Those that been following my blog diligently and have completed the two studies on the book of Revelation and “There will be Enmity,” will find that there is a certain amount of repetition of previous material on the topic of Sun worship covered within this blog. It has been necessary to give evidence in those previous studies to expose the Roman Catholic Church’s connection to pagan beliefs. This two-part study gives an in-depth revelation of Sun worship in the Roman Catholic Church revealing important facts that have not been covered in previous blogs.
Roman Catholicism, a Christian or Pagan Faith?
“The sun was a foremost god within heathendom… The sun has worshippers this hour in Persia and other lands … there is in truth, something royal, kingly about the sun, making it a fit emblem of Jesus, The Sun of Justice. Hence the Church in these countries would seem to have said, ‘keep that old pagan name. It shall remain consecrated, sanctified…” (The Catholic World, March 1894, p. 803).
Note that the Roman Catholic Church does not deny its pagan syncretism, it is actually quite proud of the fact. However, the quote implies that the Roman Catholic Church has just allowed Jesus to take on the trappings of paganism because after all, they are a fitting emblem for Jesus. This is deceptive, the truth is that Roman Catholicism is a pagan faith (which includes sun worship), with a disguise of Christianity.
Paganism is embraced by the Roman Catholic Church
Cardinal John Henry Newman
Cardinal John Henry Newman, the greatest Roman Catholic theological thinker Great Britain has ever produced (He has been beautified and they now want him canonized as a saint), in his treatise called The Development of the Christian Doctrine, Cardinal Newman said this: “At least seventy percent of the rights, rituals, customs and traditions of Roman Catholicism are pagan in origin” (1).
“Christianity became an established religion in the Roman empire and took the place of paganism… Christianity as it existed in the Dark Ages might be termed baptised paganism” (Church History, Century 2, Chapter 2, sec.7)
- Cardinal Newman, The Development of the Christian Religion; London: Blanchard & Sons, 1878.
The Origins of Sun Worship in Catholicism
Paganism in Christianity, and ultimately in the Roman Catholic Church, started with the Roman Emperor Constantine’s “conversion” to Christianity, which occurred after the battle of the Milvian Bridge in October, AD 312. This was the key battle in the civil war fought for control of the empire between Constantine and Maxentius. Before the battle, Constantine supposedly had a vision of a flaming cross in the sky (chi-rho cross – a sun symbol) with the inscription in Greek “by this sign conquer.”
We are required to believe that Constantine was told by the Prince of Peace, Jesus, to use the sign of the cross to go out and slaughter his enemy! It is interesting to note that two years earlier, in AD 310, Constantine claimed he saw a vision of the sun god Apollo and publicly made vows to serve him. After his victory against Maxentius, Constantine went to Apollo’s shrine to make sacrifices. His victory, however, did enable Constantine to come to power as Emperor of Rome.
Constantine’s cross a Chi-rho sun symbol
For 280 years Christians had been persecuted by the Romans, then suddenly in March AD 313, with the edict of Milan, Constantine made Christianity an official religion of the Roman Empire, and the persecutions ceased. Constantine was a realist, he understood that there needed to be changes made to restore unity in his Empire. He saw that through the Christian Church, he could have a people group who were morally strong, hard workers and would be loyal to him. By his issuing the edict of toleration, he became not only the head of the Church, but also a leader to whom the previously persecuted Christians were deeply indebted.
Constantine was very pragmatic, he realised that over the vast extent of the Roman Empire he could not expect everyone to forsake their religious beliefs to embrace Christianity. He, therefore, promoted the adoption of pagan beliefs by the Church, as a means of unifying the Roman population. Although this brought an end to the persecution of the Church, the result was far worse than the persecution – the corruption of the Church.
