Richard rives favorite method of attack against Protestant Christianity

Roman Mithraism of course…

He loves to send out emails like:

“Learn Not The Way of The Heathen”

“by Richard Rives”

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 8:06 AM

“In 1990, I had the opportunity to visit a site in southeasternTurkeyknown as Nemrut Dag. Nemrut Dag is a seven thousand foot mountain and on top is the burial site of Antiochus I Theos, King of Commagene. “

“Commagene is a kingdom bordering on the areaCilicia. Claiming the title Theos or God, Antiochus thought it only right that he should be buried upon a high place-the dwelling place of the gods. Antiochus is buried in a tumulus style of burial, under 150 feet of rocks on top of Nemrut Dag. There, both Greek and Persian gods were worshipped-demonstrating syncretism-a blending of all the pagan religions during the time of the Grecian Empire. “

“On the east side of the mountain there is a terrace overlooking theEuphratesriver valley. Here the sun was worshipped as it rose. On the West there is another terrace where the sun was worshipped as it set. Statues of the gods line the terraces and, in a central location, we find a depiction of Antiochus shaking hands with the sun god Mithra.”

“There upon Nemrut, we find irrefutable evidence of the Persian sun god Mithra’s’ influence upon the Grecian Empire.”

“In 17 A.D., the Roman emperor Tiberias Caesar annexed the small country of Commagene, in which the mountain Nemrut Dag is located. It was the policy of theRoman Empireto send soldiers from one area of the empire to another in an effort to create a more homogeneous population. As the soldiers from Commagene were sent out to other parts of the empire they took their worship of the sun god Mithra with them. The worship of Mithra was a man’s religion and Mithraism soon became the faith of Roman soldiers. Mithraic shrines are most numerous at locations of military encampment. “

“Some historians are perplexed by the similarities between traditional Christianity and Mithraism. One historian states, “There are striking coincidences with Christianity. Mithra was born in a cave on the 25th of December and was venerated on Sundays.”

“The truth is, there is no reason to be perplexed. It is no coincidence that a December 25th birthday and a Sunday observance were incorporated into Christianity. They are elements of a cleverly devised Satanic scheme to combine pagan sun worship with the worship of the Biblical Creator, Yeshua of Nazareth, Jesus Christ. The very same scheme is followed throughout the Old Testament-the combination of the worship of the sun god under the name Baal, with the true worship of the Creator.”

“Now these unpleasant facts are easily documented. Scholars and theologians are well aware. Even so, most of them will do anything possible to avoid having to discuss it. Will we defend the things that we have been taught by those who withhold vital information? Or will we think for ourselves and apply the truths of scripture which plainly warn against such deception?”

“Let us heed the words of the book of Colossians: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8.”

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

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“Ye Shall Not Go After Other Gods “

Sunday, March 13, 2011 7:01 AM

“Richard Rives”

“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 thePersian Empireand 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 theRoman Empireas 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.”

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“The Cross”

Thursday, April 28, 2011 6:02 AM

“Dear Friends and Fellow Servants,”

“Today many define Christianity by the writings of the so called “Church Fathers” – men who based what they wrote on the traditions of their day – traditions which by that time were far from the faith of those who walked and talked with Christ. Let’s take a look at what one of those men had to say in reference to the sun god Mithra.”

“Tertullian, a second century Christian writer, states that Mithraism had imitated Christianity and attempts to defend the sign of the cross – a known Mithraic symbol. The pagans of Tertullian’s day knew that the sign of the cross was an image that had been adopted from the worship of pagan gods. Having been challenged, Tertullian, in his work known as Apology, attempts to explain:”

“…If any of you think we render superstitious adoration to the cross, in that adoration he is a sharer with us……. We have shown before that your deities are derived from shapes modeled from the cross. But you also worship victories, for in your trophies the cross is the heart of the trophy. The camp religion of the Romans is all through a worship of the standards, a setting the standards above all gods. Well, those images decking out the standards are ornaments of crosses. All those hangings of your standards and banners are robes of crosses.”

“In another work entitled Prescription Against Heresy, Tertullian indicates that the Mithraists placed a symbol similar to that in use among Christians upon their foreheads.”

“The question will arise, By whom is to be interpreted the sense of the passages which make for heresies: By the devil, of course, to whom pertain those wiles which pervert the truth, and who, by the mystic rites of his idols, vies even with the essential portion of the sacraments of God. He, too, baptizes some that is, his own believers and faithful followers; he promises the putting away of sins by a laver (of his own); and if my memory still serves me, Mithra there, (in thekingdomofSatan) set his mark on the foreheads of his soldiers.”

