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Paganism


 


By Milo Mitchell 


From the earliest times of our world’s history , the practice of sun worship have reached every religion in the world . From the time of our first parents , Satan has invented ways to turn man from the true worship of God , the Creator , to the worship of created things .

The father of lies has invented paganism to counterfeit the pure teaching of the Gospel ; and to cloak his falsehood under the cloak of Christianity . Satan is continually seeking to overcome the people of God by breaking down barriers which separate them from the world . Ancient Israel were enticed into sin when they ventured into forbidden association with the heathen .

In a similar manner are modern Israel led astray . “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not , lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ , who is the image of God , should shine unto them ”. All who are undecided followers of Christ are servants of Satan . In the unregenerate heart there is love of sin , and a disposition to cherish and excuse it . The tempter often works most successfully through those who are least suspected of being under his control .

Satan’s first seat was in Babylon . As Satan moved from place to place , finding no rest , his system of pagan worship has moved from place to place . Anybody who has their Bibles here , could you please turn your Bibles to Ezekiel 28:1. and we will find out where Satan goes after Babylon . (read verses ? ) . Satan moves to Tyrus . If we look in the book of Revelation we will see where his seat was after Tyrus . Revelation 2:13 . ( read verse ) Satan’s seat was in Pergamos . In these last days , if you hunger after truth and righteousness , you will see where Satan’s seat is today .

While men are ignorant of his devices , this vigilant foe is upon their track every moment . He is imposing his presence in every department of the household , in every street of our cities , in the churches , in the national councils , in the courts of justice , perplexing , deceiving , seducing , everywhere ruining the souls and the bodies of men , women and children , breaking up families , sowing hatred , strife and murder . And the Christian world seem to regard these things , as though God had appointed them , and they must exist .

After the flood , Nimrod founded the first metropolis , Babylon , where all pagan religions originated . There were giants walking the earth in those days , ancient men of renown , from the earlier world . They slowly died out , and the new race was markedly inferior .

Nimrod however retained all the physical and intellectual earmarks of his ancestors . At first Nimrod had been a hunter , but in passing of time his escapades became legendary . Countless recitations of his mighty exploits elevated his status to superhuman proportions , and the rapidly expanding society at his feet finally began to not only to honor him as their king , but to worship him as their sun-god , Baal .

They declared that if the sun gave life , it must require life in order to strengthen it in it’s journey across the sky . In response , hundreds of thousands of men , women and children were sacrificed to the sun-god .

Lets turn our Bibles to Deutoronomy , to find out how God feels about this . (Deutoronomy 12:31.), ( read verse ) Deceived by self-serving leaders and knowing no other religion then their own , the people blindly followed the doctrines of devils . Things like this seem hard to believe in our day , but to a nation that has departed from the living God , absurd became commonplace . The superstition of the masses was fertile ground for Satan’s deceptive schemes and like noxious weeds , they flourished .

Without realizing it , the people became pawns in the sinister plan of Satan , as he laid the common foundation from every heresy of paganism . It was decided that the first day of the week would be dedicated to the worship of the sun-god , and in a similar way , the rest of the weekdays would be dedicated to the worship of the lesser gods .

To this day , the first day of the week remains Sunday ; Monday commemorates the moon . Tuesday - the planet mars ; Wednesday - Mercury ; Thursday - Jupiter ; Friday - Venus , and Saturday is obviously named after Saturn . As generations passed , religious leaders added new doctrine and ceremonies to the sun-worship .

History records the greatest influence to man outside the Bible , was sun worship . In the Bible , sun worship is called Baalim , and to the Israelites the sun-god was called Baal . The term Baal is the highest name the pagan gave his god . It meant Lord or Master . He was usually regarded as the ancestor god of the royal family and his worship was imposed on conquered nations .

Nimrod’s wife was notoriously beautiful and cunning . Like Nimrod , Semiramis was deified by the common people . To the superstitious people that have separated themselves from worship of the one true God , Nimrod and Semiramis in their tremendous strength and beauty were exalted as the sun and the moon in human form . After Nimrod’s death , Semiramis claimed that his spirit had ascended into the sun itself . With breathtaking eloquence , she described to the people , his new and elevated role as their benefactor and protector .

