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Did Christians stole every thing from pagans?





http://www.crystalinks.com/marymagdalene.html
http://www.seiyaku.com/customs/pagan-symbols.html
http://godkind.org/pagan-holidays.html

This links as well as several others show the did. What is your take?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:02 AM on Mar. 26, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Actually, the Christianity of today is not really Christianity as it was taught by Jesus. Most who followed him were either killed off by the Romans or re-assimilated back into Judaism or they followed Paul. What passes for Christianity today was created by the apostle Paul. The original Christians (followers of Jesus, not Paul), were the Essenes & Ebionites (the Ebionites followed James, the brother of Jesus, after Jesus was gone), both groups of which are gone. Jesus was a practicing Jew, as were all of his followers at that time, and he never intended for ppl to abandon Judaism, but rather wanted to add to it. Paul is the one who "stole" from the Pagans, not the true early Christians, and he did it for his own gain. Today's Christians are really Paulines. The 'real' Christianity, as it was taught by & practiced by Jesus, is gone - wiped out by the Romans.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:17 AM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • Steal..
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:21 AM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • The majority of commonly accepted "Christian Traditions" were originally Pagan. While the original Christians were almost all Jewish, within a few years they had begun attracting other locals. All of these non-Jews were pagan in one was or another. Over time, many newly "Christian Countries" outlawed the "old ways" as Devil worship. So those firm in their beliefs were forced to become Christians on the outside and most continued to practice in secret. At this same time the Church understood that they could attract many more converts if they adapted these beloved traditions - and they did. The combination of all these factors led to a sort of meshed religion. While the names of Gods and Spirits were changed to their Christian equivalent, many of the old ways remained very ingrained in peoples way of life. Which, I firmly believe, is why those old ways never really went away!

    Lets face it, people don't like change!
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 8:35 AM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • Yes.
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 9:21 AM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • yep. sure did.
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 10:04 AM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • The Christians adopted a lot of Pagan practices and traditions and follow them in some sort or another, but how do you "steal" a tradition, anyway? We Pagans still have them too. So the Christians want to follow some of our traditions, they are welcome to share, just shows you who is happier, doesn't it.

    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 10:47 AM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • St. Patrick's day is the only holiday I know of that is purely Christian..
    NightPhoenix

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 12:09 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • Christianity is a fullfillment of Judaism - so it's based on Jewish practices not pagan ones. Now different cultures influence each other so Jewish, Christian, pagan, and hethen cultures all influenced eath other. But Christian beliefs are Christian - a fullfillment of Jewish beliefs. They're not pagan.

    Oh and anyone can find common or similar things between two people, places, events or the like. That doens't mean one 'stole" from the other.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:23 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • The links are interesting, I quickly skimmed them. They demonstrate how far back many of our customs go. I like the idea that I share similar traditions as my ancient ancestors even if our beliefs are different.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 1:29 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • pretty much
    MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 1:45 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

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