Today we are going to look at the source book the Adventist Pioneers used as ‘proof’ that pagans worshiped on Sundays before Christians did. During the 19th century evolution and atheism had their mutual births into the world. Both joined forces against creationism, through direct attacks against all things Jewish and Christian, purporting that both religions were deeply rooted in paganism. Both Evolutionists and Atheists still resort to these arguments today despite the fact that overwhelming evidence disproved most of these claims by the early 1920’s. So as we read through the list below try to remember that most all of these claims have been debunked as fraudulent slander against all of Christianity by men with an evolutionist agenda, who had no moral compass to keep them from fabricating absolute and total myths to advance their cause.
To be fair, Adventists were not the only ones to use these anti-Christian arguments against other Christians. All sorts of people saw things which they disagreed with doctrinally, and once they saw claims that those items had supposedly pagan roots they ran with it, and used those arguments as arsenal to ‘prove’ doctrines they disagreed with were false. So in effect everyone had a different filter as they read books like this one we are looking at today. If a doctrine they believed in was listed, then the claims against their own beliefs to have pagan origins must be false! But if a doctrine they disagreed with was mentioned, then they held it as absolute truth that it was in fact pagan in origin. So Christians themselves joined in the rhetoric, and began to spread what was in fact evolutionist propaganda against all Christianity. Hurling utterly false things back and forth, all the while the evolutionists mock and laugh at the whole mess they created.
So for a few years at least the lies multiplied, but then when credible historians went to verify whether or not these claims were true, they found the evidence lacking entirely. Children in the second grade go through the exercise where they all sit around in a circle. The teacher whispers in the ear of the first child, and then that child whispers what he was told to the second child, and so on till they reach the last child in the circle. Then that child is asked to repeat what they heard whispered to them. The result is, that what the last child heard was nothing like what the teacher told the first child at all.
Today people are still whispering into others ears, that which was a total myth to begin with, all started by evolutionists and atheists during the 19th century. THERE IS NO HISTORICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT MOST OF THESE CLAIMS, NONE, ZIP, NADA, ZILCH!
The Adventist Pioneers quoted the following book as their main source to prove Sunday observance had pagan roots. Unfortunately the same author said THE SABBATH HAD PAGAN ROOTS TOO! The author was ANTI CHRISTIAN. No church should quote him.
Contents of “The Paganism in Our Christianity,” – Arthur Weigall
Notice #28 says Sunday is of pagan origin and #29 says the Sabbath
1. The Twelve Disciples Derived From Zodiac: p25
2. The 27 books of the New Testament Canon is invalid: p37
3. The name Mary is of pagan origin: p41
4. The virgin birth is of pagan origin: p44,47,60
5. The early life of Jesus is totally unknown: p49
6. Jesus born in a stable and wrapped in swaddling clothing is of pagan origin: p52
7. Miracles of Jesus are of pagan origin: p58
8. Jesus’ 40 day temptation in wilderness is of pagan origin: p61
9. Earthquake at cross is false: p62
10. Jesus Crucifixion was a Jewish human sacrifice of pagan origin: p69,76
11. Jesus Side Pierced is of pagan origin: p83,84
12. Jesus never actually died, two angels were only men: p93,94
13. Ascension is of pagan origin: p100
14. Jesus suffering to save us is of pagan origin: p106
15. Jesus decent into Hades is of pagan origin: p113
16. Jesus “hung on a tree” is of pagan origin: p118
17. Jesus the “Rock of salvation” is of pagan origin: p129
18. Jesus the “slain Lamb of God” is of pagan origin: p131,132
19. “Washed in the Blood of the lamb” is of pagan origin: p132
20. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are both of pagan origin: p134, p146,147
21. Phrase “Soldiers of Christ” is of pagan origin: p135
22. Jesus as “the Shepherd” is of pagan origin: p136
23. Lords Supper is of pagan origin” p146,147
24. The idea of “blood atonement for sins” is of pagan origin: p152,158
25. Jesus “Begotten of God” is of pagan origin: p169
26. Incarnate Logos of Jn 1:1 is of pagan origin, The “pre-existent angel” is a 4th century concept: p172,173-175
27. The Trinity is of pagan origin: p182
28. The “Lord’s Day” (Sunday) is of Pagan Origin: p209,210-211
29. Jewish Sabbath and the Sunday Lord’s Day both of pagan origin: p136, p209,210-211
30. Conclusion of entire book: Almost all of Christianity is of pagan origin! p242
A. Fuller texts of The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall
1. #28: The “Lord’s Day” (Sunday) is of Pagan Origin:
2. “The Hebrew Sabbath having been abolished by Christians, the Church made a sacred clay of Sunday, partly because it was the day of the resurrection, but largely because it was the weekly festival of the sun; for it was a definite Christian policy to take over the pagan festivals endeared to the people by tradition, and to give them a Christian significance. But, as a solar festival, Sunday was the sacred day of Mithra; and it is interesting to notice that since Mithra was addressed, as Dominus, ‘Lord,” Sunday must have been ‘the Lord’s Day’ long before Christian times.” (The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall, 1928, p136) #29: Jewish Sabbath and the Sunday Lord’s Day both of pagan origin:
3. “In the early Christian Church there were no festivals, holy days, or Sabbaths” … “I have, already mentioned that Sunday, too, was a pagan holy-day; and in this chapter I propose to discuss the origin of this custom of keeping one day in the week as a Sabbath, or “day of rest,’ and’ to show that the practice was forcefully opposed by Jesus Christ. The origin of the seven-day week which was used by the Jews and certain other peoples, but not till, later by the Greeks or Romans, is to be sought in some primitive worship of the moon, for the custom of keeping the day of the new moon and that of the full moon as festivals, which is widely found in antiquity, implies the recognition of a cycle of about 14 days, of which a week of 7 days is the half, the actual length of a week thus determined being 7 3/8 days. Now the Babylonians had a early adopted the seven-day week, and their calendars contain directions for the abstention from certain secular acts on stated days which seem to correspond to seventh days, and were called ” Sabbaths “; and though the Jewish Sabbath cannot be directly traced to Babylonian usage, the institution is obviously derived from moon-worship and from the concomitant recognition of the number seven as calendrically sacred. The Jews attributed the holiness of the ‘seventh day’ to the fact that God was supposed to have rested from His six-days’ creative labours on that day; but this was itself a legend derived from Babylonian mythology, and was not the original reason why the seventh day was a day of rest.” (The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall, 1928, p209,210-211) #30: Conclusion of entire book: Almost all of Christianity is of pagan origin!
