"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Friday, December 18, 2009

Star of Bethlehem Misunderstood by an Iglesia ni Cristo

Conrado J. Obligacion, a denying member of the Iglesia ni Cristo but defended it like a mad dog was fascinated with witchcrafts, paganism and its used symbols. At this time, he's trying to discredit the STAR OF BETHLEHEM to wikan (witchcraft) symbols. Take for example his post in his blog at resbak.com entitled "December Philippine Fiesta:

[Five-pointed star. Star of the Microcosm. Witch’s Foot. The Morning Star. The Evening Star. Endless knot.


Pentacle - a pagan symbol
The five-pointed star is the result of astrological research done over 6,000 years ago resulting in no connection whatsoever to Satanism or Christianity. Pythagoras utilized the Pentacle to represent the human being with the points of the star representing the head, arms and legs, adding the circle unifies and creates Spirit. On a side note, the Pentacle or Pentagram represents phi: 1.618, the perfect number. This number symbolizes perfection in all things that exist on this plane, for one instance, the human face, broken down in shape has the basic core and structure of a Pentagram. How’s that for perfection?

The Elements:
The Pentacle represents the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit.

Magical Uses:
As a protective device: Wear a pentacle around your neck to protect yourself.

Ritual Use:
A Pentacle is synonymous with Wiccan Rituals. It represents Spirit and Protection. A Pentacle is one of the most important devices in your Ritual Circle and can be simply represented by drawing a Pentacle in the air above your working space, in the dirt if working outside, or on a piece of paper to be discarded later.

www.goldentreewands.com – Wiccan Symbols
www.vtaide.com – Philippine Celebrations.
www.philsite.net – Philippine Fiesta]

Look at his carefully selected sources? They're not even authoritative and impartial! Clever? I call that intellectual dishonesty!

Let's consult www.answers.com for a more precise, historical, impartial source. According to Wikipedia, "Originally, the five-pointed star (pentangle), forming a pentagram within it, represented the ten tribes of Israel that broke away from the ruling class of Judah, Benjamin, and the Priests. There are ten "Vav" or "man" that form the five points. Later, Pagans turned the star upside down to form the face of a dragon (or goat)."

So the five-pointed star is ORIGINALLY represents the ten tribes of Israel which pagans copied just like the Iglesia ni Cristo who loves to copy and paste its teachings that suits their vile consciences. In fact, there are 35 countries in the world that uses the "five-pointed star" (See List here) which Mr. Obligacion failed to mention for balance and accuracy. Rather all his intention was to demonize the Catholic celebration of Christmas with the star of Israel as its visible symbol.

The five-pointed star is used symbolically in military, politics, religion, magic, witchcrafts, paganism, satanism etc... (see Wikipedia) and Mr. Obligacion chose to highlight one of them and used it against the Catholic Church. Poor Mr. Obligacion, his Ministers failed to lecture him on the many symbols and usages of the five-pointed star. Maybe they busied themselves for the upcoming "Santa Cena" which coincides with Christmas celebration on the 25th of December every year.

In Christianity, the star is the symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which according to the Gospel of Matthew appeared when Jesus was born. This star guided the Three Wise Men from the East to pay HOMAGE (WORSHIP) to the newly born Son of God, the King of Israel.

"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." Mt. 2:1-2,2 NKJV

Is it really pagan? Not at all!

Now here's something more revealing.

Did you know that the Iglesia ni Cristo's symbol (right photo)
was infested with pagan and masonic symbolism? I have posted this in my blog at What's in the INC Logo>".

Mr. Conrad J. Obligacion is so desperate in tearing down the original Church built by Christ but he would face death without succeeding. Christ promised he would take care of his Church and the gates of Felix Manalo's lies would, is, and will not prevail against it. Christ promised! It will be fulfilled!

Merry Christmas!

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