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What is Easter
« on: Sat Sep 21, 2019 - 18:27:10 »
Many Christians think that Easter is the Pasch or Passover, and are surprised to find out it is not. Easter is anglo-saxon name for the Babylonian goddess Ishtar/Astarte: the queen of heaven, mother goddess. As for Easter, the name "Easter" never appears in the Greek New Testament.  It has nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ. It was celebrated by pagans long before Jesus.

 It was celebrated at vernal Equanox when the day is equal to night. Pagan holidays depend on the movement of the sun: equinox, solstice.

 From Babylonian mythology, Easter/Ishtar  (Ashtoreth in the Bible) conceived by the spirit of her dead husband and gave birth to Tammuz, the pagan messiah.

 The bible tells us Solomon worshipped goddess Ishtar/Easter/Ashtoreth.

1 Kings 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

 Also in 1 Kings 11:33 & 2 Kings 23:13. It's considered an abomination to the LORD.

To cover up the pagan connection, they claimed it was really a celebration of the resurrection of Christ and by the 8th century it had come to be applied to this so called anniversary of Christ's resurrection. This of course caused a major dispute when the bishop of Rome first allowed the celebration of the Pasch or Passover to continue till the following Sunday so the pagan 'convert' could also celebrate Spring Equinox festival as they had done before. Now the danger of allowing the Christians to join in pagan solistice celebrations was overlooked as the new pagan 'converts' joined the church and swelled the numbers under the bishop of Rome. But other Christian leaders saw the danger of worship according to the old pagan festivals and tried to stop it in what came to be known as Paschal/Easter controversies. The first recorded such controversy came to be known as the Quartodeciman controversy.

 Eusebius of Caesarea (Church History, V, xxiii) wrote:
 "A question of no small importance arose at that time [i.e. the time of Pope Victor I, about A.D. 190]. The dioceses of all Asia, according to an ancient tradition, held that the fourteenth day of the moon [of Nisan], on which day the Jews were commanded to sacrifice the lamb, should always be observed as the feast of the life-giving pasch (epi tes tou soteriou Pascha heortes), contending that the fast ought to end on that day, whatever day of the week it might happen to be. However it was not the custom of the churches in the rest of the world to end it at this point, as they observed the practice, which from Apostolic tradition has prevailed to the present time, of terminating the fast on no other day than on that of the Resurrection of our Saviour."

So the bishop of Rome began the practice of fixing the celebration of Passover for Christians on Sunday and it spread through the old areas of the Empire. Polycarp the disciple of John the Apostle who was now the bishop of Smyrna, came and confronted Anicetus, the Bishop of Rome who had allow the changes in the Passover and other changes to bring in converts. According to Irenaeus, around the 150s or 160, Polycarp visited Rome to discuss the differences that existed between the other centers of Christianity in Asia and Rome "with regard to certain things" and especially about the time of the Pasch or Passover which in Rome were now the Easter festivals. Irenaeus says that Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, observed the fourteenth day of the moon, whatever day of the week that might be, following therein the tradition which he derived from John the Apostle. Irenaeus said that on certain things the two bishops speedily came to an understanding, while as to the time of the Pasch and the change to Easter, each adhered to his own custom. Polycarp following the eastern practice of celebrating Passover on the 14th of Nisan, the day of the Jewish Passover, regardless of what day of the week it fell while the bishop of Rome let it be observed on Sunday.

So the Bishop of Rome ignore the warning and continued to allow the Passover to be observed on the day of the sun at the pagan Spring Equinox festival, so this is how the Pasch was change to the festival of Easter. But not only was it just the festival for a few, as more pagan converts came in, they were allowed to worship on the 'festival' day which they were used to, rather than the Sabbath as the Christians were doing.

With the passage of time the connection with the goddess was lost as the 'festival' spread beyond Rome, the only remaining meaning then being associated with the claim that it was the date of Christ's resurrection. Unquestionably the resurrection was of enormous importance but there is no date in the Bible when it occurred, other than to note in a factual manner that the resurrection occurred on the first day of the week.

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