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What pagan beliefs did christians incorporate into their religion?

I keep hearing that there are pagan customs in christianity. Would someone like to list a few of them for me?

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  1. Christmas and Easter both fall on the former Pagan holidays and their practices are taken from the Pagan festivals, just to name two.

  2. The celebration of Christmas and Christmas trees. They just took the pagan traditon and changed the meaning.
    You know how rabbits and eggs at Easter have nothing to do with Christ? Yeah, pagans.

  3. Easter=Ishtar
    celebrated with colored eggs of fertility
    with the symbol of fertility the rabbit(being one of the fastest reproducers)
    giving presents and candy to children.
    it is also celebrating the spring equinox.
    where does jesus fall into this?

  4. Christmas is possibly the biggest one, followed by Easter.
    Most of the secular holidays are rooted in pagan beliefs, so true christians would have avoided the celebrations that went along with them…think Valentines, New Years (etc)
    Other beliefs used are things like the cross, trinity, life after death, leaders of the church being superior to the flock, tithing, even more modern things like voting and war support.
    All these things were not what the first christians believed and can be supported by both secular history and the Bible.

  5. You ask a great question, and peoples answers really drive me crazy.
    Christianity did adopt pagan ideas, but the extent of that is often exaggerated.
    Look at other people answers. The burining of insence. Sure, both pagans and Christians do it, but they did that too in China and India. Did the Chinese get this idea from European paganism? Probably not, it seems logical enough for people to independantly get the idea of burning good smelling things at religious events. They do it all over the world.
    Other people put Christmas and Easter as being the pagan celebration for changing of the seasons. The Aztec also celebrated the changing of the seasons, did they get the idea from Greco-Roman pagans. Absolutly not.
    My point is that some ideas are broad enough that they could have been thought up independently.
    But the Christians did adopt many other pagan ideas. The best example of this would be Greek logic and Roman architecture. John the evangelist makes it pretty clear that he read Plato. The Word made fleash for example is very Platonic, and not something he would come up with on his own. The Christian concept of hell isn’t from the Hebrews, it is actually more similer to Zoroastrianism from Persia.
    It seems to me that people find all these petty similarities between faiths and assume they are causal, but really thats not true. All religions try to answer the same basic questions, so it shouldn’t be surprising that they are similer in many ways.
    THE LIST GOES ON
    Baptism? We all wash our bodies with water, why is it so odd that multiple religions would wash their souls with a spiritual water? Its a pretty simple concept.
    Rabbits associated with Easter. Is it a symbol of firtility, or are rabbits just out and about in the spring? Find me a rabbit in the dead of winter or the hottest part of summer. Also, at no point in Ancient or Medieval christianity will you find rabbits associated with Easter. Thats purely a modern invention.
    Virgin Birth: What says “this guy is important” more than claiming he was born without intercourse?
    The Fish symbol: Has nothing to do with paganism. If you take the first letters of Jesus Christ God’s Son and Savior in greek it spell Ichthus (I-ch-th-u-s), the greek word for fish.

  6. Most of the responses you’ve gotten are correct, research in many encyclopedias will confirm it. But the big question is what are you going to do about it?
    “What sharing do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever? And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God; just as God said: ‘I shall reside among them . . . ’ ‘“Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,” says Jehovah, “and quit touching the unclean thing,”’; ‘“and I will take you in.”’”–2 Cor. 6:14-17.

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