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Religions need to continue

Updated on September 2, 2019

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This is the Maori Sun God
This is the Maori Sun God | Source
It is believed that Christmas has replaced the ancient feast of the Romans Saturnalia, which was a feast of plenty, so plenty of presents would be the rule for a Merry Christmas
It is believed that Christmas has replaced the ancient feast of the Romans Saturnalia, which was a feast of plenty, so plenty of presents would be the rule for a Merry Christmas | Source

Religions need to continue

Welcome to our article (50), Religions need to continue.

May God help me write the right things.

Dear readers, as we have said, man has always believed in God/gods and religions, it is an inborn need within us, we believe that it has been like this since the beginning of the world. So, we have written our article about this, Man needs God, check it out. There are other ways to check it out, by reading history books or old classic books, they will show you that mankind has believed in many gods and religions, therefore, religions need to continue even if the atheists believe that there is no God, and the terrorists make it hard for us to believe there is a God, because if there was a god, then God would not have allowed those violent things to happen.

Now, if we want to overcome these negative things about religions, we believe that religions need to be modified, so, they need to fall in line with the modern times, to make man believe what man needs to believe and be happy. So, let us look, at how religions play their part these days, even when events are not strictly religious.

Therefore, let us take a short break from these strict religious talks, to see what is happening around the world today. Because it is nearly Christmas time, everybody and everything seems to remind us of the coming Christmas festivities for 2011 and the season greetings that we usually send. Therefore, in order to do what deeds to be done in this case, I want to wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Now that I have said my season greeting or wishes, I can tell you what’s on my mind and then go back to talk about religions, since even these Christmas feasts are, or seem to be religious, even if at their beginning, they were not religious, and if they were religious, they were set in a strange way, perhaps they were there to give some meaning and joy to the people involved, as we will see as we go on.

Today, as we know or led to believe, Christmas is a religious happening and therefore is a religious feast, so, one could ask, how would people react if there were no more Christmas? So, Christmas needs to continue.

This is also one of the reasons why religions need to continue as they are, you see people like feasts, they like to belong in something that binds them together, it has been so since the beginning of recorded times, therefore, there are times when it does not matter whether the feast is religious or otherwise.

I am saying this because, today religious orders are under threat, from atheists who do not believe in God and religions, and from the extremist groups who pretend to do God’s will, when they do harm to their fellow man.

The atheists want religious people to prove the existence of God, when they know very well that it is impossible to do, because if there is a God, this God and the spiritual forces are in another dimension, now since science cannot see or prove the existence of another dimension as being spiritual forces, they assume that God does not exist.

We believe that it is necessary for the atheists, first to prove that there is no spiritual dimension, before they assume that God does not exist. Having said that, now let us see, what the people would do if there was no more Christmas; do you think that Christmas will disappear, and nobody will care about it? Or do you think that Christmas will be missed by the people? To answer that question, we need to find what the origin of Christmas is, so, let us see what the origin of this present feast of Christmas was, before it became a modern religious feast that we celebrate these days.

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What is the origin of Christmas?

Today Christmas means different things to different people, therefore, every one of us as their own ways to demonstrate our feelings for Christmas, sometimes even with a song of our own; look at this link to see what I mean: The Christmas Song (Jayesslee cover)

Grinchmas Part 2 - Day 16 Advent Calendar

Anyhow, today when we are talking about Christmas, we wonder, what are the origin of our present Christmas feast, most of us want to believe that Christmas is the birthday of our lord Jesus Christ, but if or when we work it out from the scriptures it is not right. Some people say that Jesus Christ birthday is in October and they might be right, but in this case it does not matter when it is really, because it has been changed to coincide with another ancient feast, therefore, the origin of our Christmas feast is/was not the birthday of our lord, because it was once an old Roman feast called Saturnalia. This feast name came from the god Saturn who was once the ruler of all gods and everything on earth and ruled during the Golden Age.

Saturn was the son of another two gods, his father was called Heaven and his mother was called earth, well not exactly like that but that is the equivalent in English. I could say a lot more about god and goddesses, which have disappeared since then; but here we are talking about the origin of Christmas. Anyhow, as we have said, Saturn ruled during the Golden Age, when there was abundance of food and everything else for the human race; therefore, this was the reasons why the Romans had Saturnalia, which was a feast of plenty and everything else like a carnival. In the Roman tradition, the feast of Saturnalia was held during the winter solstice in memory of the Golden Age of man when Saturn was said to have ruled earth.

But, the Saturnalia feast has two meaning already, because the winter solstice is when the days in the Northern Hemisphere are very short, so, the ancient people thought that their sun god was abandoning them, so, they had to do something to get their sun god back; therefore, the winter solstice feast is also the feast of the rebirth of the sun, which many ancient religions have used to start a new sun year going. Here we are afraid to say that there were some religions that used human sacrifices so that their sun god would return to shine and bring life back.

I know that today it seems absurd that people were so ignorant then, but it is believed to be so. Now, to give you some proof of what I am saying, I want to point out that even in the Bible these sacrifices are mentioned, but Yahweh being a real God knew that human sacrifice was not to happen, so, he ordered animal sacrifice when the Jews had to have a religious service. There is a lot more that can be said about religions and sacrifices, but it is not right to mention these cruel things of the past, and they portray religions badly. But we are in favour of religions, see the beginning of this article, where we have said that religions need to continue and stay as they are if possible, in order to keep religious people happy.

