Easter: appealing to the Fallacy of tradition
Have you ever wondered why we believe what we believe about Easter? How about if it’s even biblical to even celebrate this holiday? As an apologist I am always searching for the truth and leaving no rock unturned so when a good friend of mine said to me that I really needed to check out the origins of the Easter holiday I did so. Lets just say when I started digging I was shocked to say the least at what I found. I know I am going to take a lot of hits for saying what I am about to say about Easter and the celebration of it. What I am about to expose is not popular especially in Christiandom. A lot of you even with the evidence presented to you will deny it and continue steeped in the traditions that have been taught to you falling prey to the logical fallacy of appealing to the tradition. With that many will also say that “oh that is not what it means too me”, which than I would say to you. Remember this as Christians we are called to seek the truth and be like the Bereans, it’s the truth will set you free with Christ. We as Christians are command by God to love God with all our body, mind, heart, and soul. So can you be doing that when you are not honoring God with proper worship? In the hunt for the truth about easter and it’s real meaning I have done research on the holiday and have found some disturbing facts about it that have lead me to believe that if you are truly a biblical Christian you can not celebrate easter as the masses do. A note to the reader this subject falls under a Romans 10 area where it deals with the conscience and there for once you read the information I am about to present to you it is up to you do to decide where you stand on this issue. It is between you and God, not the church you and God.
THE ORIGINS OF EASTER
Let’s start at the beginning and see what the meaning of the name “Easter” is? You, like me have been led to suppose the word means "resurrection of Christ." For 1600 years the western world has been taught that Christ rose from the dead on Sunday morning. I have found that the name "Easter" is merely the slightly changed English spelling of the name of the ancient Assyrian goddess Ishtar, pronounced by the Assyrians exactly as we pronounce "Easter."
The Babylonian name of this goddess was Astarte, consort of Baal, the Sun god. Worship of these gods is denounced by God Himself in the Bible as the most abominable of all pagan idolatry. We can see from this that the name Easter has no connection to the “resurrection of Christ”, but instead to the pagan god of Baal and Ishtar. One might say will that can’t be true that was misguided research or that not what it means today. A person might even be inclined to say that the modern church changed that so that is not the meaning anymore. Well than let us address a more modern reference for those who want to try to acquiescent to the fallacy of equivocation.
So now if you are still not convinced of the meaning of the word Easter lets look up the word "Easter" in Webster's dictionary. You will find: "AS. (Anglo-Saxon), from name of an old Teuton goddess of spring". Interesting here again we find no reference to the “resurrection of Christ” instead another reference to a pagan god.
Still not convinced? Okay. Well you might be saying “well the bible mentions Easter.” Well to address this lets look in the large volume Hastings Bible Dictionary, only six lines are given to the name "Easter" because it occurs only once in the Bible and that only in the King James translation. Says Hastings: "Easter, used in Authorized Version as the translation of 'Pascha' in Acts 12:4, 'intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people'. Revised Version has substituted correctly 'the Passover.'
So we can see that the word Easter was added or mistranslated in the King James Version for the phrase ‘the Passover’. One can plainly see the deception was starting back as early as 1604 with the King James Bible. It is no wonder why people believe what they believe and don’t question where the Holiday of Easter came from when the truth has been covered up for so long. Remember truth is power and power is freeing and that freeing power is Jesus Christ our savior. You owe it to Him and yourself to make sure that you are correctly worshiping Him not appealing to tradition.
The Hastings Bible Dictionary mentions the phrase ‘the Passover’ which brings me to the Apostles and the observance of the Passover. The World Almanac, 1950 edition, page 704, says: "In the second century, AD., Easter Day was, among Christian in Asia Minor" (that is, in the Churches at Ephesus, Galatia, etc... the so-called "Gentile" churches raised up by the Apostle Paul) "the 14th of Nisan, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar." In other words, the 14th day of the first month of the sacred calendar, and it was not then called by the name of the pagan deity "Easter", but by the BIBLE name "PASSOVER".
