What is a pagan? What is paganism?


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✿ Summary of Paganism (Bible perspective):

When people lost sight of God and began to worship the planets, demons, and hero gods, they practiced horrifying acts of cruelty, obscenity, and perversion (unnatural sexual acts). Even sons and daughters were burned in the fire (Lev. 18:21; 2Ki. 3:26- 27; 16:3; 17:17, 31; 21:6; 23:10- 11; 2Chr. 28:3; 33:6). Many of the ancient nations shed human blood before their deities. Molech means "king." This was the name of the main god of Ammon-- called Chemosh by Moabites (see Biblical Facts about False Gods). Molech was worshiped in Egypt as Amun, or Amun- Ra, "the king of gods." What was supposed to be his likeness was a statue of brass resting on a pedestal or throne of brass-- his head crowned and resembling that of a calf, and his arms extended as if to embrace all who came near. Children were his victims. The statue was heated red hot by fire inside and children were shaken over the flames or passed through the hot arms in dedication to it, to receive Molech's favor. It was believed that all children not so dedicated would die in infancy. Many were actually burned alive in the idol (see the scriptures above). It seems that King Ahaz was dedicated to Molech (2Ki. 16:3, 19- 20; 2Chr. 28:3).

According to Bible, the above pagan practices are abominations to God.

✿ Nine pagan practices:
1. Making children pass through the fire in worship to an idol god (Deut. 8:10)
2. Using divination
3. Observing times
4. Enchantments
5. Witchcraft (witches and wizards)
6. Using charms on others (Deut. 18: 11)
7. Consulting familiar spirits or spirits of the deceased
8. Consulting medium
9. Practicing necromancy.

✿ Three commands-- pagan practices:
1. Do not learn the abominations of pagans.
2. Do not practice them even if you know them (Deut. 18: 10- 11).
3. Be perfect with the Lord (Deut. 18: 13- 14).

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