Paganism?

People wrongly say “Paganism” like there is only one kind or only one meaning. I am not supporting Paganism as I am atheist and antireligious. I am just offering this inform to others so we know what we or others are talking about. Paganism is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of religions, belief-sets and spiritual paths. The lack of a firm and agreed definition makes the question ‘What is paganism?’ a very difficult one to answer. Paganism is a broad group of religions including modern pagan religions, indigenous religions and historical polytheistic religions. In a wider sense, paganism has also been understood to include any non-Abrahamic, folk, ethnic religion or or European occultism. The term pagan is from Latin “Paganus” likely acquired its meaning in Christian speach via Roman military jargon. Early Christians adopted military motifs and saw themselves as “Milites Christi” (“soldiers of Christ”). Classical Latin pagus which originally meant “region delimited by markers”, paganus had also come to mean “of or relating to the countryside”, “country dweller”, “villager”; by extension, “rustic”, “unlearned”, “yokel”, “bumpkin”; in Roman military jargon, “non-combatant”, “civilian”, “unskilled soldier”. It is related to pangere (“to fix”, “to fasten”) and ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *pag- (“to fix”). The adoption of paganus by the Latin Christians as an all-embracing, pejorative term for polytheists but was relatively a word of Latin slang originally some what devoid of religious meaning. The evolution occurred only in the Latin west, and in connection with the Latin church. Elsewhere, “Hellene” or “gentile” (ethnikos) remained the word for “pagan”; and paganos continued as a purely secular term, with overtones...

The King James Mistakes Lucifer as Satan

The King James version’s mistakes lead to a wrong concept of Lucifer as Satan King James Version of the Bible and its translation errors further compounded the inaccuracies of Lucifer as Satan a fallen one. Isaiah 14:12 in the King James Version reads, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations” (Isaiah 14:12 King James Version). The New International Version of the bibles updated understanding differs from early English translations of this verse. The updated translation Isaiah 14:12 from the New International Version, “How you have fallen”1 from heaven, 0 morning star,” son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations” (Isaiah 14:12 New International Version, Study Bible). In “14:12” some believe that Isaiah is giving a description the fall of Satan however, the passage clearly applies to the king of Babylon. The Hebrew word for this expression is translated Lucifer was lit. “light-bearer” in the Latin, “Lucifer” was used in early English translations of this verse” (Barker, 2002 p. 1054 New International Version, Study Bible Concordance). Thus the King James Version of the Bible translation is a mistranslation giving a flawed impression. The scholars authorized by King James I to translate the Bible into English did not use the original Hebrew texts, but used translated versions. The King James Version of the Bible was largely translated by St. Jerome in the fourth century. Jerome had mistranslated the Hebraic metaphor, ‘Day star, son of the Dawn,’ as ‘Lucifer,’ and over the centuries...

New Testament on Slavery

Slavery is approved of in the New Testament, as the following passages show Paul gave household rules in Ephesians 6 and Colossians 4 not only for Christian slaves but for Christian masters as well. Ephesians 6: 5-9. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. Colossians 4 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. 1 Timothy 6:1-2 Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. You would think that Jesus would have a different view of slavery, but slavery is still approved of as the following passage show. In the following parable, Jesus clearly approves of...