A picture is worth a thousand words, so we have decided to put together this visual chapter of pictures, along with relevant quotes, exposing the development of paganism all the way from ancient/literal Babylon to modern/spiritual Babylon. The purpose of this educational page is to inspire questions and to act as a catalyst in your search for truth.
“This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of “the man of sin” foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan's power—a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will.”
- Ellen White, The Great Controversy, p. 50.
“Christianity [i.e. Catholicism] did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. The Greek mind, dying, came to a transmigrated life in the theology and liturgy of the Church; the Greek language, having reigned for centuries over philosophy, became the vehicle of Christian literature and ritual; the Greek mysteries passed down into the impressive mystery of the Mass.”
-Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, p. 595
“The ancient Egyptians-as we have seen-annually celebrated the Resurrection of their God and Saviour Osiris, at which time they commemorated his death by the Eucharist, eating the sacred cake, or wafer, after it had been consecrated by the priest, and became veritable flesh of his flesh. The bread, after sacerdotal rites, became mystically the body of Osiris, and, in such a manner, they ate their god. Bread and wine were brought to the temples by the worshippers, as offerings.”
-T.W. Doane (Bible disbeliever), Bible Myths & Their Parallels in Other Religions (1882), p. 306
“From this interesting passage we learn that the ancient Mexicans, even before the arrival of Christian missionaries, were fully acquainted with the doctrine of transubstantiation [bread being magically turned into a god] and acted upon it in the solemn rites of their religion. they believed that by consecrating bread their priests could turn it into the very body of their god, so that all who thereupon partook of the consecrated bread entered into a mystic communion with the deity by receiving a portion of his divine substance into themselves.”
-Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic & Religion (1922), p. 568
According to the Catholic Council of Trent, Session 13 on the Eucharist, Canon 1 states:
“If any one shall deny that the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore entire Christ, are truly, really, and substantially contained in the Sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; and shall say that He is only in it as in a sign or in a figure, or virtually, let him be accursed (damned).”
“At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christa nd the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ’s Body and Blood… The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present the whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1333 and #1377
“… the ‘Wafer’ itself is only another symbol of Baal, or the Sun… There are letters on the wafer that are worth reading. These letters are I.H.S. What mean these mystical letters? To a Christian these letters are represented as signifying, ‘Iesus Hominum Salvator,’ ‘Jesus the Saviour of men.’ But let a Roman worshipper of Isis (for in the age of the emperors there were innumerable worshippers of Isis in Rome) cast his eyes upon them, and how will he read them? He will read them, of course, according to his own well-known system of idolatry: “Isis, Horus, Seb,’ that is, ‘The Mother, the Child, and the Father of the gods,’-in other words, ‘The Egyptian Trinity.’”
-Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 163, 164
“In the Roman Catholic mass, the Eucharist or ‘host’ (the round wafer) is derived from the Latin meaning the 'victim' or 'sacrifice'. It is round because it is a symbol of the sun. It is normally placed during ceremonial masses on a monstrance with a crescent moon, symbolizing the plunging of the sun into the womb of the goddess. Some monstrances bear the letters ‘SFS,’ which in the Mysteries represents 666, as S was the sixth letter in the ancient Greek alphabet and F is the sixth letter in our alphabet. The round disc in the crescent moon was a symbol of ancient Babylon, and is found in all the ancient religions. In Catholic cathedrals, these symbols are very prominent, often depicting a round form of mother and child within the crescent moon. The rebirth of the sun god was celebrated by the eating of round bread in Babylonian times, and was common in the worship of Mithraism, Osiris worship, and is the same as that being practised in Catholicism today.”
-Walter Veith, Truth Matters, p. 218-219
Aleister Crowley, known as “the wickedest man in the world” and the self proclaimed chief of Satan’s staff, has this to say on the Eucharist: “One of the simplest and most complete of Magick ceremonies is the Eucharist. It consists in taking common things, transmuting them into things divine, and consuming them. So far, it is a type of every magick ceremony, for the reabsorption of the force is a kind of consumption [similar to Saturn devouring his children]; but it has a more restricted application, as follows. Take a substance symbolic of the whole course of nature, make it God, and consume it.”
-Aleister Crowley, Grimoire of Aleister Crowley, p. 217
“There is not a shadow of a doubt that Thomas Aquinas, like Albertus Magnus, was an alchemist, who believed it was possible to harness the power of disembodied spirits to effect changes in the material world… Today alchemy can seem a strange, hole-in-the-wall activity. In fact, it is quite familiar to all church-going Catholics, because it is what takes place at the climax of the Mass. Aquinas first formulated the doctrine of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine.”