“A fact which must be clear to those who have read the foregoing chapters is that Christianity developed into a religion in a lurid pagan environment which could not fail to have its influence upon the new faith.” (The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall, 1928, p242)
B. Look at what this same “authority” say about the origin of the Sabbath:
1. “The origin of the Sabbath is uncertain, but it is apparently connected with the Babylonian ‘shapattu’, the 15th day of the month, on which the full moon occurs, and the Babylonian cycle of ‘evil days’ every seventh day.” (Microsoft Encarta 96 encyclopedia, “Sabbath”)
2. The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Vol 5, “Sabbath”, p850, has a long discussion of all the “attempts to find the origin of the sabbath outside of the Old Testament.” It lists five popular extra-Biblical origins: 1. Babylonian 2. Kenite 3. Arabic 4. Ugaritic 5. Sociological. (The Anchor Bible dictionary takes the correct view that the Sabbath is of divine origin as the Bible records, but here merely notes many of the liberal views of bible hating scholars who could no more accept that the Sabbath is of divine origin, as the earth was created in 6 literal 24 hour days.)
3. So according to Sabbatarians logic, if Sunday originated with Mithraism, then the Sabbath originated with the Babylonians.
4. Of course neither is true! God established both the Sabbath for the Jews at Sinai and the Lord’s day as Sunday when Jesus rose from the dead!
5. Sabbatarians should not quote from atheists and Bible haters like Arthur Weigall, who trash not only Sunday, but Sabbath, the virgin birth and resurrection of Christ! Click here to learn more.
C. There is absolutely no historical evidence that the religion of Mithraism gathered together for worship on Sunday!
1. Sure they viewed Sunday as a special day, but different pagan religions have viewed almost every day of the week including SATURDAY, as special.
2. Sabbatarians present the historical information as if Mithraism was “Sunday-keeping” with a formal worship service. This is absolutely undocumented anywhere in history!
3. There is a huge difference between viewing a day as special and holding regular worship services on that day.
D. Authorities confirm no pagan culture actually gathered together for worship every Sunday
1. “We have yet to determine the reason why many Christians abandoned the seventh day, the Jewish sabbath, for their worship services and selected an entirely different day, “the first day of the week.” Since there is no evidence for a preChristian use of this day for religious worship on a weekly basis among GrecoRomans or Jews, the only convincing reason seems to be that worship on the first day of the week was a celebration of the day on which Jesus had risen from the dead (Mark 16:2, 9; Matt 28:1; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19: Justin I Apol. 67.7).” (Anchor Bible Dictionary, Worship, Early Christian, Vol 6, p 980.)
2. “Various efforts have been made to find a preChristian origin for the Christian observance of Sunday: (1) the pagan day of the sun (although there was a day named for the sun, a day that assumed special importance in the cult of Mithras, there remains no evidence of a Sunday celebration in paganism)” (Encyclopedia of early Christianity, Editor, Everett Ferguson, Sunday, p873)
3. “Sun worship” and “worshipping on Sunday” are two very different ideas Sabbatarians like to mix together to confuse the whole subject.
E. Mithraism had these elements in common with Christianity! Did baptism and the final judgment also originate with Mithraism???
2. a sacred meal
3. categorical ethics
4. belief in a final judgment
5. eternal life for the righteous
6. eternal punishment for the wicked
7. that the world would finally be destroyed by fire.
8. Did Christians borrow all these things above from Mithraism?
9. Note: Christians did borrow Christmas from Mithraism, (December 25, the birthday of the goddess, Mythra), however this was not until 354 A.D., far too late to be relevant to this discussion.
F. Seventh-day Adventists even admit no historical proof prior to 260 A.D.!
“The association between the Christian Sunday and the pagan veneration of the day of the Sun is not explicit before the time of Eusebius (ca. A.D. 260-340). Though Christ is often referred to by earlier Fathers as ‘True Light’ and ‘Sun of Justice’ no deliberate attempt was made prior to Eusebius to justify Sunday observance by means of the symbology of the day of the Sun.” (From Sabbath to Sunday”, p 261, by Samuele Bacchiocchi, Seventh-day Adventist historian).
* Note, he admits there is no historical documentation prior to 260 A.D. that would connect Mithraism and Sunday as the Lord’s day. In other words He admits there is no direct proof. ONLY SPECULATION AND ASSUMPTION.
* We note that if Bacchiocchi, a Seventh-day Adventist, admits this when it hurts his position we do admire his honesty.
* Also note that Bacchiocchi also claims that early Christians FIRST kept the sabbath before they worshiped on Sundays WITHOUT ANY PROOF.