satanic blood line that sired Hitler's parent, financed Karl Marx to write Das Kapital. Why not say that Marx was of Satanic blood Certainly, in these two cases to call either Karl Marx or Adolf Hitler Jewish doesn't seem...

Dispensationalisms Revolt Against Biblical Ethics

Millions of Christians were raised on this teaching. The chickens have now come home to roost, and they have now laid some colossal theological eggs. If a person does not keep the law to please God, then he must look elsewhere. So, then, the seduction of Christianity has not come so much from the New Agers, who were little known as recently as 1976, when Gary North's None Dare Call It Witchcraft first appeared. The seduction of Christianity has been in the midst of the camp of those who are New Age humanism's most vocal critics.

The Funeral Dirge And Procession

During the days of Constantine, Roman betrothal practices and funeral processions were adapted and transformed into Christian funerals.22 This was borrowed from pagan practice. The so-called funeral dirge that is observed and accepted by Christians also came out of paganism.' It was brought into the Christian church in the early third century. Tertullian was opposed to Christian funeral procession simply because it had pagan origins.' Not only did the funeral procession emerge out of paganism so did the funeral oration. It was the common practice of pagans in the Roman Empire to hire one of the town's eloquent professors to speak at the funeral of a loved one. The speaker followed a little handbook for such occasions. He would work himself up to a passionate pitch and then say of the deceased, He now lives among the gods, traversing the heavens and looking down on life below. It was his job to

Christianity and Hinduism

The initial reaction of the clergy who came with the Portuguese conquerors was to see Indians either as 'Musulmans' (their ancient enemies) or as 'pagans'. There was no attempt to study or understand what form this 'paganism' took. Inside the various small Portuguese enclaves, many non-Muslim Indians became Christians in a way that meant they also became Portuguese. The noted Catholic historian, Henri Bernard-Ma tre, referred to this process as 'Portugalization'.6

Andrea Alciati Witch Hunts

As a consequence of this treatise, the debate in Italy flared up again with even more Dominicans defending their cause. These included writers such as Bartolomeo de Spina (1479-1547) in his Quaestio de strigibus (Venice, 1523), Paulus Grillandus (Tractatus de hereticis et sortilegiis 1525-1673 Lyon, 1536-1673) and, interestingly, Silvester Mazzolini da Prieri (1460-1523), a leading papal theologian and one of the first strong opponents of Luther (De strigimagarum demonumque mirandis libri tres Rome, 1521), but also Prince Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola (1469-1533), who referred to witch trials in his own territory (Strix Bologna, 1523). The Italian witch hunts were fiercely criticized by the famous humanist lawyer Andrea Alciati (1492-1550), who labelled these, largely illegal, procedures the 'new holocaust' (De lamiis seu strigibus 1515-1642, reprinted 1530), and by contemporary scientists such as Henricus Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535), who created and...

The Observable Phenomena

The answer is not as hidden as one might assume. The following are all observable phenomena, that did not take any cloak and dagger activity to learn. William Schnoebelen's books describe the connection between witchcraft and the Mormons. Talks with New Agers Again confidential sources indicate that the Mormon Temples are used by non-Mormons for witchcraft ceremonies. Such cooperation can only come from the authority of the First Presidency.

What Is Wrong With This Picture

So why is the Sunday morning order of worship a different matter than the type of chairs and carpeting we use in the place we worship Not only is the traditional order of service unscriptural and heavily influenced by paganism (which runs contrary to what is often preached from the pulpit), it does not lead to the spiritual growth God intended.' Consider the following.

Christianity begins to overflow the borders of the Empire

The precise course of the conversion of Armenia has been hopelessly beclouded by legend. The great missionary was one Gregory, to whom the designation Illuminator was added because of his successful labours. Gregory seems to have been of the Armenian aristocracy and to have become a Christian while in exile in Ceasarea in Cappadocia, a region in which Christianity early made marked progress. Returning to Armenia and seeking to propagate his new faith, Gregory encountered persecution. Then he won the king, Tradt, Tirdat, or Tiridates by name. Why the king became a Christian we can only conjecture, but with the consent of his nobles he supported Gregory. The compliant population rapidly moved over to the new faith. Many of the shrines of the pre-Christian paganism were transferred, together with their endowments, to the service of Christianity, and numbers of pagan priests or their sons passed over into the body of Christian clergy. Some were made bishops. Gregory, obtaining episcopal...

