Millions of Christians worship wrong relics

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Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari

 

Turkish archaeologists say that they have unearthed the genuine burial ground of Nicholas (Nikolaos) of Myra – a saint revered by Orthodox and Catholic churches, who lived in the territory of modern-day Turkey in the IV century. Until recently, it was believed that Italian merchants stole the relics of the saint in 1087 and transported them to the city of Bari, to rescue them from desecration.

The head of the Antalya Monument Office, Cemil Karabayram, believes that it is the body of another Christian bishop that is buried in Bari, whereas the real Saint Nicholas was buried in Demre, where his body is still resting. If this theory is true, it will just so happen that millions of Christians worldwide were worshiping the wrong relics.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, an intact temple was discovered during archaeological excavations in the southern Turkish province. In the temple, there is a special site where, the grave of the saint is located, the researchers believe.

The archeological works on the territory of the ancient temple continue for three months already. The works develop extremely slow as archeologists try to mark every stone to reconstruct the building completely and preserve the mosaic.

“We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor,” Mr Karabayram told the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.  “We have obtained very good results but the real work starts now,” he said, adding that the temple is almost fully intact. “We will reach the ground and maybe we will find the untouched body of Saint Nicholas,” he said.

According to Karabayram, the whole world will pay attention to the uncovered temple. In addition, the discovery will take tourism in Turkey’s Antalya to a whole new level.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, who is also called Nikolai the Savior in Russia, was born in Asia Minor in the III century in the Greek colony of Patara in the Roman province of Lycia. During his life, he became known as the pacifier of warring parties and defender of innocent convicts. St. Nicholas was known for his love for children. His legend led to the appearance of Santa Claus, who loves all children very dearly and gives them gifts on Christmas.

It is believed that touching the relics of St. Nicholas heals practically any disease. In Russia, Orthodox believers pray to St. Nicholas asking him for  health, healing, solution of problems, success in business and many other things.

According to the church calendar, celebrations in his honor take place twice a year: on December 19, the day of his death, and on May 22 – in memory of the transfer of his relics to Bar (now Bari). In the Russian folk Orthodox tradition, these holidays are known as “Winter Nikolai” and “Spring Nikolai.” Christians believe that St. Nicholas helps those who pray to him even today.

St. Nicholas became famous worldwide in the 16th century as a magician who gives presents to children. The Dutch, who arrived in the United States, popularized Santa Claus in the New World, whereas the commercialized 20th century turned the saint into a new symbol of Christmas, which, according to skeptics, eclipsed the image of baby Jesus Christ, whom the holiday is actually dedicated to.

Pravda.Ru

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  1. I see the comment threads wandering a bit, so let me throw in another tack. The “church” hijacked Saturnalia, borrowed the St. Nicolas legend and wove an elaborate lie to place the birth of “christ” on December 25th. All this because the winter solstice was still actively celebrated by the Gaul, Picts, etc. and the “church” could not supress the celebrations. That there was a real St. Nicolas is not in doubt. That he did good things is also not in doubt, unlike the elaborate lie woven around the life and death of Yeshua to control the legend by calling him jesus christ (christ=”the annointed one). Since Yeshua was actually born in the spring (“in the time of lambing”)
    this was a bit inconvenient for the PTB, which in those days was the “church”. Don’t take my word for it, look it up!

  2. I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit that I worship Christ and the words attributed to him through his teachings, and I do not rely on men in costumes to tell me what my Bible says. To me, everything else, like relics, churches, priests, etc-are all superficial. I don’t need a Church, or a man in a costume, and certainly not the blood of an old saint, or the flesh of a former pope. That $h!t is morbid and disgusting if you ask me.

  3. Why would anyone in their right mind worship an old bone? would you worship an old TV set or an old piece of pottery shard?
    This simply proves that religion is a form of mental illness.
    The worship of icons and of persons who never existed is totally without reason or logic. Those who continue to push this rubbish have everything to gain ie: wealth and power. The wealth that is stolen by these pick pockets and the power they use to control and abuse their worshipers.
    Jimmy Baker, Jimmy Sweigert, Ted Hagard, Jerry Falwell, Billy and Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson,John Hagee, Joel Olsteen, the list of charlatans that infest the American landscape is endless and the squalid mega churches that sprout like toad stools are a blight.
    So worshiping an icon, whether it’s an old bone, supposedly of some saint that never existed or a piece of a cross that supposedly executed another person who never existed is just dandy.
    I might as well worship the first Beatles album.

  4. Image of Hindu origin dated to 500 ce, shows a hairy beast with white hands and a white ball on his head burdened with a large log across his back and shackled with chains that lead skyward. It is the first dean of Capricorn image Dec 21 – Jan 1, In the combined calendars, (excluding the 4 warning decans) there are 8 decans in each quadrant (eight tiny reindeer) and the nose of red leading the sleigh is Batz which is depicted with a red nose, and green eye. Krampus also has two twisted horns as does the Hindu image. Females born during this dean can sometimes be identified on first sight by extremely large breasts and a lower back that goes straight to the thighs. In Chinese, this period is known as the “keeper of the well” which dispenses the village wealth. (wellth) Hence begins Gregorian calendar Jan 1rst as the feminine control the well, and the first decan is constrained by the chains. I-Ching numbers 47 and 48. 47 is Rope dean, dec 21 – Jan 1. Quote from I-Ching – ” who is straitened by the carriage adorned with metal in front of him.”

  5. I must have missed something. What does this comment mean?

    “With Katherine Frisk (Gail Evans) gone, such stories are soon to be no more”

  6. In Holland St Nicolas is celebrated on December 5th, i.e. not on Christmas Day. The Saint’s day is called «Sinterklaas». On that day Sinterklaas makes his entry riding a big white horse, accompanied by a black servant : Zwartepiet (Black Peter), who is running alongside the Saint’s horse, dressed in what looks like 16th century Spanish clothes. December 5 is probably the most important day of the Dutch calendar. According to the Dutch folk tradition, Sinterklaas comes from Spain.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/05/Sinterklaas_Groningen_2015.jpg

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