Evidence of where Constantine’s loyalties lay, can clearly be seen in the Arch of Constantine, which he had built next to the Colosseum after the battle of the Milvian Bridge, to celebrate his victory. Now, as stated earlier, Constantine claimed that before the battle, Jesus gave him a vision of a cross in the sky, saying to him “in this sign conquer,” yet Constantine’s arch was decorated with images of the goddess Victoria and sacrifices were made to Apollo, Diana, and Hercules. Furthermore, on the east side of the arch, facing the rising sun is a rendering of the sun God Apollo. Then on top of his arch Constantine erected a bronze statue of himself, in a chariot with four horses in the same manner as Apollo is depicted when traversing the sky each day. Any evidence that Constantine was grateful to Jesus for his victory was absent from the Arch.
Despite his legalising Christianity in the Empire and being head of the Church, Constantine remained a pagan, worshipping pagan gods, specifically the sun Gods Mithras and Apollo:
- Constantine served as an officer in the Roman army in Britain, under his father Constantius, who became Caesar in the west in AD 293. The god worshipped by Roman officers was Mithras, the god of the sun, justice, contract, and war. Archaeologists have found evidence that Mithras, was worshipped by the officers of Constantine’s home barracks in Britain.
- In AD 310, Constantine claimed he saw a vision of the sun god Apollo and publicly made vows to serve him.
- After his victory against Maxentius in AD 312, Constantine went to Apollo’s shrine to make sacrifices.
- Constantine kept on minting coins with an inscription to Apollo.
- The imperial cult of Rome worshipped the Emperor and Apollo above all else, during his reign as Emperor Constantine did not put an end to Emperor worship, in fact, he did much to elevate himself as a god in the eyes of Roman citizens. He erected a twelve-metre statue of himself in the centre of Rome, with the Apollonian sun-rayed Diadem emanating from his head, giving the impression that he was larger than life, a godman.
- In AD 321, Constantine, in keeping with the practice of sun worship, instructed that all Romans, both Christians and non-Christians, should unite in observing the venerable day of the sun (Sunday). Constantine chose the first day of the week for this honour, as it was the day that Christians met to remember both the resurrection of Jesus and Pentecost.
- At the dedication of the new capital of Constantinople, Constantine wore the Apollonian sun-rayed Diadem. There were no Christian symbols present during this very important ceremony.
- Under the palace that Constantine built in Constantinople, Archaeologists have found the largest known temple to the sun god Mithras.
- There were no Christian emblems in Constantine’s new city, but Constantine erected a hundred-foot column with a statue of Apollo on top. The column is in the process of being rebuilt in Istanbul. Further evidence that Constantine encouraged Emperor worship was that in place of the face of Apollo, Constantine had his own face engraved on the statue.
The evidence that Constantine did not convert to Christianity, and was a diehard pagan is so strong, historians are changing their minds about him. Some historians now believe that he was attempting to convince the people of Rome that he was the second coming of Jesus.
Constantine likely never became a Christian, despite his being baptised shortly before his death. Constantine was a sun worshipper, showing allegiance to Mithras, Sol and Apollo throughout his life. Combining His belief in the sun God with the Son of God was an easy step for him. Evidence of this corruption is seen in the solar halo of his personal god Sol Invictus, becoming a Christian symbol. Pagan symbolism entered into Church art.
Thanks to Constantine Christianity began to develop a decidedly pagan Roman face.
Ancient Pagan Sun Worship symbols adopted by the Roman Catholic Church
Babylonian sun amulet
The alternating rays of the Shamash sunburst are used to represent the unity of “man and woman” common in all aspects of Paganism. The curved ray represents the female “yonic,” while the straight ray = male is “phallic.”
In Egyptian mythology, the sky god Horus made a gift of the eye to Osiris to help him rule the underworld. On receiving the eye Osiris ate it and was restored to life. The eye of Horus, therefore, came to represent life and resurrection. The eye that Osiris was given by Horus is a common symbol in ancient Egyptian temples.
The Pantheon is an ancient temple in Rome that was later converted into the Church of Santa Maria ad Martyres. Dating from 125 AD, this is the most complete ancient building in Rome. The Pantheon was dedicated to Pan Theos, meaning “all the gods.” All the gods of the cultures within the Roman Empire were housed within the walls of the Pantheon. Every time a nation was conquered, its god’s idol was taken and placed with the other gods within the Pantheon.
