Mother and Child Worship
Taken from “Babylon Mystery Religion”, 1966
ONE OF THE MOST outstanding examples of how
Babylonian paganism has continued to our day may be seen in the way
the Romish church invented Mary worship to replace the ancient
worship of the mother goddess.
The story of the mother and child was widely
known in ancient Babylon and developed into an established worship.
Numerous monuments of Babylon show the goddess mother Semiramis with
her child Tammuz in her arms. When the people of Babylon were
scattered to the various parts of the earth, they carried the
worship of the divine mother and her child with them. This explains
why many nations worshipped a mother and child in one form or
another centuries before the true savior, Jesus Christ, was born
into this world! In the various countries where this worship spread,
the mother and child were called by different names, for, we will
recall, language was confused at Babel.
The Chinese had a mother goddess called
Shingmoo or the "Holy Mother." She is pictured with child in arms
and rays of glory around her head.
The ancient Germans worshipped the virgin
Hertha with child in arms. The Scandinavians called her Disa who was
also pictured with a child. The Etruscans called her Nutria, and
among the Druids the Virgo-Patitura was worshipped as the "Mother of
God." In India, she was known as Indrani, who was also represented
with child in arms.
The mother goddess was known as Aphodite or
Ceres to the Greeks; Nana, to the Sumerians; and as Venus or Fortuna
to her devotees in the olden days of Rome, and her child as Jupiter.
At one time the mother and child were known as Devaki and Crishna.
For ages, Isi, the "Great Goddess" and her child Iswara, have been
worshipped in India where temples were erected for their worship.
In Asia, the mother was known as Cybele and
the child as Deoius. "But regardless of her name or place", says one
writer, "she was the wife of Baal, the virgin queen of heaven, who
born fruit although she never conceived."
When the children of Israel fell into
apostasy, they too were defiled with this mother goddess worship. As
we read in Judges 2:13: "They forsook the Lord, and served Baal and
Ashtaroth." Ashtaroth or Ashtoreth was the name by which the goddess
was known to the children of Israel. It is pitiful to think that
those who had known the true God would depart from him and worship
the heathen mother. Yet this is exactly what they did repeatedly
(Judges 10:6; 1 Sam. 7:3, 4; 12:10; 1 Kings 11:5; 2 Kings 23:13).
One of the titles by which the goddess was known among them was "the
queen of heaven" (Jeremiah 44:17-19). The prophet Jeremiah rebuked
them for worshipping her, but they rebelled against his warning.
In Ephesus, the great mother was known as
Diana. The temple dedicated to her in that city was one of the seven
wonders of the ancient world! Not only at Ephesus, but throughout
all Asia and the world was the goddess worshipped (Acts 19:27).
In Egypt, the mother was known as Isis and her
child as Horus. It is very common for the religious monuments of
Egypt to show the infant Horus seated on the lap of his mother.
This false worship, having spread from Babylon
to the various nations, in different names and forms, finally became
established at Rome and throughout the Roman Empire. Says a noted
writer concerning this period: "The worship of the Great
Mother...was ...very popular under the Roman Empire. Inscriptions
prove that the two (the mother and the child) received divine honors
... not only in Italy and especially at Rome, but also in the
provinces, particularly in Africa, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany,
It was during this period when the worship of
the divine mother was very prominent that the Savior, Jesus Christ,
founded the true New Testament church. What a glorious church it was
in those early days! By the third and fourth centuries, however,
what was known as the "church" had in many ways departed from the
original faith, falling into the apostasy about which the apostles
had warned. When this "falling away" came, much paganism was mixed
with Christianity. Unconverted pagans were taken into the professing
church and in numerous instances were allowed to continue many of
their pagan rites and customs, usually with a few reservations or
changes to make their beliefs appear more similar to Christian
One of the best examples of such a carry-over
from paganism may be seen in the way the professing church allowed
the worship of the great mother to continue, only in a slightly
different form and with a new name! You see, many pagans had been
drawn to Christianity, but so strong was their adoration for the
mother goddess, they did not want to forsake her. Compromising
church leaders saw that if they could find some similarity in
Christianity with the worship of the mother goddess, they could
greatly increase their numbers. But who could replace the great
mother of paganism? Of course, Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the
most logical person for them to choose. Why, then, couldn't they
allow the people to continue their prayers and devotion to a mother
goddess, only call her by the name of Mary instead of the former
names by which she was known? Apparently this was the reasoning
employed, for this is exactly what happened! Little by little, the
worship that had been associated with the pagan mother was
transferred to Mary.
