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BABYLON MYSTERY BULL
Truth is truth. You can't simply separate 1500 years of Catholicism from Christianity!
Is Roman Catholicism really "Babylonian Mystery Religion", or is this just "witch-ful thinking"??? Is Catholicism (and therefore all Christianity) Pagan?
The priests of Dagon in ancient Babylon wore headpieces that looked like fish to depict their god Dagon. Are the mitres worn by not only Roman Catholics, but also Anglican ministers a symbol of Dagon worship???
Nope. The Mitre (i.e, proper name for the pointy hats) did not originate until around the 13th century....and no one knew anything about Dagon or fish hats by then. It was not a carry over from pagan times. Pagan religions were extinct by then, evenin the most remote parts of Europe. Sure, a superstition carried on by ignorant farmers existed here and there, but as an organized or "underground" religion, it simply didn't exist. People abandoned Paganism en mass in Europe. The whole "fish hat" theory and other ridiculous claims just don't wash. Coptic and Orthodox churches, having continued in the faith apart from Rome, after the 12th century, do not wear mitres, which we would expect to see if Catholicism was a carryover from pagan times!
But what about the robes? Did Pagan priests wear robes?
The depictions of Pagan priests in hieroglyphs don't really look like Christian robes. The idea of the robes worn in Church was to create an appearance of the robes worn by the Old Testament priests. In Christ's day it was believed heavenly beings wore white robes. It wasn't inspired by Paganism. Wearing them makes Church not so dull and adds a little pinache.
In fact, many of the so-called "Pagan" traditions that supposedly carried over into the Christian Era are really not so ancient. The maypole for instance, is trumpeted by Neopagans as a prime example of Pagan phallic worship that survived into modern times. This idea is wrong. Ronald Hutton has debunked this idea, stating the Maypole did not originate until the Middle Ages. Europe was completely Christian by then. The idea of the maypole being "Pagan" came bout through the faulty scholarship of Margret Murray, who had a very Freudian imagination.
A lot of Protestant Christians believe in the "Babylon Mystery religion" line of conspiracy bull, most not knowing any better. True, the Roman Catholic Church has some dark spots on their history...because people are far from perfect. But what happened hundreds of years ago is in the past. Even though I have theological differences with the Roman Catholic Church, they're not guilty of the hysterical conspiracy claims made by Chick publications and others.
Common sense can dismiss urban legends about the Vatican causing Communism, Nazism, Islam, the Mafia, World War II, the assassination of Lincoln, the shooting of Pope John Paul II, controlling the "Illuminati", Freemasonry, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jim Jones, and Kathryn Kuhlmyn. For instance everyone knows Communism is atheistic and extremely hostile to Christianity (including Roman Catholics), logically therefore the R.C.C. would not have created them. Pope John Paul II is credited to have destroyed Soviet Communism...which would make no sense if he had hoped to conquer the world through "liberation theology" as the Catholic haters claim. Islam is also intolerant of Christians (including Catholics), and is in fact a rival to it, so it also goes against logic that they created it either. Jehovah's Witnesses are very anti-Catholic, again, not logical to think the RCC created them as well. Since common sense (or perhaps it should be called "uncommon sense" nowadays) can be used to dismiss most of these stories, we should do just that.
Why bother to do this? Because it is impossible to separate the 1500 years the of the R.C.C. from Christian Church History. What many people don't realize is occultists of all types tend to lump ALL Christians together, and simply refer to them as "The Church". Since The Roman Catholic Church is supposedly derived from Ba'al/goddess/Pagan worship they reason, ALL Christianity must be derived from it. I know I used to think this way when I was an occultist, more or less.
If you wonder how a book like The DaVinci Code could come about, this is why. It's simply a rehash of ideas occultists of many persuasions have been touting for years.
So I've copied an article here appearing on a Roman Catholic website (Gasp!) to refute these theories. I'm not promoting the Roman Catholic Church (again, I do not agree with them on many theological points- - and no, I'm not "secretly" a roman Catholic) I'm promoting the truth.
"If few Fundamentalists know the history of their religion—which distressingly few do—even fewer have an appreciation of the history of the Catholic Church. They become easy prey for purveyors of fanciful "histories" that claim to account for the origin and advance of Catholicism."