Simon and Another Gospel

Who were the Samaritans The book of 2 Kings tells us that when the northern ten tribes of Israel were deported by the King of Assyria, Babylonians were settled in their place. These Babylonian Samaritans continued to practice their old Babylonian paganism, but with the added infusion of biblical terminology to obscure what they were doing (2 Kings 17 33, 41). Though they professed adherence to the God of Israel, they did not really obey God's law (v. 34). In fact, as is made plain in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, they became enemies of the true Work of God. Samaritanism, with its blending of Babylonian paganism and lip-service to the God of Israel, was also heavily influenced by Greek philosophy. Simon Magus added to this an acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of mankind. However, as Jesus explained Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father

The Abomination Of Desolation

This Queen of Heaven and her daughters deceive the nations even today. Babylon masquerades today even as recorded at Yerme Yahu 44 17. Christianity assimilated her ways very early, and abandoned the true straight path of obedience to the Creator, Whose Name is hwhy. As Peter put it, a dog returns to its vomit 2Pet. 2 22. Being called away from Paganism and idolatry, early Gentiles fell back into their old ways by mixing them together with the Messiah message. OWYhy commands us saying Come out of her, My people . . . at Rev. 18 4. (Get ready for Y6K .) Formerly, when you did not know hwhy, you were slaves to those who by nature are not elohim. But now that you know hwhy or rather are known by hwhy how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again You are observing special days and months and seasons and years I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. Gal. 4 8-11. To conciliate the Pagans to...

Biblical Values and Ethics Culturally Contingent or Universal

Valid and binding on the church for all time. A liberal reading argues that it is important to discern the intention that lies behind these prohibitions and to distinguish this intention from the actual condemnations, which reflect issues in the culture of the ancient world (for example, the influence of paganism) that do not apply today.42

Hollywoods Negative Slant

But it's not just what Hollywood does for Islam that concerns many observers. It's also how Tinseltown negatively portrays Christians, many of whom were offended by the controversial movie The Last Temptation of Christ because of its irreverent and heretical presentation of Christ as sinful and lustful, of the apostle Paul as a liar, and of Judas Iscariot as a hero. But since the release of that film in the late 1980s, Hollywood has arguably become even more militant and disrespectful toward Christianity. Christians are regularly depicted as freaks, serial killers, and sexual perverts. Many films have caricatured televangelists as amoral hucksters. Hollywood is quick to show the pathetically warped Christian extremism of neo-Nazi paramilitary groups, not bothering to note fascism's real roots in atheism, paganism, and secularism. Instead, disrespecting sacred Christian beliefs and Christ Himself has become commonplace.

The Archbishopric and the Patriarchate of Preslav

Skopje, and Nis and elsewhere continued to exist. Keen to have young people trained as teachers and men of letters, Boris sent many young Bulgarians, including his son Symeon, to study in Constantinople. In 886 he welcomed to his capital Pliska the disciples of the brothers Cyril and Methodius Clement, Nahum and Angelarius, who had been expelled from Great Moravia. With their help he embarked on a wide-ranging programme of education and scholarship, resulting in the creation of the Preslav and the Ohrid schools. The prince assigned many prominent Bulgarians to the monasteries, so that they could devote themselves to full-time scholarship. Among them were his brother Doks and his son Tudor Doksov. In 889 Boris I abdicated in favour of his son Vladimir and retired to a monastery, where he could devote his time to study and literary work. In 893, however, he could no longer put up with his son's attempts to revive paganism, deposed him by force and had him blinded. After that he took an...

