Since my conversion to Christianity it’s very noticeable Christians don’t understand a thing about Paganism. Normally this is very noticeable when we’re talking about the old testament… they have a pretty shallow view of the pagans mentioned in scripture, though scripture itself has a lot of depth in what Paganism is.
1. The concept of ‘God’s’
To start the entire concept of ‘god’ is different. It’s very agnostic actually. Pagans don’t worship gods the same way a christian worships God…. In every pagan culture they are seen as higher spirits. They are basically like people with different jobs at different companies that just so happens to be spirits. When a pagan prays/worships these gods it’s in the same way a Catholic friend of mine described how catholics pray/worship Mary. It’s about intercession, not so much about ‘devotion’… in every pagan culture there is one creator God, this God is ussually the oldest God in any given pagan culture – some christian apologetics even believe he is the very same God of Abraham… However, to pagans he is… too high… too powerful to be reached so theres no point in praying to him. The logic of Paganism isn’t too unlike catholicism again in this sense, they think they must intercieve to the saints so that the saints may negotiate with the ‘Most high God’ on their behalf… What is different from catholicism is the gods don’t have to negotiate with this God, things are within their jurisdiction or they can negotiate with other gods outside there jurisdiction. The consensus view is that the ‘Most high God’ just created everything, whilst sits around in the background somewhere not doing anything or talking to anyone… so just don’t bother with him at all.
2. Idol worship.
In my experience there’s 2 types of pagans. Materialist, and Humanist. Materialist view idols as a physical representation of a diety, they rely on physical objects for a lot of things. The Humanist tends to look down on idol worshippers for them it’s about knowledge and hidden mysteries… though selling idols to the Materialist is a means of control… Think of it as the white collar guy controlling the blue collar guy. In scripture this is represented well just about every time a pagan king erects a statue of either a god or himself and demands the people to pray to it.
The white collar pagan says: The little people are too stupid to understand higher things, but their easily controlled via some form of propaganda… aka a statue.
The blue collar pagan says: the king is so great to build this statue for us so we may be able to get rid of our unwanted babies and maybe molech will give me prosperity in return.
So there’s nuance in regard to idol worship… It means different things to different types of pagans. In scripture, very often, you can see the dynamics at play very well between the rulers and the peasants. Alot of Paganism is indeed about control, but it depends on which perspective the character in scripture is coming from.
The king, you may notice never bows to the statue… he actually is the physical God on earth. By his point of view, by giving the peasants the statue, he’s making political allies with the other god…. It’s kind of like when the government sends a gift to another country, or puts their embassy in another country or arranges a special trade agreement. They are showing friendship and sharing resources… in molech case, the king is sharing the unwanted babies of his country as a trade agreement. This way the king can use molech to fight off his enemies in times of war.
3. Paganism is cruel
Just with the first 2 things mentioned, I gather you didn’t think before just how cruel Paganism actually is. Its particularly cruel when it is a theocracy. It gets even crueler considering how apathetic pagans are to other people. Everything and everyone in pagan cultures is just a tool to be used for someone else’s advantage. Even love itself is ment to be a means to gain from someone else.
This isn’t just a primitive concept our modern societies have long since left behind. We still do these thing all the time everyday across the globe. What Paganism is… It’s the human sinful condition.
Something I think that’s very interesting about Revelation is towards the end an angel crys out – “Fallen, Fallen is that great city Babylon”. It describes babylon as a present tense society even though the scripture is talking about the end times… even though babylon was long gone already, even at the time revelation was written…. We very much still exist in a Babylonian society even to this day – the world hasn’t changed at all, even under christendom.
Magic is the fun part of Paganism… but it’s a broad subject. The very computer your reading this on is by pagan definition “Magic”…. It’s a bit more mundane then a christian might expect…. which… Don’t get me started on our modern society being Babylon again, because it is…
Magic is anything people can use to create something. Whether a hammer, Electricity, spiritual energies, winking, translating the bible… so basically it’s everything people do. Spell casting specifically is viewed as simply using spiritual energies to transmit information towards a desired goal. The modern pagan view is we do this all the time when we post a Facebook status – and indeed, it’s entirely the same concept…. however the bible doesn’t talk about spell casting, not even once is it mentioned.
My christian brothers, scripture talks about “witchcraft”. This is an important difference. Because witch craft isn’t a pagan concept parsè it’s a jewish one. It’s the jewish view on how pagans manipulate and control each other.
Alot of Christians have it their minds spell casting and witch craft are the same thing. There is a reason, but it’s not from scrilture, rather from old catholic inquistors propaganda looking for protestants reading the Bible. Over time this belief witchcraft and spell casting blended together. But it’s origin is from the pagan Catholic Church calling people reading the Bible “pagan manipulators”… that’s the ethomolgy that’s distorted our view on scripture…. so you tell me if theses verses make a bit of a different sense now that you know this… in your mind replace the word “witchcraft” with “control and manipulation of other people” :
Bible search results
5. Paganism is convoluted
In some ways I think it’s a good idea for Christians to study paganism and the concepts therein. At the same time I know full well there is a lot of junk a person would have to sift through before getting to anything worthwhile… There is a lot of abstract concepts, many of which have convoluted foundations… It’s ‘wisdom’ is like a house of cards in many ways. However, of one thing I am sure of, our enemies are well versed in these concepts, and so should we.
Truely I tell you when I said “modern society is babylon”, I really ment it on personal experience from a life of studying Babylonian ideals and just watching the world at work around me. It’s a bit like coming out of the matrix once a person is aware of this… knowing everything you thought you knew is a lie… A rabbit hole I don’t think most Christians are really ready for. If most people knew just how much engulfed we are, and just how much we continuously reject God…. even in a so called “Christian Nation”.
The good news is because Paganism is so convoluted, like a house of cards, it falls very easily. After that terrible day christ will reign. And so, it amounts to nothing to study such things. You would only be fighting temporary battles of an army that’s already lost the war. 😉 our purpose as christians is simply to be here, do our work and wait for our bosses return.