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Springing With AppreciationFROM THE ESCAPE OF Winter's grasp comes a season of birth, renewal, and rejuvenation that has been long celebrated by man.
In honor of the season, the ancient Phoenicians would hold a festival to Astarte, the goddess representing the reproductive power of Nature. Eventually this Paegan practice was melded into the Catholic church through means of syncretism. In order to stop persecution of the Christians and claims that they were religious zealots of an austere, extreme cult, the church began to mix the practices and customs of the non-Christians at the time. In the effort to show onlookers that they were not extreme and not all that different from the other common religions of the time, they used the base of many Paegan rituals and fit them into their own teachings, eventually turning them into false doctrines. Therefore, many teachings in Catholicism are based, not on Biblical fact or reason, but on man-made doctrine, such as what is found with the origin of Christmas, Halloween, the
How It Began"God, your two o'clock is here."
"I have a two o'clock?"
"He's been here since 7:45. I figured it's only polite to... sir."
God sighed. "Fine, send him in."
While He waited God cleared His desk of papers and blueprints; no need for outsiders to see His plans. Soon enough the door to His office opened and God stood, smiled, held out a hand towards one of the two visitor's chairs.
"God! Great stuff you're doing in sector 2-7-0! Great stuff!"
The man's hands were clammy, his handshake limp. Rumpled suit, porkpie hat, briefcase... oh Jes-- oh dear, a salesman. God's smile slipped a little but He soldiered on gamely. With luck He could shoo the poor guy away in a few minutes.
"So, what can I do for you?"
The man sat, briefcase across his knees. "Sector 2-7-0! Everyone's talking about it! What do you call it? Man and merman?"
"Man and woman, actually. And thanks. But we're pretty busy around here, and..."
"Oh! Right! No time for the wicked, eh?" The salesman winked and popped his briefcase,
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