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What happened to make pagans become Christians?
When did this happen and why?, around 350 years or so after Jesus Christ was crucified, died, then rose from the dead. Pagans had not believed in Him before, so why was it so easy for them to become Christians? After reading about it, there are some reasons that it was not a difficult thing for them to do.
It was about the year of 325 after the crucifiction of Jesus Christ that the Roman Emperor Constantine decided to made Rome a Christian empire. But, many of the people who lived in Rome where not Christians, so he decided to let some of their celebrations, symbols, and beliefs mix in with the Christians.
For instance, Christians celebrate Christmas. The birth of Jesus Christ. We celebrate it on December 25th. We give gifts to each other, kiss under the mistletoe, and many put lights of red and green on their trees.
The Pagans celebrated December 17th through December 24th because it was the winter solstice. They kissed each other under the mistletoe with berries of red and green in it. They had parties, and decorations.
This is not the only holiday Christians Celebrate with Pagans.
In Easter Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who after being crucified, rose from the dead so we could be forgiven of our sins. But, why do we hunt for easter eggs and give our children stuffed bunnies? The pagans thought the egg was good luck, and the chick or bunny that came from the egg, brought good life.
In Valentine's Day, does that have anything to do with Christ? It is called St. Valentine's Day by the Catholic Church. In the year 269 a priest named Valetine was executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius ll. However, in the year 496 Pope Gelasius named Feburary 14th to be St. Valentine's Day.
In the ancient times the middle of Feburary was the celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hara by the Pagans. They gave each other flowers, and celebrated their love.
So, are we celebrating the death of a priest or the marriage of Zeus and Hara?
What about the Cross? I have written another hub about Jesus Christ being crucified on a tree rather then a cross. Christians did not use the symbol of the cross or even talk about it for several hundered years after Christ had been crucified. But, now there are so many paintings of Jesus Christ on a cross, but only one has been found of Jesus Christ on a tree.
To the Pagans, however, the cross has many meanings. The cross can be the symbol of the cosmos and the gods in it, a medicine wheel, or even the four directions their god is pointing.
The last thing I am going to write about is the Trintiy. The Pagans and several others had trinities. One of the pagan trinties was Isis, Orisis, and Typhon. Isis and Orisis were brother and sister and were also married. Typhon was the god of the sea.
The Pagans had another trinity. This trinity was Zeus, Hera, and Athena.
So why do Christians have a Trinity called The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Part of the First Commandment of God is not to have other Gods before him. This is in Exodus 20:3.
It was about 325 that the Roman Emperor Constantine decided to put the Trinity into Christianity. So, does that mean The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are equal? The Christian Trinity was never found in any documents before 325. However, it is very important today.
All of these seem to be the reasons the Roman Emperor Constantine tried to convert Pagans or anyone else into Christianity. Instead of teaching what the apostles were teaching, he put their holidays and beliefs into Christ's.
This, however was an amazing gift from God. Because when Constantine did this, he gave Pagans the chance to have their sins to be forgive. He have them a chance to learn about Jesus. To know God, through Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world He gave his only begotten Son. Jesus who was crucified, died, and rose from the dead. After that all of us have the chance to be forgiven of our sins! Isn't that amazing!
Do you think Pagans should become Christians? Please scroll down to the bottom, and let me know what you think.
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