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The idolatry of Lent & Easter

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In ancient times, the first day of the week immediately following the first full moon after the spring equinox was set aside as the festival of Astarte or Ishtar (pronounced Easter), the moon goddess.  This is why the day moves around each year.  Astarte  (also called Ashtoreth or Ashtaroth), according to pagan mythology, is the wife of Baal (also called Sol), the sun god.  The festival in her honor was established as a celebration of the earth’s rejuvenation after winter.  In honor of the day, the ancient idolaters fornicated (had sex outside of marriage) because it was considered a time of reproduction.  This is how the rabbit and the egg, symbols of reproduction, became associated with Easter.

Astarte and Baal had a son named Tammuz, who was killed by a wild pig.  To mourn Tammuz, Astarte, who held the title “queen of heaven”, called for her followers to give up meat or any other thing that gave them pleasure for forty days before the festival.  In the days before the forty day period started, they participated in wild parties of drunkenness and lewd behavior.  During the forty days they often made cakes to eat in honor of Astarte and Tammuz.   Then on the feast day, a pig would be eaten since a pig killed Tammuz.  The rituals for Easter were to begin at sunrise with her worshippers facing the east.

Worshipping the queen of heaven is one of the things that angered God against ancient Israel (see Jeremiah 44:17-27).  They also defiled God’s temple by worshipping Tammuz and Baal there (see Ezekiel 8:14-16).

Our churches claim that this season is in honor of Christ, but based on all of the pagan symbolism involved, I beg to differ.  Christ was crucified right after passover, during the days of unleavened bread.  According to the scriptures, passover is celebrated the 14th day of the month Abib (April) followed immediately by the days of unleavened bread which last until the 21st of the month (Numbers 28:16-18; Deuteronomy 16:1-8).  Passover is also celebrated with a lamb, not a ham!  So Christ was resurrected the first day of the week that followed passover, not on Easter, which is always the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.  Sometimes they coincide, but not all the time.

Clearly, lent and Easter and everything associated with them are remnants of idolatry.  It is often argued that these type of celebrations are harmless since Christian symbolisms have now been assigned to replace the pagan meanings.  Maybe mankind accepts them, but God does not.  He has always and will always hate pagan rituals, even if we attempt to “Christianize” them.  “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.   For the customs of the people are vain …” (Jeremiah 10:2-3a).  If their customs are vain, why should Christians adopt them at all?  God hates it when we try to teach the fear of God with the doctrines of men–

“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Mark 7:7)

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments [principles and customs] of the world, and not after Christ. … Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, … after the commandments and doctrines of men?” (Colossians 2:8, 20, 22)

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13 thoughts on “The idolatry of Lent & Easter

  1. What are your sources of:

    “In honor of the day, the ancient idolaters fornicated (had sex outside of marriage) because it was considered a time of reproduction.” ?

    Marriage (as we know it today) is a christian thing. Your just making this stuff up. Are you suggesting that Pagan religions were entirly monogamous except for one week a year when they did what they liked?

    Unlike christianity, ‘rebirth’ is only one aspect of Pagan faiths. Yet christianity has converted ALL Pagan holidays to ‘rebirth’ festivals (yule –> christmas (the birth of christ), samhain –> All saints day).

    Christianity is largely more Pagan than modern so-called Pagan religions such as wicca etc. Just live with it.

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  2. Yes, marriage is indeed a Christian thing and pre-dates the fornication of idolaters (Jesus Christ has always existed, since he is God, and was ordained to die and resurrect before the foundation of the world). He established marriage right after he created the woman for the man and before man sinned. It was only after man sinned that paganism and fornication were started by man.

    Pagan religions promoted fornication all year, but during Easter the followers of the queen of heaven had a special sexual orgy in honor of the goddess.

    Christianity has not converted all pagan holidays, Roman Catholicism has. When Constantine the Great created Roman Catholicism in 337 A.D., it was his way of bringing his pagan beliefs together with a false Christianity that could unite pagans and Christians. Genuine Christians refused this idolatry dressed up to look like genuine Christianity. To easily convert pagans to their religion, Roman Catholic missionaries adopted their practices and re-symbolized them. So when you say Christianity is largely pagan, you (like most of the world) confuse Roman Catholicism with true Christianity. They are totally different belief systems.

    As for my sources, they are:

    Vine, W. E. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1985.

