CONTINUATION – Witchcraft … ON THIS PAGE:
· CELTIC GODS AND CHRISTIANITY — the Roman Church Emerged
· Pantheism, Polytheism, and those Roman Catholic ancestors, the Druids
· The ‘mother’ goddess of Babylon, just as ‘mother ‘Mary, became the co-Savior/redemptrix
· Juno the Dove or the “HOLY SPIRIT” became ‘mother’ Mary
· The fertility feast Lupercus became ‘Saint’ Valentine’s Day
· THE APHRODISIAC MYTH
· Pilgrimage — the pagan/Christian rite of passage
· Pagan/Catholic veneration of relics or lucky charms
· TRUE BLESSING AND HEALING ARE GIFTS FROM GOD
Anton Chaitkin wrote in ‘Promise Keepers Mind Control,’ “When an army of men stands in a football stadium, or on the Washington mall, chanting Jesus slogans, weeping, each man hugging the next man and purging his sin in front of a giant video altar, they are in general unaware of who it is that has amassed this army and brought them there… Promise Keepers are told that homosexuality is an "inherent passion," “even in Christ…”
Hicks teaches in ‘The Masculine Journey’, “I believe Jesus was phallic with all the inherent phallic passions we experience as men… If temptation means anything, it means Christ was tempted in every way as we are. That would mean not only heterosexual but also homosexual temptation! I have found this insight to be very helpful for gay men struggling with their sexuality’.”
They are talking about God Himself; about our precious, holy, Lord Jesus Christ! These incredible blasphemies must be the fulfillment of the prophecy in Dan. 7:25 and Dan. 12:37, which state, “[The fourth beast] shall speak pompous words against the Most High and persecute the [real] saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law… [Even God’s natural creation law!] He shall regard neither God… nor the desire of women… for he shall exalt himself above them all.”
In the words of a former Promise Keeper, “Promise Keepers provide weekly encounter groups for the men to explore their masculinity in a psychological context. Rather than overwhelming Wanton with the deep truths of the Bible, he would be given reading materials that are better suited to his interests, such as The Masculine Journey, by Robert Hicks. This book would inform him that Jesus was lustful just like he is, and introduce him to a host of alternatives to repentance, such as initiation rites, male bonding, and taking of oaths. In addition, The Masculine Journey and Study Guide would refer him to the secular men’s movement, where he may find more agreeable fellowship than a strict Bible-teaching church offers…”
CELTIC GODS AND CHRISTIANITY
The Roman Catholic Church Emerged
Thousands of years after God confused the people’s language at the Tower of Babel, the ancient European Druids, still seated in all the various forms of ancient Babylonian sun and earth worship, as most of the world’s religions still are today, became the violent and much feared priesthood of the ancient Celts, (Gen. 11.) Similar to all the heirs of Babylonian religion worldwide, the Druids quickly wangled themselves into ‘theocratic’ or ‘divine’ religious/political leadership over the Celts, acting as their kings, magistrates, warlords, astrologers, (fortunetellers,) teachers, and healers.
Later still, the ancient Greeks and Romans, overrun by the Celts, adopted all the Druidic beliefs, rites, and rituals, which they then combined with Greek and Roman mythology. Combined with Judaism and O.T. temple worship, this was the Jewish/pagan/political background of Jesus’ life on earth. After Jesus ascended, He established His true body of believers, the real saints of Christ, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on that day of Pentecost, as described in Acts, chapter 2. These early believers of Christ, as described in the whole context of the Book of Acts, were simply known as ‘the ecclesia,’ ‘the assemblies of Christ,’ or ‘Followers of The Way’ – named after Jesus our Lord, Who called Himself “the Truth, the Way, and the Life,” (Acts 9:2; 24:14, 22; 2:47, 5:11, 8:1, 11:22.) These true disciples of Jesus were, and still are the ones, whose suffering most writers forgot, while they had to endure in Christ by unwavering faith; placing their hope on Jesus’ return and on eternal life in heaven, as described in Heb. Chapter 11.
Truly born again, obedient children of God have never been part of the sacrilegious and violent Roman Catholic and Protestant church systems, whose scandalous conduct has nothing to do with the Holy God of the Bible and the true body and bride of Christ. The early spiritual ancestors of the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches were the ones Paul warned against in Acts 20:28-31, “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock… For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. From among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after themselves…” This ‘savage’ infestation of The Way began shortly after Paul’s ‘departure,’ first in the form of the Roman Catholic Church, and many centuries later, through her harlot daughter, Protestantism. From about AD 67-107, shortly after Pentecost, Catholicism and its unbiblical, hierarchical clergy in the form of ‘divine’ ‘apostles’ (popes,) ‘bishops,’ etc., began to conjure up that great Roman Catholic Church religion. From then on, Jesus’ Biblical body of believers, “The Way,” became known as (Roman Catholic) ‘Christianity.’