Few years after Nimrod’s death , Semiramis was found with a child . She claimed that Nimrod had impregnated her , through the rays of the sun-god . On the December 25 Tammuz ,the child of the sun-god was born . Therefore Semiramis became known as the “mother of god “.

Did you know that Mary was not the first “ queen of heaven “? Semiramis derived her glory from the divine character attributed to the child in her arms . Nobody would have known , that the mothers fame would , in the long run , practically eclipse , that of her son .

Highest titles were bestowed upon her . Lets turn our Bibles to the book of Jeremiah 44:17-19 , 25 . ( read verses ) Semiramis was the first “queen of heaven “.

Wherever her worship was introduced , it is amazing what fascinating power it exerted . Truly the nations might be said to be “ made drunk “ with the wine of her fornication . So deeply , in particular did the Jews , in the days of Jerusalem , in the days of Jeremiah , drink of her wine cup . So bewitched were they , with her idolatrous worship , that even after Jerusalem had been burnt , and the land desolated for this very thing , they could not be influenced to give it up .

Like his supposed father Nimrod , Tammuz was reputed to have been a great hunter . Probably his greatest conquest of all , was his mythical union with Ishtar , the mother goddess , who embodied all the reproductive energies of nature . Also regarded as the moon goddess and the “queen of heaven” Ishtar was the principal female deity of the Assyrians . Rabbits and eggs were both symbols of life and fertility , that early came to be identified with Ishtar .

Unfortunately young Tammuz ( also known as Adonis , meaning “Lord” in classical mythology ) met his doom at the tusks of a wild pig . Here legend overtakes history altogether . Some accounts say that after three days Tammuz miraculously resurrected himself . By all accounts , when the lamenting was over , Tammuz was worshipped as the new god of the sun , and his renown eventually exceeded even Nimrod’s .

Every year following Tammuz’s death and presumed ascension to the sun , the forty days preceding Ishtar’s festival were set aside for fasting and self affliction to commemorate his suffering and death . It was this practice , “ weeping for Tammuz “ that God called “ an abomination “ in Ezekiel 8:13,14 .

At the end of this mourning period , the people would wake up early on the first day of the week and go to the highest hill near their homes . On the hill they would present their wine offering , meat and incense . Then they would worship the rising sun , exclaiming - “ Our lord has risen “. Also these forms encompassed the most degrading practices , including human sacrifices .

If we explore the books of North American Indian mythology , we would find that they get their religion from sun-worship . Among the Eskimo , Cherokee , Apache , the Crow , Navaho , and many other Indian tribes, regarded themselves as descendants of the sun . Sometimes the sun was thought of as a female . The Eskimo tale of the “sun sister and moon brother” , relates how a brother has incestuous relationship with his sister , she discovers her lovers identity and flees to the sky to become the sun , while the brother pursues her and becomes the moon .

The practice of these ancient perversions was so widespread , that even the nation of Israel , a people sanctified by worship of the one true god , did not escape their deadly influence. Ever compromising with their pagan neighbors , the Jews allowed their pure worship to be mixed with one heathen custom after another , until it was almost wholly corrupt . This mixture of sun-worship and the true worship of God brought judgment from God on Israelites during their apostasy .

When Moses went on mount Sinai the Israelites made a golden calf as a sign that divinity was among them . They got the idea from the pagan pharaoh Osiris , who was mystically represented as a young bull or a calf .

While dwelling in Egypt as exiles , instead of being witnesses for God against the heathenism around them , they were as much devoted to this form of idolatry as the Egyptians themselves . Jeremiah was sent of God to denounce anger against them , if they continued to worship the “queen of heaven” , but his warnings were in vain

This is how the prophet describes it in the book of Jeremiah . Could you please turn to the book of Jeremiah 44:15-17. - “Then all the men which knew that their wives had burnt incense unto other gods , and all the women that stood by , a great multitude , even the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt , in Pathros , answered Jerimiah , saying ,

“As for the word that thou has spoken unto us in the name of the Lord , we will not hearken unto thee; but we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth , to burn incense unto the “queen of heaven” , and to pour out drink offering unto her , as we have done , we , and our fathers , our kings , and our princes , in the cities of the Judah , and in the streets of Jerusalem : for then had we plenty of victuals , and were well , and saw no evil “. This is how the Jews , God’s own peculiar people followed the Egyptians in their devotion to the “queen of heaven” .