    Gipp, Samuel C. The Answer Book: a Helpbook for Christians. Shelbyville, TN: Bible & Literature Missionary Foundation, 1989.

    I also used some online sources using Ask.com and Google entering the search terms “origin of easter” and “history of easter.”

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  3. Though your comments about Catholicism are based in fact, your comment : “Pagan religions promoted fornication all year” is just wrong. There may be some evidence that some Pagans had ‘orgies’ etc. But this statement is the equivalent of me saying “all Christians are gay”, just because I have seen a few people on the internet claim to be gay christians. Your generalisation is horriffic. And largely weakens your argument.

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  4. Ancient pagan religions from the major empires such as Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Greece, and Rome as well as religions from minor empires in Europe (the Druids, for example), Asia (from the Middle East to Japan), and Africa did in fact have temples where individuals could go worship their gods by having sex with temple prostitutes who were priestesses and in some cases with male temple prostitutes. The majority of pagan religions did this, so the generalization is warranted.

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  5. “Ancient pagan religions from the major empires such as Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Greece, and Rome as well as religions from minor empires in Europe (the Druids, for example), Asia (from the Middle East to Japan), and Africa did in fact have temples where individuals could go worship their gods by having sex with temple prostitutes who were priestesses and in some cases with male temple prostitutes. The majority of pagan religions did this, so the generalization is warranted.”

    This entire post is made up. Please give any independant, historical source for any of this fantasy.

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  6. Do you ever watch the History Channel? They have covered several of the empires mentioned above. Maybe you should also go to your local library or bookstore and do some research and look up some books on the history of sex and sexuality.

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  7. That is a complete cop-out, you will find all socities have this sort of thing going on (such as christianize romans and there homosexual bath’s). Just because you can find evidence that a person is depraved, does not make their religion so.

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  8. You’ve proven that any answer I give even when founded on truth, you’ll reject it. Roman Catholicism has nothing to do with Jesus Christ and his teachings. It is a counterfeit religion created in conjunction with man and Satan to turn people away from God.

    Any religion that worships anyone or anything besides the one true God through his son Jesus Christ is a false religion. That includes yours. And since you follow a false religion, according to Romans 1, you are reprobate and the truth is not in you. You are of your father, the devil. He was a liar from the beginning and even if you don’t believe in his existence, you embrace his doctrines.

    He who has the son of God has life. He who does not have the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

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  9. “You’ve proven that any answer I give even when founded on truth, you’ll reject it.”

    This is not true, I will accept any answer from you if it is entirely true – unfortunatly, up till now you have only offered half-truths. You quote ‘evidence’ without providing the whole story.

    I truly wish I could have your faith, and accept things just because – unfortunatly I cannot, – this maybe because of the scientific/reasoning society which now provails in the western world – or it maybe as you say, that i am farthered by satan and therefore beyond redemption. I truly do not know. I guess one day I will find out.

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  10. The reason why you can’t accept truth is because you don’t know what truth is. To you, truth is relative, i.e. based on your personal feelings. You have criticized me for speaking the truth as it is, but since it is not palatable to your personal opinions, you reject it altogether. You demand sources from me, but don’t provide any valid sources of your own that I’m not speaking truth. It is up to those who accuse others of wrongdoing to provide proof of their errors, but all you do is argue and accuse without valid proof.

    Since you are spiritually blind, you can’t see that the problem is you. You hate God and are blinded by your own sins and so if anyone speaks the truth from God, it makes you feel uncomfortable so you reject truth. Because of this, if you continue to harden your heart against God, you will die in your sins and will have to pay the penalty yourself for eternity in hell.

    “He that believeth on him [Jesus Christ] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” (John 3:18-20)

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  11. It’s interesting to me that when Jesus told someone that there father was the devil, he said it to Jews who were very religious and not to agnostics who were seeking a dialogue.

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  12. He also said it to Jews who claimed to believe in God but in reality did not. Agnostics/atheists generally are not seeking dialogue, but are looking for an opportunity to argue and stand in the way of those who really are seeking the truth. Their god is their own intellect and they love to argue to try to show how intelligent they are, being puffed up in their own ungodly pride. The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.

    There are only two types of people in this world–the children of darkness and the children of light; the goats and the sheep; the children of Belial and the children of God. The scriptures state this clearly in both the Old and New Testaments.

    “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” Proverbs 12:15

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