Why did Roman Catholics do it?
Despite all God’s Scriptural warnings against idolatry and witchcraft, the Vatican continued to fill their noxious golden cup with uncontextual verses from the Bible, pagan rites, norms, forms, and initiations, and Celtic, Greek, and Roman mythology. When Caesar Constantine converted to Christianity in the 4th century A.D., adopting the Roman Catholic faith as the state religion of the Roman Empire, he gave the Vatican his military help and ‘divine’ emperor blessing to convert ‘the whole world’ to Christianity. Throughout the centuries, the Vatican executed this mission through unimaginable violence and oppression – and by Christianizing more and more pagan doctrines, traditions, and feasts to gain favor with the pagans, who were already familiar with all these unbiblical practices. In addition, Christian converts, (who were not born again believers, but simply heathens that joined the Roman Catholic Church – we will prove that the entire Roman Catholic Church is paganism in a Christian cloak,) expected the Christian clergy to do the same type of magic to which they were accustomed. As a result, the papacy structured their church to mimic the hierarchy of pagan temple-worship. They accommodated the converts’ ancestor worship by ‘canonizing’ dead Roman Catholic ‘saints’ as ‘mediating, spiritual ancestors,’ or ‘gods.’ They brought in so-called ‘sacred relics’ to replace the pagans’ magic and lucky charms. They also adopted most of the pagan feasts and other ‘sacred’ days, and pagan rituals, rites, and doctrines; Christianizing them all by naming them after ‘Christ,’ (like Christmas,) renaming them as ‘saints,’ etc. In this way, the Roman Catholic Church firmly established active idolatry as well-known, worldwide Christian tradition, doctrine, and culture. Even more hideously, as nearly the entire church structure and almost all the doctrines of Protestantism testify, Luther, John Calvin, and all their contemporaries merely adapted (or ‘reformed’) Roman Catholicism to fit into their Roman-Protestant churches.
Pantheism, Polytheism, and those Roman Catholic ancestors, the Druids
The Celtic priesthood, the Druids, taught the old Babylonian concept of reincarnation, which means that after physical death, the soul “returns to earth in numerous ways and forms until, eventually, its good works outweigh its bad works and it reaches soul rest.” I.e., the ‘Mother goddess’ queen of Old Babylon, Semiramus, theoretically gave birth to her dead, ‘reincarnated’ husband Nimrod, in the human form of Tammuz, her son.
The Celts were polytheists, (worshippers of many gods,) and pantheists, (worshipping nature as gods, and gods as nature.) Today, pantheism is also a core belief of the Liberal Catholic Church, Theosophy, Hinduism, Neopaganism, Chinese Taoism, Nazism, certain denominations of the Cabbala and Hasidic Judaism, etc.
The ‘Mother’ goddess of Babylon, just as ‘Mother’ Mary, became the Co-Savior/Redemptrix
Just as in pre-flood, as well as in ancient Babylonian religion, (Gen. 6 and 11,) the Celts worshipped a ‘supreme’ god or ‘creator’ god, the sun god Belenos or Bel; Lugus or Lug; Taranis - known in Celtic Ireland as Dagada. The supreme god’s wife, the fertility goddess, the ‘creatrix’ or ‘divine mother goddess,’ (‘earth mother,’ ‘mother earth,’ or ‘mother nature,’) was called Dea Matrona, also known as Venus, Diana, the Roman goddess Ishtar – (or Juno in the form of the dove,) and the Egyptian goddess Isis. The wife of the supreme god Bel of Lug is that same old ‘mother goddess’ Semiramus from ancient Babylon, Nimrod’s wife.
