The Traditions of Ancient Babylon

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The intro to a blog I shared nine months ago…

When the Gentiles came into the church, they were not required to carry out all the rituals of Judaism; however, they were not at liberty to maintain practices adopted from pagan rituals, mystery religions, or Greco-Roman philosophy, and they were not at liberty to ignore the eternal principles of Judaism that were to be applied to their lives in new and living ways…

In an effort of self-preservation, many leaders of the church sought to syncretize Greco-Roman philosophy and polytheistic religion with the purity of their Judaic heritage. As had happened numerous times throughout Old Testament history, Yahwism (the religion of the God of the Jews) was overcome by concepts which were, in fact, based in the traditions of ancient Babylon. Century after century of Babylonian accretions were added from peoples, religions, and philosophies that were foreign to the religion of Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Isaiah, Daniel, Jesus, and the apostles. The result is what we know as Christianity today, a far cry from the faith which Jesus and the apostles practiced in the first century. – John D. Garr, Our Lost Legacy: Christianity’s Hebrew Heritage

Source: Simon Peter, a Bond-servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ (Part Two)