JAMIE PETERSON'S GUIDE TO CHRISTIANITY
Christianity, as it is practiced today, is a cult. The things we are taught to believe as we grow up and subsequently practice is one of the most powerful and pervasive forces in our lives. Entire nations have been built upon false religious beliefs.
Although it relatively easy to look at others and see some of their false beliefs, it is usually quite the opposite to see them in ourseves. There are certain culturally supported beliefs that are widespread throughout the modern institutional church irregardless of the denomination, or its position on the charismatic-pentecostal-conservative field.
HEAVEN OR HELL?
Everything is black or white.
There is only good or evil.
There is only right or wrong.
There is only Heaven or Hell.
Wait a minute! Where is Earth in that picture?
We all can agree that it certainly ain't in Heaven?
That must mean Earth is in Hell.
So where's the proof?
Well, Satan is the Master of this world.
Satan roams to and fro on the Earth seeking whom he may devour.
When he finds somebody, like Job, he goes up to see God first for permission.
Furthermore God said He would cast the evil ones (that's us dearie) into the Lake of Fire. The earth is 70% water that makes a pretty big lake, and the Sun is its fire.
Then God said he would cast us into outer darkness. Seems to me that the eart is about as far away from the center of the universe (and God) as it can get.
Guess what folks...
WELCOME TO HELL!
Not nearly as bad as you thought, huh? That's because of God's mercy and loving kindness.
We are all fallen spiritual beings trapped in cages (rib cages), and our sole (Soul) purpose is to return to Him who created us.
Oh, BTW...Everything is NOT black and white.
You just have to look at a rainbow to discover that.
No Other Gods
God said, "You shall have no other gods before me." Many Christians actually believe this, but they do not practice what they preach. You only have to look at how they spend their time to see the hypocrisy. One third of their lives is spent sleeping. One third of their lives is spent working for Mammon. The remainder is divided up into tiny parcels of self indulgence. At best they give God a couple hours on the weekend to show their respects. And all the while they claim that they are putting God first in their lives.
Take It To The Cross
God also says, "You shall make no graven images." Yet many Christians carry a cross to display their affection. Take it to the Cross. Take it to the Cross. If you have any problem take it to the Cross. But what if the problem is the Cross?
What were the origins of the cross?
In the ancient nation of Babel (or Babylon) that Nimrod, the great grandson of Noah, had set up in defiance of God was the very center of pagan worship that later spread all over the world. The mystic symbol for the god Tammuz was the Tau, or T which became the symbol used in all religious worship in Babylon. The Tau was the basis for what is now called the "cross" taken from the Latin "crux". From the most remote antiquity the cross was venerated and used as symbol of fertility in Egypt and Syria; it was held in equal honour by the Buddhists of the East; and when the Spaniards first visited America, the cross was found among the objects of worship in the idol temples of Anahuac.
What It Really Means
Even though paganism was conquered by Christianity, many of the pagan tenets were retained. So that things such as the cross were retained even though the former pagans were now bishops in the Christian church. The Greek word for cross is 'stauros' which literally means a stake, or an upright pole that you would use to hang something on. Nowhere in the New Testament is there evidence to the effect that the stauros used in the case of Jesus was other than a pole or stake; or that it consisted of two pieces nailed together in the form of a cross. Therefore it is misleading to translate the word stauros as 'cross' when rendering the Greek documents of the Church into English as that was not the primary meaning of the word in the days of the Apostles.
The Latin word used for the instrument on which Christ died was 'crux' which, according to Livy, a famous Roman historian of the first century, means a mere stake. The Cyclopędia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature says that the crux simplex was a "mere stake of one single piece without transom".
