Is This or That Pagan?
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr
Truth and Reality seems to be a very tricky thing to determine in this world; especially in the realm of religion and the supernatural. But actually it’s not all that difficult. You know how I know what is real? Because there is counterfeit, there is the sorry replica passing itself of as the real deal. Satan takes what is God’s and takes it all the way back to its original pagan roots in Babylon, the original counterfeit religion, puts a little twist on it and sprinkles a little bit of Jesus on it and calls it “holy”.
There is magic then there are miracles.
There is psychic and there is prophetic.
There is religion and there is relationship.
There is legalism and there is Torah.
There is Messiah and there is the Anti-Messiah.
There is the Zodiac and there is the Gospel in the Stars (See the book by the same name).
There are angels and there are demons (fallen angels).
I could go on and on.
However, these are not Yin and Yang, nor opposites on a spectrum, these are Real and Counterfeit, Truth and Perversion.
Some believers are so fearful because they are ignorant, uninformed, and they quickly shun or dismiss anything strange and unfamiliar for fear of deception or infiltration. The Scriptures clearly says that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). Nor is G-o the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). And it is the fearful that will have their place in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 21:8), so is there any reason or room for fearful Believers!? I am not a Paga-phob (One who fears paganism). I do not fear the New Age or any other religion, or religious practices or customs. Because when I see them, I know they are only a counterfeit of something real. A perversion of some truth and it is my job when I encounter these things to trace it to its roots. God wants us to be in the know, He wants us to be able to answer anyone and everyone (1 Pet. 3:15).
It has been purposed by many so called scholars and theologians that Judaism isn’t the oldest religion and that others predate it, and further more Judaism has adopted pagan names and rituals as their own. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if one truly believes the Scriptures as God Holy and Infallible Word, that it is clear that the Torah and its prescribed teachings and concepts were there from the very beginning (Because God and His word is eternal John 1) and that after Babel this knowledge was carried to the far reaches of the earth and perverted by the various individual people groups to fit their own means and ends.
Most all cultures have a worldwide flood story, almost all cultures have a “Holy Family” and Infant and a Madonna. Most every culture has a god-man figure who was killed and resurrected (See The Two Babylon’s – Hislop).
The key is to; 1. Trace any particular custom, practice or doctrine to its point of origin; And 2. Filter all you encounter through the Torah the Foundation of all the Scriptures.
When one does not fear the strange, unfamiliar and the unknown when it comes to culture, religion and philosophy, when one determines not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11) one can easily discern truth track whatever is at hand to its root.
One will inevitably trace anything to one of two sources; Torah, the Word of ADONAI, or Babylon.