Christendom Versus The Bible ~ What Is The Difference?


Most Christian religions today oddly go against Bible principles and Bible teachings. Instead, most of jesusChristendom opts for human traditions over Bible truths. Have you ever wondered where the world’s religions stand as compared to Bible based beliefs? Each section below shows beliefs held by most Christians, followed by what the Bible actually says. It is good to reflect on our beliefs from time to time to make sure we are honestly and earnestly staying true to what Jesus taught, and not doing and believing what someone else or some church, clergy or group is telling us to believe, New Age, pagan or otherwise. This is a very personal decision with far reaching consequences. We may have been baptized as a baby, but that is not a personal choice made by us personally. I know so many people whose loved ones have died, who think their loved ones are floating around somewhere either watching over them, or who are doing some invisible work of some kind. What does the Bible say? Do you know? Let’s take a closer look at current belief systems:

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Christendom: God’s personal name is unimportant: “The use of any proper name for the one and only God … is entirely inappropriate for the universal faith of the Christian Church.” (Preface to the Revised Standard Bible Version)

Bible: Jesus prayed that God’s name be sanctified. Peter said: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah* will be saved.” (Acts 2:21; Joel 2:32; Matthew 6:9; Exodus 6:3; Revelation 4:11; 15:3; 19:6)

(*note: I am using the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures, which has reinstated the name of Jehovah. Jehovah’s personal name was removed over 7,000 times from most Bibles as a way to not misuse the sacred name. Also note that the latest version of the King James Bible is also reinstating God’s personal name, Jehovah. If you are using an older version of any Bible, you may find Jehovah’s name changed to a title such as “God”, or “Lord.” However, the title is not his name, Jehovah is. In Greek God’s name is Yahweh. The English translation is Jehovah.)

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Christendom: God is a Trinity: “The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.” (Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912 edition)

Bible: “The Father is greater than I am.” Jesus tells us. He does not say he is the same as God, nor does he ever say he is the same as the holy spirit, God’s active force. Jesus even says that the Father is greater than he is. If Jesus were God, such an important point would have been explained by him. (John 14:28) Instead, Jesus says in John 20:17 “… I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God.” Jesus does not say he is ascending to himself, or another version of himself. More confusing yet, Luke 1:41 makes no sense if Jesus were also holy spirit. “Well, as Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the infant in her womb leaped, and Elizabeth was filled with holy spirit.” Would Elizabeth have been filled with ‘Jesus’ at the same time Jesus was in Mary’s womb, or would Jesus apostles have been filled with “Jesus” in Acts 2:4?

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Christendom: The human soul is immortal: “When man dies his soul and body are disunited. His body … decays … The human soul, however, does not die.” (What Happens After Death, a Roman Catholic publication)

Bible: Man is a soul. At death the soul ceases to think or feel** and returns to the dust from which it was made. (Genesis 2:7; 3:19; Psalm 146:3,4; Ecclesiastes 3:19. 20; 9:5, 10; Ezekiel 18:4, 20)

(**note: Notice at the raising of Lazarus from the dead, Lazarus does not tell everyone upon rising that he had been somewhere else during the four days he had been dead. He does not say he went to the light, nor does he tell of past life adventures, or of anything else while he was dead. These beliefs have pagan roots, and are not part of what Jesus taught. Jesus did teach against false religion, which still faces us today.)

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Christendom: The wicked are punished after death in hell: “According to traditional Christian belief, hell is a place of unending anguish and pain.” (The World Book Encyclopedia 1987 edition)

Bible: The wages of sin is death, not life in torment. (Romans 6:23) The dead rest unconscious in hell (Hades, Sheol), awaiting a resurrection. (Psalm 89:48; John 5:28, 29; 11:24,25; Revelation 20:13,14)

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Christendom: “The title Mediatrix [female mediator] is applied to Our Lady.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967 edition) (The term Our Lady refers to Mary, mother of Jesus. Mary is not the mother of God. Mary is a creation of the Father God, Creator Jehovah. Mary was not the first born of all creation. Jesus was. Jesus was the first born, the first creation of Jehovah God. Everything and everyone else, is the combined generation of life through the Father (using his holy spirit/God’s active force) and the Son (using the gifts God his Father gave him.))

Bible: The only mediator between God and men is Jesus. (John 14:6; 1Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:15; 12:24 (Anything else does not come from God. So many of us have become emotionally invested in the religion we grew up with. But the articles of faith we were taught along the way must stand up in agreement with the Bible, otherwise seeds of deception are sown in us.)

