Archive for the ‘Paganism’ Category

Groves / Sarna to be Cut Down

March 25, 2009

In a ridiculous mess, pagans in India are complaining about the fact that the Bible commands believers to destroy the places of false worship (link). The errors in the article and in the pagan reaction are legion:

1. The article notes that the translation is “Protestant” and claims that the translation is faulty.

This is not the case. The translation is accurate. It conveys the intended meaning of commanding the destruction of worship groves.

2. The pagans have reacted to the Bible’s comments by burning a Roman Catholic cardinal in effigy.

This is inappropriate both because the cardinal isn’t responsible for the translation and because the cardinal doesn’t represent the religion of the Bible.

3. The Bible society has apologized for the translation.

This is sad. The truth of Scripture must not be compromised. If and when it offends the native religions, that’s a good thing.

4. It took the tribes 8 years to notice this issue.

This is also sad. I cannot complain too much, though, because I have done nothing to preach the gospel to those tribes. Nevertheless, their false religion should have been brought to their attention years ago, if possible.

All in all, it is sad sight to see. Yes, the pagan religions of India, both the major religions and the tribal religions are false religions. Their groves ought to be cut down, their idols smashed, and their hearts turned to the unseen God.

May God’s Kingdom Come!

-TurretinFan

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Response to Jay Dyer on Calvinism (Part 7 of 13)

February 10, 2009

This is part 7 of the thirteen part series in response to Jay Dyer. The previous part may be found here (link).

Jay Dyer says:

6) “[A consistent Calvinist must be] A pagan, in that the Father can damn the Son of His love in wrath, splitting the Trinity: something more akin to Zeus.”

I answer:

a) The Calvinist Position (whether right doctrine or error let Scripture decide)

The Father that spared not his own Son but delivered him up for us all, shall also freely give us all things (Romans 8:32). This was no pagan sacrifice, but a fulfilment of the pious type (“type” in the sense of “shadow”) that Abraham provided by offering up Isaac his son (Hebrews 11:17-19). Jesus was stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4) and it pleased the LORD to bruise him, to put him to grief, and to make him an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10). Nevertheless, God did not utterly forsake him, but raised him up on the third day when the work to obtain our justification was complete (Romans 4:25).

b) The Accusation Disputed

There’s really nothing similar to Zeus here. Zeus did not offer his onlybegotten son as a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice. Zeus was generally placated with animal sacrifices and gifts to his temples and priests. Zeus’ intra-familial intrigues are doubtless too numerous to mention, but it is mostly absurd to compare them to Christ’s work.

Consistent Calvinists would generally limit the analogy to Zeus to that provided by Paul himself, who quoted from this hymn to Zeus:

“They fashioned a tomb for thee, O holy and high one—
the Cretans, always liars, evil beasts, idle bellies!
But thou art not dead: thou livest and abidest forever,
for in thee we live and move and have our being.”

(cf. Titus 1:12 and Acts 17:28). That is the extent that Calvinists (being followers of Paul and Christ) compare their true and living God to the false idol of Zeus. Zeus (like all the other false gods) is a cheap imitation and a dumb idol, the LORD is the true and living God.

c) The Accusation Redirected

Sadly, the view of Christ’s sacrifice in Catholicism seems to be closer to paganism’s view of sacrifice than to that of the Bible. I say “seems” because one finds differing explanations within Catholicism, even today. The pagans wrongly viewed the sacrifice in terms of creating merit – so that sacrificing 100 bulls would be more pleasing than just 1. Likewise, Catholicism has (from time to time) superstitiously said large numbers of masses with a similar purpose, seemingly, of trying to produce a greater influence than could be achieved once for all. Scripture, in contrast, teaches a once-for-all sacrifice of Christ that is complete, and that is remembered, not repeated or continued in the Lord’s supper.

We see similar pagan influences in Catholicism in the use of icons and statues in worship. We also see pagan influences (more or less clear) in other aspects of Catholicism, from the treatment of Mary as a virtual goddess, to the treatment of the saints as a virtual pantheon of lesser deities – even to the selection of some feast days apparently (and I say “apparently” because this claim is disputed) to correspond to the pagan feast days. Others have noted apparent pagan influence in the vestments of the Roman clergy. Even the title “Pontifex Maximus” has its origins in Roman paganism.

-TurretinFan

Continue to Part 8

Worshipping the Creature

April 8, 2008

Recently, a baby was born in India. The baby has two faces, both of which are “functional,” i.e. the baby can apparently drink from both mouths and blinks all four eyes simultaneously. It is a very sad sight. What is far more sad, however, is the reaction of the pagans living around this baby. They regard the baby as a reincarnation of a goddess.

How sad. A poor, deformed child mistaken for something divine.

God – who created all things very good – mistaken for a child who will face great challenges in life, both physically and – one would expect – mentally.

Let us pray that the light of the Gospel will illuminate north India, so that these people will glorify the God who gave this young child two faces, and not the child.

-Turretinfan

For the overly-curious, here’s a link to the article.

More Nepalese darkness and a Disappointing Response

January 9, 2008
I was saddened to read this report of Nepalese darkness in the form of animal sacrifices to non-existent gods. Here’s the link (link). Almost equally upsetting was the response I read at the Catholic blog to which this next link points (link). It’s not the right thing to do, it’s not a good thing to do, and we should be very sorry for those poor Nepalese people who lie yet in darkness.

May God’s evangelists to the Nepalese be blessed so that the light of the Truth of God’s word may be shed abundantly upon them.

-Turretinfan


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