Anyhow, let us discuss briefly the human or animal sacrifice of the old religions, and try to see the signs that they have left even today. We know that old religions believed that the gods needed a real sacrifice every now and then, in those times the sun was thought to be also a god that gave life to every living thing, so, they sacrificed to the sun and other gods as well, in order to keep those gods happy and favourable to the rest of the community, of course, to do that they had worked out a great ceremony where all their people took part.

Today this outrageous practice to keep the gods happy by scarifying human beings is not used anymore, but even today if people observe closely this is being perpetuated in our religious services, but it is perpetuated only in words and in our spiritual beliefs and no real sacrifice takes place. These human sacrifices were changed from Yahweh God of the Israelite, who replaced the human sacrifice with the animal sacrifice, and later on this was changed again, if you have attended any Christian religious service, especially the Roman Catholic Church, at the most important part of the mass the priest says, This is the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world; this means that Our Lord Jesus Christ has made the last sacrifice for everybody and no other sacrifice is required, because he took away all the sins of the world. This changing of religious things means that religions can be changed and today religions will change even if it takes a long time to do so.

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St Peter Basilica in Rome

Today the feast of Christmas is also a very important religious feast that Christianity including the Roman Catholic Church celebrate as the birth of Jesus Christ our savior.
Today the feast of Christmas is also a very important religious feast that Christianity including the Roman Catholic Church celebrate as the birth of Jesus Christ our savior. | Source

What could be changed?

As we have said above, the feast of Christmas has been changed three times already; these changes were brought about from other changes, since these changes happen from time to time. Today we can see other changes happening; so, what we could do to make it happen and what is the best way to make it happen. The answer to that is that we believe, we need to keep religions and religious feast as they are today, so that people can continue to enjoy what they know. We need only to look at Christmas to see that it took a long time for the change to take place from Saturnalia to Christmas, and it happened because people like festivities and get together especially if they are fun like the Saturnalia. You see, people don’t accept changes easily and if any changes are going to be achieved it must be done gradually and in such a way that would accommodate everybody.

Now, let us go back to the beginning of this article, where we state that religions need to continue, therefore the atheists, the scientists and the extremist groups need to rethink their strategies, because religions are not going to disappear or change quickly, the only way that religion can change, is that we can modify religions slowly; so, this is what we have in mind to suggest, we would like to suggest a way of how we can get everybody willing to embrace a super religion, that can connect all existing religions together, this is a theory about a super religion that will set every existing religion one step lower than the new super religion that we are suggesting, and thus can link all religion together. We need to say that part of this super religion theory has already been written in hub pages, but it needs to be finished and explained more clearly.

This religious theory that we are talking about is one of the several theories that can help achieve religious reconciliation; so, we have called it Reconciliation of the Universe, not because it can achieve universal reconciliation, but because it aims to achieve some of that reconciliation required, for the benefit of mankind. Now that we have said it, we need to continue to work on it, so that we can connect everything that needs to be connected, in order to work the best way, it can work.

Dear readers, we hope you will follow our religious writings of Reconciliation of the Universe, which is part three of all our religious writings that at the beginning we called Prayers for reconciliation. You see what we have written in part one and part two are only explanations and the reasons why we need to come up with this new religious theory. In part three we will try to set everything up in such a way that this super religion can be created, if people are willing to create it. Therefore, we will write how this theory works, because, as we have said religions need to continue, because it is a way of life that people prefer to live; we believe that it is the only way for humanity to enjoy life as we have been taught to enjoy.

Anyhow, we will write two more articles, before we start part three, Reconciliation of the universe.

May God bless us all.

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    • Frank Menchise profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesco Menchise 

      7 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Thanks Mellypogg for your comment, I see what you mean when you say, "for the world to unite is to let go of organized religions". I believe that you are right about that, but to tell people just that, it might not get us anywhere, unless we are able to suggest to the people something that would help to adjust this new religious way. So that is the reason why I am trying to tell people that religions need to continue, but they also need to be modified. I hope you see what I mean?

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      Mellypogg 

      7 years ago from Bellingham

      there are some that believe December 25th was adopted to win over the pagans. Cross reference your "christian" holidays with pagan holidays and I bet you will find that Christmas is not the only one that used to be a pagan celebration day. There are also those that say religion is what is dividing us, Note: I say religion, not belief in God, and that the only way for the world to unite is to let go of organized religion.

    • Frank Menchise profile imageAUTHOR

      Francesco Menchise 

      7 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Dave, this makes things even more complex, because I understand that the Hebrew Calendar starts at Easter, (early April) therefore the third month of the following year should be around July. If this is the case we are celebrating Christmas at the wrong time and Christmas in July woulf be more apropiate.

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Frank: According to scripture, Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel in the 6th. month of the Hebrew Calendar.

      Therefore it would be somewhere in the 3rd. month of the following year, that Mary would give birth, assuming she carried a full 9 months or 40 weeks to full term.

      I am not certain as to why December 25, was adopted, maybe it coincided with some Gentile celebration.

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Frank: Though the date of the birth of Jesus Christ is not and could never be December 25th. People have adopted this date no matter their logic, as the date to celebrate the birth of a King, the "Son of God".

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