Pagan Origins

Ancient Rome’s pagan holidays have been chained upon a heedless and deceived world. These include certain annual holidays- Christmas, New...
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Pagan OriginsAncient Rome’s pagan holidays have been chained upon a heedless and deceived world. These include certain annual holidays- Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, as well as many more, every one a pagan day every one used to stimulate the sale of merchandise in the commercial markets. Upon honest investigation, the earnest seeker after truth learns that these days are all of heathen origin and pagan significance. He learns that he can have no part in them. But is the Christian of today left without any annual holy days? Did God never give to His people annual holy days, as well as the weekly Sabbath? Are not ancient Rome’s annual holidays mere counterfeits of God’s true holy days, exactly as Sunday is a counterfeit of the true Sabbath?Banishing PrejudiceLet us honestly open our Bibles, and prayerfully investigate. We are told to study- not argue, not to refute, but- to show ourselves approved unto God- to learn God’s will. We are commanded, as believers, to grow in knowledge as well as in grace (II Peter 3:18). All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable to correct and to reprove us, where we have, through assumption, false teaching, or prejudice, been in error.Most people have supposed that all the annual Sabbaths and feast days of Israel were done away. And yet Church history shows that the early true Church did, for more than four hundred long years at least- perhaps much longer- after Christ’s resurrection, continue to keep and observe these annual holy days given by God! And just as the Sunday observer is inclined to look, at first, upon any argument for the weekly Sabbath with prejudice- as a heresy- and to examine every argument only in an attitude of attempting to refute it, so it will be only human- only natural for us, if we are not on our guard against it, to look upon any presentation of these annual Sabbaths in the same spirit of prejudice. But remember that "he that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him" (Prov.18:13). Let therefore, in willing submission to God, to His will, with yielded hearts free from prejudice, with open minds desiring truth more than our own way, trembling before the sacred and holy Word of God, ask God humbly for the direction of His Holy Spirit. And in this prayerful, submissive, willing, yet careful and cautious attitude, study this question- proving all things.Study This TwiceLet us warn, too, that certain objections will be sure to come to the mind- all of which, will be dealt with and explained later on. But unless the reader is careful to guard against it, the mere presence of this objection in his mind will, to him, overthrow each point as it’s presented - and then, when the objections are later explained, the points made will not come back to the mind, unless the whole exposition of the subject is carefully studied again from the first. And in each case, the objection will be one of the very arguments used by Sunday preachers in attempting to overthrow the truth of the weekly Sabbath! For the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths stand or fall together. The arguments used against the annual Sabbaths will be the identical arguments used to overthrow the Sabbath- and if these arguments could hold, then they would abolish the weekly Sabbath! Such arguments as "the annual Sabbaths are part of the law of Moses," or "they offered sacrifices on the annual Sabbaths," or "Colossians 2:16 does away with the annual Sabbaths," are not scriptural.For the annual Sabbaths were not part of the law of Moses, but were observed before the ritualistic ordinances contained in the law of Moses were given. Sacrifices were offered on the weekly Sabbath, but this does not do away with the Sabbath. Yeshua was sacrificed for our sins. We no longer have to offer blood to God for our sins. But the day is still to be observed. In fact, sacrifices were offered on every day of the year (Num. 28:3). Colossians 2:16 refers, not alone to the annual Sabbaths, but to the annual days, the monthly new moons, and the weekly Sabbath. Whenever the Bible uses the expression "Sabbath days" with new moons and holy days, it is referring to the weekly Sabbath days, the new moons and the annual holy days or feast days. The "Sabbath days" of Colossians 2:16 refers to the weekly Sabbath. Compare I Chron. 23:31 with 11 Chron. 2:4; 31:3; Ezra 3:5; Neh. 10:33; Ezek. 46:3. If Colossians does away with the one, it also abolishes the other.The Yule Wheel that is presented here in this image. Together, they represent the most common celebrations in Wiccan-influenced forms of Neopaganism, especially in contemporary Witchcraft groups.Midwinter (Yule)Imbolc.Vernal Equinox (Ostara)Beltane.Midsummer (Litha)Lammas/Lughnasadh.Autumnal equinox (Mabon)Samhain.So, we have this Christmas carol sung this time of year in celebration of Christmas. Deck the Halls" or "Deck the Hall is a traditional Christmas, yuletide, and New Years' carol. Which in return is where millions of Christians delight in the birth of their Saviour. Some oblivious to the fact of what it means while others do know what it means but justify it to the world. Yule also carries associations with a farm animal. The Yule Goat carried Father Christmas on his back and is a symbol of Christmas throughout Scandinavian countries. The Yule Goat may have associations tracing back to Norse mythology. The now-famous comic book god Thor rode in a chariot pulled by two goats that could also be eaten and magically regenerate into living creatures again.If we are to learn anything at all from the Jewish people I ask. How well did it work out for them when they intertwined Paganism into their worship to God? Do Christians honestly in today believe that the cross and the blood he shed gives them permission to take false pagan religions and mix them with their worship of God?
Tavish Good share brother. 5 months ago
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Leola Andersen This has given me much pause for thought. Jerry you have a way of drawing us understand God's word so simply. I am reminded of a song "Tell me the story of Jesus " It reminds our teachers to teach us simply as to a little child. Bless you my Brother. 5 months ago
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Jerry May God Bless you too my sister Leola Andersen 5 months ago
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