When Solomon began to worship a form of this system of Satan’s , it was primarily because of the pagan wives that he married . Lets see how the Bible describes it in 1Kings 11:3-7 . The Bible says “ And he had seven hundred wives , princesses , and three hundred concubines : and his wives turned his heart. For it came to pass , when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other god’s: And his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God , as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians , and after Millom the abomination of the children of Ammonites . And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord , and went not fully after the Lord , as did David his father . Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemos , the abomination of Moab in the hill that is before Jerusalem , and for Molech , the abomination of the children of Ammon “.

Solomon , noted for his wisdom and understanding , who had been called “Jedidiah” which means “beloved of the Lord “, wrote in his youth, - ”There is a way which seemeth right unto a man , but the end thereof are the ways of death “. Because of his lust for women and wealth , he eventually separated himself from the Lord and practiced the most abominable rites of paganism . It was Solomon , the first king of Israel , who allowed the sacrifice of children .

One of the vilest idolatries existed during the reign of Judah’s king Manasseh . You can read about his evil deeds and his repentance in 2Kings. 21 chapter , and 2Chronicles 33rd chapter , verses 1-20. - ”For he built again the high places , which Hezekiah , his father had broken down , and he reared up altars for Baalim , and made groves , and worshipped all the host of heaven , and served them , And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom . Also he observed times , and used enchantments , and used witchcraft , and dealt with a familiar spirit , and with wizards : He wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord , to provoke him to anger . And he set a carved image , the idol which he had made , in the house of God , of which God had said to David and Solomon his son , ” In this house , and in Jerusalem , which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel , will I put my name forever “.

Like pagans around them the Israelites made idols of gods . They made bulls , which were symbols of divine strength , and made molten images in the likeness of men . They made god’s out of stone , in human forms , with heads of various animals or birds , sometimes of snakes and fish , They went to the extent of leaving food and drink to graven images . Nevertheless this was their history from Mt. Sinai all the way down through the centuries , until they left their captivity in Babylon .

Life was difficult at best , during the early years of the Christian church . The earliest Christians had denied all compromise with false doctrine and had gladly suffered horrible martyrdom for refusing even to place a pinch of incense at the feet of pagan altars . Yet in just a few generations of time , a curtain of moral darkness shrouded the church .

In his second letter to the Thessalonians , apostle Paul foretold a great apostasy , which would result in the establishment of the papal power . He wrote that , “Day of Christ would not come , except there come a falling away first , and that the man of sin be revealed , the son of perdition , who opposeth and exalteh himself above all that is called God , or that is worshipped ; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God , showing himself that he is God”.

And besides , the apostle warns his brethren that “the mystery of iniquity doth already work “. Even at that early date, he saw , creeping into the church errors , that would prepare the way for the development of the papacy .

Little by little at first , in secrecy and silence , and then more openly as it increased in strength and gained control of the minds of men , the” mystery of iniquity “ carried foreword it’s deceptive and blasphemous work . In a very slow and subtle way , the customs of heathenism found their way into the Christian church .

As Christianity gained acceptance in the courts and palaces of kings, she laid aside the humble simplicity of Christ and his apostles , for the pomp and pride of pagan priests and rulers In place of the requirements of God , she substituted human theories and traditions .

When Constantine , who was a pagan , walked into Christianity in the early part of the fourth century , there was great rejoicing , and the world , cloaked with the form of righteousness, entered into the church . Now the work of corruption rapidly progressed . Paganism , while appearing to be conquered , became the conqueror . Her spirit controlled the church . Her doctrines , ceremonies and superstitions were incorporated into the faith and the worship of the professed followers of Christ .

This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of the “man of sin” foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God . This gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan’s power , a monument of his effort to seat himself upon the throne , to rule the earth according to his will .

