Neopaganism and Old Paganism

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The Sacrifice of Iphigenia

Neo-pagans try to claim everything: Christmas, Easter, Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, ignoring the vast differences from their pagan festivities and beliefs.

It was only a few hundred years ago their spiritual ancestors sacrificed human beings to their deities. They have to explain how the Canaanites, the Aztecs, the Maya, the Carthaginians and the Celts for example offered sacrifices to their gods. Is this something to be proud of? Obviously they don’t incorporate this ritual even though they will incorporate other things, knowing very well it is wrong, but not because the ancient pagan religions said so, but because they grew up in a Christian culture where they are told that human sacrifices constitute as murder. They show a deep envy for Christians due to large conversions of pagans to Christianity and in turn attempt to paganize everything. Furthermore they attempt to exaggerate stories about Christians massacring pagans for their benefits, ignoring the violence committed by pagans which often initiated these conflicts.

In addition they portray themselves as perfect, whilst pointing the finger at “those hate-filled Christians” who preach and criticize other religions in the hopes of converting people. They feel the need to sit back in judgment calling Christians “not Christ-like” while they never admit to their own sinfulness. The Bible says whoever says he has no sins is a liar (rf. 1 John 1:10). Pagans using Christ to judge Christians not only fail to understand the Jesus Christ of the Bible who called the Jewish authorities names and expelled the moneychangers to name a few exemplary actions, but they fail to understand ultimately we cannot compare ourselves to God the Son as we are not gods, nor are we the Immaculate Virgin Mother. We have sinful human nature and thus we sin whilst God does not and the Holy Mother has not. It also reminds me of Mahatma Gandhi’s cop out, “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians.” Such a quote is an excuse not to convert. I did not revert to Christianity because I saw perfect people; I reverted because of my faith in the Holy Trinity.

In the end paganism seems to be a reversion to old pagan roots from Christianity while not reverting entirely.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t have a problem with human sacrifices, a divine need for warfare and blood sport or other such things that were ended with the conversion of the Gentiles to Christianity.  So they want one foot in and one foot out.  You cannot serve two masters as Our Lord said.

So, my next question is did they actually see their deities.  The ancients created stories about deities to explain how things occurred scientifically and historically.  They did not rely on divine revelation as those of the Abrahamic faiths do.  Unlike the pagans we as Christians can see we believe in a God who was Incarnate and was witnessed by a great multitude of people and even His enemies could attest to His power.  Even non-Christian historians of the time wrote about Him such as Flavius Josephus [1], Tacitus [2], Suetonius [3] and Pliny the Younger [4].  So, which religion has more credibility: Christianity or the various forms of paganism?

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[1] Flavius Josephus. Antiquities of the Jews 18:3:5. <https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Antiquities_of_the_Jews/Book_XVIII#Chapter_5&gt;.

[2] Tacitus. Annals 15:44. <https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Annals_(Tacitus)/Book_15#44&gt;.

[3] Suetonius. Lives of the Twelve Caesars 25. <https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Lives_of_the_Twelve_Caesars/Claudius#25&gt;.

[4] Pliny the Younger. Letter 10:96-97. <https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Lives_of_the_Twelve_Caesars/Claudius#25&gt;.

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