Saturday, September 8, 2012
Every student of the Scriptures knows that the single reference (Acts 12:4) to Easter in the Bible is a mistranslation of pascha, everywhere else translated "Passover." The Revised Version gives the correct translation; besides, there is no mention of the pascha as being a holyday binding upon
the Christian church, Paul merely mentioning it casually in passing, just as he mentions in Acts 17:23 that he noticed an inscription "TO THE UNKNOWN GOD" while walking down the street. The Encyclopedia Britannica, 14th edition, art. "Easter," declares: "There is no indication of the observance
of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic Fathers."
The word itself comes from "Eastre," the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, and from there it goes straight back to Ishtar (Aphrodite), the Babylonian (Roman) goddess of
spring, of love, and of immorality. Most of the
pagan days the church adopted carry with them some custom or practice that marks their origin, and Easter is no exception. The rabbits and eggs always associated with this day are but symbols of the organs of fecundity formerly
sacrificed at this season by the Huns. They symbolize the power to produce offspring, and reveal but a fraction of the immorality formerly connected with paganism's great spring festival. The British Museum possesses an inscribed egg of veined marble which Sargon dedicated to the sun-god of Sippara; and even the colors we use on our eggs today were
formerly sacred in sun worship.
As was pointed out by Sir Isaac Newton, Easter, as well as practically every other of the church's holydays, is related to the movements of the sun or other heavenly bodies rather than to any event, occurring in the Christian church. As the "first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox," the day clearly shows its astral origin. It at that season
of the year when the sun has reached the halfway point between midwinter and midsummer.
Our hot cross buns at Easter time, declares Chambers in his "Book of Days” art. "Semnel Cakes," were formerly by the pagan Saxons in honor of their goddess Eastre.
The Easter celebration of the sun’s return to give new life to the earth was originally almost universal throughout paganism.
BAAL (PAGAN) WORSHIP ~VS~ CATHOLICISM
|INVENTED FOR THE PAGAN SUN GOD BAAL||CATHOLIC DOCTRINES OF THE VATICAN|
|1. The nativity of the Sun, the birth of Tammuz Dec. 25||The nativity of Jesus, Christmas Dec 25|
|2. The Midsummer festival held Jun 24||The Nativity of St. John held June 24|
|3. The assumption of Semiramus who became the mother goddess||The assumption of Mary, who became the mother of God|
|4. The mother goddess was worshipped as the Queen of Heaven. Jer. 7:18||The Virgin Mary worshipped as the Queen of Heaven.|
|5. Cakes decorated to the goddess with a "+" drawn on it. Jer. 44:17,19||Hot cross buns|
|6. 40 days fasting for Tammuz, Ezek. 8:14||40 days of Lent|
|7.Pagan festival of Easter. Ezek 8:16||The festival of Easter|
|8. The ressurection of Tammuz at Easter and the procession of graven images during holy week||The procession of graven images of Jesus, Mary, and Peter, and of the saints|
|9. Veneration of graven images of Baal, Ishtar, Tammuz and lesser gods in the heavens||Veneration of graven images of Jesus, Mary, Peter, and of the "lesser" saints in the heavens|
|10. The belief of immortality of the soul and burning place of torment||The belief of immortality of the soul and burning place of torment|
|11. The doctrine of purgatory||The doctrine of purgatory|
|12. The belief of the dead visiting the living, feast held for all in November, (All souls day)||The festival of all souls day held Nov. 2, and all saints day held Nov. 1 (All souls day)|
|13. Burning incense and candles Jer 11:17; Ezek 8:11||The burning of incense and candles|
|14. Chants and repetative prayers. Beaded prayer chains.||Gregorian chants and the Rosary|
|15. Symbol of the cross as symbol of Sun worship. Mesopotamian cylinder seal depicted the "cross in the sky" as a symbol of sun worship. Ancient carvings of an Assyrian king has a huge cross carved on his chest. The oldest pictures in the world from Mesopotamia has text with is explaining the "cross" in the sky as the sun. This particular find is on display at the University Museum in Philadelphia.||The crucifix|
|16. Amulets and idols ro scare away evil spirits||The wearing of crucifixes and medals displayed for protection. (Scapular = main example)|
|17. The round disk "sun" wafer IHS symbol of Isis, Horus & Seb, eaten as food for the soul. Some wafers also had a large "+" sign engraved on them as well to symbolize Baal.||The wafer used in the Eucharist is round with IHS engraved on it on on one side, and many have a large "+" engraved on the other side.|
|18. Painting of the child (Tammuz) and mother (Semiramus) with the glory of the Sun around their heads||Paintings of the child (Jesus) and mother (Mary) with halos or of the Sun around their heads|
|19. Infant baptism, and sprinkling of holy water||Infant baptism, and sprinkling of holy water|
|20. Necromancy (Talking to the dead)||Mysticism (Novenas (prayers) to the dead)|
|21. The first day of the week kept sacred to honor the Persian sun god Mithra. "SUN"day||The admitted change of 7th day Sabbath to "SUN"day|
|22. Title Pontifex Maximus name for chief head of the pagan Babylonian system of idolatry||Pontifex Maximus one of the first names for the office of Pope|
|23. Janus and Cybele, holders of the keys to Heaven and Hell||The pope claims to have the keys of Peter|
|24. The high priest kings carried on a throne to the to the Temple of his god||The Pope carried on a portable throne to the Basilica of St. Peter (Sedia Gestoria)|
|25. The Pagan high priest king believed to be the incarnate of the Sun god||The Pope proclaims to be Christ's Vicar (replacement) here on Earth. It is also recorded in numerous documents that the pope believes he is god on earth.|
|26. Offerings of "good works" to appease the gods||Penance, indulgences, salvation by works|
|27. Houses for the virgin priestesses (Prostitutes) to be employed at Pagan temples to "service" priests that were not 'gay'||Nuns. (Recent modern day sex scandals involving Nuns has uncovered this well hidden reality)|
|28. Human sacrifices burned by fire as offering to appease Sun god||Opposers of doctrines of the Roman Catholic church burned at the stake|
|29. Gold was considered the flesh of the "Sungod"||Vatican and numerous Cathedrals are lietrally drenched in gold throughout|
|30. Gargoils = a pagan god of protection||Vatican as well as thousands of Catholic churches have gargoils on their roofs for 'protection'|
|31. Phallic symbol of the male sex organ placed on roofs as a sign of allegiance with Baal||Largest phallic symbol in center of St. Peter's square as well as steeples on all Catholic churches|
|32. Solar wheel as symbol for Baal worship can be found carved into ancient as well as modern Buddhist temples,, carved into ancient ornament representing Osiris. Stone carvings showing a whell to represent and Assyrio Babylonian altar.||St Peter's square has largest solar wheel on planet. ALL Catholic churches have numerous solar wheels in stain glass windows as well as many other areas of the church. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris sports a very huge one on it's face. There is a great one in ceiling as well as the floor tiles of the monastery of St. Ignatius Loyola in Spain. Numerous paintings, statues, ornaments, and letterheads of all Catholic churches have one or more "solar wheels" depicted upon them. And the ONE WORLD CHURCH that started on June 26, 2000 uses the solar wheel as its official logo.|
|33. Symbol of serpent on numerous Roman bath houses||Symbol of serpent on numerous Catholic church in door handles, Papal crests, etc.|
|34. Atlas carries the universe on his soilders||Numerous Popes depicted in paintings in same manner|
|35. Symbols of the "Unicorn, Peacock, and Phoenix" used to signify sun god||Symbols of the "Unicorn, Peacock, and Phoenix" used to symbolize the Christ in many churches on doors or chapels as well as sanctuarys holding the 'eucharist'|
|36. Crescent moon used to signify moon goddess "Nanna"||Crescent used to cradle Eucharist in the Monstrance of the Catholic church. As well as depicted in numerous paintings and scupltures with Mary standing within it|
|37. Three letters "S.F.S" within a small blaze is used to represent the universal symbol for the number "6" in the Pagan mysteries||S.F.S in a small blaze is carved into the Vatican Monstrance in the Vatican museum as well as many monstrances the world over|
