We’ve all seen the effects religion can have in lives around us – both for better and for worse. And clearly, religion and religious beliefs have shaped societies and cultures for thousands of years.
But all of that comes at a cost, and that cost is frequently paid in hiding important truths. And, as a result, religion is frequently used to yoke the masses, as a tool for power, and as a means to control.
It does this by helping us think we need saving – and then promising that, this religion, will be our savior.
Now, for our purposes here, we’ll focus on the Christian Church – but all religions share many of the same problems. The Church is just likely the religion most of you are likely most familiar with, so we’ll begin there.
And a good place to begin is with history – the history of the Christian Church. Consider the following, from Pao L Chang’s Ascension and the “Forbidden” Secrets of Religion.
For you to understand how the church system works, you need to know its history. According to some religion scholars, the early churches were Pagan churches, which were churches that worship Pagan gods. In general, Paganism is a religion that worships many gods or goddesses and tends to be nature oriented.
During the time of the Roman Empire, Christianity was a minority religion, but it soon became popular and spread throughout Rome. This religious movement became so strong that it threatened the Roman religion, which was heavily based on Polytheism and Paganism.
As the Christian movement grew, it caused a lot of conflicts between the Christian and Roman religion, so Emperor Constantine ordered that the basic principles of the Roman religion and the Christian religion be merged together into one religion.
The official unification of these two religions occurred at the Council of Nicaea, which resulted in the birth of the Holy Roman Church. This is why there is a lot of Pagan beliefs in Christianity.
For example, Christmas and Easter are Pagan holidays. Most Christians do not know this because the Pagan beliefs and stories in Christianity are encoded to prevent Christians from knowing that their religion is filled with Pagan ideologies.
But we need not take his word for it – the evidence is clear.
First, the origin of the word “Christmas” – a mass, celebrating Christ. Except that the date on which it is celebrated – December 25th – is an old pagan holiday, celebrating the sun – imagery which is heavily incorporated in the New Testament of the Bible, which declares Jesus “the light of the world.”
Christmas is really just a reinvention of the old pagan celebrations of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year – December 21st. In lore, the sun stops for three days, before moving one degree north on December 25th – and toward longer days. In Christian mythology, that became Jesus’ three days between death and resurrection.
It’s for the same reasons that the Church began celebrating their weekly rites on Sundays – this connection to the sun, and the old pagan rituals, celebrating the day of the sun: Sunday.
If you want to learn more “forbidden” secrets of religion as told by Chang, download or view the PDF file titled Ascension and the “Forbidden” Secrets of Religion.
Many thanks to the Waking Times for the great heads-up!
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