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Christendom: Infants should be baptized: “From the very beginning the Church has administered the Sacrament of Baptism to infants. Not only was this practice considered lawful, but it was also taught to be absolutely necessary for salvation.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia 1967 edition)

Bible: Baptism is for those who have been made disciples and taught to obey Jesus’ commandments. To qualify for baptism, a person must understand God’s Word and exercise faith. (Matthew 28:19,29; Luke 3:21-23; Acts 8:35, 36)

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Christendom: Most churches are divided into a laity and a clergy class, which ministers to the laity. The clergy are usually given a salary in exchange for their ministry and are exalted over the laity by such titles such as “Reverend,” “Father,” or “His Eminence.”

Bible: All first century Christians were ministers and shared in preaching the good news. (Acts 2:17, 18; Romans 10:10-13; 16:1) A Christian should “give free,” not for a salary. (Matthew 10:7,8) Jesus strictly forbade the use of religious titles. (Matthew 6:2; 23:2-12; 1 Peter 5:1-3)

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Christendom: Images, icons, and crosses were used in worship: “The images … of Christ. Of the Virgin Mother of God, and of the other saints, are to be … kept in churches and due reverence and honor be paid to them.” (Declaration of the Council of Trent [1545-63]

Bible: Christians must flee from every sort of idolatry, including so-called relative worship. (Exodus 20:4. 5; 1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 John 5:21) They worship God not by sight but with spirit and truth. (John 4:23, 24; 2 Corinthians 5:7)

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Christendom: Church members are taught that God’s purposes will be accomplished through politics. The late Cardinal Spellman stated: “There is only one road to peace …, the highroad of democracy.” News items report religion’s involvement in the world’s politics (even insurrections) and her support of the UN as “the last hope of concord and peace.”

Bible: Jesus preached God’s Kingdom, not some political system, as the hope for mankind. (Matthew 4:23; 6:9, 10) He refused to get involved in politics. (John 6:14, 15) His Kingdom was no part of this world; hence, his followers were to be no part of the world. (John 18:36; 17:16) James warned against friendship with the world. (James 4:4)

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For more information, check out “Revelation It’s Grand Climax At Hand,” published by Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society Of Pennsylvania from which this post is taken, or visit jw.org. They may also be contacted for your own personal Bible Study.

Fair Trade ~ Organic Coffees ~ Environmentally Friendly ~ Support Wildlife And Human Causes


Fair Trade, organic coffees not only give delicious flavor to coffee drinkers, but they are also

"We thank you for the purchase of our coffee. The price you pay enables us to send our children to school." - Mrs. Florence Namaja Wabire

“We thank you for the purchase of our coffee. The price you pay enables us to send our children to school.” – Mrs. Florence Namaja Wabire

environmentally friendly, trade responsible and support a wide variety of wildlife and human causes. I usually post about the Thanksgiving Coffee Company around Thanksgiving, given the company’s name. But this company features numerous coffee cooperatives worldwide that deserve the meaning of their name “Thanksgiving.” Check out thanksgivingcoffee.com.

“High in the lush mountains of northern Peru, on the rugged eastern flank of the Andes, two thousand family farmers produce coffee under the dense shade of guavas, acacias, orange, and banana trees. These farmers are members of CENFROCAFE, an association of over 80 small cooperatives working together to produce one of the finest coffees in Peru, while stewarding the surrounding mountain ecosystem.

“The province of Cajamarca has long been the backbone of Peru’s economy due to its vast mineral wealth. Unfortunately, these days, modern mining techniques despoil the earth and surrounding rivers and forests. The cultivation of high quality organic coffee has become the key to Cajamarca’s economic and environmental sustainability, and the farmers of CENFROCAFE are leaders in this effort.

“The members of CENFROCAFE carefully pick ripe cherries, de-pulp, ferment, wash and dry their coffee on their small farms ranging in size from one to three acres. The result is a finely crafted coffee with hints of honey, papaya, and milk chocolate complimented by a soft citric acidity.

Song Bird Shade Grown Coffees

Nathan Watadena points to land that is targeted for reforestation and restoration.

Nathan Watadena points to land that is targeted for reforestation and restoration.

Shade grown coffees not only benefit the land from being de-forested, but by saving the rainforests, it also benefits the songbirds that migrate there as well.