"Anti-Catholics often suggest that Catholicism did not exist prior to the Edict of Milan, which was issued in 313 AD and made Christianity legal in the Roman Empire. With this, pagan influences began to contaminate the previously untainted Christian Church. In no time, various inventions adopted from paganism began to replace the gospel that had been once for all delivered to the saints. At least, that is the theory."
"Pagan Influence Fallacy"
"Opponents of the Church often attempt to discredit Catholicism by attempting to show similarities between it and the beliefs or practices of ancient paganism. This fallacy is frequently committed by Fundamentalists against Catholics, by Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and others against both Protestants and Catholics, and by atheists and skeptics against both Christians and Jews."
"The nineteenth century witnessed a flowering of this 'pagan influence fallacy.' Publications such as The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop (the classic English text charging the Catholic Church with paganism) paved the way for generations of antagonism towards the Church. During this time, entire new sects were created (Seventh-Day Adventists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses)—all considering traditional Catholicism and Protestantism as polluted by paganism. This era also saw atheistic "freethinkers" such as Robert Ingersoll writing books attacking Christianity and Judaism as pagan. "
"The pagan influence fallacy has not gone away in the twentieth century, but newer archaeology and more mature scholarship have diminished its influence. Yet there are still many committing it. In Protestant circles, numerous works have continued to popularize the claims of Alexander Hislop, most notably the comic books of Jack Chick and the book Babylon Mystery Religion by the young Ralph Woodrow [later Woodrow realized its flaws and wrote The Babylon Connection? repudiating it and refuting Hislop, as mentioned]. Other Christian and quasi-Christian sects have continued to charge mainstream Christianity with paganism, and many atheists have continued to repeat—unquestioned—the charges of paganism leveled by their forebears."
"Use of a round wafer implies sun worship?"
"Hislop and Chick argue that the wafers of Communion are round, just like the wafers of the sun worshipers of Ba'al. They don’t bother to mention that the wafers used by the same pagans were also ovals, triangles, some with the edges folded over, or shaped like leaves or animals, etc. The fact that a wafer is round does not make it immoral or pagan, since even the Jews had wafers and cakes offered in the Old Testament (Gen. 18:1-8, Ex 29:1-2). "
"Unfortunately for Chick and other Fundamentalists, their arguments backfire. An atheist will take the pagan connection one step further, saying, "Christianity itself is simply a regurgitation of pagan myths: the incarnation of a divinity from a virgin, a venerated mother and child, just like Isis and Osiris, Isa and Iswara, Fortuna and Jupiter, and Semiramis and Tammuz. Beyond this, some pagans had a triune God, and pagan gods were often pictured with wings, as was your God in Psalms 91:4. The flames on the heads of the apostles were also seen as an omen from the gods in Roman poetry and heathen myths long before Pentecost. A rock is struck that brings forth water in the Old Testament . . . just like the pagan goddess Rhea did long before then. Also, Jesus is known as the ‘fish,’ just like the fish-god Dagon, etc." Unless the Fundamentalists are willing to honestly examine the logical fallacies and historical inaccuracies, they are left defenseless. Fortunately, like the attacks on Catholicism in particular, all of the supposed parallels mentioned above self-destruct when examined with any scholarly rigor. If not guilty of historical inaccuracies, they all are guilty of what can be called 'pagan influence fallacies.' "
"Anything can be attacked using fallacy.The pagan influence fallacy is committed when one charges that a particular religion, belief, or practice is of pagan origin or has been influenced by paganism and is therefore false, wrong, tainted, or to be repudiated. In this minimal form, the pagan influence fallacy is a sub-case of the genetic fallacy, which improperly judges a thing based on its history or origins rather than on its own merits (e.g., 'No one should use this medicine because it was invented by a drunkard and adulterer'). "
"Very frequently, the pagan influence fallacy is committed in connection with other fallacies, most notably the post hoc ergo proper hoc ("After this, therefore because of this") fallacy—e.g., "Some ancient pagans did or believed something a millennia ago, therefore any parallel Christian practices and beliefs must be derived from that source." Frequently, a variant on this fallacy is committed in which, as soon as a parallel with something pagan is noted, it is assumed that the pagan counterpart is the more ancient. This variant might be called the similis hoc ergo propter hoc ("Similar to this, therefore because of this") fallacy."
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