Why were the ten Northern tribes (Israel) and the Southern tribe of Judah scattered among the nations?
Because they would not give up their idols!
Time after time the people of Israel would desire to associate themselves with the nations around them. They worshiped the foreign elohim of those people as well as YHWH (God). This sin the Eternal labeled as whoring.
We like to think that this type of sin is an ancient practice and that it no longer exists. The truth of the matter is, that this sin is alive and thriving in the world today. The majority of the people who practice these ancient customs don’t recognize that this is the very same idolatry which has been passed down through the centuries. These customs are so commonplace that those who don’t practice them are looked upon as the ones who are in the wrong instead of vise versa.
What is this idolatry I write of? Let me lay a basic foundation for you and we will build upon it.
Modern Christianity contains pagan customs. To keep this writing as short as possible I will focus on three main pagan customs practiced in Christianity today, Easter, Christmas, and Sunday worship. Please study the matter out for yourself and verify these proofs that we put forth to you the reader.
Easter which is derived from the name Ishtar, a Babylonian fertility goddess, contains many fertility symbols and rites which have been passed down to us today. Easter bunnies (symbols of fertility), colored eggs (another symbol of fertility), sunrise services (an ancient sun worship practice), ham (a meat no Hebrew would have eaten), etc.
Christmas is a winter celebration which is derived from the winter solstice celebrations of the sun worshipers who saw the time when the daylight portion of the days were becoming longer as a sign from their god. (See Dies Natalis Solis Invicti - The birth day of the sun). This celebration also has many pagan symbols and rites which have been passed down. The giving of gifts (a common practice at Saturnalia (a sun worship celebration based on the renewal of the sun)), Christmas trees, Yule logs, Santa Claus, etc. Once again I encourage those who have not studied this matter out to do so.
In the year 321, over 200 years after the death of Jesus. Constantine, a sun worshiper and then head of the Roman empire made a decree that "On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed". Several years later in the year 364, the Christian church assembled for The Council of Laodicea. In Canon XXIX they made the following declaration....
"Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ."
We clearly see that though it was not officially proclaimed, the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to SUNday. Constantine, a Sun worshiper set the stage for the change and the Church built on this decree by claiming that any who rested on the seventh day were Judaizers. As the saying goes... "Rome wasn't built in day" and neither was the Sabbath change made in a day.
These celebrations of fertility and sun worship are forms of Idolatry even if your heart or mind are not focused on the pagan aspects of the observances!
So why do we have these celebrations? It is easy to discover on the internet, as the culprits openly admit that they are responsible. The Catholic Church was having a hard time gaining converts while spreading Christianity throughout the lands, so they devised in their minds the perfect way to assimilate these pagans into their faith. Take their pagan days and turn them into Catholic (Christian) days of worship! Take the fertility worshipers and create a springtime day of worship loosely based on the Hebrew Passover. Create a day of worship in the middle of winter and claim it is the birth day of the son and not the sun. And "Kill two birds with one stone" changing the weekly day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, making it easier to "convert" sun worshipers and distance themselves from "the Jews".
Almost all of the modern Christian faiths originate from the Catholic Church. Each one may be a little different, but most of them hold fast to the basic doctrines of the Mother Church.
(look this up in an online dictionary) The definition for Catholic is - broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
A perfect description of the Church which assimilated the customs and times of the fertility and sun worshipers.
What relevance is there for you the reader? Knowing that the Mother Church (Catholicism) has influenced the faiths of the Christian assemblies to this day. We must realize that there may be doctrines or celebrations (idolatry) that we still cling to that Yahshua (Jesus) would shudder at.
I hope you agree that we have laid a simple yet strong foundation to build upon thus far.
Many people have seen that the celebrations of the Mother Church are of pagan origin and have embraced the biblical celebrations of Passover, Pentecost, Sukkot etc. If you are reading this and do not observe these festivals, it is my desire that you study the matter out and keep these important times which the Eternal gave to His people to teach them of His plan of redemption and what He has in store for those who love Him and keep His commands.
Though putting out the pagan celebrations shows a strong desire to please the Almighty, we must ask ourselves if this is enough, or if there are any (leftovers) that we have inherited from our Christian roots that we need to purge.
We know if we study or have studied, that the Catholic Church fabricated the purgatory doctrine, the trinity doctrine, praying to the dead, celibacy for the priests, Etc.
So what is the most prevalent doctrine that the Mother Church created that people won’t let go of?
The divinity of Yahshua (Jesus)!
I challenge you to study this matter out thoroughly and without personal bias until you reach a complete and well researched conclusion. A serious researcher will answer the questions below for themselves.....
Did Yahshua (Jesus) ever claim to be of divine origin?
Did his followers proclaim that he was of divine origin?
Please read the articles on the "Yahshua - Who was he" page to help you come to a clearer understanding of who Yahshua was, and the message he brought to the world. There are many articles on this site and links to other sites on our information page that we hope will help you in your search for the Truth.
(If a matter is ambiguous - can be seen either way if the translation is scewed,
it is not acceptable as proof. If you attempt to use these forms of twisting words, etc. to prove your position you will truly be building on sandy soil,
which will wash away when the rains come and reveal the truth of the matter.)