“Song Bird French Roast Coffee is one of the shade grown coffees that are full-bodied, smoky, and intense. This coffee is grown under rustic shade, and the farms are filled with birds, monkeys, jaguars and butterflies. The tall graceful shade trees hold back the sun, creating a lively community of insects and birds.”

“French Roast is created by carbonizing the sugar content of the beans at high temperatures, sort of akin to toasting a marshmallow to black and crisp. The flavors, if done right, taste like toasted caramel or brown sugar.

There are more than one variety of Song Bird Shade Grown Coffees. Here is Song Bird Guatemalan:

“Features the fruity taste of blueberries and yellow raisins along with a rich body and a sweet finish. The coffee is shade grown on steep volcanic slopes of the Northwestern Highlands of Guatemala by Maya Quiche coffee farmers. It is a gift from craft-inspired farmers whose ancestors have lived in these lush mountain forests for millennia.

“The coffee is shade grown on steep volcanic slopes of the Northwestern Highlands of Guatemala by Maya Quiche coffee farmers. It is a gift from craft-inspired farmers whose ancestors have lived in these lush mountain forests for millennia.

“The GUAYA’B Association is a cooperative of 292 small coffee farmers in the mountainous Guatemalan state of Huehuetenango. In the 1980’s, this indigenous Mayan community was ravaged by the Guatemalan civil war, and the area’s economy was destroyed. Many inhabitants lost their farms and migrated to the Guatemalan coast to search for work.

“In 1992, a number of small-scale family farmers of the Maya-Popti indigenous group united to take control of the production and export of the coffee crops. By forming a cooperative, the “Asociacion GUAYA’B”, the farmers hoped to make coffee farming sustainable and profitable for the community.”

“Rich aroma complicated by smoky semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. The cup is simple but satisfying:

Farmers Eias Hasalube and Hakin Aziz beneath the canopy of Mr. Aziz's restored coffee farm.

Farmers Eias Hasalube and Hakin Aziz beneath the canopy of Mr. Aziz’s restored coffee farm.

very sweet, deep, roundly roasty. The real glory of this coffee is an extraordinarily long, lushly vibrant, deeply chocolaty finish.” – The Coffee Review, November 2005

Espresso

Is Espresso more to your taste? They offer Southern Italian Style Espresso, among other varieties of Espresso.

“Southern Italy is a place of intensity: flavors are pungent, informed by the land and sea, conversations are boisterous and loud, and colors are bright, inspired by the Mediterranean sun. This is a place for strong coffee.

Southern Italian Style Espresso“Our Organic Southern Italian Style Espresso is built for intensity. The blend consists of equal parts Guatemalan, Ethiopian, and Indonesian coffees. These are some of the finest coffees in the world, roasted dark to express a smoky punch, deeply toned notes of licorice and chocolate, and a pungent earthy sweetness. We guarantee that this coffee will add a vibrant snap to your day.

“Each of the coffees in this blend is Fair Trade, Shade Grown, and Organic, and sourced from farmers who are close friends and partners. It’s a pleasure to present this signature blend—equal parts history, craft, passion, and justice—for your enjoyment.

“We all choose where to spend out money and what to buy with it. This post is not to sell coffee. But if anyone were to purchase coffee, this is a good and honorable place to check out: thanksgivingcoffee.com.

 

Everyone is Drinking Birthcontrol Pills ~ It’s In The Water ~ We Are All Getting Estrogen ~ Makes Men Go Bald


There is something in the water. No, really. The most recent study shows too much estrogen in men is being blamed for male baldness. Hormonal imbalance is the cause of male pattern baldness in women, but it is also the case for baldness in men. Consider the following studies affecting all human beings who drink water. Currently there is no filter that takes out estrogen out of our waterways, caused by birth control pills.

We are unconsciously changing our sex as a human race by drinking estrogen in the water, which to date, is not being filtered out of our drinking water, lakes, streams, ponds and rivers, in every country where birth control pills exist. Changes in fish, frogs, alligators and polar bears have been noted in studies too.

We are unconsciously changing our sex as a human race by drinking estrogen in the water, which to date, is not being filtered out of our drinking water, lakes, streams, ponds and rivers, in every country where birth control pills exist. Changes in fish, frogs, alligators and polar bears have been noted in studies too.

