The first Easter conference was the best in memory. It was
here that I began to understand the Cross. I looked at my cousin and asked her
why we were cheering about Easter. Why people were clapping about Easter
I never went to church as a kid. I was totally ignorant of
the resurrection. This was the day when I gained a new understanding. It was
received with doubt, confusion and hesitation. I had to chomp on this for a
while. You see, I knew that Christ went to the Cross. But I did not know that the story didn’t end
I had no comprehension of the need for such a thing, of the
fact that sin separates or of the need for redemption.
I was gobsmacked. Taken back. Beyond words.
It is still too marvelous to comprehend.
Moving forward, I have embraced this time of year until
recently. The Holy Week. I am eager to partake in the Passover Feast, the
seder. I have been to the Holy Land on pilgrimage during this time, too. But I
have grown to not like it.
I now understand what it means.
I shall carry on about it, in case you don’t.
It is all very pagan in its origins. And the Easter egg that
I thought portrayed the life of Christ, without beginning and without end, may
never be seen in my house again. And what about hot cross buns?
Keep in mind just as the true roots of Christmas are laid
within the celebration of the winter solstice, so Easter is rooted to the
celebration of the spring equinox. The feast of Ishtar. Early Christianity
could not do away with such festivities, so they began to intertwine with them,
introducing them into the body with a twist.
A bit of a research and one can instantly see the connection
with gods and idols worshiped in antiquity. Up through the 4th
Century AD the church was combating pagan cults. The majority of these all had
myths and legends about their idols dying and being resurrected. A couple of
these gods were born on the 25th of December and their followers
held celebrations during the spring equinox. In fact, these gods all trace back
to originate from the same two. Each region simply gave them a local name.
For example, in Babylon she was Ishtar and he was Tammuz.
In Phoenicia and Syria, Astarte and Adoni. In Israel, Ashtoreth and Baal.