“Even though the pagans of his day knew full well that the cross had been a pagan symbol in use for centuries before the time of Christ, Tertullian states that “…the devil imitates even the main parts of our divine mysteries,” and “has gone about to apply to the worship of idols those very things of which the administration of Christ’s sacraments consists.”

“The sign of the cross was not a Christian symbol among the first century believers that had walked and talked with Christ. It was a well known Mithraic symbol. Tertullian was right about one thing. The attempt to corrupt the truth can be traced directly to the “wiles of the devil.”

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

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“Mithraism and the Cross”

Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:48 AM

“Dear Friends and Fellow Servants,”

“The worship of the sun god Mithra found its way through the Persian, Grecian and Roman empires. Not only that, but aspects of that worship can be found in today’s contemporary Christianity. “

“The pagans of antiquity were well aware of that fact. They challenged those calling themselves Christians to defend themselves regarding the association of aspects of paganism with the worship of Christ. “

“In a futile attempt to do so, The first century Christian apologist Justin Martyr wrote that elements of Mithraism were actually derived from Christianity – that wicked devils had imitated Christianity. “

“Tertullian, a second century theologian, said basically the same thing. Both Justin and Tertullian attempt to defend elements of their faith which were similar and sometimes exactly the same as Mithraic rituals. The problem is that many of those Mithraic precepts predate Christianity – – – – by centuries. “

“Let’s take a look at one aspect of Mithraism that Tertullian attempts to defend: The use of the cross as a Christian symbol. “

“The pagans of Tertullian’s day knew that the sign of the cross was an image that had been adopted from the worship of pagan gods. Having been challenged, Tertullian, in his work known as Apology, attempts to explain: “

“…If any of you think we render superstitious adoration to the cross, in that adoration he is a sharer with us…….We have shown before that your deities are derived from shapes modeled from the cross. But you also worship victories, for in your trophies the cross is the heart of the trophy. The camp religion of the Romans is all through a worship of the standards, a setting the standards above all gods. Well, as those images decking out the standards are ornaments of crosses. All those hangings of your standards and banners are robes of crosses.”

“In another work entitled “Prescription against Heresy” Tertullian indicates that the Mithraists placed a symbol similar to that in use among Christians upon their foreheads: “

“The question will arise, By whom is to be interpreted the sense of the passages which make for heresies: By the devil, of course, to whom pertain those wiles which pervert the truth, and who, by the mystic rites of his idols, vies even with the essential portion of the sacraments of God. He, too, baptizes some – that is, his own believers and faithful followers; he promises the putting away of sins by a laver (of his own); and if my memory still serves me, Mithra there, (in  the  kingdom  of  Satan) set his mark on the foreheads of his soldiers.”

“Even though the pagans of His day knew full well that the cross had been a pagan symbol in use for centuries before the time of Christ , Tertullian states that: “…the devil “imitates even the main parts of our divine mysteries”, and “has gone about to apply to the worship of idols those very things of which the administration of Christ’s sacraments consists”.

“Tertullian’s statement is extremely revealing. What he calls the “main points” of Christianity, which he calls “sacraments” were the same precepts that the pagans applied to idols. “

“Aspects of pagan sun worship never had anything to do with Jesus. Let us heed the admonition of the Book of 1 John. …we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. “

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. “

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

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And that’s just four examples of rives beliefs. Which leads me to the following points.

1 Christian theology and doctrines are NOT related to roman Mithraism. I’ve already disproved rives accusations in my other posts.

https://acriticalchristian1971.wordpress.com/further-roman-mithra-madness-from-richard-rives/

https://acriticalchristian1971.wordpress.com/my-response-to-richards-rives-mithraism-and-the-cross/

https://acriticalchristian1971.wordpress.com/roman-mithraism-and-richard-rives/

2 Celebrating Christmas on Dec 24th is not a Doctrine or Theology involving Christianity it is a celebration and tradition. The traditional birth of Christ and mithra are not similar. Jesus was born of Mary. Mithra was ‘born’ from a rock. Sound familiar? I doubt that.

3 Despite the accusations of Anti-Christian mythists Christianity and roman Mithraism are not the same Doctrinally or Theologically. Even the traditions and rituals of roman Mithraism are un-related to modern Christianity.

Rives flawed arguments using long dead roman Mithraism donot make his accusations truthful. It makes him look like another Judaizing freak that is grasping at ideological straws.


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