reply to post by Deetermined
Why would we be upset?
The Harry Potter series.
A fantasy novel series, about mysticism and magic, which absolutely drove fundamentalist Christians up the walls because it was popular
Don't try and pull the "Christians are the most loving, accepting, nice, caring, and non-discriminatory people on Earth" card. Your religion's whole
history is one giant bloodbath
The Bible makes no secret about all of the ancient gods that people worshiped and who worshiped them.
The Bible makes no secret about inaccurately describing pagan gods, pagan worship, and even the existence of particular pagan cultures. Fun fact: the
Bible does not mention the Sumerians; only the Assyrian-Babylonian empire: there's a big difference between the two.
In the meanwhile, you have all of these ancient gods that are no longer being revered in the Middle East and their legacies only survive
through ancient texts.
Who says they need to be revered in the Middle East alone?
Ásatrú, Neo Kemetism, Wicca, Neo Paganism, and a variety of other theological, spiritual, and mystical schools of thought and worship exist across
the entirety of the world. These groups all honor and revere ancient pagan deities, like: the Æsir, the Neteru, the Anunnaki, the Olympians, the
Tuatha dé Danann and many more.
Pagan worship and veneration is not dead, far from it. The adherents just practice among themselves, in private, because they are unconcerned about
world-conquest, or converting everybody to a God who stole his attributes and mythology from others.
In the meanwhile, there's the Bible that has foretold prophecy. Prophecy that is still being played out today in the Middle East, just as the
Bible describes it.
However, any example of apparent prophecy fulfillment that is presented can be explained, such as by its creative interpretation or being written
after the event. Thus, although it is possible to identify parallels between Bible verses and subsequently occurring events, alleged prophecy
fulfillment is not sufficient to compel belief in the inerrancy of the Bible.
From an encyclopedic article concerning failed Biblical prophecies
. If you've got
one that they don't
cover on there, go ahead and let me know. I'll do my best to look into whether or not it is a legitimate prophecy.
Where are the ancient gods' prophecies? Why haven't their texts been strung together to make a complete story of everything past, present and
future? These gods all have changed names, lineages and characteristics throughout time and have only jumbled their own story.
Ancient deities didn't need to make prophecy to earn man's trust. They worked in unison with man, instead of trying to lord over him.
This also defeats the purpose of needing a book which (incorrectly) tells the past, present, and future.
As for changed names, well, how about: YHVH, Yahweh, Jehovah, Adonai, El, Elohim, Ehyeh asher eyeh, Jesus, Allah, and so on, and so forth. About the
only deity I know of with more names that the Christian god is Oðin.
Oh, and, as for "where" their books are, let me enlighten you:
You can't condense the history, impact, and importance of paganism into a single volume, like you can with the stolen mythologies of the Jews and
~ Wandering Scribe
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