It is all too eerie to think that the two most celebrated
holidays in the U.S. are so deeply rooted in pagan worship that has literally
carried down through the millennia. Jesus wasn’t born on the 25th of
December. This we know. But we honor Him on this day. The day a false god was
born, an idol.
Why do we want to mimic pagan culture? Why do we want to
celebrate anything during these times, really? Why do we have to hold “harvest
festivals” as an alternative to Halloween?
Where the Vatican sits today, there was once a cult called
the Cybele Cult. Cybele is another name for Ishtar. Now catch this. Her lover,
Attis, was said to be from a virgin birth. And after he died he was reborn on a
yearly basis. The day was known as Black Friday, a day of blood, and was
celebrated during the spring equinox. This festival rose in strength each day,
peaking on the third, the day of the resurrection of Cybele’s lover. This grew
into something different in later years after the death of Ishtar’s son.
Intense conflicts would occur between Christians and the
Cybele Cult on the infamous hill as to which God was real. It seems this is how
our present celebration of the Cross intertwined with these other cults,
because wherever these cults were centered, converts were made for Christ.
This is one theory as to how these pagan festivals became connected
with ones within the church. In the 4th Century, Christian
missionaries feared celebrating their festivals different to the pagans,
believing they would stand out. Also, these religious leaders feared denying
the people their right to observe their holidays. One clever way to teach the
people about Christ was to celebrate like the pagans, only honoring Jesus andintroducing Him to the people on these occasions when they were celebrating. It
must have been effective, because we know that these cults slowly phased out or
were replaced by new, semi-gods. Many also converted to Christianity. But was
it the authentic Christ they were after or just another god of the feast?
We believe that the Passover and the Last Supper, the
crucifixion, burial and resurrection actually occurred during the spring
equinox. Sometimes the events coincide, but sometimes they are weeks apart.
And while we do read about the Way, the early church, having
their key fellowship on the first day of the week, Sunday, we never actually
read about any festivals they celebrated, including a day set aside once a year
to celebrate the resurrection, consequently, nor the birth, of Christ. Christ
was celebrated every Sunday. This was considered the “Lord’s Day” or the 8th
day. And some scholars say this is the very reason Christ chose to resurrect on
a Sunday, to defeat the enemy on the day people deeply defiled themselves, on
the day of the week their little god was born.
While we connect our Easter worship traditions with the
Cross, a lot of these traditions are simply pagan. Even rising before the sun
on Resurrection Sunday to fellowship at sunrise is pagan! This is what the
pagans did when they were worshiping the sun. The very choosing of the day by
lunar phases is very pagan.