Pagan Influences

There are many popular occult and pagan practices in our culture. This 1-minute devotion describes them and explains why it's best to stay away from them. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

Our modern culture is filled with pagan and occult influences:

Hindu and Buddhist teachers such as Dalai Lama... pagan exercise and meditation techniques (yoga)...Ouija boards...horoscopes...psychics and fortunetellers...pagan symbols and statues(1)...

Scripture warns us to avoid such things:

2 Corinthians 6:14-18: Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? ...Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

No benefit or enjoyment derived from these things is worth damaging our relationship with the Lord.

1 Corinthians 10:23: "I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial…not everything is constructive.

Let's carefully examine the influences in our lives, dear Christians, if for no other reason than to keep a pure focus on our Lord.
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(1) Pagan symbols and their meanings: 
Feng Shui Decorating
See also: Blame it on My Stove  
Buddha
yin yang

Additional Notes:
While most credible Christian ministries agree that the things listed above are bad influences for Christians, there are some additional areas where opinion is split. You should read both sides before becoming involved in these areas. Or, if you want to be sure you aren't compromising your faith, avoid them completely:

mandalas (popular in adult coloring books)

Acupuncture:
Got Questions
What Christians Want to Know

Alternative Medicine Techniques (acupuncture, biofeedback, and “Therapeutic Touch”)
Christian Research Institute
Got Questions

Martial Arts
Got Questions
Christian Research Institute
Probe


Harry Potter Books and Movies
Got Questions




There are many popular occult and pagan practices in our culture. This 1-minute devotion describes them and explains why it's best to stay away from them. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

Bible Love Notes

6 comments:

  1. And might I add Harry Potter, Harry Potter, and Harry Potter? He even has "the Mark" for heaven's sake. Look, I am not one to look for links when there aren't any, but there is a whole generation out there that cites one book, and one book only as their guidebook for life. And I'll give you a hint--It's NOT the Bible.

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    1. I agree! Harry Potter's story lines are very dangerous.

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  2. Let's not forget Yoga....it's Hindu God worship

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    1. Hi Unknown,
      If you click the link "pagan exercise and meditation techniques" you will find articles on yoga.

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  3. Let me first remind you how much I appreciate this ministry! Love it, love it!

    That being said, the above listed pagan influences are just the ones we have yet to incorporate into our worship. Go back far enough and you'll find so much about Catholic worship is straight from pagan sources...even the "fish hat" the Pope wears is from Dagon, the fish god!

    And the Protestants incorporated so much from the Catholics. Why are there two chairs up front for the ministers, an indoor altar, theater style seating, the order of worship? All come from Catholic sources which originate with the Emperors of Rome.

    Where do you think steeples originate? It isn't the Bible. Even the great "christian" cathedrals were modeled after pagan temples!

    Then we can move into the areas of Christ-mass and Easter. Did you know Christ-mass was not allowed in the early American colonies? It came to America with the Catholic Irish who migrated here after the potato famine. Great preachers like Charles Spurgeon and others roundly condemned Christ-mass, but now it's fully ingrained in our church culture.

    I could continue, but I won't. This will probably cause enough controversy. Usually, the response is Christians defending their favorite pagan traditions.

    Shalom

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    1. Hi George,

      I've done quite a bit of study about Easter and Christmas and there is a great deal of misinformation taught about these holidays.

      The articles promoting pagan origins for these holidays are contradictory (claiming different pagan associations) and none are based on verifiable resources (e.g. historic records).

      If the articles have footnotes, they link to other articles that promote their view, not to historic records or credible resources that support their claims. They may reference actual pagan celebrations, but they don’t prove their connection with Christmas. Many of the authors of these articles are sincere, but they’ve not verified their claims.

      Unfortunately, if something is taught repeatedly, it gains credibility.

      As far as steeples, chairs, hats, etc. You can associate almost anything to a pagan practice, if you want to. For example, satanists pray to satan, but that doesn't make prayer pagan. Pagans have feasts, but that doesn't make feasts pagan.

      The pagan practices mentioned in this devotion are linked to pagan beliefs that still exist (e.g. Hindu practices).

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