Easter Idolatry (and Something About a Resurrection) 2015

         Notwithstanding the fact that the majority of “Christians” would rather dispense with any and all work regarding study toward truth, it still boggles the mind at least somewhat that so many can be so fooled so willingly, and be so stubborn in insisting upon the embrace of what should be clear idolatry.

         When the apostle Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, in whom he had a strong hand in placing in ministry, he stressed upon him the necessity of staying on top of things spiritually. He taught him exactly how the devil liked to muddy the waters and confuse people with false concepts and dumb traditions whose desired effect was the same, in that “Christians” would end up confused and ignorant. Thus, he told him,

         Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. [2Timothy 2:15]

THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE

         The enemy of our souls is very crafty in that way, especially when it comes to religious traditions, and none more so than the purely traditional religious holiday of “Easter.”

         The strange combination of fertility symbols—bunny rabbits and chicken eggs—is pure testimony to the fact that traditions can get really weird and should give people an idea of just how weird the devil is and how weird people can get.

         People color, decorate, and hide Easter eggs for later finding every year and no one really knows why they do it. Few really care about this weird combination anymore and refuse to do anything about it, even after the tradition became weird to the point that the Easter Bunny laid the eggs. But when so-called Christians not only accept it en masse but combine it further with the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, it gives further proof that the minds of religious people are not so different from the minds of drug users.

         It was back in 1966, when a different Timothy, the LSD guru Timothy Leary, first advised his young charges to “Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out.” Leary claimed he got this expression from another man of the times, the expression guru Marshall McLuhan, a man way ahead of his time who also coined other terms such as “the medium is the message.”

         Of course, the devil was aware of this little factoid for a tad while longer than Mr. McLuhan and used it well in every religion he ever created. The idea that the actual message is not at all a message but the delivery system itself is what makes false religions so diabolical.

         It is obviously apparent that the proponents of and believers in false religions do not understand that they have become part of the sinister plot by voluntarily engaging in the stage play—the spiritually meaningless religious participation pageant—that makes them guilty of not only completely missing the real message but making the medium the message.

         What is this medium? And what is it specifically when it comes to false forms of Christianity? As I explain in defining a real Christian, I will also explain by defining Unreal Christianity:

         A real Christian is anyone whose spirit becomes fused with the Spirit of God:

         But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. [1Corinthians 6:17]

         Every real Christian follows and obeys the Lord Jesus as His Master, Lord, Shepherd, and Teacher.

         Therefore, Unreal Christianity is composed of all other “Christians” of varying stripes who merely claim the name without fulfilling the above requirements. As a result, Unreal Christians are obsessed with the medium, the expression, the pageant, the stage production, the repeat-after-me rote repetitions, the formal geographic gatherings, and the religious routine.

         This cannot help but make them part of an idolatrous practice, though benign in appearance, in that they worship the higher Christian class with all the brass and the shallow and meaningless routine of religion.

         This is actually no different whatsoever from the incredible influence Timothy Leary gained over hundreds of thousands who obeyed his pronouncements and actually did turn on, tune in, and drop out. Religious “Christians,” however, had already been doing that very thing for centuries. Untold millions remain turned-on to surreal counterfeits of the Lord’s original, tuned-in to the religious gurus thereof, and have effectively dropped-out, by their own choosing, of the Lord’s real community.

         It is for this reason that we still have this false idea of a large rabbit laying Easter eggs and why no kid in America sees anything aberrant about it, and also why grown up “Christians” see nothing aberrant about mixing this weird stuff with the Lord’s resurrection.

“EASTER SUNDAY”

         “Churches” all over America will not be celebrating the day of the Lord’s Resurrection Sunday but will instead be celebrating “Easter.” Some will celebrate “Resurrection Sunday.” This is good terminology though the majority has fought its acceptance now to the point that few ever try to use it as before. No, Easter is the overwhelmingly insisted-upon approved term for this day, for without it there is no pageant, and without the pageant there is no medium, and without the medium there is nothing, since there is no actual message beyond the medium.

