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The Pagan Easter | A repost from a friend.

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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

"The Intolerance of Tolerance" by D. A. Carson. Review by Tim Challies

Original Review Here

The Intolerance of Tolerance

  • Tim Challies
  • 02/28/12

The Intolerance of ToleranceSeveral times in the past decade D.A.Carson has been asked to give a public lecture at one university or another. Three times he has taken the opportunity to speak on the subject of tolerance, or intolerance, as the case may be. Those lectures proved the foundation of what would become his cleverly-titled new book, The Intolerance of Tolerance.

Here’s the thing: In a society obsessed with tolerance, we are actually not tolerant at all. It’s all a big lie, a big fiction, and we’re all playing along. In order to claim tolerancewe’ve had to rewrite the definition of the term and in so doing we’ve put ourselves on dangerous ground. Tolerance has become part of the Western “plausability structure”—a stance that is assumed and is not to be questioned. We are to be tolerant at all times. Well, almost all times, that is.

Carson begins by showing that tolerance presupposes disagreement. That’s the beauty of being tolerant—one person expresses disagreement with another but still tolerates him, accepting that differing views exists even while holding fast to his own. He puts up with another person even though they do not believe the same thing. But over time there has been a subtle, and sometimes not-so-subtle shift in the word’s meaning. Today’s version of tolerance actually accepts all differing views. We’ve gone from accepting the existence of other views to believing that we need to accept all differing views. This brings us into the natural outworking of postmodernism, a philosophy that denies the singular nature of truth.

Things get trickier still when we see that tolerance is not considered merely a virtue today, but the cardinal virtue, the virtue above all others. “Intolerance is no longer a refusal to allow contrary opinions to say their piece in public, but must be understood to be any questioning or contradicting the view that all opinions are equal in value, that all worldviews have equal worth, that all stances are equally valid. To question such postmodern axioms is by definition intolerant.” To quote Carson, “Oh dear.”

Tolerance rules today with one important caveat. There can be no tolerance for people who do not agree with the contemporary usage of the term. People like Christians, for example. Those who hold to the old meaning, that I will tolerate you even though I believe that you are wrong, sinful even—there can be no tolerance for people like that. Hence this new tolerance is inherently intolerant.

The Intolerance of Tolerance explains this strange new definition, traces its development, shows how it is particularly opposed to Christianity, and discusses what we stand to lose if this intolerant new tolerance continues to reign in society. Carson closes by suggesting ten ways ahead—ten suggestions that each of us can adopt if we wish to combat the new tolerance.

This is not just a book for smart people, but you’ll find it helps. If you’re really smart and well-read you can probably read it once with pretty good comprehension. If you’re like me, you’ll need at least two readings and even then be scratching your head at times. It’s not that it’s exceedingly dense or difficult, but that it deals with categories that are unfamiliar. At least that was my experience. But I’m glad I read it as it helped me crystalize exactly what I’ve seen going on all around me. It’s given me the parameters I need to ensure that I don’t inadvertently lose the better meaning of tolerance and it has given me fair warning of the consequences should I do so.

It is available at Westminster Books ($15.60) or Amazon ($16.03 hardcover, $9.99 Kindle).