"A-1, stauros, [Noun, 4716]
denotes, primarily, "an upright pale or stake." On such malefactors were nailed for execution. Both the noun and the verb stauroo, "to fasten to a stake or pale," are originally to be distinguished from the ecclesiastical form of a two beamed "cross." The shape of the latter had its origin in ancient Chaldea, and was used as the symbol of the god Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name) in that country and in adjacent lands, including Egypt. By the middle of the 3rd cent. A.D. the churches had either departed from, or had travestied, certain doctrines of the Christian faith. In order to increase the prestige of the apostate ecclesiastical system pagans were received into the churches apart from regeneration by faith, and were permitted largely to retain their pagan signs and symbols. Hence the Tau or T, in its most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered, was adopted to stand for the "cross" of Christ.
(Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1981, Vol. 1, p. 256)
After the death of the apostle John the pseudo-christianity that arose decided to adopt the pagan symbol for the god Tammuz and to use it for worship in their church. This reveals the pagan ties between the so-called Christian church and the ancient pagan church. Therefore it is evident that the Lord was put to death upon an upright stake, and not on two pieces of timber placed at any angle.
The Apostate Church
At the beginning of the third century an early church father named Minucus Felix wrote, "Crosses, moreover, we neither worship nor wish for. You, indeed, who consecrate gods of wood, adore wooden crosses perhaps as parts of your gods. Your victorious trophies not only imitate the appearance of a simple cross, but also that of a man affixed to it."
(The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 4, p. 191)
"By the middle of the 3rd century A.D. the churches had either departed from, or had travestied, certain doctrines of the Christian faith. In order to increase the prestige of the apostate ecclesiastical system pagans were received into the churches apart from regeneration by faith, and were permitted largely to retain their pagan signs and symbols. Hence the Tau or T, in its most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered, was adopted to stand for the cross of Christ."
(Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1981, Vol. 1, p. 256)
By wearing a cross or crucifix, we place some kind of distorted faith in trinkets and external signs which are nothing less than idols. Catholics have no problem kneeling before the crucified Christ on the Cross (Crucifix). I would reconsider this practice, as Christ crucified glorifies Satan and not our Savior. Protestants however remove the Christ figure from their Cross as a symbol of His rising. Even so, they likewise revere it as an idol.
If you love Christ, you should heed His warning:
1 Corinthians 10:14
My beloved ones, flee from idolatry.
Idolatry is exactly what venerating the cross is. If you hold it in high regard, hold it in your hands while you pray, bow your head to it or wear it around your neck, then you are committing idolatry. We are told many times by God that idolatry is wrong, and goes against Him.
2 Corinthians 6:17
Come out through the midst of them, and you be separated, says the Lord, and of the unclean thing do not touch, and I will take you in.
Do not touch the unclean thing, the cross, whose pagan origins are so deeply ingrained in them you can not remove it. Flee from the kingdom of pseudo-Christianity.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Come out of her my people in order that you should not share together her sins and so that you should not receive her plagues.
The early Christians, influenced by the Old Testament prohibition of graven images, were reluctant to have a crucifix or a cross hanging on their doors or in their places of meeting or even to depict the instrument of the Lord's Passion.
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Antichrist presumes authority to tamper with and change God's law.
"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."
In the Catechism, of the Roman Catholic Church, they ripped out the second commandment which forbids image worship, then divided the 10th commandment into two parts so that they still appear to have 10 commandments. This proves the charge they "think to change laws". The Roman Catholic Church, not Jesus Christ, changed the Sabbath given at creation week from Saturday, the 7th day to Sunday, the 1st day.
Biblical time change according to Genesis 1:5, "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Rome declares MIDNIGHT causes the date to change! God even established His own calendar in Deuteronomy which man has thoroughly rejected.
COMPROMISE IS IMPOSSIBLE! Either you keep the Bible Sabbath as a Christian, or you keep the Sunday sabbath as a Catholic. Since there is not a single passage in the bible that says God changed the Sabbath, and the Bible does say we should "obey God rather than men", we as Christians should keep the seventh day holy. If we do not, we are graphically stating to all the Universe and the Creator of it, that we choose to obey MEN rather than the Creator of men. Some may argue that God allowed the sabbath to be changed to Sunday as the day Christ rose. But Matthew emphatically states, "That not one jot or tittle of the law shall pass until He comes again."