In 2004, Charles Clover, Environmental Editor of The Telegraph in the UK, published an article explaining that water companies in the UK had been asked to examine ways of removing traces of the female contraceptive pill from sewage effluent after the widespread evidence had proven “the pill” was causing sex changes in fish – turning male fish into female fish.
A study involving 1,500 fish in 42 rivers in England found that more than 33 percent of the male fish had female characteristics.
An environments agency had reported “Male fish with advanced changes in their sexual organs are unable to reproduce,” and that the report said, “Was a potentially serious implication for fish populations.”
How did this happen?
In the mid 1960s “the Pill” became a household word since so many women opted to use it as their both control. The hormones in that pill do not break down in the body; neither does it break down in sewage treatment plants. Therefore, female hormones were since then flowing into the rivers and lakes of the UK, and the drinking water.
The study said “the latest stage of a 20 year study showed the feminizing effects of fish were directly related to their exposure to effluent in which the Pill was 1,000 time more powerful than natural oestrogens.”
BBC also reported that year that James Owens of the National Geographic noted, “The same cause.
The scientists who had just finished a seven year study “warn that he gender-bending effects of certain man-made substances…threaten polar bears, alligators, frogs, mollusks and other wildlife. The report stopped short of naming humans as a species that has been affected.
In 2008 scientists in Canada “found the miniscule amounts of estrogen …could decimate wild fish populations living downstream.”
The research led by Dr. Karen Kidd, an NSERC-funded biology professor “confirms that synthetic estrogen used in birth control pills “wreak havoc.” And that male fish exposed to (it) become feminized, producing egg protein normally synthesized by female fish, only.

But that was England.
In the US, in 2009, CBS broadcast that “Something strange is happening to the fish in America’s rivers and lakes. Something “seems to be disrupting the hormones, blurring the lines between male and female (fish).”
Turns out that the country where more “Pills” are ingested than any other country in the world is experiencing the same problem.
And all have found that the synthesized hormones in “the Pill” have been passing through millions and millions of women in the country, through the ineffectual sewage treatment plants and have been flowing like , well, water into the streams, rivers, lake, and reservoirs of this country.
That is our drinking water, and if according to the seven year study in the UK animals as large as alligators and polar bears can be affected by it, why is it that no one has said the obvious?
Have you noticed that young people are seldom seen without a bottle of water close at hand? Have you noticed we have been told to drink more water? No I don’t think it is a plot. I think it is just something we should look into with a little more fervor.
Have you noticed more effeminate males in our country than there were in the past? Does that number seem to be growing? How about the increase in male baldness in today’s generation?

This issue needs to be addressed head on in order to keep all our species alive.

The Starfish Throwers ~ Awe-Inspiring ~ Feeding The Homeless


The Starfish Throwers is one of the most heartwarming films of 2014, according to the Huffington Post. Find it at thestarfishthrowers.com, or read this post featuring this film.

This documentary film will be airing March 21 at 8 ET/PT  on the AUDIENCE Network, only on Direct TV. Also, anyone interested can request a screening at your local movie theater to arrange a showing of this outspoken, outstanding, uplifting and beautiful film documentary. It can also be seen at thestarfishthrowers.com.

“Synopsis
By turns both poignant and heartwarming, The Starfish Throwers explores how three of the world’s most fiercely compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways. Half a world apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a sixth-grade master gardener fight for a seemingly lost cause—until they discover their impact may reach further than their actions.

backer_postcard_Krishnan“Follow Narayanan Krishnan as he sharpens skills acquired as a top chef to cook and hand deliver fresh meals to hundreds of people, 365 days a year—all while bringing social shame onto his high-caste-born family. Will he be able to overcome this stigma and realize his decade-long vision of building a rehabilitation campus for those he serves?

 

backer_postcard_Katie“Discover how 50 vegetable gardens can be traced to the seed of a single cabbage planted by nine-year-old Katie Stagliano. Will the voices of critics dissuade her from continuing her work as she enters her teen years?

backer_postcard_Law“Join the midnight rounds with retired middle school teacher Mr. Law as he hand delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly. Find out why he hasn’t slept in a bed in thirteen years, and if his blatant disregard for his own health and safety will ultimately put him in harm’s way.

“In each of their unique journeys, these unforgettable individuals meet unexpected challenges and must find a way to persevere, despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve.

“Is it?

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“Director’s Statement
“I began this documentary three and a half years ago when I first heard about a retired teacher who drove around Minneapolis 365 nights a year, giving sandwiches to homeless people out of a van with the words “Love One Another” and his cell phone number stenciled on the door.

“Once I began filming with Allan Law, I became instantly amazed and humbled by his dedication to a cause many say is lost. Why was he giving everything to a battle he could never win?

