Paganism in our Culture
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
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Summary: Sports, card games, and even the way we organize our calendar all stem from ancient pagan rites.
 
This article is part of a series. We recommend that you first read: Identifying the Antichrist, Paganism and Catholicism.
 

All the ancient feasts pertaining to sun worship have been introduced into Christendom by the Papacy. Even the ancient symbols and modes of worship are subtly introduced and disguised as Christian practices.

Not only do we see ancient pagan rites and ceremonies in Catholicism and some Protestant Christian denominations, but many aspects of western culture also came from traditions dedicated to the sun god.

 

Days of the Week

The Statue of Liberty with seven sun rays emanating from her head.

Paganism is evident even in the very organizational system our culture is based on. The seven days of the week are dedicated to solar deities.

The number seven was associated with the eye of the Egyptian sun god Osiris, and the seven rays of the Iranian sun god Mithra. Mithra's rays can be seen in depictions of many pagan gods and goddesses.

For example, the Statue of Liberty represents the female form of the sun deity, as she has the seven rays of Mithra on her head and carries the torch, a symbol of the light-bearer or Lucifer.i The seven sun rays emanating from Mithra’s halo symbolize his triumph over the forces of darkness.

Card Games

The card games we play are based on the cosmic rituals of sun worship, there are fifty two cards in a pack (52 weeks in a year), four suits (four seasons or corners of the earth), twelve picture cards (twelve houses of the sun), 36 numbered cards (36 rooms in the cosmic houses of the sun’s path) and the A (alpha) or ace is the highest card but also counts as one (which is the lowest card thus designating the Alpha and the Omega).ii

Cards were the invention of the Spanish Moors, and represented the seasons. Two colours re- present the two equinoxes, and the four duits the four seasons. Spring was designated by a rose (now a diamond); summer by a trefoil (a club); autumn by an acorn (a spade); and winter by a cup (now a heart).iii

Sports

Scoring a goal with the sun ball was equated with the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil…The ball is a sun symbol in all such sports as football, hockey, basketball, and cricket. Baseball is related to the sun in the sundial shape and pattern of the field, as well as its rules of play and scoring. Like all sports, baseball also embodies the sun’s seasonal cycles in much the same way as ancient ceremonial contests were held as part of fertility rites.iv

As in sport, the sun is omnipresent on practically all aspects of life, whether it be art, architecture, philosophy, religion, festivals, folklore, dance, or music. Every morning a "pagan" god of the day wakes us up, for the Romans in the early centuries of the Christian era named each day after the seven planets - Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn.v

Read more about paganism and sports in Paganism and the Olympics

 

 


 

i. Encyclopedia Britannica says that Lucifer is "the morning star...personified as a male bearing a torch."

ii. David Icke, "The Secret Language," The Biggest Secret (1999).

iii. Reverend Cobham Brewer, The Historic Notebook: With an Appendix of Battles (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1891): 146.

iv. Madanjeet Singh, The sun in myth and art (UNESCO, 1993): 87-88.

v. Ibid.

This article is adapted from Truth Matters by Professor Walter J. Veith, an international speaker who has studied Biblical issues in-depth in his quest for truth. His popular series Genesis Conflict brings the debate between Creation and evolution to a new climax as he dissects the arguments with a scientific eye. His highly-acclaimed series Total Onslaught sheds light on the state of the world today as we move to a one-world government and an anticipated apocalypse.
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