The return to theology

Bloch's well-known 'religious atheism' is not some soft-headed reversion to paganism. Like Zizek after him, Bloch fully endorses the break with paganism enacted, as he sees it, in the Bible. Lumped under the sign of 'astral myth' - chthonian matriarchal religions of the moon, fertility cults of the dying and rising god, patriarchal religions of the sun, Canaanite and Greek myths, cyclical fertility myths - Bloch notes both the biblical leftovers and the Bible's ability to cut through the whole seduction of paganism. And his argument is that the Bible first enables human beings to face the realm of divinised heavenly bodies and not fear, as the angels say to the shepherds in Luke's birth story.

Conflict with the religious leaders

To threaten all for which they and their forefathers had fought against the surrounding world of paganism. What seemed to them to be his disregard of the Sabbath, his contempt for prescribed ablutions, and his willingness, even eagerness, to associate with those whom they regarded as sinners were in their eyes unforgivable breaches of religion and good morals.

Ephraim Hymns Against Julian

Hymn 1 describes Julian's ascent to the imperial throne as the coming of the bad shepherd apostates and Jews (the People) helped Julian usher in a season of demonic confusion. Hymn 2 describes Julian's attempts to revive paganism in the empire, drawing on familiar biblical parallels between idolatry and sexual license. Hymn 3 describes the death of Julian in particularly gruesome and joyful terms, as one pagan king fell to another while Christ triumphed over both. Hymn 4 continues the mocking description of Julian's failed pagan campaign against the Persians and discusses Julian's abortive attempt to allow the Jews to rebuild their Temple in Jerusalem.

Occult Arts Practised by the Clergy

In the cathedral of Saragossa, says a writer on the inquisition, is the tomb of a famous inquisitor. Six pillars surround the tomb to each is chained a Moor, as preparatory to being burned. On this St. Foix ingenuously observes if ever the Jack Ketch of any country should be rich enough to have a splendid tomb, this might serve as an excellent model To make it complete, however, the builders of the tomb ought not to have omitted a bas-relief of the famous horse which was burnt for sorcery and witchcraft. Granger tells the story, describing it as having occurred in his time. The poor animal had been taught to tell the spots upon cards, and the hour of the day by the watch. Horse and owner were both indicted by the sacred office for dealing with the Devil, and both were burned, with a great ceremony of auto-da-fe, at Lisbon, in 1601, as wizards The book of Dr. W. G. Soldan, of Stuttgart, has become as famous in Germany, as Bodin's book on Demonomania in France. It...

Admission to the church

In the years when Christianity was spreading rapidly and thousands of converts were coming from paganism, baptism was preceded by a period of instruction and probation as a catechumen. Admission to the catechumenate was eventually by a ceremony in which the priest blew on the face of the aspirant, signed his forehead with the cross, and put a grain of salt in his mouth. Catechumens were counted as Christians and were admitted to the services of the Church, but were required to leave when a certain stage in the ritual was reached, before the celebration of the Eucharist. In some places the catechu-menate was for three years.

Catholic Miracles and Spiritualistic Phenomena

Respectful distance,+ are dusted and cleaned. The memory of all the diabolical abracadabra is evoked anew. The blasphemous horrors perpetrated by Paganism, its phallic worship, thaumaturgical wonders wrought by Satan, human sacrifices, incantations, witchcraft, magic, and sorcery are recalled and Demonism is confronted with spiritualism for mutual recognition and identification. our modern demonologists conveniently overlook a few insignificant details, among which is the undeniable presence of heathen phallicism in the Christian symbols. A strong spiritual element of this worship may be easily demonstrated in the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mother of God and a physical element equally proved in the fetish-worship of the holy limbs of Sts. Cosmo and Damiano, at Isernia, near Naples a successful traffic in which ex-voto in wax was carried on by the clergy, annually, until barely a half century ago. J Another detail not redounding very particularly to the honor of...