The Sun God Jupiter
The statues of the gods from the Pantheon are now found in the Vatican Museum with the exception of the great statue of Jupiter, which has been modified, re-titled, and seated on a throne in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as St. Peter. Thousands of pilgrims kiss the right foot of Jupiter while thinking it is the statue of Peter and have nearly worn it away. Notice the sun wheel above the head of Jupiter, and that the pattern on the wall behind the statue utilizes the Mesopotamian symbol for Shamash.
The Genesis of Babylon Religion
Nimrod is first mentioned in scripture in Genesis 10:8-9 “Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord,” he hunted men not animals, as the Lord would hardly be impressed by one man’s hunting ability. The meaning of the name Nimrod comes from the word marad, meaning rebel, indicating this man was in opposition to God. The possibility exists that Moses, on writing this scripture, did not want to give honour to this man by naming him, but rather gave a name that described his character – Nimrod, the rebel, became a type of Antichrist.
Bab-El – “gate of god”
Nimrod (A type of Antichrist – seed of Satan) and Semiramis sat at the gates of Bab-El “gate of god” and formulated a plan of rebellion against God – that man would become god. They establish a one-world religion and a one-world government. Note, God does not judge this apostasy by mankind, He only confuses mankind by giving them different languages, and scattering them to all parts of the earth. The judgement is still to come, and occurs when “Mystery Babylon the Great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth (Rev. 17:5)” is held to account during the Tribulation, and Rome is destroyed during the seventh bowl judgement (Rev. 16:19). The origin of the End Time false religion is obviously Babylon which is ultimately dealt with by God during the Great Tribulation.
The Genesis of Babylon Religion
When Nimrod died, according to tradition, his body was cut up and sent to various areas. Similar practices are mentioned in the Bible (Judges 19:29; 1 Samuel 11:7). “Following (Nimrod’s) death, which was greatly mourned by the people of Babylon, His wife Semiramis claimed he was the sun god. Later, when she gave birth to a son, she claimed her son, Tammuz by name, was the hero reborn.” Semiramis, the beautiful wife of Nimrod, was also a strong character and leader who was able to stay in power after her husband’s death through cunning and manipulation. She weaved a story to maintain control of the kingdom, and her claim that Tammuz was supernaturally conceived indicates she had an understanding of the promise of Genesis 3:15, that the “seed” of a woman would be a saviour, (ironically the child proves instead to be a giant leap towards the seed of the serpent – the Antichrist). The birth of Tammuz enabled Semiramis to keep control over the kingdom as mother of the young god-king. The worship of the child god is always done in association with the mother, with the young god always depicted in his mother’s arms. Ultimately, the mother is worshipped along with the child. As the mother of god, she must also be god. So, the worship of mother and child has its origins in Semiramis and Tammuz.
Sun Worship and Christmas
Christmas is not a Christian Festival; it was originally a pagan celebration of the birth of the sun. The change of the seasons was of major significance to primitive man, so the celebration of the winter solstice was a key festival for them. The winter solstice occurred on December 21, but as the days only started to become longer from the 25th of December, that date was chosen as the celebration day for the birth of the sun. There was a great joy for the primitive man that mid-winter had passed and the days would become warmer, leading to the start of spring and new life.
The original name for the festival was Yule, derived from the Norse jōl, which was a winter feast that lasted 12 days. The festival gives its name to the Yule Log, which was derived from the central feature of the pagan celebration being a bonfire, the big fir tree that dominated the bonfire was the Yule Log. So the Yule Log was at the centre of the bonfire, and the bonfire was the centre of the Yule celebration. The twelve days of the celebration are still evident in the Christmas celebration today, with the requirement that decorations are to be taken down by the sixth of January, and in the popular Christmas song the Twelve Days of Christmas by Bing Crosby. The festival was a time of excess and indulgence with many social restrictions being removed.
