Catholics are natural enemies in the wild. It's funny how previous
centuries of trying to kill one another and condemning each other to
Hell will do that. Over the years someProtestantshave
even made the charge that Roman Catholicism is really nothing but
watered down Pagan Ba'al worship (but wouldn't Protestantism be also
since it comes from Catholicism? Now there's a head scratcher).
the 19th century Alexander Hyslop penned the almost indeciphrableThe Two
Babylons. In 1975, ralph woodrow tried to make a
less confusing book along the same lines titled BabylonMysteryreligion.
The biggest promoter of Roman Catholic conspiracy theories is Jack
Chick, owner of Chick Publications. Yes, you've probably seen his
little cartoon Bible tracts, with things like this in them:
HOW DOES THE AUTHOR OF BABYLONMYSTERYRELIGIONREGARD
HIS OWN BOOK TODAY? READ HIS OWN REVIEW FOR YOURSELF!
[ by Ralph Woodrow From Amazon.com ]
"In my earlier Christian experience, certain literature fell into my
hands which claimed paganism had been mixed into Christianity. While
the Roman Catholic Church was usually the target, it seemed other
churches had also been contaminated by customs and beliefs for which
pagan parallels could be found. "
Alexander Hislop (1807-1862), with its alarming subtitle, 'the papal
worship proved to be the worship of Nimrod and his wife,' was THE
textbook on which much of this teaching was based. Over the years, this
book has impacted the thinking of many people-ranging all the way from
those in radical cults to very dedicated Christians who hunger for amoveof God
and are concerned about anything that might hinder that flow. Its basic
premise is that the paganreligionof
ancient Babylon has continued to our day, in disguise, as the Roman
Catholic Churchand is described in thebook
the Great'-thus, the idea of TWO Babylons, one ancient, and on modern.
Because Hislop's book is verydetailed, having a multitude of notes and
references, I assumed, as did many others, it was factual. We quoted
"Hislop" as an authority on paganism, jut like 'Webster'
might be quoted on word definitions."
"As a young evangelist I began to share a sermon on the mixture of
paganism into Christianity, and eventually wrote a book based on
In time, my book became quite popular, went through many printings, and
was translated into Korean, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and several
other languages. I came to be regarded by some as an authority on the
subject of pagan mixture. Even a noted Roman Catholic writer, Karl
Keating, said: 'Its best-known proponent is Ralph Woodrow, author of
preferred my book over 'The Two Babylons' because it was easier to read
and follow. Sometimes the two books were confused with each other.
Letters in a steady flow were received praising my book. Only
occasionally would there be a dissenting voice. ONE WHO DISAGREED was
Scott Klemm, a high schoolhistoryteacher
Being a Christian, and appreciating other things I had written, he
began to show me EVIDENCE THAT HISLOP WAS NOT A RELIABLE HISTORIAN. As
a result, I realized that I needed to go back through Hislop's work, my
basic source, and prayerfully check it out!"
"As I did this, it became clear-Hislop's 'history' was often only
mythology. Even though myths may sometimes reflect events that actually
happened, an arbitrary piecing together of ancient myths can not
provide a sound basis forhistory.
Take enough tribes, enough tales, enough time, jump from one time to
another, from one country to another, pick and choose similarities-why
anything could be 'proved'!" [NOTE: This how many Wiccans, Neopagans,
and garden variety occultists justify their beliefs and ideas, too!]
"The concern about not having anything pagan in our lives can be
likened to a ship crossing a vast ocean. This concern has taken us in
the right direction, but as we come to a better understanding as to
what is actually pagan and what is not, a correction of the course is
necessary in our journey. This is not a going back, but a correction of
the course as we follow 'the shining light, that shines more and more
unto the perfect day' (Prov. 4:18)."
"Although we challenge some of Hislop's claims in THE BABYLON
CONNECTION?-this is not intended as an attack against him personally.
As far as we know, he was a dedicated Christian, a brother in Christ.
Nor is it our goal in writing this book to merely discredit another
book. Instead, it is our desire that this effort will help us
understand "the way of God more perfectly" (cf. Acts 18:26), find abiblicalbalance,
and glorify Him who said: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no
man cometh unto the Father, but by me' (John 14:6)."
[ From the Back Cover]
"THE BABYLON CONNECTION? shows that claims about Babylonian origins
often lack connection, takes a closer look at the oft-quoted THE TWO
BABYLONS by Alexander Hislop, and provides some much needed
clarification on this subject. Was Nimrod a deformed, ugly black man,
married to Semiramis, a beautiful white woman with blue eyes and blond
hair? Was Semiramis the originator of Soprano singing and priestly
celibacy? Was she the mother of Tammuz? Isthe
symbol of Tammuz? Are round communion wafers sun-symbols? "
candles, black clergy garments, the letters I.H.S., the fish symbol,
halos, and church steeples of pagan origin? Does the Pope wear a crown
with 666 on it? Was the papal mitre copied from the fish head of Dagon?
Does the Book of Revelationdescribe the Roman Catholic Church as
[ The answer to all of those questions is "no", by the way]
OK, I'm not a Roman Catholic. In fact, at this stage in my life I'm an
agnostic...which means I disagree with everything pretty much Roman
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