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Challenge from a Catholic
This comment is from a member of the Roman Catholic Church:
It seems a bit deceptive to say with such generality, that saints images are recreations of pagan gods from Rome. Where will it end? Should I delete and burn all of my pictures of loved ones? My point is just it's not possible that such a sweeping statement can be true.
But I do see that you know the answer, that some truth is there, but some is concealed...
Why Catholic Saints are Pagan
To restate/clarify my position: The "catholic" church was invented by legal Roman mandate. EVERY religious practice: pagan, Jew, Christian and other was required to join. The word "catholic" is Latin for "universal". To satisfy each group, concessions were made. Dagan the fish god's worshipers, the fishermen, received this rule in the new Universal Church: Eat fish on Fridays. The pagans got to keep many of their celebrations as well: Ishtar’s resurrection (Easter); Winter Solstice (Christmas); and 40 days of fasting for Tammuz (Lent). and even the highest Satanic celebration of the year, All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween & All Saints Day) made its way into the state-mandated, state-controlled religion. Note carefully that All Saints Day is actually a day to honor demons.
The political power of Rome established a parallel religious arm to extend control further across society. Even after the political component of Rome (the Caesars and the Senate) fell, the religious component, the RCC, continued to influence and control regions of Europe. Rome even proclaimed international wars. The Thirty Years' War against Christians and the Crusades against Muslim lands were ordered from Rome.
It is really the same kind of corruption plaguing America today: business interests controlling legislation and religion. That is why the founding fathers declared there must be separation of church and state- to keep state out of church. The law of the land actually makes no inhibition against religious people participating in politics. It is a farce when the Fed orders pastors to cease any and all political commentary.
The Greek and Roman pantheon were converted to "saints". To further obscure this origin of the majority of the saints, actual men are canonized and "sainted" in modern times. People then think (by assumption, not fact), "Oh, all these saints became saints in just this way." Wrong!
But, however you may be arguing up to this point, I ask you this: Where in the Bible does it tell you to pray to ANYONE other than God/Jesus/Holy Spirit for ANYTHING? (I'll give you a hint: nowhere.) In fact, the Bible is very clear on this: put no man between you and God.
List of Patron Saints
Saint George (soldiers)
St. Gerard/ St. Raymond
Why are Catholic Churches Named for Saints?
Now the history and origin of the patron saints has been revealed to you. Consider next the implication for the names of the churches. A building of worship in the RCC is not called a catholic church or a catholic temple, or any other generic name. In many denominations, the denominational name is the only name of the church. Other churches make an effort to keep the intention of Christ. They call their churches "Church of Christ" or something similar and Biblical.
The Romans, however, plastered the names of the gods onto their temples. Rather, they used the universalized versions: Saint this or Saint that instead of the names of the Roman gods. Instead of the Temple of Apollo, they build "Saint Cecilla's". Instead of the Temple of Neptune, they build "Saint Christopher's".
Sadly, many of the so-called Protestants never really removed themselves from the RCC. The Baptists, Methodists, and many other Protestant churches continue to name their buildings with the name of a saint. And, it is always the possessive form, too. What, exactly, inside "Saint Anthony's" belongs to Saint Anthony, the god (read: demon) of "lost things". (Roman god of lost things= Naetaro.)
Mary, Queen of Heaven?
Many reading this article will reject the idea that the saints are really intended to be pagan gods. Well, ask yourself this: Where in the Bible does Mary, mother of Jesus, receive the title, "Queen of Heaven"?
The Queen of Heaven is mentioned in scripture. Here it is: "... the women knead the dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger!" (Jeremiah 7:18)
You might be saying to yourself right now, "Well, I don't make cakes or give offerings to any pagan queen of heaven!" Are you sure? Pray is an offering. If you pray to the "queen of heaven", it is wrong. Mary is the mother of Jesus. But, she is not the Queen of Heaven. The Queen of Heaven may also be called Mary in the Universal Church of Rome. But, Mary is not called Queen of Heaven by God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the apostles, or Christians.
When I was in Kuwait, I visited the catholic church there. Kuwait has two Christian churches on American workers' enclaves, and one catholic church. The RCC building is unmarked, and surrounded by a high brick wall. Inside the courtyard, to the left as one enters the sanctuary, is a tall statue of Mary. The night I visited to listen in on a mass, Filipinos, Malaysians, and other poor-nation expats were on their knees before the statue. They placed candles on a wide circular platform before her. There were other offerings there as well: bread and other items I could not identify were layed before it. That is pagan-style worship of an idol, of the Queen of Heaven, fronting as Mary, mother of Jesus.