So how did the pagan festival of Yule, celebrating the birth of the sun, become a Christian celebration of Christmas? David Pawson explained it well in his two-part series on the Church and Christmas (1), saying that in the 4th century Pope Gregory had sent a missionary to England called Augustine. On reporting back to the Pope on his progress Augustine was able to say that he had had some success, having baptised the king of Kent, and that he had a number of people attending services at Canterbury Cathedral. He however stated that he had failed in his attempts to wean the people off the fertility cult festival called Yule. Pope Gregory’s response to Augustine was that he should follow the tried and tested way of bringing pagans into the Roman Church, and that was to adapt the pagan festivals into Christian festivals – Pope Gregory told Augustine to “Baptise it into Christ”. Pope Gregory went on to say that as the pagans celebrate the birth of the sun, and because of that Augustine could change the festival to “celebrate the son of righteousness, who has healing in His wings”. So, from that time on December 25 became the official birth of Jesus. Pope Julius, following Pope Gregory’s lead, instituted the celebration for the whole Church, where it had originally been only for Britain. From that time on the Roman Catholic mass was instituted on December 25, giving us the name Christ-mass, which over time became Christmas.
Believers in Jesus should not only reject Christmas as a pagan celebration that has contaminated their faith, but also because the focus is on mother and child, a Roman Catholic doctrine. Jesus is not a baby, believers need to relate to Jesus as He is now, which is described to us by the apostle John in Revelations 1. He is to be understood as the Head of the Church, the Bridegroom, the Judge – not as a baby.
The Golden Child of Christmas
The golden child in the Vatican treasury, like so many other images of the child in Roman Catholic Churches, is reminiscent of the ancient worship of Tammuz as a child. Born on December 25, the baby Tammuz represented the rebirth of the sun. Christians must understand that when they celebrate Christmas, they are taking part in a pagan celebration of the birth of the sun, the golden child.
- The Church and Christmas – The Truth About Christmas Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqwxP4hJSzE. (2022/06/07).
Alter Egos of Tammuz
After God confused the languages at Babylon, new cultures were formed that continued the practice of sun worship. The child Tammuz received a new name befitting the language of that culture, however, the god that was being worshipped was still Tammuz. Consequently, there are other pagan Gods that are said to have been born on December 25, such as Horus, Sol and Mithras.
The birth of Tammuz is described by Alexander Hislop in His book The Two Babylons:
Christmas trees are a pagan symbol of Tammuz
The origin of the Christmas tree is then from Babylonian paganism, where Tammuz was believed to be an evergreen tree that sprang out of a dead tree stump. The stump symbolizes the deceased Nimrod who was cut to the ground; and then the new evergreen tree symbolized how he had come to life again, as the reborn sun god Tammuz.
The evergreen tree became a powerful pagan symbol of a god born on the 25th of December, because it stays green all winter – it became the perfect symbol of a martyred god, “reborn” on this day! The Yule log tradition comes from pagans bringing a fir tree into their homes. The bottom section of the log was cut off, becoming the Yule log, which was added to the hearth fireplace piece by piece over the twelve days of Yule.
The Christmas tree was introduced into the English Empire by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Christmas was a community celebration until Prince Albert, having German roots introduced the Christmas tree into the home and focused the celebration on the family.
Mother and Child Worship
The celebration of Christmas is of two-fold benefit to the Roman Catholic Church. Firstly, there is a focus on Mary as the “Mother of God.” Her association with the baby Jesus is important for the recognition of her deity. The child is God and must be worshipped, so the mother of God is also to be worshipped. Secondly, with the pagan date being used as the date of our Lord’s birth, it separates Him from his Jewish origins.
There are a number of pagan symbols displayed in the statue of mother and child depicted above:
- A pagan trident symbol rises from the head of what is supposedly baby Jesus. Baal, Neptune, Poseidon and other “gods” of storm and sea were depicted as carrying tridents.
- The right hand of the child is displayed with two fingers and a thumb prominent, being another way of symbolizing the trident, and is an occult hand sign. This is also used by high Church officials and priests in blessings invoking the sign of the cross.