To secure worldly gains and honor , the church was led to seek favor and support of the great men of earth , and having thus rejected Christ , she was induced to yield allegiance , to the representative of Satan , the bishop of Rome .

Within the gloom that settled upon the earth during the long period of papal supremacy , the light of truth could not be wholly extinguished . In every age there were witnesses for God , men who cherished faith in Christ as the only mediator between God and man , who held the Bible as the only rule of life , who hallowed the true Sabbath .

How much the world owes to these men , future generations will never know . They were branded as heretics , their motives and characters attacked, their writings suppressed , misinterpreted , or mutilated . Yet they stood firm , and from age to age maintained their faith in it’s purity , as a sacred heritage for the generations to come .

During the dark ages God raised up men like Wicliffe , Huss and Jerome , Zwingle , Tyndale and many other brave men , to combat the domination of the papacy . Foremost among those who were called to lead the church from the darkness of popery into the light of a purer faith , stood Martin Luther . Zealous , spirited and devoted , knowing no fear but the fear of God , and acknowledging no foundation for religious faith , but the Holy Scriptures .

Luther was the man for his time . Through him , God accomplished a great work for the reformation of the church , and the enlightenment of the world . In the work of reform , Luther had been urged forward by the Spirit of God , and had been carried beyond himself . He had not intended to take the position that he did , or to make so radical changes . He had been but the instrument in the hand of infinite power . Yet he often trembled for the result of his work .

Luther fearlessly defended the gospel from the attacks that came from every quarter . The Word of God proved itself a weapon mighty in every conflict . With that Word he warred against the pretended authority of the pope . He firmly declared that Christians should receive no other doctrines than those which rest on the authority of the Sacred Scriptures . These words struck at the very foundation of papal supremacy .

The Roman church had made merchandise of the grace of God . Under the appeal of raising funds for the erection of St. Peter’s church at Rome , indulgences for sin were publicly offered for sale, by the authority of the pope . By the price of crime a temple was to be built up for God’s worship , the corner-stone laid with the wages of iniquity .

Many of his own congregation had purchased pardon , and they soon began to come to him - their pastor , confessing their various sins and expecting absolution , not because they were penitent and wished to reform , but on the ground of the indulgence . Luther refused them absolution , and warned them that unless they should repent and reform their lives , they must perish in their sins .

After seeing the crowds of ignorant people flocking around the papal priests to buy certificates to sin , Luther posted a paper on the church door , containing ninety-five propositions against the sale of indulgences . His propositions attracted universal attention . They were read , and re-read and repeated in every direction . Luther’s theses challenged discussion ; but no one dared to accept the challenge .

Eventually , Luther’s teachings attracted the thoughtful minds throughout the world . From his sermons and writings , issued a beam of light which awakened and illuminated thousands . A living faith was taking place of the dead formalism , in which the church had so long been held .

As a matter of policy , the Romanists had decided to attempt to win Luther by an appearance of gentleness . The legate , in his interview with him , professed great friendliness , but he demanded that Luther submit , without question , to the authority of the church , and yield every point .The reformer showed that his position was sustained by the scriptures and firmly declared that he could not renounce the truth .

Luther wrote - “ I am reading the decree’s of the popes , and I know not whether the pope is antichrist himself , or whether he is his apostle . So misrepresented and even crucified does Christ appear in them “. Yet at this time Luther was still the supporter of the Roman Church , and had no thought that he would ever separate from her communion .

Rome became more aggravated by the attacks of Luther , and it was declared by some of his fanatical opponents , even by doctors in Catholic universities , that he , who should kill the rebellious monk would be without sin .

One day a stranger , with a pistol hidden under his cloak , approached the reformer , and inquired why he went thus alone . “ I am in the hand’ of God “, answered Luther . “ He is my help and my shield . What can man do unto me ? “ Upon hearing these words the stranger turned pale , and fled away , as from the presence of the holy angel of Heaven .

There was a great religious awakening throughout the world , and the papacy was determined to destroy it . They blamed Luther , even for the errors which he had been most earnestly trying to correct . Fanatical party , (which was backed by the papacy) , by falsely claiming to have been treated with great injustice , succeeded in gaining sympathies of a large class of the people , and as it often is the case with those that take the wrong side , they came to be regarded as martyrs .

