When Enemies Become Friends

Luke 23:12 (ESV)

12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

Ever wonder how enemies become friends?

In the middle of the trial of Jesus there is this footnote, without comment or remark. But the reader, who accepts and trusts the Bible as the inspired and inerrant word of God, will want to explore the meaning and purpose of this statement. It is obviously an editorial comment by Luke. This doesn’t diminish its inspiration, authority, or value. These kinds of comments are spread throughout the Gospels, and help to explain and clarify the passages in which they are found.

What was happening in Luke 23? Jesus has been betrayed by Judas, abandoned by the disciples, and denied by Peter. He is on trial here. To his credit, Pontus Pilate declares Him innocent three times, yet still delivers the Christ up to be crucified (Luke 23:25).

It should not, however, be missed that Jesus is on trial before two entities: the Jewish nation, as represented by the Sanhedrin, and the Gentile world, represented by Pilate. All the world condemned Him (see Acts 4:27)

Which brings us back to the original question: how do enemies become friends. Enmity (Luke 23:12) describes a serious hostility. It is a state of war. The New Testament uses this word (ἔχθρα) to describe the separation between Jew and Gentile, and sinner and God:

Luke 23:12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
Rom 8:7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
Eph 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
Eph 2:16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
James 4:4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Those familiar with the New Testament will quickly recognise the depth of anger between the parties who are held at enmity.

But these two men were enemies, but during the trial became friends. Now we know they did not unite in the sense found in Ephesians 2. We also know that Herod never confessed Christ (Acts 12:20-23). While it is possible that Pilate later came to know Christ, there is no extant evidence of that.

These two men became friends because that is what happens when they unite against Christ. Both oversaw his trial, condemnation, and crucifixion. Both approved, both consented. Both needed to see Jesus gone and done away with. Like John the Baptist, Jesus was a thorn in Herod’s conscience; and Pilate would not have word about this man get back to Caesar in Rome.

If opposition to Christ is what brings enemies together, then it can be understood why Islam and the LGBTQ+ can (in most of Europe, Australia, and North America) get along so well., “Queers against Islamophobia” banners can be seen in the gay pride parades around North America. The LGBTQ+ lobbies and their political allies defend Islam at every turn, while denying the fact that so-called “radical” Islam is normal Islam, according to the Quran and the Hadiths.

Looking at how the LGBTQ+ community is treated outside of the safety of the West one would think that these people would be more worried. Gays, lesbians, transsexuals, adulterers are routinely killed in Islamic governments. But in the West, it would appear that they are the best of friends.

This friendship is, of course, considered temporary by Islam. It serves a purpose. It could even be a form of Taqiyya, which is an Islamic form of propaganda where the non-Muslim is lied to about the true intent of Islam. Taqiyya is especially common in nations where the Muslims are in a minority and have little political influence. The LGBTQ+ is truly naïve if it thinks a future Sharia law will not be applied to them.

This is a friendship that cannot last. A friendship based upon a common enemy, when that enemy is Christ, is both doomed and cursed.

There is a true reconciliation for all men and women; it is not a reconciliation, friendship or peace that is one option among many, but the only one possible. This real friendship is not against Christ, but in Christ. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28) and that we have been made one in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22).

The Pagan Easter | A repost from a friend.

Original Post Here


The Pagan Easter.

Alright, Christ-followers, you may not like this post. It might make you feel very uncomfortable.  It makes me uncomfortable.

This week I’ve been studying the origins of Easter. And, friends – I’m disturbed when I realize how many of our present-day holidays and celebrations have roots in Paganism. It’s confusing and upsetting, to say the least.  And it occured to me – as UNCOMFORTABLE as it is, I have to seek wisdom about the things I do in my life, including traditions like Easter.

If I am so inherantly against Halloween because of its blatant Pagan and Occult connections, wouldn’t I be a hyppocrate if I weren’t willing to take a critical look at other culturally accepted ‘holidays’?
Happy Easter?

I am not claiming all of this as truth, I am simply saying, this is what I’ve found in my research.

The roots of Easter are actually found LONG before Christ was on this earth. The name “Easter” is not biblical in the slightest and many scholars agree it is directly attributed to Pagan gods and godesses, most notably, “Eostre” (also known as Ishtar) the goddess of Spring and/or fertility who is said to have originated in Babylon.   Her occult simbols included the bunny or rabbit.

One legend goes like this:

The grandson of the biblical Noah was called Nimrod. (You can find that part in Genesis).  He ruled a massive post-flood kingdom as a tyrranical and corrupt king who lead people away from God. He ruled several major cities including Babel, Asshur, Nineveh, and Calah.