         Though only a few care, the origin of this term should nevertheless be looked into.

         Longtime readers of this blog know that there is much to gained from the Lord’s actual calendar. I have written extensively on the topic. Our current Gregorian Calendar is worthless from a celestial viewpoint since its months and years have nothing to do with the actual movements of the sun and moon. From where did it originate? It actually originated from the same people who gave us the “Easter Holiday” (Latin: Pascha)—Both were invented by the Roman Catholic Church.

         With all the other changes from truth 17 centuries ago, this was yet another. In creating his new hybrid syncretic religion, Constantine I simply appropriated a very well known and practiced springtime pagan festival that had been around for many centuries in many cultures for his own purposes.

         It was the consistent modus operandi of the Catholic religion to appropriate local customs of religiously subjugated people, change the names of said customs but keep the dates and culturally significant aspects, and then adopt them as official. In this way the people still had all their pagan holidays, though renamed. They were forced to adopt the Catholic religion and honor its magistrates, but otherwise felt comfortable by maintaining their pagan religious traditions.

         It was a perfect compromise. The Catholic Church, like the Roman Empire, subjugated cultures through religious force, whereas Rome had previously done the same through military force. Rome never cared about what anyone believed in detail or what they practiced. All they cared about was that the people they subjugated and enslaved honored the Roman emperor as God, obeyed Roman laws, and paid all tributes and taxes. The Catholic Church did the same: The Pope must be honored as Supreme Pontiff and Vicar (substitute) of Christ, all Roman Catholic religious practices must be honored, and all tribute must be paid.

         None of this, of course, had anything to do with the actual teachings of the Lord Jesus or worship of Him. It was all about religious control. And this is the origin of a pagan festival with “Christianity.”

         Easter was the Anglo-Saxon name of an ancient pagan goddess of fertility who was worshipped in the spring of the year and was also related to the sunrise, like many various sun gods of the ancient world. The pagan festival had a common origin and purpose, though many later cultures had various names for it. The exact term is traced from the Middle English estre, from the Old English eastre. Going further back in time, eastre is related to a common female goddess known to all ancient cultures by different names.

         The Lord Jesus and the original community of believers never practiced such a pagan holiday or any other, and all calendar events were based on the Hebrew lunar-solar calendar. The Lord was actually crucified on a Thursday, on the Hebrew date of Nisan 14, and rose again on a Sunday, on Nisan 17. Due to the moveable feast decrees of the early Catholic Church at Nicea, the actual dates no longer applied and a false structure was adopted so every year would involve the same days. This was all done for the sake of religious control since so many millions of coerced converts had to be adapted to a systemized annual structure.

         Hence, the days in questioned had to be condensed. The Wednesday evening “Last Supper,” which actually also fell on Nisan 14 (the Hebrew day date began every sunset), was moved to Thursday, the Thursday death of the Lord was moved to Friday (Good Friday), the Hebrew Sabbath became “Holy Saturday,” and Nisan 17, the day of the Lord’s resurrection, became “Easter Sunday.” These days remain the same every year though the dates change annually on the actual celestial calendar.

         For example, the official full moon took place this morning (April 4) at 7:05am CDT which marks the exact middle of the lunar cycle. Today is Nisan 15 on the Hebrew calendar. Sunday is Nisan 16. Nisan 17, the actual anniversary of the Lord’s resurrection, is Monday.

EASTER TRADITION OR RESURRECTION POWER?

         Even though we have all of this historical background readily available, it is a clear testimony to the power of pagan tradition, religious rote, and clergy control that the idolatry of Easter continues to coexist with the Lord’s resurrection. Mere pagan religious rituals and customs continue edging out the reality of the resurrection and what it must mean directly to each and every person, in that every real Christian will also experience the same resurrection as that of the Lord one day.