Alexander Hislop wrote in ‘The Two Babylons,’ “So great was the devotion to this goddess queen [Semiramus…] that the fame of the exploits of Semiramus has… cast the exploits of her husband Ninus or Nimrod, entirely into the shade. To justify this worship… the mother was raised to divinity as well as her son, [Tammuz,] and she was looked upon as destined to complete [HER SON’S WORK IN] the bruising of the serpent's head… [AS both Tammuz and his mother Semiramus became the so-called SAVIORS AND REDEEMERS OF ALL HUMANITY.] The Roman Church maintains that it was not so much the seed of the woman, as the woman herself that was to bruise the head of the serpent. In defiance of all grammar, [the Roman Church] renders the Divine denunciation against the serpent thus: "She shall bruise thy head, and thou shallt bruise her heel." The same was held by the ancient Babylonians, and symbolically represented in their temples… Among the Greeks, the same thing was symbolized; for Diana, whose real character was originally the same as that of the great Babylonian goddess was represented as bearing in one of her hands a serpent deprived of its head. As time wore away, and the facts of Semiramus' history became obscured, her son's birth was boldly declared miraculous: and therefore, she was called "Alma Mater," "the Virgin Mother.” Old Semiramus, ‘Queen of Heaven,’ ‘Mother of god,’ ‘god’s wife,’ worshipped by the ancient Egyptians as Isis with the ‘Savior-child’ Osiris, (a.k.a. Tammus, or Horus) on her lap, was in fact Christianized and canonized by the Roman Catholic Church as Mary, [scroll down on the WebPage] the co-creatrix, co-redemptrix ‘Virgin Mother,’ ‘God’s wife,’ ‘Queen of Heaven,’ ‘Mother of god,’ with little Baby Jesus on her lap!
Juno the Dove became Mother Mary, the Holy Spirit of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism
Most Catholics do not know this, but the ‘trinity’ of the Roman Catholic Church is not The Scriptural Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Roman Catholic trinity consists of that ‘happy heavenly family’ - ‘father’ god, his dead son Jesus, who still hangs on the Catholic cross, (also depicted as little Baby Jesus on Mother Mary’s lap,) and Mother Mary, god’s ‘wife,’ the ‘Virgin Queen of Heaven’ – a.k.a., Old Semiramus!
As part of the tri-god family, Mother Mary is the ‘holy spirit,’ or the (Roman) fertility goddess Juno the Dove – a.k.a, Old Semiramus! Alexander Hislop wrote in ‘Two Babylons,’ “The [turtle] Dove and the Deified Queen of Heaven: Now in her, [Semiramus of ancient Babylon,] as the Tabernacle or Temple of God, not only all power, but all grace and goodness were believed to dwell…. To express the celestial benignity of her nature, she was called by the name of "The Dove…” [AS A SIGN OF ‘DIVINE’ INCEST,] the dove, the symbol of this deified queen, is commonly represented with an olive branch in her mouth, [SCROLL DOWN ON THE WEBPAGE] as she herself in her human form also is seen bearing the olive branch in her hand… ‘A branch,’ was the symbol of the deified son, [THE FALSE CHRIST Tammuz, Osiris, Horus…] When the deified mother was represented as a Dove… that identified her with the Spirit of all grace that “brooded, dove-like, over the deep at the creation;” for in the sculptures at Nineveh the wings and tail of the dove represented the third member of the idolatrous Assyrian trinity. In confirmation of this view, it must be stated that the Assyrian "Juno," or "The Virgin Venus," as she was called, was identified with the air.
“Thus Julius Firmicus says: "The Assyrians and part of the Africans wish the air to have the supremacy of the elements, for they have consecrated this same [element] under the name of Juno, or the Virgin Venus." Why was air thus identified with Juno, whose symbol was that of the third person of the Assyrian trinity? Because in Chaldee the same word which signifies the air signifies also the "Holy Ghost." The knowledge of this entirely accounts for the statement of Proclus that "Juno imports the generation of soul." Whence could the soul - the spirit of man - be supposed to have its origin, but from the Spirit of God? In accordance with this character of Juno as the incarnation of the Divine Spirit, the source of life, and also as the goddess of the air, she is invoked in the Orphic Hymns…”
The Fertility Feast Lupercus became Roman Catholic Saint Valentine’s Day
When the supreme fertility goddess Semiramus, (in whatever form this demon might present itself,) gave birth to her son Tammuz after her husband Nimrod died, Nimrod was supposedly ‘reincarnated’ as her son Tammuz. Hence, her son also became her dead reincarnated husband – yuck!
As a result, the dove (Semiramus) with the ‘olive branch’ (Tammuz) in her mouth symbolizes ‘divine’ incest – the same old vile, blasphemous concept of ‘divine’ incest, which was, and still is celebrated globally in various ways as a fertility feast or immoral sex feast; euphemized as a so-called ‘love feast.’
Ancient Greeks celebrated Semiramus’ incest, fertility feast in mid-February, which they attached to the wicked incest ‘marriage’ of the god and goddess Zeus and his sister/wife Hera. On February 14, ancient Romans celebrated a foretaste of Semiramus’ incest ‘love feast’ in honor of the goddess Juno, (a.k.a. Old Semiramus,) the “Queen of Roman gods and goddesses, and goddess of women and marriage.” The next day began the fertility feast Lupercalia in honor of bestiality - the so-called ‘marriage’ and abominable family structure of the human god Lupercus (or the Greek god Pan) and the wolf Lupa, who ‘nursed’ the human boys Romulus and Remus, the ‘founders’ of Rome.