Demonology Of The Pharisees

So-called Judaism is nothing but Babylonian Talmudic Pharisaism, which at base is crass paganism concocted through the centuries. Descriptions concocted for this very old satanism, such as immanence (Spinoza) emanation (Talmudic Cabala), dialectical materialism (Marx) merely dress up old pagan concepts

Imitation Versus Admiration Of Christ

The admiration of Christ in Christendom is even more strongly denounced by Anti-Climacus as a lie, deceit, sin, and paganism, especially as it is expressed in Christian art, which promotes artistic indifference in the artist and viewers and turns the suffering of Christ into money and admiration for the artist (243, 254-6). Although Anti-Climacus does not want to be judgemental towards art, even admitting that the abolition of Christianity in Christendom will soon have gone so far that 'people must make use of art in the most various ways to help get Christendom to show at least some sympathy with Christianity', he is convinced that the most art can do is to elicit admiration of Christ, whereas 'only the imitator is the true Christian' (254-6). To speak of imitation, however, is already to anticipate the subject of the next chapter Kierkegaard's view of the Christian life to which I shall now turn.

Disciples of Mine and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free

The reason I did this research was to find out why there were so many hidden, mysterious things about religion, and to learn why Christian faith and Paganism were so closely aligned. It all seemed like such a paradox My hope is you won't do as so many have, but stay where you were planted. Most who learn the Truth flee their surrounding friends, loved ones, and congregants, because they can't relate anymore. Some even wish to leave their spouse. But it is to these very people we are sent. The Truth will drive away the darkness, but if you shine it so as to blind them, they will have no part of you. You must just let an illuminating glow emanate, and then only when someone is interested in learning more. They only learn when they want to. It may take a lifetime for some, while others soak up the Truth like a sponge. Some will base what they choose to believe on a previous paradox they couldn't find any way of resolving, like where Cain could find a wife, or how the Great Deluge could...

Sin 3 The Salem Witch Trials

Yes, I believe that they do exist, he replied. In fact, a number of years ago I was watching French television when Robert Mandrou, a very distinguished historian, was proposing that once people become enlightened, they don't believe in witches anymore. Then a woman called to say, 'Mr. Mandrou, I'm very impressed by all you've said, but I just want to tell you that I'm a witch.' And, indeed, witchcraft is practiced in France, the United States, and elsewhere. So part of the problem in dealing with the Salem witch trials is the assumption that all of this was totally hokum, that there's no such thing as witches and witchcraft. The hardcore reality is that there are even many non-Christians recognize that.

How The Sabbath Was Changed To Sunday

Modern Christians who talk of keeping Sunday as a 'holy' day, as in the still extant 'Blue Laws,' of colonial America, should know that as a 'holy' day of rest and cessation from labor and amusements Sunday was unknown to Jesus It formed no tenet teaching of the primitive Church and became 'sacred' only in the course of time. Outside the Church its observance was legalized for the Roman Empire through a series of decrees starting with the famous one of Constantine in 321, an edict due to his political and social ideas. W. W. Hyde, Paganism to Christianity in the Roman Empire, 1946, p. 257. The Church made a sacred day of Sunday largely because it was the weekly festival of the sun for it was a definite Christian policy to take over the pagan festivals endeared to the people by tradition, and to give them a Christian significance. Arthur Weigall, The Paganism in Our Christianity, 1928, p. 145. 'Babylon, the mother of harlots,' derived much of her teaching from pagan Rome and thence...

The Lord of the Rings is in fact very Sacramental

The Ring of Air sapphire is held by Elrond. The modern word sapphire is derived from the ancient Latin term Sapphirus and the Greek Sappheiros blue . In ancient paganism, Sapphire represents truth, sincerity and consistency and believed that the power of wisdom is contained within this precious gemstone. Elrond carries this Ring is said to be wisest of old Lore-Makers and profound in giving true counsel.

