more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
Is there anything of which one can say,
"Look! This is something new"?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
NOTE: More-and-more I am appalled at what is being served up as truth (much less, common sense) when, in fact, it is so far from truth that my head spins. I'm not surprised, just appalled. So, I extend a caution about the linkage to paganism I make in the following piece. This, I confess, is a soapbox!. I continue ...
I suppose it doesn't really matter their names - the gods of old. They were myriad, though most of them seem to be kindred to the god Ba'al, and to his consort, Astarte. From the Sumerian plains they ruled with a generous left hand; a violent right one.
Folklore and archaeological finds tell a good deal about the ancient gods and their habits. A reading of the Gilgamesh Myth (a summary of which can be found online: WSU Education - Mesopotamia & Gilgamesh) is remarkably similar to the Bible's earliest accounts of creation, including a flood narrative. (I find it amusing to hear people say it predates the Book of Genesis, and thus discredits God's Word entirely. How convenient; how utterly unsubstantiated!)
One thing that strikes me about the gods then as now, is how strangely alike they are. They haven't changed much, nor have their consorts. Oh ... they're clever taskmasters, and we may call them by different names (or we may not ascribe to them the attributes of deity), but they are the gods of old as sure as sure can be.
How do I know?
Because their primary nature is to discredit the One True God - even if they do so covertly.
How so? Well, let's just consider a few of the things they teach and/or insist their adherents believe or practice ...
- Their word conflicts with, or marginalizes the Word of God
- They insist upon works to gain their attention and/or approval
- The works they insists upon often require self-abuse/self-imposed suffering
- They require and/or make light of self-destructive practices, including sexual perversions
- They permit lessor deities to rule alongside them
- They place a high regard on nature - what can be seen (the original "green" movement)
But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made. So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed.
Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention. 1 Kings 18:26-29
Today Ba'al and Astarte might be called by different names, or not named at all. Today they may reside in something less tangible - like secularism, or hedonism, or one's pastor, or a faith-healer, or a politician/body politic ??? However & wherever they reside, the resemblance is all-too familiar.
While listening to a radio program this week, I heard it said that "Every worldview (belief system) requires a god." That struck me. It's true: even those that profess unbelief have chosen their god. It could be self, or intellect, or science, or the cosmos. Paganism has infiltrated nearly every aspect of life.
What's more, I contend a person has the right and freedom - at least here in America; and at least today - to practice their belief/unbelief system without censure (unless it's illegal). In this country and elsewhere, even Satanists have rights.
The only way to ferret out the gods among us is to know the One, consortless God and His Word. After all, there is nothing new under the sun.
"You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself
an idol in the form of anything in
heaven above or on the earth beneath
or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them
or worship them."