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Babylon Religion

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Jack T. Chick & David W. Daniels Are Turned Unto Fables (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:4 KJV)

Jack Chick and David W. Daniels are false teachers leading untold numbers to eternal torment.1 They are on the broad way Jesus warned about in Matthew 7:13-14, and that way leads to nowhere but hell, "where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44 KJV).

This is well illustrated via their book, Babylon Religion.2 This book is published by Chick Publications. The author is David Daniels and the illustrations are by Jack Chick. The book espouses a certain historical perspective going all the way back to the time of Genesis 6 on the supposed origin of the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary.3

I. Introduction

Picture of Book Cover

First, from this book, it is evident Chick and Daniels do not understand that extra-biblical ancient history has no certain truth to it. They write as if it does, but it does not. As Ecclesiastes says,

There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. (Ecclesiastes 1:11 KJV)

Newspapers at one day old can contain lies and inaccuracies. How much more extra-biblical ancient history. Such writings and records are nothing to bank on. They are nothing to trust. As Paul warned in Colossians,

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8 KJV)

Man's history is exactly that, tradition of men. Yet, Jack and Daniels heed not Paul's warning, but in fact spoil themselves and others with that which brings a curse (Jeremiah 17:5), the teaching of men (Matthew 15:8-9).

Second, on the back cover of this book, David and Jack actually admit some of their wicked sources.

Combining research from anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, art history, mythology and even occultic sources, you will see, in plain language, how Satan's ancient religion of Babylon still lives today as modern Roman Catholicism - the most powerful religious and secular force on the planet.

As the content of this book and the footnotes therein illustrate, Chick and Daniels have taken "mythology and even occultic sources" and turned it into "truth." In other words, they have been "turned unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:4).

Where Jack and David really go wrong is when they speak of Biblical characters and Biblical history and claim to know more than holy writ. This God expressly forbids.

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV)

Jack Chick and David Daniels are found to be liars several times over. Babylon Religion should be called David W. Daniels' and Jack T Chick's Religion. In the first chapter alone (let alone the rest of the book), it is filled with lies and adding to God's Word. It is the false religion of these men and people like them (see noted footnotes below). It is not God's truth.

II. Pages 12-21

For example, in direct defiance of Proverbs 30:5-6, besides all the added dialogues of unrecorded make-believe characters which Scripture speaks nothing about (using fiction to illustrate God's truth is not God's way, www.atruechurch.info/pilgrimsprogress.html), Daniels writes (speaking in the context of the flood),

People ran desperately to higher ground. Others pounded on the ark. (page 12)

This is an addition to the Word (Proverbs 30:5-6). No one is recorded as pounding on the ark, but Daniels writes it as if it were a fact. For all we know, no one did. But, Jack and David think people did. So, they prove themselves as those who do not tremble before His Word (Isaiah 66:2), but instead add to it as they see fit.

They continue with their additions.

The few animals and humans that remained battled for survival at the highest hills. (page 13)

Scripture says no such thing (Pro. 30:5-6)

On page 14 they write,

Animals, plants and people were sucked into great whirlpools and deposited in layers of rock and mud.

Scripture teaches no such thing (Proverbs 30:5-6).

In this same book Daniels and Chick claim Satan devised a plan for 100 years to destroy Noah's family (page 16). Scripture never says that (Pro. 30). Who says it took Satan any particular amount of time to devise a plan? Who says he didn't already have a plan? Scripture doesn't and neither should we (Proverbs 30:5-6). David and Jack either make stuff up (which is nothing new for Jack), believe another (Proverbs 14:15), or it is a mixture thereof. However these things are formed, it is serious folly.

Furthermore, they claim Adam and his descendants verbally passed on God's truth.

Adam told the same stories to all his descendants, word for word. And each son in his turn passed down God's words, in the centuries before the Flood . . .until finally it was Lamech's turn. Lamech passed God's words to Noah and his family. (p. 17-18, bold in original, ellipsis in original).

Again, Scripture teaches no such thing (Proverbs 30:5-6). About one hundred years before the flood came (Genesis 6:3-5), Adam's descendants were well established in evil. The "wickedness of man was great in the earth" and "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5 KJV). That gives no evidence to David's and Jack's claim that Adam and "each son in his turn passed down God's words." David and Jack create their own antediluvian fable which is unknown to Genesis (or any other book in the Bible).4

Speaking in the context of after the flood, on pages 19-20 Jack and Daniels claim,

NOW SATAN'S ATTENTION TURNED TO CUSH ... AS THEY JOURNEYED, THE DEVIL MADE HIS MOVE:

After this, there is a picture of a character who is supposed to be Satan with his hands on the shoulders of a character who is supposed to be Cush. These fake Satan and Cush say things, and after that the fable says,

To Cush, God was the bad guy, forcing people to scatter across the earth. So he rebelled and gathered the people into one city on the plain of Shinar. (p. 20)

None of this is in Scripture (Proverbs 30:5-6). Very little is said of Cush in the Bible (see Genesis 10:6-8; 1 Chronicles 1:8-10).5 Jack and Daniels go way "above that which is written" (1 Corinthians 4:6 KJV).

