I saw a post from yesterday. A Christian posted links to sites from a few different religions saying Christianity was derived from paganism...Is this true?
It also said that the founders of Christianity were Judaist/ Pagans... Is this true?
If so why was she attacked so viciously fo speaking the truth?
Asked by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Mar. 27, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by pnwmom at 4:01 PM on Mar. 27, 2010
Christianity is a clarification (if you believe Jesus was Christ) or deviation of Judaism. That is the historical basis of the religion. Christianity moved into many areas early in it's existence that were not Jewish & as the religion grew the church leaders found it convenient to absorb many of the traditions from the existing religions, which were Pagan, of those areas. So many of the traditions which Christians embrace are Pagan. Also the mythology of Christianity is very similar to myths around the world. The myths recorded in the Bible are probably different versions of previous myths, adapted to fit the ideals of the time and place, and applied to a charismatic Jewish leader who some felt was the Christ. Humans had been contemplating spiritual issues for many thousands of years before Christianity emerged, they weren't really going to be able to come up with something new.
Answer by Anonymous at 2:54 PM on Mar. 27, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Mar. 27, 2010
I should have said - the myths of the New Testament were applied to a charismatic Jewish leader who some felt was the Christ.
Answer by Anonymous at 2:57 PM on Mar. 27, 2010
Christianity did not blink into existence in a void. If you believe that a church's teachings are correct you probably believe that people had been struggling to understand God and mostly failing until Jesus came to teach the people. If you are not a Christian you probably see the similarities in the religions that came before Christianity and assume that early Christians formed their religion to meet their needs, using the only thing available to them at the time, the beliefs of others and guesses. The only FACTS are that other religions existed before Christianity and many of them had a lot in common with Christian beliefs and rituals. It seems like idiocracy to argue that early Christians did not borrow any of those things from the religions that came before.
Answer by Anonymous at 3:06 PM on Mar. 27, 2010
Answer by hot-mama86 at 3:49 PM on Mar. 27, 2010
It is true that many Christian things came from Pagan roots. Christians took Pagan beliefs/activities and changed them in order to better convert Pagans. Some holidays celebrated by Christians have Pagan roots. Christmas, stems from Yule. Easter stems from Eostre/Ostara. You can read more about Pagan Sabbats HERE.
Answer by NightPhoenix at 3:54 PM on Mar. 27, 2010