Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

To Deceive, if Possible, Even the Elect.

There is a ton of videos on YouTube that show the similarities between Easter and pagan rituals, beliefs, and fables. The saddest part is I have only paid attention to the videos that are from Christian sources and they concentrate on those similarities. Many of these videos concentrate on rabbits, eggs, hot cross buns and crossing oneself, and tie them to ancient Babylonian beliefs and much of that is unrelated to modern silliness regarding rabbits, eggs, hot cross buns and crossing oneself.

The silliness about rabbits, and eggs comes to us via German Lutheranism and has it's roots more in Christmas and Santa Claus than in ancient Babylonian myth that Europeans had completely no idea of until the 18th century. The word Easter doesn't come from Ishtar - it comes from the word Eostre which is the early Anglo-Saxon word for the Spring Equinox 

Ishtar the Mesopotamian goddess has nothing to do with Easter and everything to do with Isis the Egyptian goddess and Aphrodite the Greek goddess. Each of these "mothers of Heaven" had a lover that was slain and was restored in some form thanks to Ishtar/Isis/Aphrodite. Ishtar restored Tammuz, Isis restored her brother/lover/husband Osirus, and Aphrodite restored her lover Adonis. 

All of this has nothing to do with Jesus, the true Son of God, brutally tortured and executed as a sacrifice for our sins and risen in glory from the dead. If anything these fairy tails prove only that when Satan comes up with a good lie that's pleasing to ears desiring a good tickle he likes to tell it over and over to distract us from the truth and to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 

I'm sure we can all agree that there is no queen of heaven even if one is being worshiped by the neo-pagans and has crept into LDS teachings, and that to worship one is purely blasphemy as loudly proclaimed in Jeremiah 7:18. At first glance (and second and third glances) these Christian sourced videos appear to connect Easter with these pagan rituals. Rather than properly showing the difference between these fables and the pure truth of God many of these videos instead concentrate on the similarities between the truth and the lies. 

I believe that this is a plot crafted by Satan. A 'baby christian' still trying to grow in their faith sees this or someone who is still considering the possibility of God's truth sees this and their reaction is that Christianity is all a lie. Satan wins. 

We should be concentrating on Jesus' victory over sin, not the lies of Satan. and if your 3 year old finds a colored egg behind the couch, so what? We are commanded NOT to quarrel about holidays which includes how we like our eggs after Easter service - hard boiled and colored or over easy 
5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. (Romans 14:5-6)

1 comment:

  1. Nothing good results from falsely equating Easter with sinful practice.

    Whether someone celebrates Easter or not is a matter of Christian liberty. There's nothing in the Bible commanding Christians to observe it. But to forbid Christians from doing so even indirectly is legalism.

    Excellent summary and very helpful.