Moreover, they claim on that same page via an illustration and on the following page that Cush went to Babylon and built the city of Babylon and the tower of Babel. Scripture records Nimrod as the ruler of Babel (Genesis 10:8-10) and says nothing specifically about Cush.

They also lie about Cush's motive as well. On page 21 they claim Cush built the tower "to unify the people under one religion." Scripture says no such thing (Pro. 30) and actually teaches otherwise. The Word gives the motive, and the motive was not one man's "to unify the people under one religion." It was the people's intent to unify themselves "lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:4 KJV). It also says nothing regarding a religion. That's another addition (Pro. 30) of their imagination, simplemindedness (Proverbs 14:15), or simply following the folly of the false Christian world.

III. Pages 24-25

On page 24 they speak of the original language that the whole world spoke before God confused the languages and claim,

Those after the Flood spoke that language as well.

There is no way they could know this, since Scripture does not reveal what language that was, nor does it say whether or not that language continued to be spoken or not. It just doesn't say, but David and Jack do, and they pile condemnation upon themselves (Proverbs 30:5-6).

On this same page Daniels also writes,

it says nothing about the faithful followers of Shem, who did not, build the city or tower! (bold and italics in original)

He should have stopped at "it says nothing about." Claiming Shem had followers and/or they were faithful is complete fiction. There is no account of any Shem followers in the Bible. Moreover, there is no account of these fictitious Shem followers not building the city or the tower as he claims. This is more of Daniels' and Jack's additions (Pro. 30) and lies and fable.

Now, Daniels places a footnote at the end of the above quote, and in the footnote it reads,

Read Genesis 11:1-9 carefully. Only those that built the city and tower are listed.

Please do carefully read Genesis 11:1-9. It explicitly says who built the city and tower: "the whole earth" (Genesis 11:1-2).

Furthermore, in the context of after the Lord confused the language, on this same page (p.24) Daniels writes,

These Babylonians were scared and desperate. They looked all over for someone, anyone who could understand their speech. THEY WANTED TO BE "ONE PEOPLE" AGAIN!

This is pure addition (Pro. 30), fiction, and fable (2 Timothy 4:4).

Again, in the context of after God confused the languages, Daniels writes immediately after the above,

They had almost achieved a One-World Religion. (p. 25)

Scripture does not teach that either (Pro. 30). Daniels continues,

Then God stopped it. Just like that. But slowly, cautiously, people started to group together with others they could understand . . . First people gathered by families. Soon they formed small communities. (p. 25, immediately after the above quote)

Scripture says,

So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: (Genesis 11:8 KJV)

It says nothing about them coming together, or how they came together. It says just the opposite. They were scattered. How people later eventually formed cities, etc., is not even addressed within the context in which David writes. Yet, David and Jack claim to know, because they are not afraid of His judgments (Psalm 119:120). If they were, they would dare not add as they do. But, they show themselves to be those who "abideth not in the doctrine [teaching] of Christ [Scripture]" (2 John 9 KJV), thus we know they "hath not God" (2 John 9 KJV).

Moreover, they claim immediately after the above,

Eventually they became larger and larger cities. The biggest city of all was still first: Babylon. (p. 25)

Scripture does not teach that (Pro. 30), but instead the Bible says,

and they left off to build the city. (Genesis 11:8 KJV)

How did it become "The biggest city of all" when they stopped building it?

Immediately after the above, David and Jack continue their fable (2 Timothy 4:4) with,

Now before they had the chance to form any other cities, they were gathered in Babylon, . . . . (p. 25)

So, Daniels and Chick say they were "gathered in Babylon." God says, "they were scattered from" Babel (Genesis 11:8). Who is lying? David and Jack or God? Sadly, people who believe this book think God is, because they "believeth not God" and "hath made him a liar" as in 1 John 5:10 (KJV). They choose to believe men over God's Word, and all who do so will be cast into the lake of fire as "unbelieving" and "liars" (Revelation 21:8).

Immediately after the above quote Daniels claims,

thinking it would be a good idea to leave the city in their new groups. BUT OTHERS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A BETTER IDEA TO PICK SOMEONE TO RULE THEM ALL... (page 25, bold in original, ellipsis in original).

Again, this is Daniels' and Jack's fable (2 Timothy 4:4), not God's truth.

IV. Pages 26-34

Immediately after the above, Daniels further writes,

Perhaps it was Cush who made the suggestion. But all at once people thought of Cush's son Nimrod, . . . . (p. 26)

This is ridiculous! "But all at once people thought of Cush's son Nimrod"? What book has Daniels been reading (see below)? He certainly did not get this from the Bible! Please feel free to read Genesis 11. What Daniels writes is a fable. It is not the truth of God's Word.

