Zoltan2 and others,
1) Hundreds of years before Jesus, according to the Mithraic religion, three Wise Men of Persia came to visit the baby savior-god Mithra, bring him gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense.
These guys are still with us today. Wise men..sophists, wizards, Gnostic's, The enlightened ones. You often see them in colleges wearing the mortar board of their religious beliefs..and if they are very devout...they get into public offices to continue their religion on an unknowledgeable public.
2) Mithra was born on December 25 as told in the “Great Religions of the World”, page 330; “…it was the winter solstice celebrated by ancients as the birthday of Mithraism’s sun god”.c
No one knows when Jesus the Christ for Remission of Sins was born. We are given certain clues...but as to the definite day..it is not in God's Word.
Furthermore there is no such instruction both Olde and New Testament to celebrate a birthdays for the Hebrews..nor for the Christians. For these are days of self glorification and all glory is to go to God.
The importance of Jesus the Christ for Remission of Sins is his death, burial, and Resurrection..not his birth or birthday. For this was and still is a Pagan custom and tradition. It was Never Christian nor of the Hebrew Instructions from God.
The Pagan custom and tradition is that the sun god dies on the shortest day fo the year...December 21/22 and is buried then raised and resurrected after three days in the grave..on the 24/25th of December. This is the custom and tradition of the Pagan sun god...not of Jesus the Christ for Remission of Sins. This is the traditions of men infiltrating and overtaking the Word of God..privily ..without most knowing it is going on. I like manner to the Hebrews overlaying the traditions of men on the Word of God ..or the overlaying/superimposing this tradition on top of the Law of Moses as if it was the Law of Moses when it was no such thing.
This is counterfeit tradition of Paganism overlaying/superimposing and attempting to pass as Christian.
WE are to remember, honor, and bring glory to God every day...not just on so called. "Holy Days."
3) According to Mithraism, before Mithra died on a cross, he celebrated a “Last Supper with his twelve disciples, who represented the twelve signs of the zodiac.
The Apostles do not represent the signs of the zodiac. This is not from Christianity but from Paganism. We are not to look at the sun , the moon or the stars and be driven to worship them. To observe one day above another..for they are all days belonging to the Lord.
4) After the death of Mithra, his body was laid to rest in a rock tomb.
5) Mithra had a celibate priesthood.
Lots of people were entombed...tombs are found all over the world.
A celibate priesthood....Wow!! Peter was married. There is no such instruction for Believers to carry on this way. IN the New Testament we are all priests unto God. This is an important clue as to what one is dealing with today....a Priesthood...A clergy separate from the Laity...Nicoliatinism...which the Lord says He hates.
The Hebrews ..like the RCC are going to have a great problem if they manage to replace the Dome of the Rock with another temple and reform the Olde Testament Priesthood. They are going to show themselves little different from the RCC in their workings/dealings. It will be a matter of which Pharisees do you want..Hellenic or Judaic.
Under the New Testament we are all Priests unto God.
6) Mithra ascended into heaven during the spring (Passover) equinox (the time when the sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length). "
The Passover is not the same as the Pagan equinox. However for those not familiar with the man made customs and other religions it is easy to pull this off on them and think they are the same thing.
For one thing is clear in the instructions in the Olde Testament...for the Hebrews to not do as the nations surrounding them did..for by this the land was defiled. Abomination!!
The pagan mysteries are indeed very ancient and have a pedigree older than most of the belief systems of today.
However there is one tell tale of what any religion is....absolute power in the hands of a king and priesthood.
Where ever and whenever you see a leader or leadership going more and more towards absolute power...you will see the standard of living of the ordinary people at a substance level or lower. And this is exactly the history we see of nations after nation on this earth.
It was not until some nations broke away from the RCC church that we see any real progress in the world to raise the standard of living of these nations which broke away from Rome...in real change.]
It took some 200 years from the time Martin Luther posted his 95 points of disagreement with the RCC on the Door of the Wittenburg Church in Germany.
1519 is often given as a point where this change is measured as beginning.
Withing two hundred years...there was a noticeable change in the standard of living among the ordinary peoples of this earth and the Roman Catholic areas.
Other nations going back into antiquity ..the same can be said. A few had a little...royalty and the priesthood...and the rest had almost nothing.
The same applies today. ...through government traditions..particularly of Inflationary debt spending the wealth of its nation. No different from what was happening in many nations under the "Priest/Kings" religious dogmas. Absolute power...in the hands of men.
The religion of Mithraism..if I want to know alot about it ..I get out my copy of "Morals and Dogma " by Albert Pike..or go to my local Masonic Lodge. Mithrasism is mentioned extensively in Morals and Dogma. For they have alot of information's on it not generally available to the public.
Manley Palmer Hall...of the Rosicrucian Orders would be another source for information's.
Aleister Crowley would be another source.
But I don't have to read up much on this religion itself. All I have to do is look at the economic foot print left in history by these religions. By their fruit you will know them. This footprint is visible unto this very day.