My belated response to richard rives 2011 email “Ye Shall Not Go After Other Gods”

Last year I recieved the following email from rives camp stating.

Sunday, March 13, 2011 7:01 AM

“Dear Friends and Fellow Servants,”

“The sun god, by many different titles, has been the central figure of pagan worship since earliest recorded times. Many names, in many different languages, have represented the deified sun. In the East, the sun god was known as Mithra. “

“Mithraism originated in the Persian Empire and eventually became the chief rival of Christianity In the fourth century. Roman Christianity was established as the official religion of the empire; and many would lead us to believe that the worship of Mithra mysteriously vanished. But was it Mithraism that vanished or true Christianity? That’s a very good question, considering the fact that what became known as Christianity lacked few Mithraic rituals. “

“The Persian sun god Mithra, who would later become known in the Roman Empire as Sol Invictus, was known to have been born on December 25th. Sunday was recognized as the day of the sun. The followers of Mithra had their own version of the Lords Supper and the sign of the cross was placed upon their foreheads.”

“Today many would lead us to believe that because aspects of Mithraism can be found within our churches that Christianity is just one version of ancient sun worship. That is simply not true. What is true is that the believers that walked and talked with Yeshua, Jesus Christ were well aware of the precepts of Mithraism and would have had nothing to do with them.”

 

“Over time, as the result of religious syncretism, the non Biblical precepts of Mithraism gradually found their way into what is now recognized as Contemporary Christianity. “

 

“Will we blindly defend the things that we have been taught, or will we check things out for ourselves? The Bible gives us sound instruction: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” “

 

“Contending for the faith once delivered to the Saints: I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

Is rives right? Not exactly.

Let’s view a few websites that counter his claims.

‘Mithraism’

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10402a.htm

‘Mithraism’

http://www.religionfacts.com/greco-roman/sects/mithraism.htm

And there’s lots more websites that counter rives claims.

So why is rives so intent on laying the rotten pagan fruits at the door of modern Christianity?

It is because of his Judaizing philosophy that Christians should keep the Ten Commandments (But not the rest of the law of Moses). Modern Christianity with its Theology, Doctrines and flaws donot mess with his version of being a ‘Jewish’ believer in Jesus.

I have already posted my apologetics against rives use of Christianity = Mithraism so I won’t go too far into a long defense of Christianity from his post.

Richard rives and many others who believe that current Christianity has anything to do with goddess worship other forms of paganism are not saving anyone in Christ or in the world. They are simply accursed.

Galatians 1:8-9

Galatians 2:16

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