I DO think that they don't have the truth and there are pagan influences in their modern day church.
That's all I meant.
So I'm guessing that Nat has never:
Most converts to early Christianity had been brought up in pagan customs, the chief of which is December 25th. They enjoyed this festival of joy and merrymaking, and they did not want to give it up. The pagan identified the SON of God with the physical SUN, giving the new "converts" an excuse to call December 25th (re-birth of the SUN) the birthday of the SON of God.
Had a Christmas tree in his home?
The concept of the Christmas Tree originated around 3000 B.C. in ancient Egypt with King Osiris and Queen Isis.
After the untimely death of King Osiris, his wife, Isis, propogated the demonic doctrine of the survival of Osiris as a spirit. She claimed a full grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead stump, symbolising the new life of the Osiris spirit from his death. On each anniversary of Osiris birth, which was the date we now know as December 25th, Isis would leave gifts around this tree.
The evergreen tree has been ascribed magical power by the Germanic peoples as a representation of fertility.
Waited for Santa Claus?
The old German God Wotan, riding the wild skies with his retinue was melded in with the St.Nikolaus The mediterranean peoples, originally had him riding a goat. The chinese believed he was a fire God, dressed in a pointed red cap and red jacket, travelled from the heavens above, visiting homes to distribute favours or punishments.
Had a holly, a wreath, mistletoe, or yule log in his home?
Holly berries and mistletoe are considered sacred to the Sun God. The burning of the Yule Log originated with the Druids and their ritual burning of a carefully chosen log during the winter. The word "yule" is derived from the old Anglo-Saxon word "hweol" which means "wheel" - a pagan symbol of the sun.
Gone to church on Sunday?
Sunday is named after a Pagan sun god, Solis.
Hunted for Easter Eggs or been visited by the Easter rabbit?
symbols of the Norse Goddess Ostara (or Eostre to the Europeans) were the hare and the egg. Both represented fertility. A pagan god fell for Ostara. He took the form of a hare and left brightly colored eggs by her door each morning to woo her.
Eostre has ties to the Phoenecian moon goddess Astarte. The moon, rabbits, and eggs pop up in springtime celebrations throughout the world.
Attended a sunrise Easter service
Pagan custom of welcoming the sun God at the vernal equinox to celebrate the return of life and When daytime is about to exceed the length of the nighttime.
Had an Easter lily in his home?
The so-called 'Easter lily' has long been revered by pagans of various lands as a holy symbol associated with the reproductive organs. It was considered a phallic symbol
Not to mention the Pagans had their own "virgin birth" who died and was resurrected. Cybele, the Phrygian fertility goddess, had a consort who was believed to have been born via a virgin birth. He was Attis, who was believed to have died and been resurrected each year during the period MAR-22 to MAR-25. Associated with the Cybele cult was that of her lover, Attis ([the older Tammuz, Osiris, Dionysus, or Orpheus under a new name). He was a god of ever-reviving vegetation. Born of a virgin, he died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after three days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection. Some religious historians believe that the death and resurrection legends were first associated with Attis, many centuries before the birth of Jesus. They were simply grafted onto stories of Jesus' life in order to make Christian theology more acceptable to Pagans.
Had they not adapted much of the pagan ritual to make Christianity more palatable to the "heathens";
Nate would just be dancing naked around a Beltane fire to ceremonial drumming and slaughtering a few sheep.
What was my point in all this? Simple, before throwing out such random statements (as I find so many "religious folk" like to do), understand your own freaking history. I'm not saying Christians are Pagans but most of the customs are. Separating it into denominational "Paganism" is just downright ludicrous.
Women are fisher's of men because we all know....
The small ones you throw back.
The medium ones you eat.
The large ones you mount.