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Lesson 75

FUSION RELIGION TODAY

To further illustrate the fusion of paganism and "Christianity", and that this fusion religion exists to this day, note the following quotations from Hislop's The Two Babylons. Scores of comparisons could be made to show the corruption of modern "Christianity", but one on a religious ritual, one on a religious festival, and one on a religious doctrine will suffice.

On the ROSARY: "The rosary ... is no invention of the Papacy. It is commonly employed among the Brahmins of Hindustan; and in the Hindoo sacred books reference is made to it again and again. Thus, in an account of the death of Sati, the wife of Shiva, we find the rosary introduced: 'On hearing of this event, Shiva fainted from grief; then, having recovered, he hastened to the banks of the river of heaven, where he beheld lying the body of his beloved Sati, arrayed in white garments, holding a rosary in her hand.' ... In Thibet it has been used from time immemorial, and among all the millions in the East that adhere to the Buddhist faith. The following, from Sir John F. Davis, will show how it is employed in China: 'From the Tartar religion of the Lamas, the rosary of 108 beads has become a part of the ceremonial dress attached to the nine grades of official rank. It consists of a necklace of stones and coral, nearly as large as a pigeon's egg, descending to the waist, and distinguished by various beads, according

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to the quality of the wearer. There is a small rosary of eighteen beads, of inferior size, with which the bonzes count their prayers and ejaculations exactly as in the Romish ritual.' ... In Asiatic Greece the rosary was commonly used, as may be seen from the image of the Ephesian Diana."

On CHRISTMAS: "Within the Christian Church no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century, and . . . not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance. How, then, did the Romish Church fix on December the 25th as Christmas-day? Why, thus: Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of the year, in honour of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven [the Catholic Church's Madonna]; and it may fairly be presumed that, in order to conciliate the heathen, and to swell the number of the nominal adherents of Christianity, the same festival was adopted by the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ."

On "PURGATORY": "In Egypt, substantially the same doctrine of purgatory was inculcated. But when once this doctrine of purgatory was admitted into the popular mind, then the door was opened for all manner of priestly extortions. Prayers for the dead ever go hand in hand with purgatory; but no prayers can be completely efficacious without the interposition of the priests; and no priestly functions can be rendered unless there be special pay for them. ... In Egypt the exactions of the priests for funeral dues and masses for the dead were far from being trifling. 'The priests,' says Wilkinson, 'induced the people to expend large sums on the celebration of funeral rites; and many who had barely sufficient to obtain the necessaries of life were anxious to save something for the expenses of their death. . . . numerous demands were made upon the estate of the deceased, for the celebration of prayer and other services for the soul.'"

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The Roman Catholic Hierarchy admits their paganism. The famous British cardinal Newman, in his Essay on Development, frankly states that his religious organization undertook to "transmute the very instruments and appendages of DEMON-worship to an evangelical use" and that religion's many formalisms and knickknacks not mentioned in the Bible "are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the [Roman Catholic] Church".

That it will continue as long as that fusion religion organization exists is shown by Professor Karl Adam's The Spirit of Catholicism (he is an authoritative exponent of Roman Catholic orthodoxy): "We Catholics acknowledge readily, without any shame, nay with pride, that Catholicism cannot be identified simply and wholly with primitive Christianity, nor even with the Gospel of Christ, in the same way that the great oak cannot be identified with the tiny acorn. There is no mechanical identity, but an organic identity. And we go further and say that thousands of years hence Catholicism will probably be even richer, more luxuriant, more manifold in dogma, morals, law and worship, than the Catholicism of the present day. A religious historian of the fifth millennium A.D. will without difficulty discover in Catholicism conceptions and forms and practices which will derive from India, China and Japan, and he will have to recognise a far more obvious 'complex of opposites'. It is quite true, Catholicism is a union of contraries."

Thus by the master moves in the fourth century Satan succeeded in corrupting what was originally Christianity, perverted its organization and doctrine, and then upon the resultant apostasy forced a union and fusion with the Roman pagan organization, which in the end furnished the major pattern for the new state Catholic church. Upon these filthy, fourth-century fusion foundations Satan has erected his gigantic anti-Christ organization, a masterpiece of deception, iniquity and oppression, all guided under a hierarchic priesthood after the order of Nimrod. Papal

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Rome has its roots deeply buried in antiquity, into ancient Babylon, the fountain-head of devil religion in "this present evil world". (Rev. 17:1-5) It is the result of the violation of 2 Corinthians 6:14-16. But it will never survive to the fifth millennium A.D. to continue its iniquity, as Professor Adam boasted. It will never live out this generation.  —Luke 21: 32.


REVIEW: 1. What is done to illustrate the existence of fusion religion to this day? 2. What proves the Romish ritual involving the rosary is pagan and not Christian? 3. (a) Similarly, how is the festival of Christmas proved pagan? (b) The doctrine of "purgatory"? 4. In what words does a Catholic Church dignitary admit demon-worship? 5. What authoritative statement shows their future course with respect to paganism? 6. How is it thus seen that Revelation 17:l-5 very accurately refers to "organized religion"? 7. When will fusion religion end?



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