Steeples, Sun-God and Phallus Worship

Deuteronomy 16:22, You shall not erect for yourselves a pillar, which YHVH your Elohim hates. The word pillar literally means “stand (upright), be set (over), establish.” One of the derivatives of this word is pillar or standing image. Such pillars were erected for pagan religious purposes (see TWOT). C.J. Koster in his book The Final Restoration (reprinted as Come Out of Her My People) cites historical evidence for relating these pillars to the Egyptian and Babylonian obelisk, which was connected to sun worship (see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obelisk )and the phallic symbol (also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phallic_architecture). He states that these pillars were commonly erected at the entrances to pagan temples (also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obelisk) as fertility symbols in honor of the sun deity (Koster. p. 79).

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Even as an Egyptian obelisk of this sort sits in the very center of the Catholic Church’s St. Peter’s Square in Rome, so, according to Koster, it is traditional for obelisk-shaped steeples to be found on Christian churches to this day in the form of a steeple (Ibid., p. 81). Richard Rives in his book, Too Long In the Sun, makes the same connection between the Egyptian obelisk, Canaanite standing pillars and the Christian church steeple (p. 136).

What is the point here? YHVH commanded Israel to destroy these pagan symbols and to have nothing to do with them. They were abominations that would defile YHVH’s set-apart people. Have his people heeded his command? Many of these remnants of ancient pagan cultic practices remain in both the Protestant and Catholic churches to this day (Easter/Ishtar, Christmas/Saturnalia, the Christmas tree/Tamuz tree, the Christmas wreath/a pagan fertility symbol, Lent, Easter eggs and rabbits, and the list goes on and on).

Does YHVH’s command to his people of the end times to come out of spiritual Babylon (see Rev 18:4) now take on a new meaning to you?

 

3 thoughts on “Steeples, Sun-God and Phallus Worship

  1. Natan,

    In that piece you quoted Duet.16.22 as: You shall not erect for yourselves a pillar [Heb. matstsebah], which YHVH your Elohim hates.

    The original Hebrew is: Lo-Heta l’cha Ashrah bal-atz etzel maz’bah HaShem El-hynu asher taashe-lach vl’o takim l’ach mtzobah asher shane HaShem E-lohynu. This should be translated: “You shall not set up any wooden pillars to Asharah beside the altar you build to of HaShem your G-d and you shall not erect sacred stones, for these HaShem, your G-d hates.”

    These were symbols of Pagan gods of Israel, Asharah a fertility god and Baal a Phoenician Deity. Thus, these are highly specific structures tied to very specific forms of false worship. Both required human sacrifice which is why HaShem hates these false religions like these so much. You then compared the Egyptian obelisk to steeples stating such “is in the very center of the Catholic Church’s St. Peter’s Square in Rome and that Hashem condemns this”, Yet He also tells E’phraim to set up pillars, Himself-

    “Set up watermarks for yourself and pillars; consider well the highway the road by which you went.” Jer. 3121

    Clearly, HaShem was not instructing E’phraim to build stone pillars to the Egyptian sun god or Asharah, but to leave them as sign that Judah could follow to know where Ephraim had been. Just as churches places those steeples to become more visible at a distance and to point toward heaven. Ask many Christians and they will probably answer the same. A symbol is only pagan if it is used as a pagan symbol for worship befitting what that symbol represents.

    Put another way, the word baal is found in the second prayer (Gevurot) of the Amidah: Baal g’vurot, voomy doomeh lacha; which means: “Master of might, who is like Thee?” Clearly this isn’t worshiping Baal, the Phoenician god, but calling to the Master of universe or of power G’varot. So although they use the same word, it is context that defines the meaning. The same can be true with steeples.

    Shalom, C & C

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  2. “So although they use the same word, it is context that defines the meaning. The same can be true with steeples.” Reasoning doesn’t matter. Who did it first, and what was their purpose? Pagan’s did it first as a part of worship or to honor some specific god/goddess, and YHVH Himself didn’t tell you to do it, then, “When YHVH your God has cut off ahead of you the nations you are entering in order to dispossess, and when you have dispossessed them and are living in their land; be careful, after they have been destroyed ahead of you, not to be trapped into following them; so that you inquire after their gods and ask, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I want to do the same.’ You must not do this to YHVH your God! For they have done to their gods all the abominations that YHVH hates!…” -D’varim 12:29-31.

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