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Protestants and 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 some Protestants have 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).

In the 19th century Alexander Hyslop penned the almost indeciphrable The Two Babylons. In 1975, ralph woodrow tried to make a  less confusing  book along the same lines titled Babylon Mystery religion. 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:


[ by Ralph Woodrow From ]
"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. "
"The Two Babylons by 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 a move of God and are concerned about anything that might hinder that flow. Its basic premise is that the pagan religion of ancient Babylon has continued to our day, in disguise, as the Roman Catholic Churchand is described in the book of Revelation as 'Mystery Babylon 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 Hislop-'Babylon Mystery Religion.' 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 'Babylon Mystery Religion'."

"Many 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 school history teacher in southern California. 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 for history. 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 a biblical balance, 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? Is the cross a symbol of Tammuz? Are round communion wafers sun-symbols? "

"Are 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 'Mystery Babylon'?" [ 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 Catholics and Protestants.  Yes, really. 


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