History predating christianity
"So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the L' S house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz" (Ezekiel ). This "nature god" was associated with two yearly festivals, one held in late winter and the other in early spring. 2004 ) in the city of Umma (modern Tell Jokha), the marriage of the god was dramatically celebrated in February-March, Umma's Month of the Festival of Tammuz. According to historian Alexander Hislop, Tammuz was intimately associated with the Babylonian mystery religions begun by the worship of Nimrod, Semiramis and her illegitimate son, Horus. The original meaning of this word was not "a cross" but "an upright stake." Originally Gk.
Who was Tammuz and why would women be weeping for him? in Mesopotamian religion, god of fertility embodying the powers for new life in nature in the spring" (Vol. The cult of Tammuz centred around two yearly festivals, one celebrating his marriage to the goddess Inanna, the other lamenting his death at the hands of demons from the netherworld. The original form of the Babylonian letter T was †, identical to the crosses used today in this world's Christianity. Referring to this sign of Tammuz, Hislop writes: That mystic Tau was marked in baptism on the foreheads of those initiated into the Mysteries. staurós designated a pointed, vertical wooden stake firmly fixed in the ground. They were positioned side by side in rows to form fencing or defensive palisades around settlements, or singly they were set up as instruments of torture on which serious offenders of law were publicly suspended to die (or, if already killed, to have their corpses thoroughly dishonored). 825) Two methods were followed in the infliction of the punishment of crucifixion.
People in some churches "cross" themselves by touching the forehead, breast, and then each shoulder to form a symbolic cross in carrying out certain religious rituals or in blessing themselves or others.In the book of Ezekiel, God supernaturally revealed to the prophet some of the secret sins of the nation of Israel. The celebrations in March-April that marked the death of the god also seem to have been dramatically performed. The adoption by them of such forms, for example, as the tau cross and the svastika or fylfot was no doubt influenced by the idea of the occult Christian significance which they thought they recognized in those forms and which they could use with a special meaning among themselves, without at the same time arousing the ill-feeling or shocking the sentiment of those among whom they lived. Under Constantine it became the acknowledged symbol of Christianity. Before entering the land of Canaan, God told the Israelites, . I also will do likewise." You shall not worship the L Crucifixion and the Cross Does the cross, the sign of Tammuz, truly represent the manner in which Jesus Christ died?One of these sins was lamenting for a pagan god named Tammuz. Many of the laments for the occasion have as a setting a procession out into the desert to the fold of the slain god. Emphasis ours.) What does the worship of Tammuz have to do with the sign of the cross? The Vestal virgins of Pagan Rome wore it suspended from their necklaces, as the nuns do now. The word "cross" appears 28 times in the New Testament, and in all cases, it is translated from the Greek word stauros.Various objects, dating from periods long anterior to the Christian era, have been found, marked with crosses of different designs, in almost every part of the old world. Emphasis ours.) Clearly, long before the coming of Christ, pagans used the cross as a religious symbol.India, Syria, Persia and Egypt have all yielded numberless examples, while numerous instances, dating from the later Stone Age to Christian times, have been found in nearly every part of Europe. The ancient world used many variations of the form of the cross.