Paganism and false worship

22nd July 2020

Prior to the appearance of Islam, there existed a peculiar cluster of people in the fifth century which worshipped and honoured Aphrodite (Venus), whom they venerated as queen of heaven.  With the spread of Christianity these pagans switched to the new faith without exactly knowing what it was.  Worst of all, they didn’t search the Christian scriptures.  However, these heathen did not wish to abandon the adoration of Aphrodite.  They found an easy solution by naming her ‘Mary’.  This way Aphrodite became Mary.  Such a bewildering belief was condemned outright by the Christians of the time and was rejected as part of their faith.  It was categorized as a heretical cult.  Nevertheless, its adherents continued serving and venerating Mary as Queen of Heaven.  Thus, Mary was enthroned on Venus’ seat.  The cult was so thoroughly devoted to Mary that her importance surpassed that of God and Christ.  Its followers came to be known as ‘Miriamists’.  Both in their teaching and practice a triune formula was established with Mary at the head.

The prophet of Islam who in his commercial enterprises travelled from the Arab Peninsula to Damascus and Aleppo became acquainted with the Miriamists.  He listened to the tenets of their religion and formed an idea.  The most regrettable formulation in his mind was to equate the Miriamists with the Christians.  Being illiterate according to Islamic legend he considered Jesus Christ an element in their teaching.  This opinion passed into the Quran.  The Muslim prophet, not having understood the true Persons of the Holy Trinity strayed to erroneous beliefs and practices.  Following the spread of Islam, the Miriamists this time embraced the Prophet’s religion, and their cult withered.  But the essence of this deviate teaching could not be wiped out.  It even influenced Islam considerably in its reverence of ‘Mother Mary’.

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