- In the left hand of the child is a globe: Statues of the Romanized Egyptian goddess Isis holds a globe in her hand, Hercules as a solar deity carried the very same globe in hand, and the Persian sun god Mithra is also depicted with the globe in hand as a sign of his supreme rule over the Universe.
- The cross above the ball is in the shape of the Baal sun symbol.
- Mary the “queen of heaven” is depicted wearing a crown.
The True Birthday of Jesus
Several scriptures indicate that the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles is actually the true birthday of our Messiah. The apostle John also hints at the timing of the birth of Jesus during the Feast of Tabernacles writing, “the word became flesh and tabernacled among us…” (John 1:14).
In the text of the Gospel of Luke, we see that there were shepherds in the countryside guarding their flocks (Luke 2:8). It would be very unlikely that shepherds would be out in the fields on December 25 which is mid-winter in Israel.
John the Baptist’s father, Zachariah’s service in the Temple was according to the Abijah division (Luke 1:5-25), which according to 1 Chronicles 24:10 served during the 8th week of the Hebrew year. During his time of service, an angel visits him and he is told that he and his wife Elizabeth will have a son. After he finishes his service, he goes back home and Elizabeth soon conceives.
Six months later, the angel speaks to Mary and informs her that she will become pregnant with a son (Luke 1:26; 36). At that time, the angel tells her that her relative Elizabeth is pregnant, so Mary hurries to see her (Luke 1:39-45).
Three months later, John is born. His birth would be around Pesach (Passover). The feast has a tradition of leaving an empty seat at the table for the prophet Elijah, and prophecy indicates that he would then announce the arrival of the Messiah (Malachi 4:5-6). Jesus is born six months after John – at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles, which is nine months after His conception at Hanukah! There is too much evidence for these occurrences to be coincidences.
Mary Worship is connected to Sun Worship
Mother, or Mary worship is the most powerful and emotional phenomenon in the Roman Catholic Church today. This mystic cult is given credence by the multitude of accounts about supernatural phenomena involving statues, apparitions and healings. Since Mary worship is found nowhere in the writings of the first Christians, it is evident that its origin is found in the universal adoration of the mother goddess throughout all paganism, well before the time of Christ. Mary veneration as “Mother of God” was adopted into the rising Roman Church early in its history – from the post-Constantine era.
When the people of Babylon were scattered to all parts of the earth by God, they took the worship of mother and child with them. Examples of mother and child worship are found in China with the mother goddess being given the title of “holy mother” or Shingnoo. Ralph Woodrow, in his book Babylon Mystery Religion (1), names other mother goddesses:
|Hertha – Ancient Germans||Disa – Scandinavians||Nutria – Etruscans||Cebel – Asia|
|Aphrodite or Ceres – Greeks||Nana – Sumerians||Venus – Rome||Indrani – India|
Marcus Bach, in his book Strange Sects and Curious Cults, sums it up by saying “But regardless of her name or place she was the wife of Baal (lord), the virgin queen of heaven, who bore fruit although she never conceived.” As you travel through history, the title “Queen of heaven” is given to the alter egos of Semiramis. And as more focus is given to the mother than the child, eventually she is worshipped individually.
Archaeologists in Rome, discovering statues (idols) depicting mother and child veneration from the time of Constantine, are unable to distinguish between Isis -Tammuz and Mary – Jesus. The reason being that the Pagan statues of Isis and Tammuz, simply changed to be “Christian” statues of Mary and child.
- (1) Ralph Woodrow, in his book Babylon Mystery Religion; Ralph Woodrow Evangelistic Association, inc. 1966.
- (2) Marcus Bach, Strange Sects and Curious Cults; Dodd, Mead & Company; Apollo Editions, 1951.
According to the Roman Catholic Church the Eucharist is not just the body of Jesus, it is the whole of Jesus, body, soul and Spirit. The Roman Catholic mass involves a priest having the power to change a sun disc-shaped host (bread) into the “whole body” of Jesus – the Eucharist. This occurs when the priest utters the magic words hoc est corpus meus;’ the term hocus pocus was used as a derogatory term by Protestants for this act, the phrase has evolved to be used to indicate pocus meaningless talk designed to deceive. The change that takes place is not in the substance of the bread – for it is still bread – but rather in the mind of the Roman Catholic, it has become the flesh of God.