On page 26 Daniels and Chick claim,

Wild animals had spread all over after the Flood and held the population in terror. But strong Nimrod was fearless and defended them against the lions.

Again, the Bible does not teach wild animals "held the population in terror." In fact, just the opposite is stated.

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, . . . . (Genesis 9:2 KJV)

Also, there was a warning towards the animals if they were to harm man.

And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, . . . . (Genesis 9:5 KJV)

In Daniels' and Chick's fable they speak against God's truth.

Moreover, Scripture never records Nimrod as having "defended them against the lions" as they claim. Nimrod is indeed noted as having a kingdom (Genesis 10:8-12), but nothing is said of him defending them against lions, nor is anything even implied of the people living in terror of the animals. These things are "fables," just as 2 Timothy declares. They are myths, as the Greek word translated "fables" (μυθους [muthous]) could also be translated "myths" in 2 Timothy 4:4. David W. Daniels and Jack Chick have been "turned unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:4), because "they will not endure sound doctrine" (2 Timothy 4:3 KJV). That's the kind of people who are "turned unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

On this same page (p. 26) David reveals where he got some of his ideas. He footnotes the above quote about the wild animals with this:

See Halley's Bible Handbook, 24th Ed. (1965), p. 82 and 25th Ed. (2000), p. 100. See also the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE, 1939), Vol. 1, p. 2147 and Fausset's Bible Dictionary under "Nimrod" (available in SwordSearcher software). See also The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop (1858), pp. 50-51.

Of course, he does not reference any substantive Scripture in that footnote, because Scripture does not teach what Daniels, Chick, and his footnoted books claim.

Daniels continues about Nimrod.6

His feats of bravery made him their champion. He used his fame to lead and conquer the masses. Though the people no longer had a common language, it was possible to group them behind a powerful leader. (p. 26)

Supporters scrambled around, attempting to translate the idea that Nimrod should be their leader. Many agreed. After all, they didn't want to leave their homes and lose the protection of their beloved Babylon. (p. 27, bold and italics in original)

Again, Scripture does not teach this (Pro. 30), but rather the opposite. The Bible says they abandoned Babel (Genesis 11:8), and it reveals Nimrod went on to Assyria, "and builded Nineveh and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, and Resen" (Genesis 10:11-12 KJV, for further explanation, see footnote on Nimrod). Daniel and Chick claim "Many agreed" to stay in Babylon and have Nimrod as their leader. They again lie against the Word.

David and Jack go on to claim that,

Nimrod actually dared God to destroy the world again! (p. 28, bold in original)

They also say Nimrod claimed to have killed God (p. 29-30), persecuted followers of God (p. 32), wanted to be looked upon as God (p. 32), "used religion to control the masses" (p. 33), and held human sacrificial services (p. 33). Daniels writes,

Nimrod and his wife Semiramis demanded human sacrifices, which were devoured by him and his priests. (p. 33)

Daniels footnotes this statement with,

See Hislop, The Two Babylons (1858), pp. 231-232. Available from Chick Publications.

We would say, "See the Bible. It's not in there!" The only places Nimrod is mentioned is in Genesis 10:8-12; 1 Chronicles 1:10; and Micah 5:6. Nimrod is not even recorded as having a wife (or any children). Yet, Daniels and Chick claim to know her name (Semiramis)! This is simple-minded faith (Proverbs 14:15) in the traditions of men7 which brings with it a curse (Jeremiah 17:5).

Finally, according to Daniels and Chick, Shem ended up killing Nimrod (p. 34).

Nimrod had created a wicked religion. He turned the eyes and hearts of the people from God to the Devil. SHEM KNEW NIMROD MUST DIE FOR HIS CRIMES!

Shem came to Babylon and with righteous anger he sliced Nimrod into pieces!

Of course, Scripture says no such thing (Pro. 30). But myth writers and fable followers do, as David footnotes this last statement with,

See Hislop The Two Babylons (1858) pp. 63-64.

Chapter 1 ends with (immediately after the above quote),

Everyone was caught off guard! The priests went into hiding and his false religion came to a standstill. NIMROD'S EVIL WAS STOPPED DEAD IN ITS TRACTS ... FOR NOW.

V. Conclusion

All of this is just out of the first chapter of this book, Babylon Religion. There is much more garbage in the pages that follow.

David W. Daniels and Jack T. Chick have a great deal to account for on the day of judgment (Matthew 12:36-37; Hebrews 4:12-13), and no doubt we have just touched the surface (2 Peter 3:16). There's no telling how many have been led astray from the only One that can save their soul, the truth of God's Word, onto fables via their folly. They prove themselves as those who "profess to know God, but in works they deny Him" (Titus 1:16). They will most certainly be found liars who added to God's Word as Proverbs 30:5-6 warns. They will most certainly be condemned as 2 Peter 2:1, 3, 12, & 17 declare.