But Mary worship was no part of the original
Christian faith. It is evident that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a
fine, dedicated, and godly woman, especially chosen to bear the body
of our savior yet none of the apostles or Jesus himself ever hinted
at the idea of Mary worship. As The Encyclopedia Britannica states,
during the first centuries of the church, no emphasis was placed
upon Mary whatsoever. This point is admitted by The Catholic
Encyclopedia also: "Devotion to Our Blessed Lady in its ultimate
analysis must be regarded as a practical application of the doctrine
of the Communion of Saints. Seeing that this doctrine is not
contained, at least explicity, in the earlier forms of the Apostles'
Creed, there is perhaps no ground for surprise if we do not meet
with any clear traces of the cultus of the Blessed Virgin in the
first Christians centuries," the worship of Mary being a later
It was not until the time of Constantine, the
early part of the fourth century, that anyone began to look to Mary
as a goddess. Even at this period, such worship was frowned upon by
the church, as is evident by the words of Epiphanius (d. 403) who
denounced certain ones of Trace, Arabia, and elsewhere, for
worshipping Mary as a goddess and offering cakes at her shrine. She
should be held in honor, he said, "but let no one adore Mary." Yet,
within just a few more years, Mary worship was not only condoned by
what is known today as the Catholic Church, it became an official
doctrine at the Council of Ephesus in 431!
At Ephesus? It was in this city that Diana had
been worshipped as the goddess of virginity and motherhood from
primitive times!' She was said to represent the generative powers of
nature and so was pictured with many breasts. A tower-shaped crown a
symbol of the tower of Babel, adorned her head.
When beliefs are held by a people for
centuries, they are not easily forsaken. So church leaders at
Ephesus, as the falling away came, also reasoned that if people
would be allowed to hold their ideas about a mother goddess, if this
could be mixed into Christianity and the name Mary substituted, they
could gain more converts. But this was not God's method. When Paul
had come to Ephesus in earlier days, no compromise was made with
paganism. People were truly converted and destroyed their idols of
the goddess (Acts 19:24-27). How tragic that the church at Ephesus
in later centuries compromised and adopted a form of mother goddess
worship, the Council of Ephesus finally making it an official
doctrine! The pagan influence in this decision seems apparent.
A further indication that Mary worship
developed out of the old worship of the mother goddess, may be seen
in the titles that are ascribed to her. Mary is often called "The
Madonna." According to Hislop, this expression is the translation of
one of the titles by which the Babylonian goddess was known. In
deified form, Nimrod came to be known as Baal. The title of his
wife, the female divinity, would be the equivalent of Baalti. In
English, this word means, "My Lady"; in Latin, "Mea Domina", and in
Italian, it is corrupted into the well-known "Madonna"!"
Among the Phoenicians, the mother goddess was
known as "The Lady of the Sea" and
even this title is applied to Mary, though there is no connection
between Mary and the sea!
The scriptures make it plain that there is one
mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5). Yet
Roman Catholicism teaches that Mary is also a "mediator." Prayers to
her form a very important part of Catholic worship. There is no
scriptural basis for this idea, yet this concept was not foreign to
the ideas linked with the mother goddess. She bore as one of her
names "Mylitta", that is "The Mediatrix" or mediator.
Mary is often called "the queen of heaven."
But Mary, the mother of Jesus, is not the queen of heaven. "The
queen of heaven" was a title of the mother goddess that was
worshipped centuries before Mary was ever born. Clear back in the
days of Jeremiah, the people were worshipping "the queen of heaven"
and practicing rites that were sacred to her. As we read in Jeremiah
7:18-20: "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire,
and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of
One of the titles by which Isis was known was
the "mother of God." Later this same title was applied to Mary by
the theologians of Alexandria. Mary was, of course, the mother of
Jesus, but only in the sense of his human nature, his humanity. The
original meaning of "mother of God" went beyond this; it attached a
glorified position to the MOTHER, and in much the same way, Roman
Catholics have been taught to think of Mary!
So firmly written in the paganistic mind was
the image of the mother goddess with child in her arms, when the
days of the falling away came, according to one writer, "the ancient
portrait of Isis and the child Horus was ultimately accepted not
only in popular opinion, but by formal episcopal sanction, as the
portrait of the Virgin and her child." Representations of Isis and
her child were often enclosed in a framework of flowers. This
practice too was applied to Mary, as those who have studied Medieval
art well know.
Astarte, the Phoenician goddess of fertility,
was associated with the crescent
moon, as seen on an old medal.
The Egyptian goddess of fertility, Isis, was
represented as standing on the
crescent moon with stars surrounding her head.
In Roman Catholic churches all over Europe may be seen
pictures of Mary exactly the same way! As also seen in Catholic
catechism booklets pictures of Mary with twelve stars circling her
head and the crescent moon under her feet!
In numerous ways, leaders of the falling away
attempted to make Mary appear similar to the goddess of paganism and
exalt her to a divine plane. Even as the pagans had statues of the
goddess, so statues were made of "Mary." It is said that in some
cases, the very same statues
that had been worshipped as Isis (with her child) were simply
renamed as Mary and the Christ child. "When Christianity triumphed",
says one writer, "these paintings and figures became those of the
madonna and child without any break in continuity: no archaeologist,
in fact, can now tell whether some of these objects represent the
one or the other.""
Many of these renamed figures were crowned and
adorned with jewels, in exactly the same way as the images of the
Hindu and Egyptians virgins. But Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not
rich (Luke 2:24; Lev. 12:8). From where, then, did these jewels and
crowns come that are seen on these statues supposedly of her?
By compromises, some very obvious, others more
hidden, the worship of the ancient mother was continued within the
"church" of the falling away, mixed in, with the name of Mary being
substituted in place of the older names.
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