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Revolving Door of Religion Banishes Protestantism, Ushers in Paganism

November 18, 2018

 

Image source: Henry Lämsä. Sanni_esittelee_passien_kalloja-5.jpg. Yle News, 18 November 2018.

 

 

Finland is a country with a long history of paganism, or, as the locals euphemistically call it, “pre-Christian traditions.” Despite this fact, and the fact that a huge proportion of the population ascribe to atheism and agnosticism, the government officially recognizes two religions as state religions: Lutheranism and Orthodox Christianity. Today, roughly 72% of Finns belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, most of whom “join the Church through infant baptism”[1]. When speaking with Finnish people about their religious beliefs and practices, it is extremely common to hear them say that they only go to church for Easter, Christmas, weddings, funerals, and christenings, and that they are willing to remain in the Church and pay the mandatory church tax imposed by the state for their membership simply in order to have the right to access the ceremonial services of the clergy. As the Church states on its own Web site, when listing the many benefits of church tax revenue, “Parishes help celebrate life events.”[2]

 

Now that a finger has been briefly placed on the religious pulse, so to speak, of Finland, we can begin to consider the appalling news story that greeted Finnish readers this (Sunday) morning on smartphone, tablet, and computer screens across the country. Just days after Catholic Herald reported that, “Despite being overwhelmingly Lutheran, Finland has opened its heart to Catholicism”[3], Finland’s state-owned news agency, Yle News, has published an articled titled, “’Bone Collector’ Helps Revive Finland’s Pagan Past[4].” Extreme care has been taken to present the story of a Finnish woman who “pays tribute to life by honouring the dead” with as much artistic appeal as possible. The words and graphic images of the article reveal the truly satanic nature of raw paganism, and the reader—if he/she has any familiarity with Finnish culture whatsoever—is made painfully aware that nature worship is alive and well, as it has been for centuries, although it may have been partially covered by a façade of Lutheranism/Protestantism from the time of Martin Luther and the Reformation until recent decades. “Lutheranism removed all traces of paganism. However the Orthodox Church permitted symbols from nature-based religion. This is why the bird chick, the soul bird or kukkilintu, and the tree of life live on in the East. I have my own nature-based faith,” says Sanni-Maaria Puustinen, the animal-slaughtering, bone-collecting, pagan artist whose story the article heralds.

 

What we must not fail to miss is that it is this same Orthodox Church, which permitted symbols from nature-based religion, that the Finnish government has recognized as one of two official state churches. One could, therefore, gather from this that the Finnish state officially endorses and supports paganism.


 

Image source: Henry Lämsä. Maalaukset-triptyykki-01.jpg. Yle News, 18 November 2018.

 

Commenting on the descent of a growing segment of Finnish society back into the open practices and rituals of paganism, Puustinen goes on to say, ”Our ancient gods Tapio and Ukko are experiencing a resurgence and the Karhun kansa or Clan of the Bear are now an organized religious group.” Sadly, it does not seem that many Finnish Lutherans actually believe the things that the man their church was named after believed, and we can rest assured that if Martin Luther were here today, he would sigh and cry for all of the abominations in plain sight. “The theory of the immortality of the soul was one of those false doctrines that Rome, borrowing from paganism, incorporated into the religion of Christendom. Martin Luther classed it with the ‘monstrous fables that form part of the Roman dunghill of decretals.’—E. Petavel, The Problem of Immortality, page 255. Commenting on the words of Solomon in Ecclesiastes, that the dead know not anything, the Reformer says: ‘Another place proving that the dead have no ... feeling. There is, saith he, no duty, no science, no knowledge, no wisdom there. Solomon judgeth that the dead are asleep, and feel nothing at all. For the dead lie there, accounting neither days nor years, but when they are awaked, they shall seem to have slept scarce one minute.’”—Martin Luther, Exposition of Solomon's Booke Called Ecclesiastes, page 152. {DD 17.1}[5]

 

 

1. https://evl.fi/the-church/membership/who-are-our-members

 

2. https://evl.fi/our-work/our-finances/church-tax

 

3. https://catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2018/11/13/despite-being-overwhelmingly-lutheran-finland-has-opened-its-heart-to-catholicism/

 

4. https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/bone_collector_helps_revive_finlands_pagan_past/10323673

 

5. White, Ellen G. (1997). Darkness Before Dawn, p. 17. Nampa, ID: Pacific Press Publishing Association.

 

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