“I began to look for other individuals who were fighting that same fight. This search ultimately brought me to Narayanan Krishnan in India and young Katie Stagliano in South Carolina. The intimate access they granted allowed me to witness their intense struggles and beautiful triumphs these last three years.

“The experience has been both humbling and unforgettable. Seeing them reject cynicism and transcend mass apathy with every act of kindness they committed reminded me of the lost idealism of youth. While many of us have put aside some of those innocent dreams of changing the world and making a difference, I believe that sharing these stories will help us all to rediscover our own potential to affect positive change.

 

“The Filmmakers

 

“Jesse Roesler, Director + Producer + Cinematographer
Jesse RoeslerJesse is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker whose work has been screened internationally in venues such as South By Southwest Film Festival and on Current TV. Jesse’s approach to filmmaking is best described as Cinematic Authenticity. By fusing narrative cinematic technique with the authenticity found in documentary style filmmaking, his work blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction by capturing the truth in a conceptually thoughtful manner. All of Jesse’s creations can be viewed, along with his client work with Bolster. Go to thestarfishthrowers.com.

“Bill Kersey, Editor + Co-Executive Producer
A resident of St. Paul, Bill Kersey holds a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. He has edited several documentary features, including the award-winning Thicker Than Water and Rita of the Sky, and also worked as editor on the Independent Lens documentary Precious Knowledge. He has been an Editing Fellow at the NALIP Latino Producers Academy and a selected participant in the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, and his award-winning short films have screened at dozens of festivals nationally and internationally.

“Melody Gilbert, Producer
mnmo-feb2006bMelody Gilbert is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced non-judgmental, character-driven stories for film and television for more than 20 years. The Documentary Channel calls her “one of the most fearless filmmakers in contemporary documentary cinema.” She has made five independent feature-length documentaries in the past seven years: Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story (2008), Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness (2007), A Life Without Pain (2005), Whole (2003) and Married at the Mall (2002). All of her films have screened at major film festivals, in theaters and on television worldwide, including the Sundance Channel and on dozens of television networks internationally such as TF5 (France), YLE (Finland), RTL (Germany) and more.

“Melody is currently teaching documentary filmmaking and multimedia journalism at the American University in Bulgaria and still in production on her own films as well as producing The Starfish Throwers.

“Dan Satorius, Executive Producer
dansatoriusDan Satorius is a producer and lawyer.  His firm is Satorius Law Firm, PC.  He has represented clients in independent film and TV for over 25 years. His clients include Academy Award, Emmy Award, Independent Spirit, and Sundance award winners.  He frequently writes and speaks about entertainment law, was an adjunct professor of law, and is the Motion Picture and Television Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment Industry. Dan is on the Super Lawyers® list in the area of Intellectual Property/Entertainment.  He is rated by American Lawyer as a ‘Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property’ in 2013 and received the AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

“Dan has a Masters of Arts in Film and is a producer of award-winning films.  In 2011 he released TWELVE THIRTY, a feature film he produced and Jeff Lipsky wrote and directed. He is currently in development with a fictional feature and several documentary features.”

To find out more about Dan, go to SatoriusLawFirm.com, or go to IMDB.com/name.nm2655735.

“Victor Rukavina, Additional Cinematography + Sound Mixing
victorrukavinaHailing from the Iron Range of northern Minnesota, Victor Rukavina moved to Minneapolis to attend school, where he received a BFA in filmmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has worked as a freelance artist in the Minnesota film industry for the past 5 years, contributing his talents to feature-length films, shorts, music videos and commercials. Victor loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to work in far flung locations such as Nicaragua, China, the Caribbean and India. Aside from his filmmaking, Victor has a passion for the arts, animals and the great outdoors. See his work at vimeo.com/victorrukavina.

“Patrick Meehan, Additional Cinematography + Sound Mixing
patrickmeehanPatrick is a Videographer, Photographer and Video Editor local to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. To see more work by Patrick, go to patrickmeehan.com.

“Thomas Schmidt, Additional Cinematography + Production & Editing Assistance

“Jay Rudeen, Editing Assistance
Jay has worked in documentary, narrative and commercial film and video production in Southern California, Northern California and New York before returning to his native Minneapolis/St Paul. He’s been a part of production and post on several award-winning documentary projects which include a Student Emmy, a Northern California Regional Emmy, national PBS broadcasts, a Peabody Award, and an Academy Award nomination. He’s excited for a long, enriching career in nonfiction storytelling.