To better understand the Mass and the taking of the eucharist, it is important to define the term transubstantiation, the Roman Catholic explanation is “the word official approved by the Council of Trent to express the changing of the entire substance of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. After the consecration only the appearance or “accidents” (colour, taste, smell, quality, etc.) of bread and wine remain” (1). Thus, the Roman Catholic explanation of the Eucharist is that “it is God among us, it is the Lord Jesus present in the tabernacle of our Churches with His body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is Jesus veiled under the presence of bread, but really and physically present in the consecrated Host, so that He dwells in our midst, works within us and for us, and is at our disposal. The Eucharist Jesus is the true Emmanuel. The ‘God within us’ (Matthew 1:3)” (2).
Joan Cruz in her book Eucharist Miracles further defines transubstantiation by writing: “The Eucharist is a supernatural transformation, in which substantial change occurs without accidental change. Thus, the outward properties of bread and wine continue after consecration, but their essence and substance are replaced by the substance of the true and actual Body and Blood of Christ” (3).
It was Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) who furnished the justification for transubstantiation. Chemical changes before the enlightenment were explained according to Aristotle’s pseudo-scientific philosophy of “accidents,” where the substance could be one thing but appear to be another. In alchemy, there was not much distinction between chemistry and magic. So, when an alchemist combined chemical elements, the resulting compound and chemicals were seen as having changed appearance, not a change of substance. The reverse of this is how Aquinas explained transubstantiation, where the bread and wine would be the mere appearance, but the substance would actually be the protoplasm of Jesus Christ after the priest uttered the magic phrase. Joan Cruz gives the example of water changing to ice, the outward properties change, while the molecular structure (substance) does not. The Eucharist is the opposite scenario, while the outward properties remain the same, the substance has changed into the very body of God.
So, while modern science reveals transubstantiation to be preposterous, the Roman Catholic Church still hold onto the belief because of their doctrine De Fide (“always the same”), which will not allow them to change a doctrine instituted by an infallible Pope! Regarding the tradition of transubstantiation, Jacob Prasch had this to say “the whole idea of transubstantiation comes from a concept no one believes anymore. It is unfounded. The idea of the “accidents” and the host being transubstantiated is absolutely absurd” (4).
All aspects of the Eucharist are pagan:
- The concept of eating your god is totally pagan, and is derived from the worship of the sun god Mithras by the Romans.
- The shape of the Eucharist is a sun disk
- The belief in “accidents” is derived from the philosophies of Aristotle.
- The magic words that can only be spoken by a priest is the type of ploy used by pagan priests to have power over the people. An authority that is found nowhere in scripture.
A Roman Catholic Priest saying the magic words, hoc est corpus meus.
In Matthew 24, Jesus warns of the great deception of the last days and that there would be many false Christs. The Eucharist certainly fits that description. Jesus said if people say “‘look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it” (Matt. 24:26). The Greek word inner room is Tameion, which actually means a storage container. It is important to note that at the end of the Mass, the remaining hosts are placed in a storage container referred to as the “tabernacle.” This then becomes a focal point for prayer and worship of Christ and his real presence in the church. Jesus makes a mockery of this belief when He continues on to say “for as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
A storage container referred to as the “tabernacle.”
- (1) Joan Carol Cruz, Eucharist Miracles, Tan books and Publishers, Rockford, II, 1967, P13
- (2) Fr. Stephano Manelli, OFM, The most Blessed Sacrament: Our Lord is truly present: Body Soul and Divinity to make you happy now and for eternity!. Children of the Father Foundation, Havertown, PA. P4.
- (3) Joan Carol Cruz, Eucharist Miracles, Tan books and Publishers, Rockford, II, 1967, P40.
- (4) Jacob Prasch, Shadows of the Beast, Moriel Ministries, 2011.
