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Re-purposing cursed pagan things won’t remove their curse

Twelve Olympians from Wikipedia under Creative Commons LicenseIn both the Old and New Testaments, the Lord warns his people several times against embracing pagan practices regardless of re-purposing them or re-labeling them to incorporate them into worshiping him. However, now that we are in a period of great apostasy, or falling away, in Christendom, things have become so bad that if one wanted to start a godly congregation, a person would have to examine and test every practice or doctrine they may have learned over the years in their religious circles to make sure it is truly of God.

Many churches today seem to have a penchant for defending pagan practices as no longer being pagan since they just “Christianized” it by slapping Christian symbolism or Christian phrases on it, be it contemplative prayer, yoga, certain lifestyles, or observing certain holidays that Christians were never commanded to observe in the Bible. “If God can re-purpose sinful, pagan humans into beings that worship him, why not do the same for pagan concepts and inanimate objects?” That’s the common argument.

Let’s consider the principles God lays out in his word to see if that argument holds up.

25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God. 26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing. Deut. 7

Why would God order such a thing? The woods and metals that the idols were made from could have been recycled and re-purposed for other useful things for God’s glory, couldn’t they? Obviously not. To have kept the wood, to have melted down the metals would have given value to the cursed idols. And applying value to them would have validated the practices associated with them in the minds of the Israelites.

Why were they cursed? The answers are in Leviticus 17:7 and Deuteronomy 32:17. Those idols represented real devils, all of whom are cursed. Furthermore, innocent human lives were slaughtered and other abominable acts were committed in honor of those idols. God had to order his people to detest them for their psychological and spiritual health. To welcome those things into their homes created the potential of welcoming devils into their lives by potentially rejecting Jehovah. Then rejecting Jehovah and embracing paganism with the devil(s) it represents would open them and family members to potentially being possessed at worst or to being oppressed by them, such as King Saul was.

The Lord always gives us two or three witnesses to verify what he desires, so here are two more to show us he doesn’t want us to re-purpose or re-label any pagan practice to “Christianize” it:

Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain… Jeremiah 10

Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Galatians 4

Notice how Paul calls idols and pagan practices (including their holidays) in Galatians 4 “weak and beggarly elements.” Apparently, the idea of re-purposing a cursed pagan thing is not acceptable to or accepted by God.



5 thoughts on “Re-purposing cursed pagan things won’t remove their curse

    1. I’m of the opinion it does refer to those things. I would go so far as to say Paul probably had those things in mind in Gal. 4 since both were huge festivals in the Roman Empire. Christmas was of course Saturnalia/ Winter Solstice back then.


    1. marcus,

      Thanks for sharing the links. I learned several new things I wasn’t aware of before from these. If the church has been corrupted, it’s no surprise Christian artists have too in some instances. I didn’t know about the “3 nails” symbolism. I guess that’s a way of mocking Christ’s crucifixion. The “as above, so below” phrase was a new one to me also. Since it’s reflected in the Baphomet depiction, I’ll go back and see if I can insert that info in a post I did on Baphomet.



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    John 12:44-48 Then Jesus cried out……48 “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.(NKJV)

    John 5:22 “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,(NKJV)

    John 5:26-27 “For as the Father has life Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 “and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man, (NKJV)

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    Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

    I am not the judge, however, I believe Jesus when He said, “Those who believe and are baptized will be saved”.

    John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assured, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”(NKJV)

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    John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God(NKJV)

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    The words of Jesus are that of the Father, and the words of the apostles are the words that Jesus taught them.

    John 14:24-26 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 27 “But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send you in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.(NKJV)

    Acts 2:38 Then, Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

    I am not the Judge, however, I believe that the apostle Peter was speaking by the authority of Jesus when he said repent and be baptized in order to receive forgiveness from sins, and then you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

    I believe the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost that believed, repented, and were baptized were born of water and the Spirit. They were born again.

    I am not the judge, however, I believe we will all come before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ and be judged according to His word.

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