Religious syncretism means the blending together of the various features of the multitude of gods that the gods themselves are molded into one, unified being.
The image of Jesus Christ you see today on churches and even on films and stage dramatizations where actually a product of Religious Syncretism that was prevalent in ancient time and even during the time of Jesus and continued even during the time of the apostle. Paul noted this observation and were written by Luke on the Book of Acts 17:23 "For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you."
The familiar long haired Jesus most people believed were a very very far depiction of the real Jesus as I have describe on my earlier blogs. In fact, the representation was a mixture of Zeus, Jupiter, Mithra, Helios (sun-god), ancient Egyptian gods and a whole lot more...Jesus Christ never sport long hair that is why Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit told to the new pagan convert 1 Corinthians 11:14: t "Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?"
The Presbyterian minister from Wales, Peter Barnes, in his excellent booklet titled "Seeing Jesus -- The Case Against Pictures of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Banner of Truth publications, 1990) has the following illustration to show the nonsense of making another person to represent Jesus.
"Many Christians argue that it does not matter [if we show a wrong picture of Jesus]; we can picture Christ irrespective of whether the result is accurate or not. But it would be strange if a wife, when her husband was away, were to look continually at the photograph of another man, and then contend that it did not matter because she was thinking of her husband."
The sad truth about the matter is that they did not just change the image of Jesus (like putting halo or sundisc on icons head) they also morph the Christian faith into other pagan form of worship and practices. They circumvent the Lord's suffer into an actual old time practice of Mithraic religion of eating the sun-god or the wafer god. They even adopted the b-day of Mithra on Dec. 25 as Christmas day. But clearly from history and Biblical fact that Jesus was nowhere near born on that season. I have written about all of these before and I feel the need to stress the fact that YOUR TYPE OF CHRISTIANITY IF YOU FOLLOW ANY OF THESE PAGAN PRACTICES ARE ABOMINATION TO GOD!!!!
SHOCK BY THE BIBLE!!! This was my initial reaction when I have read it first during my high-school days. Everything my former church told me was "Against" the word of God. Why was that? If my former faith was from God, then it would have confirm what I have been reading but the opposite was actually there.
If you truly obey God and believe The Holy Bible, which is by the way used by their preacher and priest during sermon, you would have followed its command. I was wondering if they are actually reading it from the heart or just blabbing for the sake of reading?
Minor detail as making christmas tree is also forbidden by God...and it is a shock that this so-called expert in God's law overlook this matter?! What a shame, blind leading another blind. Repetitive prayers or chanting is also forbidden by Jesus so why this was practice fervently during novena and rosary? Paying for prayers? Paying for Baptism? Paying for praying for the dead?
I hope the people reading this blog will re-think their faith in these type of pagan religion. That religion is nothing but materialism, commercialism, and far worse is leading themselves with its follower to HELL.
I'm not going to use so many Biblical passages to confirm what I am saying. Go pick up a Bible and read with the intention to "know" what God really said. Don't listen to your priest or Sunday school teacher telling you not to read it because it was so mysterious and hard to understand. That was a total crap! They were just afraid to be expose of their lies. Satan was so afraid that you discover the truth.
How come, the word of God make us confuse? Tell me?
If you think Constantine converted to Christianity think again. The Roman Religion did not change their gods. They just change the name of their gods but still continue to practice IDOLATRY. They change the name of Mithra into Jesus. Other minor gods or lords are change into saints or angels.
Where are the real Christians? They went into hiding because Rome order them to be hunted and fed to the lions, hang on the cross, burn at the stake, and all other cruelty the famous Universal church can think of. What are the crimes charge against Christians?
Reading the Bible.
Translating the Bible into simple language.
Not observing Christmas.
Not worshiping the idols of Jesus and the saints.
Not accepting ash on their foreheads.
(They term this crime as HERESY)
Oh yes ladies and gentlemen. Christians were being brutally killed for not tolerating the Roman Religion. They silence "real" Christians who were trained by the apostle and the result was a counterfeit christianity base on traditions and worships of many gods.
If you think Religious Syncretism was passe and an old issue. Observe ecumenicism. Ecumenical teachings by the pope is one and the same. Received and accept all forms of religion. Idolatry in disguise my dear readers.
"The idea that all peoples worshiped the same gods under different names had long been held by the Greeks; syncretism in religion made it common in Roman times. Various deities were given the attributes of others, and this process was extended to merge the deities into one. The old polytheism was kept by regarding the deities as subordinate powers under the supreme god. Astral theologians contributed a new concept of the universe which identified this supreme god with the sun."
- Backgrounds of Early Christianity, Eerdmans, 1987, p.252