Heavy Breathing…

Not like that.  Sheesh.

So the authors of Pagan are making a big to-do out of the fact that the Christians imported ideas from other sources – pagan sources – and ‘Christianized’ them.  Which leads me to wonder, must something be new to be wholly holy? 

So the basilica is based on pagan Greco-Roman design.  Is this, in and of itself, evil or wrong?

When Abraham was building altars to God after leaving Ur, were his altars new and unique, or did he build altars like he’d seen other altars – maybe altars he had built to other ‘gods’ in the past?  After conquering the Promised Land, when the Gaddites and Reubenites & the half-tribe of Manesseh go back to their lands east of the Jordan, they build an altar.  The rest of the tribes immediately assume they must be worshipping other gods already – they’re not even dry from crossing the Jordan again and they’re becoming apostates!  So there must not have been anything very remarkable about their altar to demonstrate that it was an altar to the God of Israel, rather than to Baal or some other local deity.  Yet, once the confusion is clarified, there’s no hard feelings, and the altar is left intact.

So Plato wrote about the virtues of light and space and color and sound.  Does this mean that a Christian church that incorporates these elements is automatically an apostate neo-platonic pagan shrine? 

Where is the place for natural revelation?  Where is the recognition that all pagan religions are deviations in some respect from the one religion of the Bible?  After all, Adam & Eve knew God.  Their kids knew God.  But at some point down the line, these ideas about God started getting twisted and out of kilter.  People were misled by false revelations and spirits claiming to be more than they really were.  Creation began monotheistically, and even pagan systems that seem to predate the Judaic history and theology are still merely aberrations of that original knowledge of God in Genesis.  What is truly ‘pagan’?

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