Praise the Lord! Come Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 16:22).

Endnotes:

1. According to the documentary by Kurt Kuersteiner, God's Cartoonist, The Comic Crusade of Jack Chick,

For nearly forty years, Chick Publications under the leadership of Jack T. Chick has published nearly one billion religious tracts (palm sized comics) that are now distributed in over 100 languages around the world. In the process, Jack Chick's name has become revered in the world of fundamentalist teachings, reviled among dozens of major religions and banned as hate literature in several countries including Canada. Outside the world of religion the tracts have become highly valued pop culture collectables with presentations in galleries from NY to LA and a permanent collection in the Smithsonian. (from the DVD case back cover)

2. Babylon Religion is subtitled, How a Babylonian goddess became the Virgin Mary. The copyright is 2006 by both David W. Daniels and Jack T. Chick, LLC.

3. It is immaterial whether or not the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary has its origin in ancient occultic practices or not. The Roman Catholic Virgin Mary is occultic in itself. See our report on Catholicism under IV. Idolatry, C. Mary Worship.

4. They even get specific as to what part of God's word was verbally passed down. On page 17-18 they note particularly Genesis 3:15 was discussed. This plays into their scheme well later in chapter two where they claim Nimrod's supposed wife, Semiramis, uses the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 to apply to herself. See chapter two page 39 and following in Babylon Religion.

5. Cush, כּוּשׁ (kush), is also the name of a Benjamite (Psalm 7 title), the name of a pre-flood location (Genesis 2:13), post-flood location typically translated "Ethiopia" (2 Kings 19:9; Esther 1:1; 8:9; Job 28:19; Psalm 68:31; 87:4; Isaiah 11:11 ["Cush" NKJV; KJV]; 18:1; 20:3, 5; 37:9; 43:3; 45:14 ["Cush" NKJV]; Jeremiah 46:9; Ezekiel 29:10; 30:4-5; 38:5; Amos 9:7; Nahum 3:9; Zephaniah 3:10), and the people thereof (Jeremiah 46:9; Ezekiel 30:9).

6. Nimrod's name in the Hebrew is נִמְרוֹד (nimrôd, 1 Chronicles 1:10; Genesis 10:8, נִמְרד) which is the exact form of the Hebrew word for "we rebel" or "let us rebel," but this form is not found elsewhere in the OT except in this name. The only rebellion Scripture records that Nimrod was involved in is the rebellion of "let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:4 KJV). Nimrod was the king of Babel. The "beginning of his kingdom was Babel" (Genesis 10:10), and Genesis 10:10-11 notes,

And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, . . . . (verse 11 in KJV reads, "Out of that land went forth Asshur" which is a translation of the Hebrew phrase מִן־הָאָרֶץ הַהִוא יָצָא אַשּׁוּר. See footnote on Genesis 10:11 in my translation of God's Holy Word for an explanation on the translation of this phrase.)

Genesis 11:1-2 records "the whole earth" was together and "journeyed from the east" and "found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there." From Genesis 10:10-11 and Genesis 11:8-9 it can be seen that Nimrod was a part of "the whole earth" at that time, because Genesis 10:10-11 records the beginning of Nimrod's kingdom was Babel which was there in the land of Shinar, and "From that land he went to Assyria" (Genesis 10:11 NKJV). Genesis 11:8-9 records when the people left Babel, and thus this dictates when Nimrod himself went "From that land" and "went to Assyria." In other words, Genesis 10:10-11 along with Genesis 11:1-2 dictates Nimrod was around and ruling during the Genesis 11:1-9 event.

Finally, the reason Genesis 11:4 was a rebellion is because God commanded man to "fill the earth" (Genesis 1:28 NKJV, מִלְאוּ[mil'u], KJV "replenish"). Genesis 11:4 was an effort to keep them together and thus not to fill the earth, but to stay localized. When God brought the confusion, He guaranteed "fill the earth" would be fulfilled, as it is written,

Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:9 KJV)

7. Another example (of many) in which they follow the traditions of men can be found in chapter two of Babylon Religion on page 55 where they write,

In reality, when Semiramis caught her son on the throne, she knew she must act fast or lose the power she gained from her dead husband Nimrod. And many stories bear one striking testimony about how she did it ... 1 (bold and ellipsis in original)

The footnote for this statement is found on page 191.

Tammuz killed by a wild boar. We see this in the myths of Adonis, Attis of Phrygia and Bacchus. See Hislop's Two Babylons, pp. 99-101, 273.

Jack and Daniels believe myths contain truth. They have been turned aside to fables (2 Timothy 4:4).

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