After 1,000 years of Christianity, Iceland returns to Nordic paganism

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The West really is well into the post-Christian era, the implications of which I dread to ponder. Or didn’t you know that Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, contrary to the continuing malicious portrayal of them as Christian, actually were animated by a race-based nationalism founded on Nordic myths and gods. (See Eric Vieler, The Ideological Roots of German National Socialism.)
Reuters reports on Feb. 2, 2015 that although worship of pagan “gods” in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago, a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.
Membership in Ásatrúarfélagið, an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods, has tripled in Iceland in the last decade to 2,400 members last year, out of a total population of 330,000, data from Statistics Iceland showed.
Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.
Ásatrúarfélagið’s high priest Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson said, “I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet. We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”

Note: In other words, this 21st century version of Nordic “faith” is Iceland’s version of wiccan.

The temple to the Norse gods will be circular and will be dug 13ft down into a hill overlooking the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, with a dome on top to let in the sunlight. Hilmarsson said, “The sun changes with the seasons so we are in a way having the sun paint the space for us.”
The temple will host ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. The group will also confer names to children and initiate teenagers, similar to other religious communities.
Iceland’s neo-pagans still celebrate the ancient sacrificial ritual of Blot with music, reading, eating and drinking, but nowadays leave out the slaughter of animals.

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0 responses to “After 1,000 years of Christianity, Iceland returns to Nordic paganism

  1. Do not forget:
    What was the Temple at Pergemos (Pergemon):
    The Altar of Zeus!!
    Remember Obama’s fascination and attraction to The Altar of Zeus that is now in Berlin?
    “Approximately two-thousand years after Revelation 2:13 was written, German archeologists removed the massive altar of Zeus from the ruins of Pergamos and took it to Berlin, where it was restored as the centerpiece of the Pergamon Museum. It is here that Hitler first adored it, later building an outdoor replica of it from which he gave a series of speeches that mesmerized many Germans.
    “Fast forward about another 75 years,” says blogger El Gallo. “Another charismatic young politician mesmerizes huge German crowds with a rousing speech in Berlin. Barack Hussein Obama…. [and] did Barack Obama visit… the Great Altar of Zeus…? Presumably he did.”[5]
    Whether Obama received inspiration from the throne of Satan while in Berlin or not, what he did next was astonishing. Upon returning to the United States, he immediately commissioned the construction of a Greek-columned stage from which he made his acceptance speech for his party’s nomination. Because Greek temples such as those built to honor Zeus were thought to house the patron deity, the GOP ridiculed Obama, mocking him as playing Zeus of “Mount Olympus” and accusing his supporters of “kneeling” before the “Temple of Obama.” The New York Post ran an enlightening Convention Special supplement on August 28th, 2008 with the telling headline: ‘O’ MY GOD: DEMS ERECT OBAMA TEMPLE blazoned across the front cover. But it was not until blogger Joel Richardson pointed out how the design of Obama’s stage was a dead ringer for the Great Altar of Zeus [6] that Obama’s campaign managers tried to explain away the design as being a conglomeration representing the portico of the White House with the U.S. capital building. “But experts agreed with Richardson,” Gallo wrote, “it was a replica of the Great Altar of Pergamum.”[7]
    Thus, incredibly, like Hitler, Obama had honored the goddess Victoria with his presence before ordering a replica of the biblical throne of Satan built, upon which he accepted his date with destiny.” -Excerpt from OBAMA AND THE ALTAR OF ZEUS
    Full Post: Diabolica Amerika: Pythonissam-Praesidis Synchronicity Rex Angmar

  2. What a pathetic shame. I think many people have become so full of pride that they gravitate towards religions that focus on themselves and their so called ” magical” powers within. Satan’s recruitment team seems to be working overtime in the world.

    • I’ve been around too many of these weenies to count. I may not be much of a Christian in thought word and deed in the eyes of bible worshipping Christians, but I have always seen through pagan and new age religions as junk food for the soul.
      I have gotten into debates with some of the people I have encountered about their wondrous claim of becoming little mini gods. I reply that I would not want God’s job for all the welfare checks in the USA, that anyone who truly aspires to be god is a psychopath
      I have noticed even at the senior center I go to weekly hey always have guided medication classes, yoga, tai-chi and reiki. Seems many bible believing Christians I’ve run into warn about reiki, tong ren, meditation, yoga, acupuncture as satan’s tools
      I did see where many of these are run by the Theosophical society and masonic lodge which does set off an alarm in my head
      The great prophet P.T. Barnum said “here’s a sucker born every minute”

      • Thank you for the observations, art. If I weren’t a Christian, I would still not believe in this stuff either. Some things are too ridiculous to believe.

  3. Thank you for informative postings and comments. Some questions: what will the name of that faith be?, will it become the state religion of Iceland?, and when will it join the World Council of Churches?

  4. With Christianity, it is by grace you are saved through faith, and this not of yourselves, it’s a gift of God, not by works, so that no man may boast. Yet, the Holy Spirit guides us to do that which the Lord would like done to help others. The requirement for salvation is faith ALONE! It is way too “easy” for those who want to “work” for their gains or their salvation, this goes for all the occult, Buddhism, Wiccan, Muslim, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Church of Scientology, Christian Science, The Way International, Theosophy, Rudolph Steiner’s Anthroposophical Societ (Waldorf Schools), the Unification church (Moonies), Hinduism, and countless others. The human desire is to work to attain, and with Christianity, it is just too simple for people to grasp that Christ did all the work for us. It is why we are told to go out into all the world and preach the gospel (the TRUTH), otherwise you end up in a demonic stranglehold, as is Iceland now returning to pagan roots.

    • Kelleigh,
      Help me out here because I don’t understand your comment. The non-Christian “faiths” you cite not only will not be saved by their “works,” since they don’t believe in the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, they will not be saved by “faith” either.

    • Kelleigh, remember what St. Paul said, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

  5. When Our Lord returns the neo pagans may find that is too late to recant.

  6. I suspect even the old pagans would be ashamed of this hollow new age mockery of their belief… “don’t think anyone actually believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet. We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.” Poppycock, this is jungian occultist new age brain-rot, they’re just using the old pagan names as lip service, which doubles its offense, not only is it a mockery, but its a mockery of a mockery (That is the paganism was a mockery, and this new age filth is even a mockery of that mockery.)
    They’d do better to stick with Christianity proper, but then they may not be able to recognize the Real All-Father, until they fully step away from this rank copy of a faux pas.


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