Pre-Christian paganism demonstrated the ebb and flow of good and evil. Quite popular today is the atheist preaching that Christianity was fashioned after many pagan religions. If they were to give the Holy Bible and those pagan religions a serious study, I believe they would change their mind.
It has been many years since I studied the religions of the world. It was my opinion then, as well as now, that many pagan religions were prophetic in nature of what was to come – making the population of the world ready for the Old Testament History and Prophecy, and even more for the New Testament History, Prophecy Fulfilled, and End Time Prophecy. The disobedience of mankind goes all the way back to Adam, and it is naïve to believe that the redemption “type” in many pagan religions leading up to the redemption “types” in the Old Testament, are just coincidence. Jesus Christ not only fulfilled hundreds of Biblical prophecies, but also the redemptive qualities in many pagan foundational stories.
Of course, somewhere in the first few scriptures in Genesis, Satan fell from grace (taking a third of the angels with him). Through Satan’s vanity he imagined himself to be the equal of his Creator. We humans have free will to choose who our Lord will be, and we are in the season where much of mankind believes they are greater than their Creator – to believe themselves gods in word and deed. It takes very little research to discover which pagan religions of antiquity through today are influenced by Satan. The religion of life, and the religions of death reveal their opposing nature upon inspection.
God loves us so much – the same as the majority of human parents love their offspring – that He gave us free will. There would be absolutely no meaning to our existence without the ability to choose in a myriad of ways every second we breathe – life or death – God our Creator or other religions / teachings.
Mankind’s existence on this planet has a beginning and will have an end. It seems obvious to me that even though we do not know the day our Lord will take up His Church, or when the 7 years Tribulation will happen after the Rapture, but those who have studied know that we will know the season in time. An expression that we even attribute to our one life on this planet – the spring of life, the summer of life, the fall of life, and the winter of life. If you look at the winter of life, the Tribulation years as like a game, then you could say that the pre-game show is in full swing.
As I have watched so many churches doing their slow turn to a secularist one world religion, we see that most Christians in America have not read their Bible. More than one organization did this research with similar outcome, and you can look those up if you have a mind to find the truth.
Do I believe polls in general? – Probably not. However –
~ If Christians were reading their Bibles, their decisions regarding every aspect of their life and their community would be different than the America we now have. The enemy within would never have come to power over the American citizens –
~ when I talk to pastors who do not believe the Bible is the word of God –
~ when I see the study of scripture reduced to a “fad phrase” – “WWJD?” (What Would Jesus Do?) – and I have read, and have also been told, the “WWJD?” phrase replaces Bible study because Jesus only preached about “love” –
~ when I see a global conference at the Vatican in Rome in November 2014:
“Rick Warren spoke on the “Biblical Meaning of Marriage” Tuesday at the Vatican, where he is among 30 global religious leaders examining the changing roles of marriage and family in the world.
Warren joined leaders from 23 countries and 14 religions invited by Pope Francis on at the kickoff Monday to The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium.
Just after his address, Pope Francis warmly individually greeted and shook hands with several faith leaders, including President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Eyring will address the gathering Tuesday. Other speakers include several Catholic leaders, the Rev. Dr. Richard D. Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in California; Dr. Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and other speakers from the Sikh, Tao, Islamic, Anglican, Mennonite and other religious traditions. . . . Religious scholars will examine how this relationship is lived in cultures and societies of Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Taoists, Muslims and Jews. The focus is on the meaning of marriage around the globe, and God’s plan, as understood by religions around the globe.” O C Register
God’s Plan does not include treating women like chattel, polygamy, and many other beliefs the various religions and cultures represented at this meeting. As Christians we are warned to not be deceived by the world. Many Christians are watching in absolute horror the “Chrislam” phenomenon, where Christian leaders are talking about this from both sides of their mouth, because this surely smells of one world religion –
~ when I see our neighbors to the north outlawing the reading of some Biblical Scriptures – labelling them as hate speech –
~when I see American politicians of all ranks praising Islam as the religion of peace, and Christianity as a religion of hate, I know that the prophetic time when good will be believed to be bad, and bad will be believed to be good is upon us.
When I see all of this (and more), I believe the trend towards a secular one world religion is looming on the horizon. If someone had told me even ten years ago that I would be witnessing the persecution of Christians around the world, even in America, I flat out would not have believed them.
We see above what is happening in the world, and so the question for each of us is will we follow the world or will we follow our Lord. “Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”