-Mark Booth, The Secret History of the World, (2010), p. 359
Prayer Beads (Rosary)
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” '
-Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:7)
“It is interesting to note how often our Church has availed herself of practices which were in common use among pagans…Thus it is true, in a certain sense, that some Catholic rites and ceremonies are a reproduction of those of pagan creeds….”
-John F. Sullivan, The Externals of the Catholic Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals and Devotions, p. 156
“The sun in the crescent was also depicted as a star in ancient religious symbols, and this symbol is used in Islam to represent its religion. Islamic beliefs are in essence no different from Catholicism. Islam is a system of salvation by works. The practice of relic veneration is deeply entrenched in Islamic tradition with veneration of numerous Biblical prophets such as Elijah and John the Baptist. As in the case of Catholicism, these revered dead are housed in 'holy sites’ of worship, examples including the remains of Mohammed in Mecca and the head of John the Baptist in the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Significantly, Archbishop Isodore Battikha announced in March 2001 that precisely this mosque was to form the center of the first ever Papal visit to a mosque. Islam, like Catholicism, encourages pilgrimages to holy sites. Both practice repetitive prayers and use beads to guide them through the process, and have Mary as the highest woman in heaven. Moreover, Islamic art is also steeped in the ancient traditions of sun worship, with the mythical birds of the sun forming a common feature.”
-Walter Veith, Truth Matters, p. 219
"And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord."
-Jesus Christ, Mark 12:28-29
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
-Jesus Christ, John 17:3
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
-1 Corinthians 8:6
Babylon: “The universe was divided into three regions each of which became the domain of a god. Anu's share was the sky. The earth was given to Enlil. Ea became the ruler of the waters. Together they constituted the triad of the Great Gods"
-The Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, 1994, p. 54-55
Egypt: "The Hymn to Amun decreed that 'No god came into being before him (Amun)' and that 'All gods are three: Amun, Re and Ptah, and there is no second to them. Hidden is his name as Amon, he is Re in face, and his body is Ptah.' . . . This is a statement of trinity, the three chief gods of Egypt subsumed into one of them, Amon. Clearly, the concept of organic unity within plurality got an extraordinary boost with this formulation. Theologically, in a crude form it came strikingly close to the later Christian form of plural Trinitarian monotheism"
-Simson Najovits, Egypt, Trunk of the Tree, Vol. 2, 2004, p. 83-84
India: "The Puranas, one of the Hindoo Bibles of more than 3,000 years ago, contain the following passage: 'O ye three Lords! know that I recognize only one God. Inform me, therefore, which of you is the true divinity, that I may address to him alone my adorations.' The three gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva [or Shiva], becoming manifest to him, replied, 'Learn, O devotee, that there is no real distinction between us. What to you appears such is only the semblance. The single being appears under three forms by the acts of creation, preservation, and destruction, but he is one.’”
-Sinclair, p. 382-383
Greece: “In the Fourth Century B.C. Aristotle wrote: 'All things are three, and thrice is all: and let us use this number in the worship of the gods; for, as the Pythagoreans say, everything and all things are bounded by threes, for the end, the middle and the beginning have this number in everything, and these compose the number of the Trinity.'"
-Arthur Weigall, Paganism in Our Christianity, 1928, p. 197-198
Apostate Christianity: "It must not be forgotten that Jesus Christ never mentioned such a phenomenon [the Trinity], and nowhere in the New Testament does the word 'Trinity' appear. The idea was only adopted by the Church three hundred years after the death of our Lord; and the origin of the conception is entirely pagan . . . The early Christians, however, did not at first think of applying the idea to their own faith. They paid their devotions to God the Father and to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and they recognized the mysterious and undefined existence of the Holy Spirit; but there was no thought of these three being an actual Trinity, co-equal and united in One . . . The application of this old pagan conception of a Trinity to Christian theology was made possible by the recognition of the Holy Spirit as the required third 'Person,' co-equal with the other 'Persons' . . . The idea of the Spirit being co-equal with God was not generally recognised until the second half of the Fourth Century A.D. . . . In the year 381 the Council of Constantinople added to the earlier Nicene Creed a description of the Holy Spirit as 'the Lord, and giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and Son together is worshipped and glorified.' . . . Thus, the Athanasian creed, which is a later composition but reflects the general conceptions of Athanasius [the 4th-century Trinitarian whose view eventually became official doctrine] and his school, formulated the conception of a co-equal Trinity wherein the Holy Spirit was the third 'Person'; and so it was made a dogma of the faith, and belief in the Three in One and One in Three became a paramount doctrine of Christianity, though not without terrible riots and bloodshed . . . Today a Christian thinker . . . has no wish to be precise about it, more especially since the definition is obviously pagan in origin and was not adopted by the Church until nearly three hundred years after Christ"
-Arthur Weigall, Paganism in Our Christianity, 1928, p. 197-203
"1. It [the doctrine of the Trinity] is not very consonant with common sense to talk of three being one, and one being three. Or as some express it, calling God “the Triune God,” or “the three-one-God.” If Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are each God, it would be three Gods; for three times one is not one, but three. There is a sense in which they are one, but not one person, as claimed by Trinitarians.