When he died, his wife (Samiramis, who was also his Mother) deified him and called him a sun-god. He is known throughout history in the pagan religion as Baal, Baalim, Bel, and Molech. Samiramis had another son later who she claimed was Nirmod reborn, or, reincarnated. It gets weirder – she also said this son, Tammus/Mithras, was a supernatural conception- the promised savior sent by her god. Nimrod was later known as the god of the sun, ‘father of creation’.   Semiramis became the goddess of the moon and fertility, most known as . Tammuz became a pagan-worshiped “savior” who was worshipped specifically in the Spring. Legend says after Tammuz was killed, he went down to the underworld but his mother’s relentless weaping (she wept for 40 days, same as Lent) he was ‘resurrected’.   In Spring, Pagans celebrated this said resurrection.

With Babel destroyed, the people moved to various areas, bringing their Pagan beliefs with them – including the worship of various false gods and human sacrifices – much of which was founded on the worship of the original Baal and Semiramis (later known as ISHTAR or Eostre – where we get EASTER).

Some of the readings I found merged Semiramis (sometimes spelled Samiramis) and Eostre as one, some sources spoke of two seperate godesses.  Either way, they were false gods.

There are many stories about “Easter”, all very intertwined and connected to Pagan beliefs and ancient gods.  Other stories suggests that Oestre (Easter) the goddess of fertility had many, many lovers.  The spawn of these lovers include the likes of Thor, Satyr, and Parcae.  This legend also points to Oestre as the godess of the Universe, with eggs and rabbits as her symbols of power.

Easter (Ishtar/Oestre) Eggs and the Bunny?
There are few legends I found over and over which were prominent in Pagan belief systems:
1. An enormous egg fell from the sky and ‘hatched’ the goddess Astarte (also known as Ishtar/Easter). 
2. The world itself was actually hatched from an egg.

The idea of a mystic egg spread and the egg still remains a prominent symbol for Pagans and also members of the Occult. The egg usually represents fertility and/or rebirth.  In many Pagan cultures, eggs are used to ‘predict’ the sex of unborn children and bring good luck.  They were and are still used in many Pagan rituals.
The idea of rabits and bunnies at Easter is also (surprise, surprise) rooted deep in Paganism.
A painting of Ostara/Oestre, goddess of fertility.
The goddess of fertility used the bunny as her earthly Pagan symbol.  How this grew into a legend about a big bunny delivering eggs to children is uncertain.  There is no debating that the symbol of the “Easter Bunny” is complete unbiblical and entirely Pagan.  One very common legend speaks of the goddess Eostre magically turning one of her sacred birds into a bunny.  Many scholars say this in how we ended up with the bizarre blend of a BUNNY delivering EGGS.  (Newsflash, rabits don’t lay eggs).
The “Eostre” Egg remained tradition for countless cultures, especially in African and European countries where eggs were often painted and given as gifts at in Spring as symbols of good luck, prosperity, and fertility.
Almost all of the “Easter” traditions we have today were birthed out of Paganism and later merged into Christianity.
So, what we’re left with today is an incredibly confusing mixture of evil symbolism and false god worship and the proclaimed “most important day for the Christian faith”.   The majority of the world celebrates “Easter” with the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs, not with the Cross.  Modern Easter has become a multi-billion dollar industry that celebrates consumerism more than anything else.
So where does this leave the Christ-follower?
I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t celebrate the death and ressuresction of Jesus Christ – I’m asking myself, how?  And maybe even, when?  How do we exercise wisdom and discernment and still embrace those around us and show love to our children and friends?  How do we actually honor God in all this mess?
As for our family, much like we don’t do Santa, we don’t do the Easter Bunny.  (PS. Many Christmas customs are rooted in Paganism too).

We actually don’t even speak about the idea of an Easter Bunny.  We do paint eggs, but now my mind is reeling about that.  And what about Easter Egg hunts and chocolate and all these earthly ‘celebrations’?  As I sit and close my eyes, I am thankful for a God of GRACE.  That dispite me and all this world and all these roots… God’s grace covers all my “I don’t knows”.

But His grace is not an excuse for complacency.  I want to continue to dig deeper, pray, and search my heart for the traditions that are not pleasing to God.  Instead of what the world calls “Easter”, we will choose to celebrate Resurrection.  Maybe we will even choose to go so far as to completely reject what the world calls “Easter” … we’re still figuring out.

Sisters and brothers – what are your thoughts?  Please, share them below.

“Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

A video worth watching, “Easter Exposed”

More Readings:

(Please realize these are only links to sites I found.  Please use your own convictions to decipher them!)
Hippity Hoppity: Rabits for Easter
Easter and Spring Equinox
Interesting reads from a Pagan site
Another interesting article for consideration