To my Christian friends, those who hold themselves to the love Jesus taught and endeavor to teach that same love, this post is not directed at you. This is specifically directed at the vocal minority who have forgotten the foundation their religion was built on, and are content being fear-mongerers.
And the Silly Fundamentalist Award of the Week goes to…
Rev. Kelvin Franklin of Sword Ministries, author of Understanding Spiritual Warfare 2: Know Your Enemy.
Of particular amusement is Section 4 of this well-informed and skillfully-written treatise, Occult Symbols.
I won’t spend much energy defending the symbols of my faith from him, but I will inject some fact about one in particular so others may be spared from his ignorance.
Pentagram: Symbolizes the Morning Star, a name that Satan has taken.
Attempts to link the pentagram with Satan are silly. First and foremost, Pagans do not believe in (and so do not worship) the all-evil anti-God of the Christian faith. Second, if Rev. Franklin had done his homework on the symbol’s origin, he’d have realized that ancient astronomers discovered it when plotting the course of the planet Venus around the sun. (When viewed from earth, Venus travels around the sun in a completely perfect pentagram shape every eight years.) With a little more digging he’d also have discovered the first recorded use of the pentagram, which occurred in Palestine over 6,000 years ago. This was 4,000 years before the birth of his religion and the introduction of the anti-Christ.
The pentagram is a symbol of the 5 elements (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit); the 5 directions (north, east, west, south, within/without); the interconnectedness of all things, and our desire to live in balance with all creation. Its five points have also been associated with the qualities of love, wisdom, knowledge, law, and power.
My apologies to the good Reverend that the truth isn’t nearly as sexy as the silliness he’s peddling.