Posts Tagged ‘pagan’

Papal Visit! One.

What is Expected?

Many people in Ireland are hoping that during this Papal visit the first since 1979, the new Pope will apologise for all the hurt and pain of what Nuns, monks and priests have done over the years in the various sexual scandals to have rocked the country?

But if one knows the Roman Catholic Church, one should know that everything moves very slowly and it is unlikely this Pope like any other will not have much to say!

People in Ireland have moved on into what is described as a modern society, but the reality for the many who believe the nation is now on the verge of paganism and hostile to the Christian faith?

Salvation only comes through faith in Jesus as the Son of God who died once for our failures, priest, man, pope cannot save us! Only by confession, repentance and faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus will we have the full assurance of Eternal Life!

Job 30:25,  Proverbs 23:29,   Jeremiah 8:6,   Malachi 3:14,   Mark 3:5,   Luke 5:32,  Romans 2:4.

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PATRICK.

Feast day 17th March.

Happy Saint Patricks Day?

Patrick was no weakling, he was planning his escape probably from the day he was taken in what was the remains of Roman Britain? But it took some courage to return to a pagan land in the hope of converting the Irish to Christianity?

Many had tried before with little success, but Patrick was a man of vision and he was also a born-again Christian like many today both within the both the Protestant and Catholic Church?

Drink and debauchery will mark many of the celebrations today of what has become a traditional holiday, but there are as many Patrick’s around the world serving in great isolated and dangerous places as once Ireland was!

Romans 12:11,  1 Corinthians 15:8-10,  1 Timothy 1:15-16,  Titus 3;3,  1 Peter 1:12.

Patrick…

Born-Again Christian.

We know so much about this man mostly from the two books that he was able to write and have survived 1500 years to be re-printed many times. He tells us something of his life as a Roman Britain and his ignorance as a young man.

He tells us about his capture by Irish raiders and being sold into slavery, he goes on to tell us about the harshness of life before his conversion and after. An important area to mention in relation to the struggles of many believers today.

Patrick tells us about Celtic-Gael culture, his escape and his visions of needing to return to a people he would fall in love with. Patrick was indeed a great man, an even better believer, always emphasising the need of Salvation and personal repentance.

Patrick built five Christian centre and one missionary outreach centre, for those who would take the Gospel message to Cymru/Wales, Curnow/Cornwall, and Alba/Scotland.

Psalm 25:11,  John 3:15-17,  36,  Romans 11:5-6,  1 Corinthians 5:8-10,  Ephesians 2:7-8, 1 Timothy 1:15-16,  Hebrews 7:25,   1 John 5:11-12.

 

Solstice.

Nature Worship.

When ever we come to look at pagan pasts, we find that whatever order of priests there where they all worked out a astronimical clock in their stone circle monuments.

So if you are off the New Grange or Stone Henge or any other monument, please be re-assured that time and cycles remain very much in God the Creators control.

Psalm 115:5-8,   Romans 1:18-23,   Revelation 9:20-21.

Solstice. Part-Two.

New Grange-Stonehenge.

Many people will gather at these sites for the annual summer solstice, to practice a new religion sometimes referred to a neo paganism. But this is not the religion of the Celts or the people before them that occupied these islands and Europe.  Job 12:7-12,  1 Kings 18:24-29.

What we claim to know is very little, many aspects of the art and markings found continue to baffle us. The bible is the only book that tells us that when humanity was left to its own devices, it chose to abandon the Creator God and become stupid.  Romans 1:18-23.  1 Corinthians 15.

Celtic Saints. Part-One.

‘A month of Saints.’

The month of March marks the celebration of a number of Saints, that could be described as the founding fathers of the Celtic Church. March 1st St. David of Wales, 5th March St. Piran of Cornwall and the 17th Saint Patrick of Ireland and Nigeria. But the 17th is also the feast day of the legend of Joseph of Aramathea coming to England and founding Glastonbury.

It is only Patrick’s account of the pagan society of his day that can be dsecribed as a reliable source of information. It is a great window into the conditions of the times of post Roman Britain and Ancient Ireland. Patrick was not the first Christian to visit Ireland, but he was the only one to have a lasting impact and from his work in 500AD the Celtic Church was established with a massive outreach of gospel message to the western fringes of the ‘British isles.’  1 Timothy 1:15-16.

Bru na Boinne, New Grange. Part-Two.

Many people throughout the island of Ireland in recent years have been drawn to various forms of Druidism, Wicca, New Age and Satanism/Witchcraft, because these older thoughts of religious experience are non Sectarian. After 40 years of conflict in N-Ireland, which did spill over the border (Monaghan and Dublin bomb attacks), people have sought refuge in paganism. but many have found that to be as divided as ‘Christianity’.

What real Christian belief is about, is a new life experience in Jesus the Son of God. It is about a change of heart, walking and living in a new way to obey and please God. It is a two way relationship. It is not based on traditions and ceremonies, but on faith and action daily. It is about seeing that we are all failures and that we need God to help us get through life, always trying our best to do what is good, true and right.

Ephesians 4:22-25, Romans 15:3-4, Titus 3:3-7,  Galatians 5:19-24.

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