Monday, January 22, 2007

Christianity and Paganism

It's sometimes hard not to notice the similarties between Christianity and the ancient Pagan Religons.... for instance
  1. Christmas - The Romans held a festival on December 25 called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, "the birthday of the unconquered sun." The use of the title Sol Invictus allowed several to be worshipped collectively, including Elah Gabalah, a Syrian sun god; Solar Dieties Sol, the god of Emperor Aurelian (AD 270-274); and Mithras, a soldiers' god of Persian origin coinciding with birth of Mithra in Zorastrian Mythology. Christmas was incorporated in Christianity in council of nicea during Constantinople's time.
  2. Easter - Related to Godess Eostre or Fertility - hency the rabbits - supposedly the God went to the underworld during winter and came back in spring, hence the celebration.
  3. Virgin Birth of Mary - The impregnation of mortal women by gods is common in pagan mythology.All the Pagan Religons at that time had Virgin birth by a godess. Mithraa was born of a virgin birth, so was Zeus-Greek God, Amon - Egyptian God.
  4. Sunday - The name "Sunday" (Day of the Sun) apparently originated in pre-Christian Egyptian culture. In Ptolemaic Egyptian astrology, the seven planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon, each had an hour of the day assigned to it, and the planet which was "regent" during the first hour of any day of the week gave its name to that day.The Egyptian form of the seven-day week spread from Egypt to Rome during the first and second century, when the Roman names of the planets were given to each successive day. Germanic-speaking nations apparently adopted the seven-day week from the Romans, so that the Roman dies Solis became Sunday (German, Sonntag). The Christians reinterpreted the heathen name as implying the Sun of Righteousness.
  5. Resurrection - Taken from Hellenistici immortality which the soul continues to live after death. Centuries before the time of Christ the nations annually celebrated the death and resurrection of Osiris, Tammuz, Attis, Mithra and other gods" . A cyclic dying and rising god motif was prevalent throughout ancient Mesopotamian and classical literature and practice (eg in Syrian and Greek worship of adonis, egyptian worship of Osiris;

Could be coincidence but striking

Bede's ("Ecclesiastic History of the English People") contains a letter from Pope Gregory I to Saint Mellitus, , who was then on his way to England to conduct missionary work among the heathen Anglo-Saxon . The Pope Suggest that converting heathens is easier if they are allowed to retain the outward forms of their traditional pagan practices and traditions, while recasting those traditions spiritually towards Christianity instead of to their indigenous gods (whom the Pope refers to as "devils"), "to the end that, whilst some gratifications are outwardly permitted them, they may the more easily consent to the inward consolations of the grace of God". The Pope sanctioned such conversion tactics as Biblically acceptable, pointing out that God did much the same thing with the ancient Israelites and their pagan sacrifices. This practice might explain the incorporation of traditions into the Christianity.

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