|38. Alternating rays of the sun burst used to represent unity of "man and woman" common in all aspects of Paganism. (Curved ray = female "yonic" Straight ray = male "phallic")||Monstrance of Catholicism as well as many paintings and sculptures all depict same rays of both the "phallic and yonic" symbolism can be found literally all over the Roman Catholic church|
|39. Carvings of "nature spirits" (fauns or satyrs) depicting a horned, hoofed-god were a common feature in all Pagan cults||Carvings of "nature spirits" (fauns or satyrs) depicting a horned, hoofed-god are found all over the Treasury of the Vatican beneath St Peters square as well as many Cathedrals|
|40. Statues of a "Madonna" found in all Pagan cults as well as Egyptian Madonna Isis with her son Horus, or Hindu cults with Divaki and her son Krishna||Statues of Mary can be found in all Catholic churches holding baby Jesus|
|41. Statue of Zeus holds symbol of thunder and a lightening bolt to symbolise his position as a god.||Mary depicted in many statues holding the pagan symbol of thunderr|
|42. Demi-gods holding crooked diving staff representative of the serpent and lightening bolt||Pope carries exact same staff (serpent crosiers)|
|43. Adad, Enlil, Baal, Neptune, Poseidon and other "gods" of storm and sea were depicted as carrying tridents||Crosses as well as statues of Jesus and Mary in Cathedrals all over the world carved with tridents on them.|
|44. Hand gestures in the form of a trident found depicted in Jupiter, Buddah, Appollo, Hindu diety's, as well as "votive hands" in pagan temples||Statue of St. Peter (Actually the old Jupiter statue of Rome) as well as millions of other statues, painitings, photos, and videos of everyone from Jesus and Mary to priests, cardinals,bishops, all the Popes, Vatican guards and even lay people in the Catholci church seen holding up the three finger trident salute of pagan Rome. (Now called the salute to the Trinity)|
|45. Pine cones used to represent the diety of a solar god Osiris, Bacchus, Dionysus, as well as Mexican gods, Hindu gods, and Assyrian gods||Largest pine cone sculpture in the world found in the "Court of the pine cone" at the Vatican. Pine cone is also found carved into the crooked pagan staff (serpent crosier) or the Popes of Rome. In fact the pine cone is found all throughout the Vatican as well as Cathedrals as decoration.|
|46. Oanne, Babylonian fish-god (half man half fish) was depicted by Pagan high priests by wearing a fish head mitre (head dress) upon a mans head to symbolize man and fish joining when "sun god" set into the ocean. (Neptune = case in point. Half man half fish) One particular Biblical diety = "Dagon" Dag=fish On=sun||Mitres are worn by all Popes of Catholcism|
|47. The Roman sun-god with the alternating yonic and phallic symbols surrounding his head was found carved in excavated Roman bath houses in England. It is alos found as "Apollo" on the facade of the Pergamum Museum in East Berlin.||Almost all Catholic churches have the exact same carving above their pulpits, pillars, on statues, as well as carved into ceilings above altars. Some Catholic churches actually have it carved into the Eucharist itself.|
|48. Statues of the Romanized Egyptians Isis with globes in hand, Hercules as a solar diety carried the very same globe in hand, and the Persian sun-god Mithra is also depicted with the globe in hand as a sign ruler of the Universe.||The Vatican has a solid gold statues of Jesus with the globe in hand, plus a black marble statue called "the black virgin of Montserrat" and a statue of a "child Jesus" with globe in hand, the list goes on...|
|49. Coptic shells were carved to symbolize the Universe. Roman grave stones used them to represent the Heavens. Statues of Atlas can be found carrying the "universe" shell upon its shoulders. Pagan Rome carved Poseidon with the shell in his head. Venus was said to be born IN a coptic shell.||St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican has the Pagan symbols within the papal crest upon the wall. The Coptic shell is found over the crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. This cosmic symbol is often used as a font for holy water in Catholic churches the world over. They even have statues of angels holding the pagan symbol|
