EMBLEMA VI. Ficta religio [False religion]
From Andrea Alciato’s “Emblemata” (1584), B1v f9v

REGALI residens meretrix pulcherrima sella,
Purpureo insignem gestat honore peplum.
Omnibus & latices pleno è cratere propinat:
At circum cubitans ebria turba iacet.
Sic Babylona notant: quae gentes illice forma,
Et ficta stolidas religione capit.

A beauteous harlot reclining on a royal seat wears a robe resplendent with purple, the badge of honour. From a full bowl she passes round the cup of drink to all, and round about the drunken crowd sprawls in stupor. Thus they indicate Babylon, who with her alluring beauty takes in the doltish nations with false religion.



Dream Catchers Are More Than Just A Decoration...

The Legend of the Dream Catcher

According to Native American Indian tradition, a Lakota Indian had a vision back when the world was young. In this vision, Iktomi, the Great Teacher of Wisdom, appeared to him in the form of a spider. While weaving a web with the Indian’s willow hoop, Iktomi explained the cycles of life— “in each time of life there are many forces; some good and some bad, … these forces can help or can interfere with the harmony of Nature.” When Iktomi finished the web, he handed it to the Indian and said, “The web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use the web to help your people reach their goals, making

good use of their ideas, dreams, and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will catch your good ideas and the bad ones will go through the hole”  Dream catchers are used by Indians and others to filter dreams. They are usually hung in windows or above beds (especially above baby’s cribs) to sift all dreams. During the night the good dreams pass through the center hole and slip down the feathers into the person’s sleep. The bad dreams are caught in the web and are burned away by the morning sunlight.

They are also thought to bring healing, good luck, and harmony throughout life. Because of their popularity today, there are many new versions of dream catchers with new significance. For example, the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota is producing “Path of the Spirit” spiral dream catchers— “The upward spiral is symbolic of our life’s journey. This dream catcher serves as a reminder to be patient, tolerant, and respectful of the places we and others are in on our journey” 

Native American Religion

Because dream catchers are considered a Native American spiritual gift, it is important to examine their spiritual beliefs and practices. While American Indian religion is historically unorganized and varied in practice from tribe to tribe, they share the common goal of participation in or a relationship with nature and spirit. Indians were complexly ceremonial as they sought healing, help from the spirit world, and individual success in things like hunting, warfare, and child rearing.

Their religion appears polytheistic (the belief in many gods) because of their particular devotion and reverence for animals and nature. Ultimately, however, they are pantheists (the belief that God is everything and everything is God). Their religious leaders are known as medicine men or women, shamans, diviners, herbalists, conjurers, healers, crystal gazers, or dreamers.

They teach a belief in what they call the Great Spirit— “the Spirit over, under, and throughout all the physical world, its guiding principle, present in individual phenomena yet not confined to it, not strictly singular nor plural, neither truly personal nor impersonal.” 

Right and wrong are determined based on the affect an action has on the tribe or nature. “Wrong actions are those that disrupt balance and harmony, jeopardizing the wellbeing of a people and the cosmos as a whole” 

There is an organized Native American Church which claims a membership of 250,000. The Native American Church, founded in 1918, is also known as Peyote Church. The worship services appear to be a combination of Native American religious rites, Christian traditions (praying and singing), the New Age Movement (use of crystals), and the Peyote Ritual. Native American shamans require eating the peyote plant as part of their membership ritual. The plant has a highly hallucinogenic affect on its users, and there have been reports of loss of consciousness. According to the shamans, peyote aids in the meditation, contemplation part of Native American worship.

Dream Catchers and Christianity

 Does God still speak through dreams? God spoke to people many times throughout the Scriptures in dreams. Examples are Joseph, son of Jacob (Genesis 37:5-10); Joseph, the husband of Mary (Matthew 2:12-22); Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-15); and several others (Daniel 2:1, 7:1; Matthew 27:19). There is also a prophecy of the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28), quoted by the apostle Peter in Acts 2:17, that mentions God using dreams. So the simple answer is, yes, God can and does speak through dreams.

