I am a recent convert to the Catholic Church, I wast baptized and confirmed this last Easter Vigil, I used to be a very passionate atheist and have only been reading and studying about the Catholic for a relativly short time compared to most Catholics but I feel I know a pretty good amount for were I am at in my spiritual journey. That is why I was somewhat shocked when I heard about a life long protestant say that we Catholics celebrate pagan holidays.<<
The Jews start Hannukah on the 25th of December, which to the Christian is Christmas. It is also the day of the Pagan Roman holiday Saturnalia. Are we to infer that Jews and Christians are pagans because they observe the pagan holiday of Saturnalia?
The days of the week… Sun-day, Moon-day, Teus-day (Germanic God of war) Wogden’s-day (Norse God of war Odin) Thor’s-day (Son of Odin) Frig’s-day (Teutonic Goddess of fertility.) Saturn’s-day.
Could not one say that this proves that the Jews are pagan because their Sabbath falls on Saturn’s day? (Saturday.)
Try and remove everything that has of pagan origin in your life. Glass (Pagan Egyptian invention.) Reading and writing of an alphabetized language. (Pagan Summerian invention.) etc.
Both Hebrew and ancient Summerian cuneiform are demotic languages, they are read from right to left. Reading from left to right, as we do, can be traced to the pagan Romans, Greeks, and Arabs. Many mathematical, medical, and architectural discoveries are pagan in origin.
Circumcision was practised by the pagan Babylonians, Persians, and to a limited degree, Egyptians before it became the sign of the covenant with Abraham. The bread and wine offered between Melchisedech and Abraham was a Chaananite practice. Before the old Salem of Melchisedech’s time became the new Salem - (Jerusalem) - it was conquered by the Jebusites and became the pagan city of Jebus for 450 years before David reconquered it and named it Jerusalem. That’s right… the “Holy City” was pagan for almost five centuries before it became Jerusalem!
It doesn’t matter what an item, invention, city, day of the week, or holiday is “named” after, or where its origin comes from, it all depends on whether or not you offer it to the true God or a false one.
But if anyone is in danger, it is your Protestant friend.
That is why I was somewhat shocked when I heard about a life long protestant say that we Catholics celebrate pagan holidays.<<
Christmas and Easter celebrate the birth, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. If your friend calls these “Pagan” holidays, then he is proclaiming that Jesus is a pagan diety.
Please feel free to point this out to him.