FACTS ABOUT EASTER & SCRIPTURE CONDEMNING IT:
- The Babylonians celebrated the day of Ishtar as the return of the goddess of Spring- the re-birth of Nature and the goddess of Nature.
- Most reference books say that the name "Easter" derived from the Eastre, the Teutonic goddess of Spring. Although this relationship exists, in reality, the origin of the name and the goddess are far more ancient - going all the way back to the Tower of Babel. The origin begins not long after the biblical Flood.
- As the people scattered from Babel with their different languages, they, of course, used different names for Nimrod (Tammuz) and Semiramis. Some called the Mother Goddess "ISHTAR" (originally pronounced "Easter"). In other lands, she was called Eostre, Astarte, Ostera, and Eastre. Other names for Semiramis, the Mother Goddess include: Wife of Baal, Ashtaroth or Ashtoreth, and Queen of Heaven. The Mother goddess was frequently worshipped as the goddess of fertility - and as a sort of Mother Nature and goddess of Spring and sexual love and birth. She was also worshipped as a mediator between god and man. Sexual orgies and temple prostitutes were often used in her worship and in attempting to gain her favor.
- Even today, the lily remains a popular part of the Easter celebration, but its origins are that of a phallic symbol which represents the reproductive organs.
- The rabbit is well known as a sexual symbol of fertility. In various parts of the world, religions which developed from Babel also associate the rabbit with periodicity, both human and lunar (Egypt, China, etc.). As you may remember, the Mother Goddess Semiramis (Easter) is associated with the Moon. In other words, the Easter bunny symbolizes the Mother Goddess. Annual Spring time fertility rituals are associated worship of the Mother Goddess and Tammuz, the reincarnation of her husband Nimrod.
- The egg was a sacred symbol among the Babylonians. They believed an old fable about an egg of wondrous size which was supposed to have fallen from heaven into the Euphrates River. From this marvelous egg - according to the ancient story - the Goddess Astarte (Easter) [Semiramis], was hatched. And so the egg came to symbolize the Goddess Easter.
- When we celebrate Easter, it is the first Sunday after the first Vernal Equinox fullmoon. The Vernal Equinox signifies the astronomical arrival of spring and was considered the time to celebrate the rebirth and renewal as nature resurrects itself from the death it suffered in winter. The Sun that died at Yule is reborn!
- Quotes from Heather McDougall in which she writes this title for her blog: "From Ishtar to Eostre, the roots of the resurrection story go deep. We should embrace the pagan symbolism of Easter" http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/03/easter-pagan-symbolism
Mixed worship is condemned in Scripture:
"When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to disposess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, "How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.'
You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way;
"Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it."
The beginning of Deuteronomy chapter 12 clearly states that when we go and conquer the other lands we are to destroy the alters, pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire, cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. God takes it one step farther and states: "You shall not worship the LORD your God with such things"(Deut. 12:4) We are not to even mix the two even if we are doing it for the LORD. For what does light have to do with darkness? Doesn't matter what the intent of our heart is. God says no. (2 Corinthians 6:14)
Romans 1:22 & 25
"Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man- and birds and four footed animals and creeping things.""who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
1 Corinthians 10:20-22
"Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?"