         The early believers associated the spiritual power of the Gospel they preached with resurrection. It is to the same degree that the Easter Christians have little or no spiritual power since they honor the Lord’s resurrection from death in name only and rarely or never identify with it personally. These people generally do not believe in being born again, even though the Lord said it was a must, and what is new birth but a resurrection?

         Since the raising from physical death by the Lord Jesus is the greatest event in human history and proves everything about real Christianity, it should not be forced to coexist with anything. Like everything else practiced by our original forebears taught directly by the Lord, we should all return to the simpler, honest, and much powerful spiritual practices they engaged in for His sake and for the sake of the truth.

         Regarding the subject of this article, we are left with two choices:

         (1) “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.” [Mark 7:8-9]

         (2) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” [John 11: 25-26] [1]

         © 2015 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on April 4, 2015, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I just had this discussion with the pastor at one of the churches I attend. I explained to him that if his Jesus died on Friday and was resurrected on Sunday, he wasn’t the true Messiah. Jesus said he would be three days and three nights in the earth. No amount of finagling can produce that between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. I’m waiting until next week to explain “Easter” came from “estre”, which came from “Eostre” (also “eastre”) and is connected to Ishtar and Astarte. (Note that the spellings ‘estre’, ‘eastre’ and ‘Eostre’ are all pronounced the exact same way as “Easter”) The only thing worse than “Easter” is this silly belief that Jesus goes back into the grave and is once again resurrected on Sunday morning every year, as if He’s recycled or something.

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    • Thanks for the comment. There is no doubt that so much of what is done in the name of the Lord is not actually of the Lord, but people are concerned that breaking with unspiritual traditions, considered meaningless, means loss toward the enterprise. Things have gotten quite backwards in that truth is put on a shelf in order to protect things that are not true from it.

      The Lord Jesus taught nothing but pure truth. He is THE TRUTH. He is the Living Word of God. It is impossible for God to lie. The Lord never held back on telling the truth that can set people free because such was His mission and the great desire of His heart.

      It is always a terrible thing, therefore, when truth is sacrificed for the sake of religious tradition, convenience, to make sure no one is offended, or to keep a religious enterprise intact. By doing this, the proponents thereof are sacrificing the Lord Himself for their own benefit.

      One thing that was always demonstrated, not just taught, in the early community of the Lord, was that the Lord’s resurrection was the first of what should happen for every believer. HE WAS RESURRECTED FROM DEATH SO WE CAN ALL BE RESURRECTED FROM DEATH. It starts with an actual new birth, a spiritual birth — being born again. It concludes with an actual physical resurrection like His.

      However, it does no good to blithely talk about the latter without experiencing the former. The Lord taught that without a new birth experience there would be no later resurrection to new life. The future resurrection is demonstrated at present with a person’s new birth. This is exactly what happened at Pentecost and throughout the early history of the Lord’s real followers. They experienced a complete change from their former selves and were willing to surrender anything and everything that did not agree with the Lord’s will and His Truth.

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  2. The little town where I live has only 2 grocery stores; a small mom and pop store and the inevitable Walmart. I had to go to Walmart yesterday, like it or not, and was struck by the plethora of gaudy “Easter” baskets right in your face as you walked in. I mean…bunches of them on one side of the aisle and all kinds of candy and junk on the other. This is nothing short of an infection and disease being passed on from one generation to the next. Considering this, I wonder how many of the kids receiving this stuff will ever come to hear the truth about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ? Even one soul is a terrible thing to be lost to religious lies and commercialism.

    “12Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable”
    1 Corinthians 15

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    • Excellent, Scarlett. Thanks. I want to again make the point here that when Paul wrote this it was obvious to real believers that the resurrection was real and actually happened, because they all knew their new birth experiences were real and actually happened. They didn’t just acknowledge from a distance the resurrection of the Lord because such a mere mental assent would eventually fade. The real believers had already experienced THE RESURRECTION POWER OF GOD to change their lives because their lives were completely changed.

