Saturday, December 08, 2007

Bible "Myths": the Series

Over the next few weeks I will be discussing some things that most people assume are in the Bible because of the various "Christian" doctrines they've been taught...but aren't. I have already covered the issues of 1)the rapture, 2)the myth of "hell for eternity" and 3)the myth that the present-day state of Israel is God's "chosen" nation and the Jews are God's "chosen" people. These are real biggies, but these just might be the tip of the iceberg.

Why now? Because Christmas, a myth if there ever was one, is coming. As I explained in my post, "'Zeitgiest' on My Mind," there is no way that Christ was born on December 25! That makes any celebration of Christ on December 25--which in fact is the birthday of just about all the pagan gods (notably Horus, Mithras, and Tammuz)--pretty close to blasphemy. Now if folks want to give gifts (as per the pagan yuletide ritual) that's fine because giving and especially receiving gifts is fine, but to do it with the motive that you think you are honoring Christ is wrong, should not be taught and should be repented of. I see no problem with families getting together. Just don't do it because you think you are honoring Christ. So, celebrate the birth of Christ, but don't insist that He was born on December 25, the birthday of Horus, Mithras, and Tammuz.

The various doctrines of "Christianity" are full of myths. Many of them are minor and cause no harm unless you take them way too seriously. The Catholic Church especially is full of them. Since I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic Church and Catholic School for grades one through four, I know and remember several of them. Again, most of those are minor. Several of them were presented in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." As Christ was trudging toward Calvary carrying the cross along with Simon the Cyrene, some woman, I presume a disciple, came along and wiped the blood, sweat, and tears off Christ's face. In case the movie didn't mention her name or you missed it, her name was Veronica. If you go into any Catholic Church you will see what are called "Stations of the Cross," which all "good Catholics" say prayers to on "Good Friday," before they go into "confession." One of the "stations" has Veronica wiping Jesus' face. Veronica, of course, is nowhere mentioned in the Bible, and I have no idea where the Catholic hierarchy got her from. But rest assured that the myth of Veronica was well in place before someone found the "Shroud of Turin."

Other myths I will discuss in the coming weeks are these: the myth that Peter was the "first Pope" (Bishop of Rome) because Jesus designated it so; the myth that because Mary Magdeline was the first women or person at Jesus's tomb this indicates (to all those who are using to Bible to "prove") Christ "married" Mary Magdeline, which would shoot the whole death and resurrection for the salvation of mankind out the window; the myth that the Pharisees really are "the Satanic Seedline" of Christian Identity fame; the myth that Jesus is not the Messiah because He never claimed to be the Messiah (a John Hagee favorite that he uses to kiss Zionism's butt); the myth that Mary Magdeline was a prostitute (which even I believed until I did the research); the myth that Christians must not drink alcohol and that Jesus did NOT turn water into wine because wine in those days was in fact just grape juice (a popular belief among Baptists and other self-righteous types). And more myths as I come up with them.

Deborah Lagarde

1 comment:

babsinva said...

I understand exactly what you are saying and agree - well, with most of it, but I have not read the entire thing.

Yes Catholicism is full of dogma, doctrine, constitution, by-laws, creeds, and councils. That's why I left the Catholic church.

There are a similar groups of pages I found on religious myths in Christianity including http://www.squidoo.com/xmas_man-made-christmas-myths
with links to other myths topics on the page.