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PAGAN ORIGIN of ROMAN CATHOLICISM

The teachings of the Roman Catholic Church did not come from the Bible or any other authoritative statement of apostolic doctrine or from God so where did they come from?

The chief theory is that since the Church brought in a lot of pagan converts who pined for their old ways so much that pagan doctrines and practices were Christianised and locked into official Church teaching. Some of the errors were there very early. Examples, the doctrine that water baptism was obligatory, that bishops are to be blindly obeyed and that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus (taught by Justin Martyr about 150 AD. Justin said that in the rites of the god Mithra food was believed to become the body of the god). As time went on more and more dross was added.
 
The Roman Catholic Church claims that during Mass it can turn bread into Jesus Christ without anything seeming to change. The bread seems as much bread as before but it is not bread but Jesus. This is a totally incomprehensible doctrine. It is like saying that black is really white. It is like saying the sun gives off no light but it only seems to. It is like saying you don't exist but only imagine you do. It is so absurd that what it is really saying is that this is bread and we will worship it and pretend it is Jesus. This is extreme paganism and idolatry and blasphemy. Even the worst idolater didn't worship a statue because it was a statue but because he believed it represented his God or housed his god. It was really the god not the statue that was getting the worship. Roman Catholicism should be considered a separate religion from Christianity for it adores bread and pretends that that bread is Jesus. It is the bread that is worshipped not Jesus. The Bible condemns idolatry in the strongest possible terms.
 
If bread can look exactly the same after being turned into Jesus then clearly a man can be turned into a piece of iron. The Church says that Jesus doesn't disappear in Heaven. He is still there looking like a man but is able to be in the bread at the same time. But God could surely make him vanish if he wished. If he can turn bread into Jesus without Jesus leaving Heaven then he can turn it into Jesus in such a way that Jesus's body seems to have ceased to exist and so that the ex-bread is now the only body of Jesus there is. God can make the iron no longer iron but the man with the man disappearing as well. So what cannot be alive can be alive according to the ridiculous Romish doctrine of the Mass. The doctrine of the change into Jesus is so mad that nobody can believe in it in their minds. The idolatry is conscious.

The pagans worshipped a mother goddess so the Church exaggerated the honour it believed to be due to Mary to make her a substitute for the goddess. Mary was indeed a goddess when she could influence a perfect God which implies that she is better than he is. God was still the focus of the liturgy which seems to be more of a smokescreen than anything else. Prayers might have been said to God but it was intended that he should hear them through Mary so it was really Mary and not God who was prayed to.

The Hindus had a spiritual immaterial god and in that god were three separate persons. The Catholic Church has the same idea. Even the God of Catholicism comes from ancient Greek philosophy for he is without parts. The Bible never says that God is like this. It uses the same word for spirit and breath so spirit is a kind of matter for there is no reason to think otherwise. Jesus was never said to be God in the earliest Church so Rome promoted him to divinity to match the incarnations of Gods among the pagans.

Newman listed some things in Catholic practice that Catholicism adopted from the pagans. He was right to say that there is nothing wrong with that in itself. Pagans wearing priestly robes does not prove that it is wrong for clergy to wear collars. Holy water came from the pagans. The only problem is with the fact that pagan doctrines were absorbed by the Church and given a Christian cover.

The notion of a caste of men being infallible is a pagan one. Christianity commands equality and does not advocate a bunch of men claiming to be special and a step above everybody else.

The priest with sacramental powers comes from belief in magicians.

The altar on which Mass is offered is certainly pagan for even the Catholic Mass is not really a sacrifice. The doctrine that Jesusí atonement is there during Mass means only that all events are present to God now this sacrifice is really present everywhere and there is nothing unique about Mass. When no sacrifice is offered on the altar there is no altar. It is just a table called an altar.

Holy water is a heathen practice. The pagans used to sprinkle liquid with an artificial penis in their fertility rites. The Bible does not say that the water used for baptism is holy or blessed. The Catholic Church says that ordinary water will do in an emergency. There is no need to bless water as a memorial of oneís baptism. It should be believed that there is power in prayer and not in holy water. Holy water has no power apart from prayer so what need is there for it?

Church buildings are pagan. The Bible never sanctions having Church buildings. There are sound reasons why it is wrong to have them. They are a waste of money for a start. And holy statues are nothing more than pagan idols.

The monastic system is not in the Bible but pagans had their orders of monks and nuns. The vestal virgins of ancient Rome were nuns. Buddhism is a form of monasticism.

When every Catholic doctrine that is not in the Bible must have had another origin that origin must have been pagan. It must have turned people on and could only have done that if they had once had something similar in their old religion.
 
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