Monday, February 28, 2011

Origins of Easter & Pagan Rituals

The origin of Easter, a holiday associated with the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is actually based on an ancient pagan celebration. Christians recognize this day as commemorating the culminating event of their faith, but like so many other "Christian" holidays, Easter has become commercialized and mixed with non-christian traditions like the Easter Bunny, Easter parades and hunting for Easter eggs. What is important to remember is that as long as we don't engage in any actual pagan sacrifices or offerings, as Christians we are not offending God. We need to take caution but also understand that many of the traditions within the ancient Judeo-Christian aspect have been given to us through God. Many of the pagan traditions understood in the context of the time period, God would likewise take those rituals and make it into his own for his children of Israel. Similarly many pagan traditions have also adopted Judeo-Christian aspects and perverted them into their own. God reveals to his people according to the context of the time and their knowledge.

The origin of Easter dates back to ancient times, not long after the global Flood recorded in Genesis 6-9 of the Bible. Nimrod, a grandson of Noah, had turned from following his grandfather's God and had become a tyrannical ruler. According to the biblical record, as king, Nimrod created Babel, Ninevah, Asshur, Calla and other cities, all known for lifestyles that promoted unspeakable evil and perversion. When Nimrod died, his wife, Queen Semiramis, deified him as the Sun-god, or Life Giver. Later he would become known as Baal, and those who followed the religion Semiramis created in his name would be called Baal worshippers. They became associated with idolatry, demon worship, human sacrifice and other practices regarded as evil.

The origin of Easter involves the birth of Semiramis' illegitimate son, Tammuz. Somehow, Semiramis convinced the people that Tammuz was actually Nimrod reborn. Since people had been looking for the promised savior since the beginning of mankind (see Genesis 3:15), they were persuaded by Semiramis to believe that Tammuz was that savior, even that he had been supernaturally conceived. Before long, in addition to worshipping Tammuz (or Nimrod reborn), the people also worshipped Semiramis herself as the goddess of fertility. In other cultures, she has been called Ishtar, Ashtur and yes, Easter. This history is what has confused many in the extemely eggagerated and fallacious documentary Zeitgeist. Some forms of Mary worship and adoration are believe to stem through the Semirramis worship of the babylonian time.

 The origin of Easter goes back to the springtime ritual instituted by Semiramis following the death of Tammuz, who, according to tradition, was killed by a wild boar. Legend has it that through the power of his mother's tears, Tammuz was "resurrected" in the form of the new vegetation that appeared on the earth. Ancient Babylonians believed in a fable about an egg that fell into the Euphrates River from heaven and from which Semiramis was "hatched." The then began a tradition of veneration through her in which her followers would take eggs and dip them in the sacrificial blood of the innocent.(child sacrifice)

According to the Bible, it was in the city of Babel that the people created a tower in order to defy God. Up until that time, all the people on the earth spoke one language. The building of the tower led God, as recorded in Genesis 11:7, to confuse their tongues to keep them from being further unified in their false beliefs. As the people moved into other lands, many of them took their pagan practices with them, instituting similar rituals of Easter which is named after Semiramus and her reincarnation from an egg.

It can be confusing as Christians to discern what holidays we as followers are permitted to participate in. On the one side of the spectrum, we can become overwrought with every tradition and public celebration that happens. On the other hand, we can become lukewarm and fall into an idol lifestyle with associating to every pagan tradition and ritual that comes our way. I believe that we must not become too extreme on either end, we must exercise discipline and educate ourselves to understand what is really going on behind these holidays and rituals. Likewise I think that it is acceptable to celebrate these holidays, as long as we educate our children on the reason why we as Christians are celebrating on these days and to shift more focus on the reason for the holiday verses the materialism and commercialization of the holidays and celebrations. Furthermore it is allowable under the circumstance in which we are not engaging in any pagan sacrifices, calling or invoking the names of any other spirit but the Lord of God and or dressing up or engaging in anything that is inherently evil, violent or demonic in nature. If we adhere to these I believe that we as Christians can make our stand and help shine the light of Christ and allow other unbelievers recognize that there is something more meaningful to life than just eating easter egg chocolates or exchanging gifts at christmas time.

You can also watch a more in depth look into the history of Easter and Pagan rituals from the Land of Israel

7 comments:

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  2. You do realize I hope that Easter has been perverted by Christianity, not the other way around I hope.

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  3. I AM A ''PAGAN'',HOWEVER I DO BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD TEACH OUR CHILDREN THAT THERE ARE MANY GOD'S,NOT JUST ''JESUS'' AS CHRISTIAN'S BELIEVE.WE MUST SHOW RESPECT TO OUR FELLOW-MEN-WOMEN,WHO WORSHIP THEIR OWN PARTICULAR ''GOD'',WE ARE ONE,WE ARE MANY AND WE MUST NOT TRY TO ''BRAINWASH'' ANYONE AT ALL,PARTICULARLY OUR CHILDREN.''EOSTRE'' HAS BECOME FAR TOO COMMERCIALIZED BY OUR MODERN WESTERN SOCIETY.THANK YOU.

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  4. Yeah and what about Jeremiah 10 2:4 learn not the way of the heathen. I think that is pretty straight forward. Scripture is telling you do not partake in pagan rituals. The ritual for ishtar involved impregnating adolescent virgins on the alter and the following year slaughtering the infants and dipping the eggs in the blood of these infants.; I do believe that the the almighty creator of wants to be associated with that in any way shape or form.

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  5. The creator does not want to be associated with that ritual it is an abomination

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