Thus the ones , who were exerting every energy in opposition to the reformation , were pitied and honored as the victims of cruelty and oppression . This was the work of Satan , prompted by the same spirit of rebellion which was first manifested in Heaven . Romanists were delighted , expecting the speedy end of the Reformation . As time went by, the papacy buried the truth with pagan doctrines , while claiming to be doing this , under the authority of the living God .

Let’s see what the papacy is up to today. Has it changed since the dark ages ? Lets have look at a few newspaper clippings ; -

In the Time magazine , which has a worldwide circulation , in 1991 it wrote - “ In sermons based on the Ten Commandments John Paul denounced excessive materialism and the separation of the church and state , imploring Poles not to stray from the Catholic values that have helped deliver them from communism “. The pope is trying to regain the power that the papacy lost at the end of the dark ages . The only way he can regain that power is if he can get the state or the politicians , to enforce his religion onto the people .

In another article from “The Australian “, in 1993 , the pope declares to his bishops - “The first Vatican encyclical specifically for catholic bishops and church teachers reasserts church authority over the individual conscience and is underpinned by a strong warning that the church’s fundamental Christian message is “being distorted or denied “ by dissenters “.

The document says - “The conscience can be mistaken , unless directed by divine wisdom , that morality cannot be a matter for democratic debate , and it directs bishops to adhere steadfastly to traditional church doctrine , however fierce the criticism that it might attract “. Then it goes to say -“ He rejects many modern concepts of individual freedoms “ He says , - “The so-called freedom of the individual has been elevated to , too high a plane and that individual conscience can be mistaken “

What the pope is saying here , is that people cannot think for them-selves , so they need someone to tell them what to believe in religious matters . The papacy still doesn’t believe in the freedom of religion .

In Washington whisper “it shows how the pope is going to accomplish this . It writes - “ Pope John Paul II discusses world affairs on the telephone with George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev at least once a week , according to professor Malachi Martin , a Roman Catholic theologian and Vatican insider . In a new book , “The keys of this blood “ , Martin describes how during the crisis over Lithuania’s declaration of independence the Polish born Pontiff . and the embattled Kremlin leader had intense conversations , sometimes several times a day “

The pope has his fingers in the politics , and he is acting as an adviser to the world leaders . Vatican is a religion that is a mixture of church and state, it also is a country , with it’s own ambassadors .And it has an intelligence network , that’s probably the best in the world , that is working towards furthering the goals of the Roman Catholic church .

No , the papacy hasn’t changed . It is waiting for an opportunity to enforce her doctrines on anyone who want’s to worship God according to his own conscience .

Comparing Bible doctrine with pagan mythology , scholars , both Christian and non Christian will agree that some of the most cherished traditions and ordinances kept by both Catholic and Protestant churches , have their origin in sun-worship , and not from the Old and New Testament .

The doctrine of natural immortality , first borrowed from pagan philosophy , and in the darkness of the great apostasy incorporated into the Christian faith , has supplanted the truth so plainly taught in Scripture that , - “ the dead know not anything.“ The belief of man’s awareness in death , especially the belief that the spirits of the dead return to minister to the living , has prepared the way for modern Spiritualism .

Satan has the power to bring before men the appearance of their departed friends . The counterfeit is perfect ; the familiar look, the words , and the tone , are reproduced with amazing distinctness . Many are comforted with the assurance that their loved ones are enjoying the bliss of Heaven ; and without suspicion of danger , they give ear to “ seducing spirits , and doctrines of devils “.

When they have been led to believe that the dead actually return to communicate with them , Satan causes the appearance of those who went to their graves unprepared . They claim to be happy in Heaven , and even to occupy exalted positions there . This error is widely taught . No difference is made between the righteous and the wicked . The counterfeit visitors from the world of spirits sometimes utter cautions and warnings, which prove to be correct . Then as confidence is gained , they present doctrines that directly undermine faith in the scriptures .

