Mainstream Christianity: More Pagan than Christian?
I try to tell Christians, but they think I’m weird. They agree that Christmas is full of Pagan symbolism, but they don’t see the bigger picture as they celebrate their midwinter festival of revelry with their Christmas trees and five-pointed stars atop and perhaps a Yule log underneath and images of Santa everywhere. They start the celebrations at midnight, the witching hour. Churches are rarely as full as they are at the midnight services.
Genesis records that the nights came before the days. It’s why the Jews stop working at sunset at the start of the 7th day. And so should Christians. Sunday, as the day of rest, is one of the biggest heresies started by the Catholic church.
It is a Commandment to honour the Sabbath Day. In Matthew, chapter 19, a young man asks the Saviour what he should do to have eternal life. The answer: “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” – followed by the instruction that, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” But being rich, he couldn’t cope with that.
From Mark chapter 7:
“6… Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
And from 1 John ch. 5:
“1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
After his alleged conversion to Christianity, the Emperor Constantine declared at the First Council of Nicaea in AD 325, that Sunday was the Empire’s day of rest. A few years earlier, he had made Sunday the day of rest to celebrate the “venerable day of the sun”.
How can one reject the Sabbath and embrace the “venerable” first day of the week and be keeping the commandments?
The Pope needs to sort that out and a whole lot of other things, but being the first Jesuit Pope, it isn't going to happen. As for the ‘Reformers’!
A week after Christmas, the same Christians are saying ‘Happy New Year’ to each other as they celebrate the start of the pagan Roman year on 1st January at the witching hour again. Janus being the Roman god of beginnings and transitions.
You couldn’t make it up!