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Message Subject The Idolaters Were Not Mainline Jews or Mainline Christians - Re: Pagan Influences - This data might surprise you.
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Paganism cannot be "Older than Christianity" if the premise of Adamic Christianity is accepted, which we seem to agree it is: God gave his plan to Adam.

It would follow that Christianity is the first religion on the Planet, or at least in this dispensation.

I believe this manner of conversation is in-line with the Premise of your thread.

In point, It was Moses who introduced the prohibition of Idolatry. We cannot be certain that the Pagan beliefs ever had any such restriction, going back to Adam, and that this may be exactly why the re-introduction of Idolatry *from* the Pagans into Post-Messianic Christianity was so easily accpeted.

It was always there in the first place.

That said, the term "Idolatry" is loaded. Is anyone literally worshipping a carving, a picture, sculpture or cast metal "thing" as a God? I don't think even the weakest minded, carnal Hedonist would say that the Idol *is* God but simply acts as a frame of reference for group worship.
 Quoting: Lada D

Christianity did not exist until the death of Christ.
While we agree that Christ is eternal, with God, and from the beginning. Christianity did not exist since the beginning.

Paganism came about during the time of Cain and progressed forward from there.
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