Baptism is a pagan ritual
- From: "Zadok" <nobler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 05 May 2008 18:37:26 GMT
The rite of baptism is of pagan origin.
In ancient history, the Greek historain Plutarch tells us that the rites of
Mithras were being practiced in Cilicia in 67BC.
That is just about 100 years before Christianity started.
We also know from historians that Mithraism spread rapidly thoughout the
Roman Empire, simply because the soldiers adopted it.
A quick perusal of your bible, will tell you that Saulus (Paul the apostate)
was from Cilicia.
The only mention of baptism in the bible, is the symbolic ritual washing
that was practised by John the baptist.
The so called commands of Jesus in Matthew 28: 19, and Mark 16: 16 have been
shown to be later redactions. We have ancient texts either without the
Matthew 28: 19 command, or omitting Mark 16: 16 altogether.
So, where did baptism as the church knows it come from.
The ceremonies of purification by the sprinkling or drenching of the novice
with the blood of bulls or rams were widespread, and were to be found in the
rites of Mithra. By this purification a man was "born again" [Beugnot,
/Hist. de la Dest. Du Paganisme/, i. p. 334.], and the Christian expression
"washed in the blood of the Lamb" is undoubtedly a reflection of this idea,
the reference thus being clear in the words of the Epistle to the Hebrews:
"It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away
sins". In this passage the writer goes on to say: "Having boldness to enter
into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which he
hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say his flesh ... let
us draw near ... having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and
our bodies washed with pure water" [Hebrews x. 19.]. But when we learn that
the Mithraic initiation ceremony consisted in entering boldly into a
mysterious underground "holy of holies", with the eyes veiled, and there
being sprinkled with blood, and washed with water, it is clear that the
author of the Epistle was thinking of those Mithraic rites with which
everybody at that time must have been so familiar.
Baptism was a ritual of the Mithriac cult.
And it became the same with the christians.
And we know that Mithraism was in the Empire 100 years before Christianity,
and spread rapidly.
There are so many rituals and ideas that the church borrowed and copied from
Mithras, that it is a joke to consider Christianity anything other than a
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