It may be unsettling to learn that virtually every other religious holiday now observed throughout Christendom originated in paganism , many hundreds of years before Christ , and ancient history proves it beyond doubt .The birthday of the sun’s child , Tammuz ,became the alleged birthday of the Christ child . The season of mourning for Tammuz became the Lent , and the resurrection legend of Tammuz , conveniently lived on as the resurrection story of Christ .

The feast of nativity of saint John is set down as in the papal calendar for the 24th of June , or midsummer - day . The very same period was equally memorable in the Babylonian calendar as that of it’s most celebrated festivals . This festival , with it’s peculiar rites had a strong hold on the minds of men . Even when other days were devoted to the great events connected with the Babylonian messiah , as was the case in some parts of our land , this sacred season could not be allowed to pass without due observance of at least, some of its peculiar rites .

When the papacy sent it’s emissaries over Europe , towards the end of the sixth century , to gather in the pagans into it’s fold , this festival was found in high favor in many countries . What was to be done with it ? Were they to wage war against it ? No , this would have been contrary to the famous advice of pope Gregory 1 , that , ” by all means they should meet pagans half-way , and that way bring them into the roman church “.

But still the question was to be determined , what was to be the name of this pagan festival , when it was baptized , and admitted into the ritual of roman Christianity ? If the name of Christ could not be conveniently tacked to it , what’s stopping it being called by the name of his forerunner, John the Baptist ?

When it is remembered that Saturn himself was cut to pieces , it is easy to see how the idea would arise , of offering a welcome sacrifice to him , by setting men to cut one another in pieces on his birthday , by way of gaining his favor . The practice of such penance’s , on the part of those pagans who cut and slash themselves , was intended to please their god , and that way to lay up a stock of merit .

In papacy , the penance’s are not only intended to answer the same end , but to a large extent , they are identical . I don’t know if they used a knife as the priests of Baal did , but it is certain that they look upon the shedding of their own blood as the most worthy penance, that gains them favor with God , and wipes away many sins .

We should look at the pilgrims of Ireland , crawling on their bare knees over the sharp rocks , and leaving bloody tracks behind them , and we can see that there is not much difference between that and cutting themselves with knives . In the early stages of Christianity , such penance’s were regarded as purely pagan .

On good Friday , at Rome , Madrid and other chief seats of Roman idolatry , multitudes flock together to witness the performance of the saintly worshippers , who lash themselves, till the blood gushes in streams from every part of their body . They pretend to do this in honor of Christ , on the festival set apart professedly to commemorate His death .The worshippers of Osiris did the same , on the festival when they lamented for his loss .

But can any man of the least Christian enlightenment , believe that the exalted Savior can look on such rites as doing honor to Him ? The rites which pours contempt on His all-perfect atonement , and represent His ” most precious blood “ as needing to have it’s virtue supplemented by that of blood drawn from the backs of misguided sinners . Offerings like that were fit for the worship of Moloch , but they are very opposite of being fit for the service of Christ

In Deutoronomy 12 : 30 , 31 God strictly commanded Israel saying , - “Take heed to thyself that thou inquire not after their gods ? Even so will I do likewise . Thou shall not do so unto the Lord thy God “. Why was God so particular ?

Because he was unlike the heathen deities , whom the people regarded as changeable and in need of constant pacifying . God himself was just , loving , and above all , Holy . He required a different , higher kind of worship , based on a holy relationship with his people .

We should then ask , is there anything wrong with commemorating the birth and the resurrection of Jesus ? Of course not . These events are filled with deep meaning for every true Christian . The problem is that neither the Bible , nor history has preserved the dates of these events for us .

Also there is no biblical command compelling us to observe them on any particular day of the year . God in his wisdom left us free to remember them any , and every day of the year , including December 25 and Easter Sunday .

At this point it should be clear that heaven places no religious significance on Christmas or Easter . The selection of these dates was based solely on pagan considerations . Man later contrived the means , by which to incorporate them into the Christian religion .

Today , from the words we use , down to the way we wear our clothes , our culture is full of pagan traditions . Stripped of their original significance , many of these customs appear relatively harmless and some of them , updated with their Christian dressing , actually seem wholesome .