During the Roman fertility feast of Lupercus, naked men and women held massive street parties on loads of liquor and ‘aphrodisiac’ foods. In the meantime, their priests sacrificed animals for fertility in the temples; cutting the hides into strips to dip into the blood of the animals. After the temple rituals were done, the Roman priests came to hit the partying pagans with the goat’s hide to ‘make them fertile’ for the coming year. The blood-smeared, bombed-out-of-their-minds couples then engaged in boundless fornication for the duration of the festival, and most stayed together until the next year.
Thus, the ‘divine’ incest feast of Lupercus eventually became known as the festival of Juno Februata, symbolized by The Dove holding the Branch in her Mouth, and by the ‘Two Love Birds on a branch’ - [Alban Butler, ‘Butler’s Lives of Saints.’]
In 496 AD, Roman Catholic Pope Gelasius 1 Christianized the satanic whore feast of Lupercalia. In honor of ‘saint’ Valentine, the so-called ‘patron saint of lovers,’ Gelasius 1 renamed Lupercalia “St. Valentine’s Day,” celebrated on February 14, the Roman feast that honored Juno the Dove. In 1382 Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in ‘Parlement of Foules,’ “For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose its mate.”
Saint Valentine’s Day celebrates the incest of the fertility goddess Semiramus; the incest of Zeus and his sister Hera, and the bestiality of the god Lupercus and the wolf Lupa, and their abominable wolf-suckled family.
That millions of people, Christians included, relate this dirty Roman Catholic ‘love feast’ to the pure love between a man and a woman, to marital love – and most horrendously, even to ‘the love of Christ for His bride,’ is witchcraft from hell, and an indescribable abomination against the most Holy God of the Bible.
The Aphrodisiac Myth
In witchcraft and other occult practices, it is generally believed that one can take in; ‘drink,’ or ‘eat’ the soul, and/or the potency, or power of that which is consumed – as discussed in this study under ‘Vampires try to Absorb the ‘Life Force’ of their Victims.’ Thus, the absurd belief in aphrodisiacs, or sex ‘enhancing’ foods and potions derived from plant and animal matter, is associated with the ‘magical powers’ and witchcraft of the fertility goddess Aphrodite. However, such stupidities, steeped in Satanism, are assisting in the annihilation of all wildlife and plant life on a worldwide scale!
Due to human encroachment, habitat loss, unchecked poaching, the illicit pet trade, and the gathering of so-called aphrodisiacs such as rhino horn, nearly all remaining species of wildlife on earth have declined by as much as 90% during the last 10 years! It is a fact that all wildlife now, in 2011/2012, faces complete annihilation! Deforestation and the slash-and-burn farming practice destroy forests and rain forests in places like Brazil and the Congo at a rate of 5 acres every 3 seconds! Most animals only remove the outer layer of bark from trees, hence; most animals do not harm trees. However, removing all the layers of bark from trees to use in ‘muti’ and other witchdoctor brews decimates entire forests of indigenous flora, killing our planet at an astounding rate! Once a tree is stripped of its bark, it slowly starves to death, as the underlying layers of bark protect the tree and carry water and nutrients from the roots to the branches.
The practice of consuming ‘soul and sex enhancing,’ ‘magic’ plants and animal matter is also witnessed in the act of cannibalism, [practiced by witchdoctors of all kinds,] where the ‘patient’ eats the heart of an enemy to gain courage; the genitalia to gain virility, the brain to gain intelligence and knowledge, etc.
This custom also refers to the ritual consumption of animal parts, birds, and plants, which results in the senseless mutilation, extreme torture, incarceration, and ritual sacrifice of many endangered species such as owls and gorillas. Therefore, in the use of so-called aphrodisiacs such as rhino horn, superstitious Orientals especially, illogically believe that the upward shape of the horn can enhance and prolong sexual activity. In reality however, a rhino’s horn, which the God of the Bible had created as a mere defensive and working tool for the animal, simply consists of a hair-like substance of skin cells and connective tissue – which contain absolutely no nutrient, medicinal, or ‘supernatural’ value whatsoever!
Pilgrimage - the Pagan/Christianized Rite of Passage
Biblically, Christian pilgrimages do not differ from the pagan Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, which is one of the five pillars of ‘salvation’ in Islam. Sadly, both ancient and modern Christianity joined this incredible form of witchcraft against the Spiritual, unseen Kingdom of the Highest God, (1 Cor. 6:18-20; Acts 17:24-25.)