The Christianity of the future

Few bishops were faced, on their accession, with a clean sheet one inherited one's diocese, with its habits of mind and webs of patronage. The career of Hilary of Arles (d. 449) illustrates brilliantly how cautious and subtle one might have to be.59 Bishops, especially in the East, were also exposed to the force of government displeasure deposition, exile, and destitution permanently outstripped, in their case, negotiation as tools of enforcement.60 But the greatest challenge was the very Christianity of the people one was appointed to govern. One could never take for granted the quality of their devotion. As with an emperor's aspirations, the impact of homilies or conciliar decrees was neither predictable nor assured. The ostensibly Christian populace still needed awakening to the full implications of their adhesion, still needed to be taught how much of their religious legacy they should reject and how much they might tolerate and retain.61 Gregory the Great, a generation later,...

Apostolicity and Missions

Despite the triumphal narratives that idolized the heroic age of Trdat and St Gregory, the conversion of the pagan aristocracy of Armenia was a slow process. Paganism persisted for centuries in the intellectual culture, oral literature, cultic practices and religious festivals. P'awstos Buzand is very critical of this period

How shall we escape if we refuse so great a salvation

Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.

Aspects of Byzantine Orthodoxy 8501095 The patriarchate

Most of the manifestations of the Macedonian renaissance in the tenth century are outside our compass compilations of political and administrative material under Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (913-59), the Suda, and the Palatine Anthology, though theological and religious material can be gleaned from these. The next century saw the ascendancy of Michael Psellus and his disciples, who drew on philosophical, especially Neoplatonic, sources. This active interest in learning, that was sometimes quite openly pagan, exposed the rift that had developed between what the Byzantines had come to call outer learning (he thurathen paideia) and inner learning, that is, Christian doctrinal and ascetic theology. Psellus escaped outright condemnation, but not his pupil, John Italus (c. 1025-after 1082), who was tried and condemned for heresy and paganism in 1082, under Emperor Alexius I Comnenus (10811118). The additions to the Synodikon of Orthodoxy, promulgated by Alexius as part of his drive to...

The Letters of Ambrose

Before he even knew the details of the petition, Ambrose wrote a letter (Epitsulae 17) to Valentinian opposing the senators' request (see Primary Document 5.2). He argued that Valentinian would be endorsing paganism and persecuting Christian senators if he returned the altar of Victory. He threatened that he would not be received in a Christian church and would even meet with an unforgiving God if he yielded to the demands to restore funds and property for pagan rituals. How could the emperor grant revenues and property to Vestal Virgins, he asked, when Christian virgins dedicated to Jesus did not receive the same support Above all, Ambrose demanded a copy of the Relatio so that he could write a pointed response. When he finally read the Relatio himself, Ambrose wrote a second letter (Epistulae 18) in response, with detailed refutations of the points (see Primary Document 5.4). Certainly, his responses were no more eloquent or logical than the arguments of Symmachus nor were the...

The Phenomenon Of Christianity

During this period, which lasts up to about 50 A.D., the group of disciples underwent certain key experiences that would be of great importance for the Church in the future. The disciples in Jerusalem made up what Paul called the community of saints. Those who went to Antioch underwent a basic and pivotal experience. The Christians at An-tioch were people who came both from Judaism and paganism. This was a new experience, not shared by the Jerusalem community. Saint Paul was the prototype of the. Antiochean apostle. He was the aposde to the gentiles because Barnabas introduced him to the pastoral approach of the Antiochean community. Corinth was still another type of community .All the people there were pagan in origin, so the Judaizing tendency was not found in its midst.

Terrifying Invitation

Strikingly, much of what we do for church was lifted directly out of pagan culture in the postapostolic period. (Legend tells us the last surviving apostle, John, died around AD 100.) According to Paul F. Bradshaw, fourth-century Christianity absorbed and Christianized pagan religious ideas and practices, seeing itself as the fulfillment to which earlier religions had dimly pointed.' While today we often use the word pagan to describe those who claim no religion whatsoever, to the early Christians, pagans were those polytheists who followed the gods of the Roman Empire. Paganism dominated the Roman Empire until the fourth century, and many of its elements were absorbed by Christians in the first half of the first millennium, particularly during

Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible

That He observed, shouldn't He have left this instruction He was clear and emphatic in His instructions to His disciples. It's hard to imagine that Jesus would have set an example of observing the biblical Sabbath and festivals but later led or inspired His Church to dismiss them and replace them with alternate observances that originated in paganism.