But how should the Christian of today relate to Christmas , or Easter , or Sunday keeping ? Not many people are really aware of the history of these customs , so should we even be concerned ? It is impossible to simply ignore the holidays that have become a part of our culture , yet we shouldn’t invest them with a sacredness that they do not deserve .

But what about Sunday keeping ? Isn’t that a legitimate commemoration of Christ’s resurrection ? If we go to the book of Romans , we will find out what the symbol of Christ’s resurrection is . Romans 6:4 .(read verse). The Bible gives us the symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection , and it isn’t Sunday keeping . It is baptism and subsequent “ walk in newness of life “.

This is where Satan’s plan has been leading all along . Sunday keeping is the one remnant of paganism that is placed in direct opposition to God’s authority . We haven’t been given the choice of which day of the week to use for worship . Rather, we are told that God specifically blessed the seventh day and made it holy , - a fact we dare not disregard !

Nowhere in the bible is any mention made of transferring the Sabbath’s sanctity to another day. Sabbath is a sacred memorial of the creative power which distinguishes God from all the false deities .

Nowhere does the Gospel of Christ , nullify any portion of God’s law , though the gates of hell have raged against it . It was only by hiding the change within a mass of pagan rituals and baptizing the whole lot , that Satan succeeded in causing the whole Christian world to break God’s holy law , thinking to honor Him .

Most newspapers and magazines today , contain the horoscope . Everybody wants to know the future , so when readers open those publications , they usually go straight to the horoscope section . What most people don’t realize, is that foretelling of the future by the stars comes straight from paganism .

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These are two astrological charts pagan high priests used to predict certain future events . Any direction the columns are added , they will add to 111 . there are six spaces , and 6 x 111 = 666 .

Any direction the numbers ( 1 to 36 ) are added together , the numbers on both charts will add to 666 . Astrology uses number 36 to divide the stars . If you add the numbers 1 to 36 they will add to 666 .

The book of Revelation talks about the number 666 . Let’s have a look in the Revelation 13 : 18 . It says - “ Here is wisdom . Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast : for it is the number of a man ; And his number is six hundred threescore and six “.

Lets see what the Bible says about astrologers . If we open the book of Daniel chapter 2 verses 27,28 . It states - “Daniel answered in the presence of the king , and said , The secret which the king hath demanded , cannot the wise men , the astrologers , the magicians , the soothsayers , shew unto the king : But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets , and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar , what shall be in the latter days “. The Bible shows that astrologers can’t predict the future .

God has always required his people to put a difference between the sacred and profane , between holy and the common . Satan has unceasingly sought to blur this distinction . His final goal is to make sin appear righteous and righteousness to appear profane . Has he succeeded ? Look at modern Christianity and decide for yourself .

As we can see there is a great difference between the works of men , and the works of God , that the detailed investigation , which displays the defect and imperfections of one , brings out also the beauties of the other .

If the most finely polished needle , on which man has worked with greatest care and talent , is subjected to the probing lens of a microscope , many inequalities , much roughness and clumsiness will be seen .

But if the microscope is focused on the flowers of the field , the result is opposite . Instead of their beauty diminishing , they are magnified . Beautiful new worlds, that have escaped the naked eye , are discovered .

Beauty that makes us appreciate the full force of the Lord saying , - “ Consider the lilies of the field , how they grow , they toil not , neither do they spin , and yet I say unto you that even Solomon , in all his glory , was not arrayed like one of these “.

The same law appears in comparing the word of God and the most finished productions of human genius .The more the Scriptures are searched , the more deeply they are studied , the more their perfection appears . New beauties are brought into light every day . Scientific discoveries , and the researches of the educated , all alike tend to illustrate the wonderful harmony of all the parts , and the Divine beauty that clothes the whole .

There is a serpent hidden in the bundle of colorful customs handed to us from paganism . Satan knows very well that sin is the only thing that can separate us from joys of eternity with Christ , and he has laid his snare accordingly . Will we be taken in the net of our adversary ? Or will our prayer , like David’s be, in the Psalm 119 :34,35. - “ Give me understanding and I shall keep thy law ; Yea I shall observe it with my whole heart , make me to go in the path of thy commandments , for therein do I delight.“