However, there is a difference in how we apply that truth today. We must keep in mind that the Bible is finished, having revealed everything we need to know from now until eternity. This is not to say that God does not work miracles or even speak through dreams today, but anything God says, whether it is a dream, vision, impression, or “still small voice,” will agree completely with what He has already revealed in His Word. Dreams cannot be put into a place of authority over the Scriptures. 

If you have a dream and feel that perhaps God gave it to you, prayerfully examine the Word of God and make sure your dream is in agreement with Scripture. If so, prayerfully consider what God would have you do in response to your dream (James 1:5). In Scripture, whenever anyone experienced a dream from God, God always made the meaning of the dream clear, whether directly to the person, through an angel, or through a messenger (Genesis 40:5-11; Daniel 2:45, 4:19). When God speaks to us, He makes sure His message is clearly understood.

Finally, and most important, dream catchers are a spiritual symbol of a pantheistic, pagan religion. Christians shouldn’t dabble in things associated with pagan religions. Solomon warned Israel about being influenced by ungodly religions. He said, Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments… Why did Solomon urge Israel to be wholly committed to God? So that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God (1 Kings 8:60-61, emphasis mine). If Christians start participating in things which belong to or represent false religions, then they are endorsing other gods and are not wholly devoted to the Lord.

Symbols and objects, such as dream catchers, can interfere with your relationship with God. Gideon made an ephod, which actually represented something good in Israel , and yet it became a snare to Gideon and his household (Judges 8:27 ). With respect to images which come from other religions, God is clear, you shall not covet them … nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. And you shall not bring an abomination into your house  … you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it (Deuteronomy 7:26).

The atheist thinks there are no gods; the superstitious man wishes there were none, but believes in them against his will; for he is afraid not to believe. And yet, as Tantalus would be glad indeed to get out from under the rock suspended above his head, so the superstitious man would be glad to escape his fear by which he feels oppressed no less than Tantalus by his rock, and he would call the condition of the atheist happy because it is a state of freedom. But, as things are, the atheist has neither part nor lot in superstition, whereas the superstitious man by preference would be an atheist, but is too weak to hold the opinion about the gods which he wishes to hold.

Moreover, the atheist has no part in causing superstition, but superstition provides the seed from which atheism springs, and when atheism has taken root, superstition supplies it with a defense, not a true one or a fair one, but one not destitute of some speciousness. For it is not because these people saw in the heavens anything to find fault with, or anything not harmonious or well-ordered in the stars or seasons, or in the revolutions of the moon or in the movements of the sun around the earth, ‘artisans of day and night,’ or in the feeding and growth of living creatures, or in the sowing and harvesting of crops, as the result of which they decided against the idea of a God in the universe; but the ridiculous actions and emotions of superstition, its words and gestures, magic charms and spells, rushing about and beating of drums, impure purifications and dirty sanctifications, barbarous and outlandish penances and mortifications at the shrines — all these give occasion to some to say that it were better there should be no gods at all than gods who accept with pleasure such forms of worship, and are so overbearing, so petty, and so easily offended.
—  Plutarch, On Superstition
random thing that annoys me: when people blame the devil for their problems

and not because he doesnt exist or it has to do with a false religion but because their are 7 princes of hell and depending on what the problem was it is likely that what they are complaining about had nothing to do with the fallen angel, Lucifer.

for those who didn't know, theses are the 7 princes of hell and are consider responsible for possession and sins. if you are going to blame a higher power blame the right one.

Lucifer - Pride
Mammon - Greed
Asmodeus - Lust
Satan - Wrath
Beelzebub (also called Baal) - Gluttony
Leviathan - Envy
Belphegor - Sloth


An Historical Critique of Islam’s Beginnings - Jay SmitThis is a GREAT teaching on Islams beginnings and all of the contradictions….


MUST WATCH!!!! The People vs Muhammad, this guy is a true warrior like Donald Trump. Our world needs more people with balls like this guy spreading the truth. All Muslims worldwide should own a copy of this book.