|50. Large evil eye can be found carved on a Roman sarcophagus in the National Archaeological Museum in Rome Italy. Masonic pendants have them as well. Hathor the "eye of Osiris" can be found all over Egyptian temple. It was commonly used as protection against evil magic.||This very same evil eye within the pyramid is found on Roman Catholic pulpits, ceilings, altars, doors, pendants, medals, etc. It is also on the back of the dollar bill of the USA on the left side|
|51. The multi-level crown was first worn by old Babylonian gods in 1800BC. The horned tiara was carved atop Assyrian winged-bull cherubims. The Jewish Kabbalistic solar diety wore this very same tiara, as did Krishna.||The bronze tomb of Pope Sixtus (Pope6) has this three ringed tiara on his head. On that tiara you can also see 6 serpents upon it. All the Popes have word the tiara as a symbol of their authority as "gods of the earth, heaven, and hell" Hence, the "three rings" upon it. The Vatican has a solid gold tiara on display in the Vatican treasury. This is the very crown the Pope will hand to Antichrist when he arrives to impersonate Jesus Christ in the days ahead.|
|52. Quetzalcoatl, the lord of life and death in the Aztec and Toltec cultures of 1000 AD had an open chest with an exposed heart displayed. This was believed to be nourishment offered to the sun gods.||Literally hundreds of thousands of statues, paintings, posters, lithographs, etc have Jesus as well as Mary depicted in the same manner with what the Catholic church calls "The sacred heart." Notice that these "sacred hearts" also have the symbols of the sun god Mithra glowing rather boldly behind them.|
|53. Assyrians carvings show eagles as genies hovering over the dead. Their "book of the dead" depicts just such a picture on its cover.||Eagles are used as symbols all over the Roman Catholic church. See Rev 18:2 speaks of the Vatican as the "hold of ever foul spirit, and a cage of ever unclean and hateful bird."|
Hmmm...Does Santa not strangly resemble Jesus?
Think about this...If you need to look up these verses just click on them :-)
1. Has white hair like wool (Revelation 1:14 - Daniel 7:9)
2. Beard-curly and white (Isaiah 50:6 - Rev. 1:14)
3. Comes from North Pole (Ez. 1:4; Ex. 26-35 )
4. Omniscient-knows about all ( Revelation 19:6)
5. Ageless, eternal (Rev. 1:8,21:6; Hebrews 13:8)
6. Makes List of Judgments (Rev. 20.12; 14:7; 21:27)
7. Checks list twice ( 1 Cor.5:10)
8. Gifts given on basis of a list ( Rev. 21:27; 22:14)
9. Christmas rewards once yearly ( Leviticus 23:26-32)
10. Confess wrongs to Santa (I John 2:1, I Tim. 2:5)
11. Promise to be better next year (John 14:15,21; 15:10)
12. Asks children to obey parents ( Eph. 6:1; Prov. 6:20)
13. Hour of his coming a mystery ( Luke 12:40; Mark 13:33)
14. Rudolph's shining nose to guide ( Numbers 24:17)
15. Calls all children to his knee (Luke 18:16)
16. Be good for goodness sake ( Matt. 19:17)
17. Has a twinkle in his eye (Rev. 1:14, 2:18)
18. Swift visit to whole world in 1 day. (2 Peter 3:8)
19. Omnipresent-Found in every mall (Psa. 139:7-10)
20. Says "Ho,ho" ( Zecheriah 2:6)
Looks sorta like the pagan green man?
When I say Christmas...what pops into you head? A tree? Decorations? Presents? Santa? Jesus Christ?
Most think of Christmas as Jesus Christ's birthday. However, it is very unlikely that Jesus was even born in December. The story does not all add up. Put aside the virgin birth and think about the timeframe and the weather. The bible states that Jesus was born and the shepards were out tending their flock out in the field that night. This is unlikely because of the cold Judean winters! It is more likely that Jesus was born in the month of September so why then do Christians celebrate his birth in December?
I will tell you why...Pagans! In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis (Goddess of Nature) was celebrated on December 25. Raucous partying, gluttonous eating and drinking, and gift-giving were traditions of this feast. Sound familiar?
In Rome, the Winter Solstice was celebrated years before the alleged birth of Christ. Not saying he was never born for many Pagans actually believe that he was a real person but that he was just a trancended spiritual being not a God. And lets face it, he never claimed to be a God. Anyways, the Romans called their winter holiday Saturnalia, in respects to Saturn, the God of Agriculture.