Revelation and the Moral

When our moral law is universalized and intensified in this fashion it is reborn. The limitations which circumscribed our law as Hebrews are overcome, and the barriers are shattered which confined our ethical requirements and possibilities as Greeks to men of intellectual reason and gave it an academically aristocratic character. So also this revelation must erase the boundaries of all the successive moralities, of Christendom as of Jewry and paganism. When God becomes the will behind the moral law a great process of leveling takes place all the mountains are brought low and the valleys are all exalted. A revolutionary transvaluation occurs not in addition to the personal revelation but because of it. It may be better to say that a restoration is begun, for in the presence of the person we recognize that the moral law, as we had entertained it, was always a corrupted thing, that there never was in our conscience, in our philosophies, or on our statute books a law which was not in the...

Strict Lives of Pagan Hierophants

Charge magic, spiritualism, and even magnetism with being produced by a demon, forget or perhaps never read the classics. None of our bigots has ever looked with more scorn on the abuses of magic than did the true initiate of old. No modern or even medieval law could be more severe than that of the hierophant. True, he had more discrimination, charity, and justice, than the Christian clergy for while banishing the unconscious sorcerer, the person troubled with a demon, from within the sacred precincts of the adyta, the priests, instead of mercilessly burning him, took care of the unfortunate possessed one. Having hospitals expressly for that purpose in the neighborhood of temples, the ancient medium, if obsessed, was taken care of and restored to health. But with one who had, by conscious witchcraft, acquired powers dangerous to his fellow-creatures, the priests of old were as severe as justice herself. Any person accidentally guilty of homicide, or of any crime, or convicted of...

Whose point of view should we consider as we learn the origins of our customs

Researching the origins of birthdays, they come from Babylonian Astrology, not the guidelines of Scripture. (Research the word horoscope, and find that it means hour watcher. This was one of the duties of the Chaldean priests of Babylon. They watched the skies at the hour of a birth). The person led by tradition is in the majority, and believes by simply re-naming Saturnalia Christ's Mass, and reinterpreting the symbolic ideas surrounding this solstice festival, we can consider the Paganism purged and rejected, and the formerly Pagan-founded ritual is applied to the obser vance of the birth of Mashiach, which cleanses the idolatry completely. Amazingly, it was just that simple to do this for every detail of Paganism this is why Scripture refers to this kind of devious, scheming, misleading behavior as masquerading, inheriting lies, strong delusion, washing a pig, returning to vomit, etc.,. who wrote about someone like Nicholas who lived hundreds of years before and thousands of miles...

Islam and Christianity

In the late antique period of the church, Justinian (482-565 c.e.) ruled the Byzantine or eastern Roman Empire, reasserting an imperial dominion that rivaled the ancient world. He subdued Germanic tribes in the west, especially in North Africa and Italy, and in the east was able to conclude a long-lasting peace with the Persians. His famous Latin compilation of all Roman law, called the Corpus iuris civilis, Corpus of Civil Law, contained statutes requiring universal orthodox Christian worship and the suppression of all religious rituals associated with paganism. Judaism was also suppressed. Jews were forbidden to use Hebrew in the synagogues and those who did not comply were forced to convert. His insistence upon orthodoxy led to attacks against heretics and extended privileges for the clergy and monastic communities. Justinian was despotic in his attempts to ensure harmony between the eastern and western bishops, but in the end the fractious Christian sects were more concerned with...

Faith And Prejudice

Now, that doesn't seem as reasonable as paganism, which says if there is evil in the world, then there must be many gods, each of them less than all-powerful, some of them good, some of them evil, or if there's one God, then he's facing forces he can't quite control. Until Judaism's revelation of the true God, that was a very popular philosophy.