      From this, and from Paul’s statement you quoted, it is obvious that those who were teaching against the resurrection had never been born again. They had no experiential reference to the resurrection and succumbed to mere human reasoning which claims such a resurrection is impossible.

      The Word of God is millions of light years ahead of mere human reasoning, however, and clearly teaches that every real born again experience is a spiritual resurrection, which lets those who have had a new birth know that the rest of the resurrection is on the way. This fact is infused throughout the New Covenant writings and teachings of the Lord.

      Praise the Lord Jesus for achieving what He did in living a perfect sinless life, for taking all that abuse on our behalf, and for making payment for our sins with a perfect sacrifice! We know He completed His mission because we know He was raised from the dead, and because of this we can all be raised from the dead if we so choose to follow His Way.

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  3. I am a sinner saved by the grace of God. I thank Him for his Mercy and Grace. I extend that to those who have not received the understanding and whose eyes have yet to be opened. I pray that I never become high minded nor haughty, or forget where I was at one time in my life. Forgive them Father for they know not what they do…I have grandchildren that most likely colored and hunted for eggs this weekend. He loves them too and is working in their lives…Let us be prayerful and stand in the gap for all..

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  4. Well, it’s now the day after, and the Easter rabbit idol will be stored away until next year, the Easter baskets tossed in the trash and forgotten. The gaudy Easter junk and candy that didn’t sell at Wally world will now go on sale. All the dead and meaningless stuff with no eternal value, in other words.
    But that which is true and of real spiritual value and truth will not only remain, but stand forever is the truth of the gospel and our LORD’S resurrection. He is risen and alive forevermore to His Praise and Glory.

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    • Thanks. You further the point I was making with the article that the Easter stuff detracts from what the day is supposed to be about, but maybe this is only noticeable the day after. Something apparently benign turns into a great distraction. Kids will always end up remembering the candy and fun instead of what they should be remembering. But it’s not just the kids. Adults want the kids to have fun and they end up remembering the same stuff as well while the big event is seen as a non-event.

      As I said before and which you and so many millions reiterate, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the greatest event in history but must share billing with Easter stuff. If the world wants to celebrate a pagan holiday, that’s fine, but this should not be happening among the majority of Christians on the same day. It is a supreme illustration of a gross lack of respect and honor for the Lord Jesus and what He accomplished and continues to show the spiritual immaturity and lack of resolve among Christian adherents.

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  5. Years ago I was in a journalism class at Iowa State University and the professor spoke of Marshal McLuhan. He read a little from a book written by McLuhan. I don’t know if this is what McLuhan wrote or if it was a spin done by the prof, but the prof said, “The medium is the massage.”

    Massage is a very interesting word. If you look at the mass media in the United States, their message is massaged into the American culture. You could also call this brainwash. Satan is the master of brainwash.

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    • Thanks Tim. Great comment. The professor was spinning but the spin fit. The medium has become the message even more so in the last fifty years. We have already crossed the bridge into a world that makes it difficult to tell the difference between truth and illusion, and this will only increase. Without the solid foundation of the Word of God and strong knowledge of it, and without a close relationship with the Lord Jesus, the big faker will continue to have an even greater field day playing around with the minds of men and not only massaging lies into willing brains but massaging sinful flesh in general. The more one reads the Word the more one develops spiritual “eyes to see” to see this.

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  6. This is all true and very sad. I had to go to Walmart today and sure enough, all the “Easter” candy, etc was marked down 50 percent. All of a sudden this junk is worth 50 percent less than it was yesterday. I noticed that in amongst some of this was a rectangular box with a piece of chocolate in the shape of a fish with the name of Jesus on it. You mentioned a lack of honor and respect for the Lord Jesus and what He accomplished. Can you imagine what He thinks about being acknowledged in such a fashion?

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    • I can imagine. Maybe if people imagined all the bright colorful cellophane and baskets and colored eggs and candy all stacked up around the outside of the Lord’s empty tomb it might get the point across a little better. Thanks for the comment.

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