Passover, the days of unleavened bread, Pentecost, and holy days God had ordained forever were all observed by Jesus, and the early apostles, and converted Gentile Christians (Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6; 18:21; 1Co 5:7-8; Acts 20:16; 1Co 16:8). Passover is a memorial of the crucifixion of Christ. Passover, observed by the early true Church, occurred not on Sunday or any fixed day of the week, but a calendar day of the year. The day of the week varies from year to year. This flies contrary to what the modern day church institutional teaching tries to promote.
Easter is one of the pagan days Paul warned Gentile converts they must not return to observing because of its origins with the worship of Baal and Ishtar which I will explain further below.
EASTER'S PAGAN ORIGINS
Than where did Easter get its origins from? Easter, as Hislop says: ("The Two Babylons,") "bear its Chaldean origins on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the 'queen of heaven,' whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country."
The ancient gods of the pagans had many different names. While this goddess was called Astarte in Babylon, it appears on Assyrian monuments found by Layard in excavations at Nineveh as Ishtar (Layard's Nineveh and Babylon, page 629). Both were pronounced "Easter". Likewise, Beltis, or Bel (referred to in the Old Testament) also was called Mooch. It was for sacrificing to Moloch (1 Kings 11:1-11, especially verse 7, where Moloch is called an abomination) and other pagan gods that The Eternal condemned Solomon, and render away the Kingdom of Israel from his son.
In the ancient Chaldean idolatrous Sun worship, Baal was the Sun god, Astarte his consort, or wife. And Astarte is the same as Ishtar, or the English Easter.
Says Hislop: "The festival, of which we read in church history, under the name Easter, in the third or forth centuries, was quite a different festival from that now observed in the Roman (and Protestant) church, and at that time was not known by any such name as Easter. IT WAS CALLED PASSOVER, and was very early observed by Christians.... That festival agreed originally with the time of the Jewish Passover, when Christ was crucified.... That festival was not idolatrous, and was preceded by no Lent."
SO HOW WE GOT THE TRADITION OF LENT?
Now lets look at where we get lent and how it ties into Easter. We must examine all parts of the holiday to see what is biblical and what is not.
"It ought to be known," wrote Cassianus in the fifth century, "that the observance of the forty days (Lent) had no existence, so long as the perfection of that primitive Church remained inviolate."
Jesus observed no Lent. The apostles and the early true Church of God observed no Lenten season. Then how did this observance originate?
"The forty days' abstinence of the Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. Such a Lent of forty days, 'in the spring of the year,' is still observed by the Yezidis or pagan Devil worshippers of Koordistan, who have inherited it from their early masters, the Babylonians. Such Lent was observed in Egypt (Wilkinson's Egyptians). This Egyptian Lent of forty days was held expressly in commemoration of Adonis or Osiris, the great mediatorial god." (the Two Babylons, by Hislop, pages 104 and 105, and Sabean Researches, by Landseer, p. 112).
Do you realize what has happened? God Almighty commanded His people to observe the PASSOVER FOREVER! (Exo 12:24). This command was given while the Israelites were still in Egypt, prior to the Old Covenant, or the Law or Moses! It pictured, before the Crucifixion, Christ's death for the remission of our sins. At His last Passover, Jesus changed the emblems used, from the blood of a lamb and eating it's roasted body, to the bread and wine.
Jesus did not abolish Passover ....He merely CHANGED the emblems, or symbols used. All of the apostles of Christ, and the true Christians of the first century true Church, observed it. On the 14th day, of the first month, of the sacred calendar. It is now a MEMORIAL of Christ's death. Reaffirming, year by year, on it's anniversary, the true Christian's FAITH in the blood of Christ for the remission of sin, and the broken body of Christ for physical healing.
SO HOW DID WE GET HERE?
