It must be frustrating for God to see people turning to sticks and
stones and proclaiming these inanimate objects to be gods when He is the
one who made the world and all that is in it. What makes men so stupid
that they believe in fables and old wives tales instead of turning to
the God of creation? Jesus made it clear to the prophet Jeremiah that He
had seen the people of Judah going out into the forest, cutting down
trees and taking them home to be set up and decorated so the people
could bow down and worship these objects.
did this pagan ritual come from? Worshiping trees goes back to the old
city of Babel, where King Nimrod ruled with his wicked queen Semiramis.
After his death, Semiramis claimed he became the moon god and
impregnated her. The miraculous offspring was a boy named Tammuz, and at
his birth, an old piece of wood suddenly gave birth to a full grown pine
tree. Every year since then the spirit of Nimrod would return and put
gifts under the pine tree that Semiramis set up each year.
Semiramis would become known as the queen of heaven, she would have
different names in different nations, but the worship of the queen of
heaven and her son was perpetuated through the ages. By the time the
Roman Catholic Church was founded in 325 A.D., the church leaders
replaced her with Mary and Tammuz was replaced by baby Jesus. All the
pagan rituals were kept with all the food treats.
Semiramis died, she further developed this new religion by adding that
Tammuz was resurrected after his death. A forty day fast was instituted
in order to celebrate this resurrection as an ongoing memorial which
later coincided with the Passover week and the resurrection of Jesus.
Since Roman Catholicism could not get rid of these pagan rituals, they
simply replaced Tammuz with Jesus, changed the name of the forty day
fast to Lent and then on resurrection Sunday kept all the pagan rituals
with the bunny and the eggs.
was not pleased with the people of Judah nor is He pleased with the
Christians of the 21st century. All the pagan customs adopted by the
people of Judah are still with us today. It is with pride that pastors
allow Christmas trees to be set up in their churches. Is it any wonder
why there is no spiritual power in the Christian churches today? How can
the Holy Spirit sanction pagan tradition and mix it with Jesus? Paganism
is an abomination and totally rejected by God. Will you reject paganism
and start fresh with Jesus?
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Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell