Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Resurrection Day!

It's that awkward time of year again, where Christian parents (reportedly 88% of them) are placed in the impossible position of trying to reconcile the Easter Bunny with the Resurrection of Christ. Most will take the path of "these are 2 separate things," as in, "Easter is really about the resurrection of Christ, but at the same time we dye and hunt eggs and await the arrival of a benevolent, gift-bearing rabbit". (I'm trying to keep a straight face.) However absurd that is, if it were true, there would be nothing inherently immoral about that. But the truth is, the Bible has a lot to say about the origin of the Easter Bunny, and all the pagan rituals that accompany the arrival of spring.
Below is a link to an excellent article that provides a history (from Biblical and secular sources) of the beginnings of the Mother-Son cult that began at Nimrod's tower in Babel.
"Where Did Easter Get Its Name? Where Did the Concept of an Easter Egg and Bunny Originate?"
This article does an excellent job of laying its history. After reading it carefully, consider these scriptures that deal with the Mother-Son Cult:

Jeremiah 44:15-19 (The Queen of Heaven, also cakes)
Jeremiah 7:18-19 (cakes, now known as Hot Cross Buns)
Ezekiel 8:13-14 (weeping for Tammuz, now known as Lent)
Ezekiel 8:15-16 (sunrise service)*

(*I do realize that Christians, completely apart from pagan practice, might legitimately have a sunrise service to commemorate the Resurrection, "early in the morning the first day of the week"; however, the pagans did it first for different reasons)

These Scriptures are startling when you further study the history of Constantine and his "conversion"; in which all the Mother-Son Cult practices were conveniently switched over to a Christianized version. Thus, Semiramis became Mary; and Tammuz became Jesus. Of course, this eventually morphed into the Mother-Son Cult of the Catholic Church, with Mary as the Queen of Heaven.

The true Mary would be appalled at such worship, although even before the Crucifixion, Satan had inspired one woman to worship Mary (his lies never change, they're just re-packaged with every generation and culture). Note:

"And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." Luke 11:27-28

Other names for the Mother-Son cult in scripture to run references on are Baal, Ashtoreth, Ashtaroth, Chemosh, and Molech.

It's a lot to soak in, and if you'd like to research it more, I can recommend 3 books:

The Genesis Record by Dr. Henry Morris
The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop
Babylon Religion by David W. Daniels

Do I think that people are going to hell if they dye and hunt Easter eggs? Of course not! But the false religion of Babylon has sent billions to hell through the ages, and I don't want to be a part of it! In fact, the Bible calls the Babylonian religion "The Great Whore".

"And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the women drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" Rev. 17:5, 6 (think: inquisition!)

We are also admonished to "come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Rev. 18:4, 5
I will be remembering Christ's resurrection with my family and my church tomorrow. The Bible actually gives the church 2 ordinances by which to remember Christ's death and His resurrection, and that is through The Lord's Supper (His death) and Believer's Baptism (His resurrection). [Incidentally, we are not commanded to mark His birth, although we're not told NOT to.]

I hope all my friends have a wonderful Resurrection Day tomorrow! I rejoice and look forward to our own bodily resurrection one day. For "if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor. 15:19) But praise God, He is the firstfruits! And because He defeated death...

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
I Cor. 15:51, 52

Christ the Lord is risen today! Hallelujah!

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