After Chalcedon

Dyophysites (sometimes called Nestorians, for their support ofNestorius) had been leaving the empire since the decision against them at Ephesus in 431 and subsequent Roman legislation in 435.62 An earlier group of Antiochene theologians (sometimes, but perhaps misleadingly, called the 'School of Antioch') had emphasised the activity of the humanity in Jesus Christ and favoured a literal-ist approach to reading scripture, though it must be remembered that ancient literal interpretations were dissimilar to modern fundamentalist interpretations. Diodore, bishop of Tarsus by 382 (d. c. 390) and a significant figure at the Council of Constantinople (381), was one of the earliest leaders. He had studied philosophy in Athens and wrote intriguing commentaries on scripture in which he expressed serious misgivings about some allegorical interpretations. Origen was his foil. Fragments of his comments on Paul and his reconstructed interpretation of the Psalms show that he was much interested in...

Background

The intellectual milieu of seventh-century Mecca and Medina into which the Qur'an came was rustic, and bore no resemblance to the environment of the urbanised, far more literate societies of the organised empires of the Romans and Persians to the north. While literacy was nowhere widespread in early medieval times, it seems to have been especially lacking in the Arabian peninsula, where the prevalent Arabic language appears not to have possessed a written literature before the seventh century. On the other hand, the groundwork for Islam had apparently been laid orally, for the Qur'an presupposes a society of a certain sophistication of thought. Part of this sophistication was a familiarity with monotheism (Qur'an 29 61, 63 31 25 39 38 43 9, 87), despite the well-entrenched and confident paganism native to the Arabs. While Arab familiarity with the monotheistic idea is unmistakably the fruit of centuries-old contact with Judaism, Christianity and Zoroas-trianism, Arab isolation...

What Christianity Is

What then is Christianity Given the current state of affairs in Christendom, in which Christianity has been confused with paganism and everyone is considered to be a Christian as a matter of course, Climacus observes that 'it becomes more and more difficult to know what Christianity is' (CUP i. 368). But one thing is clear to him 'If modern Christian speculative thought has categories essentially in common with paganism, then modern speculative thought cannot be Christianity' (368, cf. 375). As Climacus sees it, however, modern speculative thought does not even bother to raise the question of what Christianity is but immediately assumes an identity with it that actually makes mediation or reconciliation of conceptual contrasts between them impossible since Christianity has already been mediated in speculative thought by being changed into a philosophical theory or doctrine that has been rationally comprehended (375-9).

Omanfom

Nailed his famous Ninety-five Theses, had 19,000 saintly relics 11 Bishops were forbidden by the second Nicaean Council in 787 to dedicate a building if no relics were present the penalty for so doing was excommunication Were these ideas taken from the Bible or from paganism

Alan Brown

Intellectual debate between 'Christians' and 'pagans' To juxtapose 'paganism' and 'Christianity' in late antiquity is not to compare like with like. 'Christianity' designates a specific religious tradition, anchored materially and semantically in the recognition of the crucified and risen Jesus of Nazareth as Christ and Lord.1 'Paganism', on the other hand, demarcates indiscriminately the whole stretch of Greco-Roman religious belief, myth, rite and ritual,2 whose phenomena originate variously in Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia.3 2 Cf.R. MacMullen, Paganism A. H. Armstrong, ed., Classical Mediterranean spirituality.

Babies

A long harangue about the amount of the Kethubah (payment if divorced) a woman gets if her virginity was removed by a young boy, fills Kethuboth I lb of the Talmud. page 23 (See Exhibit 136 and Exhibit 137) And here, the foul mother may be reckoned pure, depending on the age of the child. Such degrading use of children was typical of paganism throughout the ancient world.

Theoretical Cabala

Two qualities dominate the theoretical Jewish Cabala. Every attribute of Intelligence, of Knowing, Loving or Ruling is stripped from the God of the Bible and handed over to pagan spirits, who are invoked as in ancient paganism as other gods, those which were so often denounced by the Prophets. This act of stripping God of Intelligence and reducing Him to a mass of self-percolating essence, the En Sof, is nothing but pantheism (the sum of nature being God, without any Supreme Being).

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