Originally posted by mrmedinet
That's only a christian patch if you define christian as a worship of St. Michael.
Just for fun, I will show how ill prepared you are for this debate.
Who claimed that anyone "worshiped" "St. Michael"? No body did, but I admit it is a sly retort meant to confuse the subject.
What is the History of the Christian Church?
Christian Church - History - Wiki
After legalization of the Church in the 4th century, the debate between Arianism and Trinitarianism, with the emperors favouring now one side now
the other, was a major controversy. On February 27, 380, the Roman Empire officially adopted the Trinitarian version of Christianity as its
state religion, see also State church of the Roman Empire. Prior to this date, Constantius II (337-361) and Valens (364-378) had personally favored
Arian or Semi-Arian forms of Christianity, but Valens' successor Theodosius I supported the Trinitarian doctrine as expounded in the Nicene Creed
from the 1st Council of Nicea.
Christianity was legalized and turned into the "State Religion" of the Roman Empire.
What was the "State Religion" before Christianity? And why did they end up favoring the "Trinitarian doctrine"?
Roman Imperial Cult - Wiki
Pontifex Maximus - Wiki
The Pontifex Maximus (Latin, literally: "greatest pontiff") was the high priest of the College of Pontiffs (Collegium Pontificum) in ancient
Rome. This was the most important position in the ancient Roman religion
The word "pontifex" later became a term used for Christian bishops, including the Bishop of Rome, and the title of "Pontifex Maximus"
was applied within the Roman Catholic Church to the Pope as its chief bishop. It is not included in the Pope's official titles, but appears on
buildings, monuments and coins of popes of Renaissance and modern times.
College of Pontifices - Wiki
Now review the Mithraic Mysteries - Wiki
This explains exactly why the "Trinitarian doctrine" came to such prominence.
Now that we have established the official written history is that the Roman Imperial Cult transformed itself into the "Roman Catholic Church", let
us examine the practice of "Sainthood" in the context of Michael the Archangel.
Saint Michael - Wiki
Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Lutherans refer to him as Saint Michael the Archangel and also simply as Saint Michael.
By the way, Anglicans and Lutherans are "Protestant" because they desired to go against various "dogmatic doctrines" that the "Roman Catholic
Church" promoted. They are all considered "Christian" however, despite the disputes.
So therefore, since it is only "Christian groups" that refer to the Archangel Michael as a "Saint", than it follows that symbolism depicting that
(especially with a cross on the shield), are indicative of Christian religious ideology. Which is merely a modern iteration of the ancient Roman cult,
which was also an iteration of a even more ancient system of cults that dates further back (Persian - Egyptian - Greek - Sumerian). To see this is
true all you need to do is review historical documents, compare statuary and iconography, etc. Many prominent aspects continue to transfer from cult
to cult throughout time, so closely that many could claim just the name changed.
The reason why I bring up the historical references to all of this, and place it into that context, is to show how this is merely a repetition of the
same practice that has been going on for thousands of years.
Religious cults and their involvement in wars of empire, the way that the common people are misled into simplistic religious beliefs devoid of any
historical context, and how these simplistic religious beliefs are used to turn neighbor against neighbor in a battle to the death. That's pretty
much how the majority of the history of our current civilization has gone isn't it?
Shouldn't we start to get rid of this archaic and destructive system?
These are just questions I think that everyone should ask themselves.
It doesn't even matter about the silly patch itself, that's merely a symptom of the disease. The disease is far greater and it's called corruption