Ancient as well as modern Christian pilgrimages to Israel and other Christian shrines serve the same purpose – they were also designed to lead the initiate into a ‘higher understanding’ of God, or into a ‘deeper experience’ with God, etc.
Unbelievably, such witchcraft has become commonplace amongst even born again believers, who are unknowingly returning to the Christianized pagan rituals, rites, passages, ‘sacraments,’ etc., of the Roman Catholic Church! [See ‘Pilgrimage to shrines and ‘sacred places’ such as the holy land.’]
Biblically, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless the person is spiritually born again through personal faith in, and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.) Church and other initiations, rites, rituals, and sacraments have absolutely nothing to do with true, Biblical salvation, redemption, and spiritual growth in Christ. Jesus Christ Alone is the “Truth, Way, Life, and Light;” and “no one comes to God the Father except through HIM.” At the very moment, one personally and sincerely chooses to accept Jesus into one’s ‘heart,’ (or human spirit,) mind, and life, the newborn disciple “enters” the kingdom of God completely, and is indwelt by the Holy Spirit in all His fullness. This newborn believer then has to “know that he or she HAS eternal life.” The only spiritual life, acceptance and blessing from the true God of the Bible, “is in His Son. He who [truly and personally] HAS the Son, HAS life; [or complete salvation and God’s full blessing.] He who does not [sincerely and personally] has the Son of God does not have life [or complete salvation and blessing…]” – (1 Jn. 5:11-13; Gal. 3:10-14.)
Pagan and Roman Catholic veneration and worship of ‘relics’ or ‘lucky charms’
To illustrate these articles, let us remember that ‘good luck’ always centers on the goddess of chance, who is none other than ‘Luck,’ ‘Lux,’ or Lucifer himself. In contrast, true, Biblical faith centers on the completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, and on His reversal of the entire curse of the Old Testament Law into the inherited, blessed state of all born again believers in Christ – Gal. 3:10-14.
To place one’s attention, trust, and reverence superstitiously or religiously in ‘sacred’ objects – or in fact, in pagan gods and their rituals, rather than in the unseen God of the Bible and the truth of His Word, is unashamed witchcraft.
‘Lucky charms’ and religious relics originated from Lucifer the devil; as all other forms of ‘luck’ and superstition. Hence, ‘luck,’ superstition, and talismans can only bring the curse of God upon idolaters, (Ex. 20:5; Deut. 28:15-68.)
So-called ‘sacred’ relics or lucky charms, (icons, religious objects, gods such as Buddhas, Marys, etc.) talismans, amulets, totems, etc.) are objects that belonged to, was touched, or supposedly ‘blessed’ by ‘gods,’ so-called ‘holy people,’ etc. Such charms are worn, kept, displayed, and used in pagan and Roman Catholic worship, rituals, and sacrifice as ‘magic’ objects that ‘emit’ protection, ‘blessing,’ and so forth. The veneration and worship of so-called ‘holy’ relics from Israel and other places, (the origin of which had been disputed and refuted by Biblical truth, science, and historical fact,) still form a huge part of Roman Catholicism.
Just as in other forms of paganism, Roman Catholics also use and revere talismans, or lucky charms, which, as gods, ‘contain and emit’ ‘blessing, healing, protection,’ etc. Among these, Catholics worship the so-called ‘blood and burial cloth of Christ;’ so-called ‘pieces of the cross,’ (which Helena, Caesar Constantine’s mother, supposedly ‘rescued’ from the holy land during the Dark Ages;) the hair, blood, and teeth of the many dead Catholic ‘saints,’ etc.
True Blessing, Protection, and Healing are Gifts from God
The God of the Bible has nothing to do with luck; He is God of all light, life, protection, and blessing, and He Alone holds our “times in His hand,” (Deut. 28:1-14.) The God of the Bible is in full control of our destiny without ever resorting to, or relying on any type of physical object to ‘aid’ or ‘radiate’ His presence, protection, healing, or blessing.
The three New Testament symbols, (the Lord’s Supper, the baptism of sincere, believing disciples, and the anointing with oil,) has nothing to do with pagan religious practices, or even church ‘sacraments,’ either Roman Catholic or Protestant.
None of these three N.T. ‘signs’ refers even vaguely to the use of magic potions and talismans. None of these three symbols, by itself, contains any supernatural power, or brings or emits any kind of salvation, healing, deliverance, or protection. For instance, the Lord’s Supper and Biblical baptism is witchcraft without personal faith in and obedience to Christ, and the anointing of oil without sincere prayer and faith in the healing power of Christ, is a useless pagan ritual.