The Pagans called her by many names. She was known as Aphrodite, Cybele, or Sybyl, Diana, Electra, Europa, Isis, Venus, Semiramis, Ashtoreth and Astarte, -- Ishtar .
Many if not most Christians today do not see anything wrong with observing this celebration and often ask “What's wrong with keeping Easter if I do it for the Lord?” This article is in answer to just such questions.
Have you ever had an experience so painful that you will remember the date on which it occurred forever? Perhaps you lost a loved one. The emotions and thoughts you endured are brought once again to memory as the grief is relived. Such an occasion is even more distressing if there was suffering involved.
Perhaps a loved one or a spouse was unfaithful. Will you ever forget that date? Would it be any more bearable if others around you were to celebrate in mirth and merriment?
What if those who you love deeply were to find enjoyment and festive jocularity on that date? Perhaps they would even call upon your name and make you a part of their joyful festivity. Would that make it any easier to bear? What if they did this with a regular, yearly ritual? If you had compassion upon your cheating spouse and they made a holiday out of the day of their disloyalty, would you look kindly upon it?
Now imagine that you have made your feelings known that such celebrations which rekindle painful memories are something you hate. Would it make you feel any better if they told you that your feelings about it don't matter?
Despite the protestations of the “modern church,” this is exactly what is happening when Pagan celebrations are offered to God as worship of him.
Today, believers are willfully ignorant that God has told them not to honor these Pagan days. His word is clear:
2nd Kings 17:13-15
Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
Notwithstanding they would not hear, but instead, stiffened their necks as did their fathers who did not believe in the LORD their God. They rejected his statutes and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them that they should not do like them.
The spirit behind Easter
Her temples were found nearly everywhere. In Egypt, Assyria, from Babylon to India, and all points in between. In these shrines of sexual veneration could be found prostitutes called sacred priestesses. This libidinous, licentious practice is the essence of goddess worship .The priestess acted the part of a sacred prostitute, a whore in service to the goddess.
Men would come to the shrine of Ishtar to be "serviced" by these prostitutes to express their love and passion to the goddess, receiving the same for an offering of money. The women would go to the temple and prostitute themselves to the men, in worship of the goddess as a representation of the goddess.
The children born of this religious liaison would have their role to play in the worship of Baal . They would be ceremonially burned to death, their cries of torment being drowned out by the loud music played in Baal's honor. A fire would be lit inside the brass image of Baal which was heated until the idol was glowing. The infant would then be placed in the outstretched arms of the idol - a burnt offering on the day which is now marked December 25th on our modern calendar.
Although many of the overt Pagan practices associated with these heathen holy days were stripped from the observance, the customs have actually become a part of “acceptable” western culture. The free sexual habits of goddess worship are considered the norm today. Contemporary men and women alike, think nothing of having multiple sexual partners and such behavior is touted as being “healthy.” Rather than killing the innocent children after birth, they are prenatally aborted.
To oppose this custom is to risk being denounced as being intolerant of an accepted lifestyle and is frowned upon as an imposition of one's narrow minded values and or religion upon others. As if to further justify the practice, we use the remains of the aborted baby to supply parts for medical research.
The Sunrise Service
The one constant in the heathen religions is the veneration of the sun . The universality of the practice of solar worship is no less true in its association with the Pagan celebration of Easter.
In 325 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome. Soon thereafter, he “Christianized” the Pagan feast days to preserve order in his realm. As the blood of Roman martyrdom had been the elixir which had watered the Roman church, making it prosper in the face of persecution, legalizing it made it wither.
Despite the popular myth that Constantine converted to Christianity, he was a sun worshiper. The coins of his real bore the inscription " SOLI INVICTO COMITI " (TO THE SUN, MY INVINCIBLE COMPANION).
On March 7, 321, Constantine decreed dies Solis—day of the sun, " Sunday ", to be the Roman day of rest. This act not only represented an attack upon the keeping of God's Sabbath (Saturday) , but betrayed Constantine's true spirit, that of a Pagan sun worshipper.
That decree stated in pertinent part:
On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for grain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.
Thus, historic evidence shows that not only did Constantine worship the sun, but his influence was behind the changing of the Sabbath of God from Saturday to Sunday – the day of the sun god. In addition, the Council of Nicaea held in 315 AD at the insistence of Constantine, had dictated that Easter could not fall on the Passover , which installed a further division between God's people who kept the Passover with the Pagan Easter. It was such manipulations which led to the practice of what has become known as “Roman Catholicism.”
It was by such machinations that God's people were seduced into abandoning a Godly celebration for a heathen one. Thus, the mainstream “church” has practiced an apostate tradition in opposition to the commands of God.
Our God is a jealous God
Contrary to the way he is often viewed by the modern believer, God is not an impersonal force. God is a real person. We were made in his image. He has not gone senile nor have his sensibilities “mellowed” with age. He remembers the iniquities of ancient days and abhors to festivals dedicated to demons. The things which were an abomination to him 6,000 years ago are abhorrent to him today. And he remembers all things.
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts…
Despite being compassed about with so great a cloud of witness in the scriptures, many believers will continue to honor this Pagan celebration, making statements such as “it doesn't mean that to me,” in defense of their willful disobedience to God's commands. A better question might be whether their faith is about them or about pleasing God.
Would you offer a plastic urinal to an honored guest in place of a drinking cup? What if you washed it out and made it as sanitary as possible? If you would not do such, why offer something to God in the place of worship which was dedicated to the honoring of demons?
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
That hour has come. He that hath an ear, let him hear.