But what has happened? How did we get where we are today? These are good questions. Lets start here with this statement and go from there. For the most part western nations have been deceived into dropping the festival God ordained forever to commemorate the death of the true Savior for our sins, and substituting in its place the PAGAN festival, commemorating the counterfeit "savior" and mediator of Baal, the SUN GOD, named after the mythical Ishtar, his wife .Actually, none other than the ancient Semirimus, who palmed herself off as the wife of the sun-god, the idolatrous "QUEEN OF HEAVEN."
The New Testament reveals that Jesus, the apostles, and the New Testament Church, both Jewish and Gentile-born, observed God's Sabbaths, and God's festivals weekly and annually! Take you Bible and carefully read Acts 2:1; 12:3-4 (the word "Easter" here is a flagrant false translation in "King James" version--- originally inspired "Passover," and so corrected in the Revised version); Acts 18:21; 20:6,16; 1Co 16:8.
Eusebius, historian of the early centuries of the Church, speaks of the true Christians observing Passover on the 14th of Nisen, first month of the sacred calendar.
The historian Gieseler wrote that "the Gentile Christians observed also the Sabbath and the Passover," during the latter half of the first century.
But as the false paganized Church grew in size and political power, decrees were passed by 363 A.D. imposing the death sentence upon Christians found keeping God's Sabbath, or God's festivals. Another large portion of the TRUE Church of God, failing to flee, yet remaining true to God's Truth, paid with their lives in martyrdom. History records that more than 50 million were martyred. They loved obedience to God more than their lives! The question is do we love God more than our traditions?
Such is the origin, and early history of Easter. How, then, was this pagan festival injected into the professing Christian religion, as a substitute for an ordinance of God?
First, Jesus and the apostles foretold, not a universal, wide-spread popular growth of the true New Testament Church, but a FALLING AWAY FROM THE TRUTH, on part of the great majority. Prophesying a popular, universal FALLING AWAY from the faith once delivered. To the Thessalonians Paul stated, "the mystery of iniquity doth already work," and only some 30 years after the Church began! He referred to the very "Chaldean Mysteries," of which Easter and Christmas were the two chief festivals! (2Th 2:7)
Second, although Jesus said the gates of hell would never prevail against His Church, yet it is everywhere prophesied thru the New Testament as the "Little Flock" never as great, large, popular, universal church.
In New Testament prophecy, two (2) Churches are described:
One, the great and powerful and universal church, a part of the world, actually ruling in its politics over many nations, and united with the "Holy Roman Empire," brought to a concrete focus in Rev 17.
The Church is pictured with great pomp, ritual and display, decked in purple, scarlet and gold--- proud, worldly, boastful. She is pictured as a universal DECEIVER--- the whole western world spiritually DRUNK perception so blurred by her paganized teachings and practices they are unable to clearly distinguish TRUTH! she boast she is the true Church, yet she is drunken with the blood of the saints she has caused to be martyred!
The second church is the remnant church, filled the true believers, the "smaller flock" that is not deceived by the pagan practices or drunken in spirituality of the deceiver. This church is full of the true followers of Christ who are the Bereans that search the word of God and honor His son Jesus Christ by correctly obeying Him and believing in Him following what Christ has command us to do out of love for our Savior not out of tradition or works right faith.
SO WHO DO YOU FOLLOW? TRADITION OR TRUTH?
As of today we can see this first church having its power of people millions of Americans today are deceived into observing this form of heathen idolatry, under the delusion they are honoring Jesus Christ the Son of the Heavenly Father!
So the real question is this:
Now that you have been given the facts of the origins of Easter do you be like the Bereans and find the truth about Easter for yourself?
Or do you do like the millions of sheep and fall into line for the fallacy of appealing to tradition when that tradition has no biblical meaning at all?
A FINAL WORD
Yes we should honor the Passover and our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Not because a Pagan holiday tells us to but because we are command to do so and because we want to out of Love for Him. Let us not fall victim to doing it out of tradition and doing inline with a pagan holiday that has no real biblical application. Remember we are commanded to love God with all our body, mind, heart, and soul.