It must be made clear that, according to the Roman Catholic Church the Eucharist is not just the body of Jesus, it is Jesus, and during the Benediction, the “Eucharist Christ” is placed in a monstrance that is designed to depict the sun, and is worshiped by the congregation, which is pure pagan idol worship. Many of the Roman Catholic monstrances, as the ones displayed above, also have a crescent moon, the symbol of both the queen of heaven and Mary.
The belief that the Monstrance contains the full body of Jesus is refuted by Paul in Acts 17:24 when speaking to the philosophers of Athens, “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man.” The idea that Jesus can be taken from the right hand of God the Father and be encased in a glass chamber within a sunburst Monstrance, is not only totally unscriptural, but it is also ludicrous and abhorrent.
The Monstrance a pagan symbol
The origins of the sun disc eucharist resting on the crescent moon is found in the goddess Isis (an alter ego of Semiramis). The sun disc supported by the crescent moon is symbolic of the womb of Isis, which bore the sun child Tammuz.
This Catholic link between Jesus as the “sun” and Mary as the “womb/crescent moon” is further revealed by Pope John Paul II, in the weekly Vatican publication Zenith, writing that “the relationship between the Virgin Mary and the Eucharist is explained by referring to the ‘Eucharistic faith’ that Mary already practiced ‘even before the institution of the Eucharist, by the very fact that she offered her virginal womb for the incarnation of God’s word’.”
The Bread and Wine are Symbols
Roman Catholics refuse to recognise that the bread and wine are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus and that when Christians partake in communion, it is done in remembrance of what Jesus has done for them. Thousands upon thousands of Protestants died during the inquisitions for refusing to worship the Catholic wafer god. There is also absolutely no evidence of the mass in scripture – where a man becomes a mediator between God and man and performs the duties of a sacrificing priest.
The Roman Catholic Mary Points to the Eucharist Christ
Roger Oakland in his book Another Jesus? The Eucharist Christ and the New Evangelism, reveals the increased emphasis being made by Mary apparitions around the world on the importance of Eucharist adoration. He writes: “Apparitions from the four corners of the globe express this common theme. The Eucharist has the power to transform the world. The Eucharist should be worshipped. Eucharist adoration will bring peace and unity. Messages originate from such diverse places as Amsterdam, Holland; Akita, Japan; Rome, Italy; Naju, Korea; Bayside, New York, and Budapest, Hungary all convey this common idea’.”
Mother and son worship which was so prominent in ancient paganism, continues in the Roman Church, Mary is to be worshipped as queen of heaven, and Jesus is to be worshipped in the form of the sun disc “Eucharist Christ,” held aloft in a monstrance.
A more detailed explanation of Mary worship and her many apparitions, can be found in my presentation title Mary Worship, which is a part of this series.
The “Eucharist Christ”
There will be those who on reading this presentation will be offended, because they have Roman Catholic friends who believe in the historical Jesus: He was born of a virgin, raised in Nazareth, died on the cross, and was raised from the dead on the third day. This is the danger of syncretism, where Biblical truth is contaminated by man’s wisdom and pagan philosophies. The deception of Satan here is not on the historical accuracy of the life of Jesus, but on the means of salvation. The apostle Paul warned the Galatians about adding additional requirements for salvation (Gal. 3:1). Just as the Galatians had legalistic traditions as requirements for salvation, the Roman Catholic Church has pagan traditions. They are preaching another Jesus, who is not the Jesus of scripture, and that is where Roman Catholicism must be judged. According to Roman Catholic doctrines, which are clearly stated in The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, anyone who denies that the Eucharist contains the “whole Christ,” is an anathema (to be cursed and excommunicated). The “Eucharist Christ” must therefore be worshipped! Because of the depth of pagan syncretism in Roman Catholicism, the Roman faith must be considered a cult, just as Mormonism and Jehovah’s are cults.
So, for those that have felt offended, bear in mind, the Church of Rome holds that no one outside of their church can be a Christian, and that you are anathema, and are destined for hell for not believing in their doctrine.