Tuesday, November 24, 2009





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There is a fine line between keeping the Commandments and the Testimony of the True and Living God in the midst of a pagan society, and Fanaticism. The next installment in the Paganism all around us series is Mazda. Known today as the Mazda Motor Corporation, 

the Japanese company founder was interested in spirituality, and chose to rename the firm in honor of both his family and Zoroastrianism.

Zoroastrianism was/is the religion started by the Persian (Modern Iran) prophet Zoroaster. The date of the founding of the religion is unknown but it was in full swing between 1200-1500BC. The name Zoroaster is a Greek version of Zarathustra. Zarathustra is said to have communed with God, and he called this god Ahura-Mazda or Wise Lord.

‘Mazda’ means Wise or Wisdom, and Ahura is interpreted literally as ‘High Being’. The two names are used separately and sometimes used together. This god is sexless and abstract in nature and is simultaneously very personal and has both male and female characteristics.

Mazda is a god realized through a good mind. Mazda did not appear to Zarathustra in bodily form, or as an angel; Zarathustra saw Mazda in his ‘Minds Eye.’ Ahura Mazda has become god because of the choices that he has made. Through these choices he has achieved completeness and immortality; and a state of radiant happiness through enlighten. Ahura Mazda is not a god to be feared. He neither judges nor punishes.

Zarathustra teaches that Ahura Mazda is aware of all things as they happen, but does not know all things because he does not know how we are going to choose. He also does not know whether some chance event (like illness or accident) is going to happen. He has however determined the final refreshing for all of creation. But although he doesn’t judge this is refreshing is determined thru Mazda’s Super Wisdom, which designed a perfect plan to bring about the completeness of His creation.
To see a 3D walk thru of a mazda temple click the  link

LET IT BE KNOWN: The Bible says: "And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth" (Exodus 23:13). However, in accommodating this command we would render ourselves, as believer’s, unable to communicate with the rest of the world. We would have to leave the earth. (1Corinthians 5:9) For as the title suggests: Paganism IS All around Us!

Should we as Christian’s not purchase a car because it was named after a pagan god? The founder of the Japanese Manufacturing company, Jujiro Matsuda named his company in honor of the god he respected. Much in the same way we would include the God we serve, were we in a position to implement his name or attributes in an entrepreneurial endeavor. The question becomes more complicated when we consider that in the 1970’s Ford Motor Company took a stake in the failing Mazda corporation; from 7% in 1979 to 33.9% in 1997. Although Ford’s stake was reduced to 13.4% in 2008 we can see how a boycott of Mazda would be hypocritical without action against Ford.

We cannot leave the world, but we are commanded to be watchmen, therefore let us watch and understand.

For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts (Malachi 2:7).

May the Lord add a blessing to the understanding of His Word.


Jeremiah 51:1-12

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