In January, the Romans observed the Kalends of January, which celebrated the triumph of life over death. The season in its entirity was called Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, which means the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. (To me it seems the Christians changed this to represent Jesus. Think about it...Birthday of the Unconquered Sun...and the Birthday of the Unconquered Son...Jesus was unconquered because he died for his faith and was risen from the dead. Sounds unconquered to me...)
The Romans celebrated Dies Natalis Invicti Solis with much merrymaking. It is in ancient Rome that the tradition of the Mummers was born. The Mummers were groups of costumed singers and dancers who traveled from house to house entertaining their neighbors...thus caroling was born!
In northern Europe, many other traditions that we now consider part of Christian worship were begun long before the participants had ever heard of Christ. The pagans of northern Europe celebrated their own winter solstice, known as Yule. Yule was symbolic of the pagan Sun God, Mithras, being born, and was observed on the shortest day of the year. As the Sun God grew and matured, the days became longer and warmer. It was customary to light a candle to encourage Mithras, and the sun, to reappear the next year. Huge Yule logs were burned in honor of the sun. The word Yule itself means "wheel," the wheel being a pagan symbol for the sun.
Mistletoe was considered a sacred plant, and the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began as a fertility ritual. Hollyberries were thought to be a food of the gods. The tree is the one symbol that unites almost all the northern European winter solstices. Live evergreen trees were often brought into homes during the harsh winters as a reminder to inhabitants that soon their crops would grow again. Evergreen boughs were sometimes carried as totems of good luck and were often present at weddings, representing fertility. The Druids used the tree as a religious symbol, holding their sacred ceremonies while surrounding and worshipping huge trees.
In 350, Pope Julius I declared that Christ's birth would be celebrated on December 25. There is little doubt that he was trying to make it as painless as possible for pagan Romans (who remained a majority at that time) to convert to Christianity. The new religion went down a bit easier, knowing that their feasts would not be taken away from them. Christmas (Christ-Mass) as we know it today, most historians agree, began in Germany, though Catholics and Lutherans still disagree about which church celebrated it first.
The earliest record of an evergreen being decorated in a Christian celebration was in 1521 in the Alsace region of Germany. A prominent Lutheran minister of the day cried blasphemy: "Better that they should look to the true tree of life, Christ." Many also theorize that the Christian cross symbol is actually the letter " t " the symbol for the Pagan god tammuz with it's many shapes and forms.
Yule logs are from pagan traditions as well. It is all symbolism. It is meant to reflect back to the pagan sex and fertility God Jul, or Jule (pronounced 'yule'). He was honored in a 12 day celebration in December...did the 12 Days of Christmas just pop in your head? The celebration consisted of a large, single log being kept with fire against it for 12 days, a different sacrigice to Jul is offered in the fire on each of the 12 days...(On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...) "The Yule log was originally an entire tree, carefully chosen, and brought into the house with great ceremony. The butt end would be placed into the hearth while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room. The tree would be slowly fed into the fire and the entire process was carefully timed to last the entire Yule season." Next, let us discuss stockings. This comes from an English legend that states, 'Father Christmas one dropped some gold coins while coming down the chimney. The coins would have fallen through the ash grate and been lost if they hadn't landed in a stocking that had been hung out to dry. Since that time children have continued to hang out stockings in hopes of finding them filled with gifts'.
Lighted candles are used in most all pagan worship. Makes me think of the candleaubra... Christmas trees were taken from the pagan/druid tradition of tree worship as many call it. I view it as more respect than worship.
What about Santa? Although most people assume that the original "Santa Claus" was a bishop by the name of St. Nicholas of Asia Minor of the fourth century, this is not really true. Although some of this bishop's deeds later came to be associated with "St. Nick," the original "Nicholas" was once again Nimrod, the "mighty one against the Lord." The word "Nicholas" means "mighty one, powerful." Traditions of a "god" who gave gifts under an evergreen tree antecede the Asian Minor bishop by thousands of years! Among the Scandinavians it was the god Odin or Woden who left special gifts during the Yuletide season under the evergreen tree, his sacred tree!
As I mentioned earlier there are few if no Christmas traditions that did not originate from the pagans.