Paganism

The word, paganism, is many times used toward those who do not practice traditional religious activities. A paganist views divinity as everything that is featured in the world minus religious conclusions about God. 

Religious people love to label those who do not share in religious definitions as paganistic, but ironically, all the world religions emanated from the doings of paganism. The mere presence of all these religions is the truest visual of paganism and the evidence is embedded in doctrines and rituals.Even though there is recognition of God as the ultimate end- at least in the Abrahamic religions; the rituals and celebrations are still paganistic. These celebrations are not prerequisites for entering God’s kingdom, but rather, they were traditions of ancient biblical people. 

The similar concepts and themes which are evident in religions are even more conspicuous. According to the religions of the world; verses must be read and rituals must be performed to make contact with God.These tactile actions are directly from the acts of ancient human beings who felt the need to create altars, sacrifice animals, and offer gold and other objects to altars. These are the ways of human beings- more specifically those who are struggling to understand the internal and intricacy of faith. 

Many researchers have scrutinized the existence of the major religions in the world. Consequently, what has emerged is the reality of the inter-connectiveness of Buddhism to Hinduism to Judeo-Christianity to Islam. 

Of course, the historian would explain the rituals and principles of these religions differently from the priests or rabbis. When historians such as Dr. Henry Clarke, and Dr. Josef Buchanan explained the stories in the bible; they used other pieces of evidence to convey the full story of those who are featured in the bible. When religious heads preach the bible; they do so with conformational biases, which are then repeated by the audience. Religions do not factor in the entire historicalness of the stories of prophets in sermons; instead there is preaching with the intention to force acceptance of their works and words on to others.

Paganism is entrenched in religious activities. The author, John J. Jackson in his book, Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth, connected the celebration of Christmas as an ancient festival in Roman that motivated the story of Jesus’ birth. Jackson explains in the book, that “ To those Romans December twenty-fifth was the birthday of the sun.” Actually, partying ensured when the sun emerged and winter would end. This was a routine festive time in Rome even before the story of Christ came to be.  

John Jackson continued to explain the close parallels between Christ and Egypt’s history. For example, Osiris, who was the father of Horus was a virgin-born god of ancient Egypt. Jackson explains in his book that Osiris’ suffering, death, and resurrection were celebrated around March 25, in a period known as Vernal Equinox. This date is in closeness to the acknowledgement of Easter in Christianity.

It is safe to infer that those before us were as humanly as we currently are. They came up with different versions of how to understand the infinite position of the sky and heaven. Daniel of Judeo-Christianity relied on personal interpretations of dreams to fool Nebuchadnezzar into believing that God favored lordship. Historical Egyptians created their own gods, and the celebration of the many god-heads of India are examples of the struggle between practicing faith and adhering to paganism. 

The rosary in Catholicism, the physical statues in Asian religions, are all human creations and can be classified as the worshipping of the physical world. Using these tangible objects’ shows the continuous battle of accepting God while still holding on to the material world. Even those who are strong in their conclusions about faith will face this conundrum. On the contrary, faith, implores us to view the material world as a temporary place, and our time here should be about living and growing stronger spiritually. Essentially, a connection to God(faith) is supposed to remove the ignorant ideas, which we are taught to us throughout our lives.  

Upon learning about these different religions,or practicing faith; one can conclude that God could not be concerned with the dressing of altars, and elaborate religious institutions while spiritual dysfunction is rampant. That God could not care about the praising of (It) when the world resembles a pit-hole with little solutions to make it look heavenly. 

Still, there should be a learning component from the ways of the past to the information of the present; yet there is more backwardness in religions than enlightenment. Even those who do not acknowledge God, and those who accept God are in the same line of imbalance and confusion. The unnecessariness of religion and the mis-information they preach, plus those who reject God based on personal ignorance are rowing the same boat toward despair.

The discernment that faith blesses us with is diminished as paganist acts are forcing God’s subjects to engage in meaningless religious observances. Sadly, there is still great entanglement between knowing who God is and what God wants, and what human beings did and continue to do.