"2. It is contrary to Scripture. Almost any portion of the New Testament we may open which has occasion to speak of the Father and Son, represents them as two distinct persons. The seventeenth chapter of John is alone sufficient to refute the doctrine of the Trinity. Over forty times in that one chapter Christ speaks of his Father as a person distinct from himself. His Father was in heaven and he upon earth. The Father had sent him. Given to him those that believed. He was then to go to the Father. And in this very testimony he shows us in what consists the oneness of the Father and Son. It is the same as the oneness of the members of Christ’s church. “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.” Of one heart and one mind. Of one purpose in all the plan devised for man’s salvation. Read the seventeenth chapter of John, and see if it does not completely upset the doctrine of the Trinity.
To believe that doctrine, when reading the scripture we must believe that God sent himself into the world, died to reconcile the world to himself, raised himself from the dead, ascended to himself in heaven, pleads before himself in heaven to reconcile the world to himself, and is the only mediator between man and himself. It will not do to substitute the human nature of Christ (according to Trinitarians) as the Mediator; for Clarke says, “Human blood can no more appease God than swine’s blood.” Com. on 2 Samuel 21:10. We must believe also that in the garden God prayed to himself, if it were possible, to let the cup pass from himself, and a thousand other such absurdities.
Read carefully the following texts, comparing them with the idea that Christ is the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Supreme, and only self-existent God: John 14:28; 17:3; 3:16; 5:19, 26; 11:15; 20:19; 8:50; 6:38; Mark 13:32; Luke 6:12; 22:69; 24:29; Matthew 3:17; 27:46; Galatians 3:20; 1 John 2:1; Revelation 5:7; Acts 17:31. Also see Matthew 11:25, 27; Luke 1:32; 22:42; John 3:35, 36; 5:19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26; 6:40; 8:35, 36; 14:13; 1 Corinthians 15:28, etc.
"3. Its origin is pagan and fabulous. Instead of pointing us to scripture for proof of the trinity, we are pointed to the trident of the Persians, with the assertion that “by this they designed to teach the idea of a trinity, and if they had the doctrine of the trinity, they must have received it by tradition from the people of God. But this is all assumed, for it is certain that the Jewish church held to no such doctrine."
-JN Loughborough, Advent Review, and Sabbath Herald, vol. 18, Nov. 5, 1861, p. 184
“The chief priests wore mitres shaped like the head of a fish, in honor of Dagon, the fish-god, the Lord of life-another form of the Tammuz mystery, as developed among Israel’s old enemies, the Philistines. The chief priests when established in Rome took the title Pontifex Maximus…”
-Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come, p. 367
“Moreover, the Roman clergy also wore the same vestments of the priests of Dagon, the fish- god. The fish‐head mitre, worn by bishops and popes, is also the same as the ancient mitre used by the priesthood of Babylon.”
-Walter Veith, Truth Matters, p. 158
solar disc (halo)
“When the zealots of the primitive Christian Church sought to Christianize pagandom, the pagan initiates retorted with a powerful effort to paganize Christianity. The Christians failed but the pagans succeeded. With the decline of paganism the initiated pagan hierophants transferred their base of operations to the new vehicle of primitive Christianity, adopting the symbols of the new cult to conceal those eternal verities which are ever the priceless possession of the wise.”
-Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. 553
“The pine cone was a fertility symbol used in pagan religions and it is still in use today. Pagan gods of Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome were associated with this symbol, and the staffs of the gods were often adorned with the pine cone. The high priests of paganism also used this symbol to identify themselves with these fertility cults.”
-Walter Veith, Truth Matters, p. 233