“Allie Young, Editing Assistance

“Sandi Roesler, Transcription

“Pete Tedrow, Social Media/Outreach
A storyteller at heart, Pete holds a BA in English and MFA in fiction. A lifetime Minnesotan, Pete works as a freelancer in writing, copywriting, copyediting, film festival work, social media, outreach/marketing, and writing instruction. An aspiring screenwriter himself, he has served on staff at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and has volunteered with numerous other film festivals—Sundance, Toronto International, Tribeca, and Sound Unseen, as well as Comic-Con: International San Diego.

“Bolster, Branding + Design + Production Support

“Bolster is a brand engagement agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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“Undertone Music, Post Production Sound Services

“Pixel Farm, Color Grade

“Golden Sun Marketing, Publicity

“Jesse Roesler is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant form the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant form the Minnesota state Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

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The True Origin Of Easter Series 15 of 15 ~ Can Easter Be Kept And Still Honor God?


The biggest surprise about Easter, a holiday beloved throughout all of Christendom, is that it was a pagan

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

holiday in the time of Jesus, a holiday Jesus said not to get mixed up with because of its pagan origins. This problem lies at the core of all of Christendom, in its attempt to celebrate Jesus while still celebrating pagan customs and traditions. Let us ask ourselves if we have incorporated any pagan rituals into our supposedly holy or Christian practices. This completes this series from rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

Do we celebrate a sunrise service?

Do we include bunnies (Easter Bunny), eggs (colored eggs), egg hunts in our Easter celebrations?

Do we say we are celebrating Jesus resurrection, or a holiday named “Easter?” Remember this from an earlier post in this series:

“This is a description of an ancient Babylonian family—2,000 years before Christ—honoring the resurrection of their god, Tammuz, who was brought back from the underworld by his mother/wife, Ishtar (after whom the festival was named). As Ishtar was actually pronounced “Easter” in most Semitic dialects, it could be said that the event portrayed here is, in a sense, Easter. Of course, the occasion could easily have been a Phrygian family honoring Attis and Cybele, or perhaps a Phoenician family worshipping Adonis and Astarte. Also fitting the description well would be a heretic Israelite family honoring the Canaanite Baal and Ashtoreth. Or this depiction could just as easily represent any number of other immoral, pagan fertility celebrations of death and resurrection—including the modern Easter celebration as it has come to us through the Anglo-Saxon fertility rites of the goddess Eostre or Ostara. These are all the same festivals, separated only by time and culture.

Yes, even the name of this springtime holiday is named after a pagan goddess. So much for “Jesus is the reason for the season,” this “season” or any other.

“Only the “few” remained faithful to the truth—and it has always been this way. Eventually, as the false pagan church grew in political influence, the death penalty was imposed on anyone found keeping God’s seventh-day Sabbath or His other Festivals, such as the Passover. True Christians have always had to flee to wherever they could continue keeping God’s commandments and truths.” rcg.org, by David C. Pack

The Passover was commanded by God. Easter traditions were indoctrinated by men.

“We have already seen that God never instructed, but rather actually commanded against, keeping Easter. It has always been His purpose that the Passover should be kept once a year—forever. The … New Testament instruction to keep the Passover through the newly instituted symbols of the bread and wine.

“The New Testament Passover also includes an ordinance of humility called the footwashing. This instruction is found in John 13:2-15 and was commanded by Christ to be taught to all who would learn God’s doctrines. Christ commanded His disciples, “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them…Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20).

“This instruction includes the Passover, with the footwashing and the symbols of the bread and wine. It also includes keeping the Days of Unleavened Bread and the rest of God’s annual feast days. If you are determined to no longer participate in this world’s Easter tradition,” you can learn what is entailed in keeping God’s New Testament Passover service. The Restored Church of God can help you learn how to do this. Check out rcg.org.

You are not alone. True Christians everywhere are searching for and finding what Jesus said to do, and what not to do, with greater clarity and understanding. It is a matter of the heart. Our hearts are restless until they rest in God, and the truth of God. I hope you have appreciated discovering historical truth, as well as personal growth in your spirituality, and walk with God.

“Can Easter be kept “in honor of Christ”? Some may say, “Okay, I know Easter comes from paganism—but I’m not pagan! I celebrate it in honor of Christ. I focus on Him.” Because God knew that Israel would feel this way when they encountered the religious customs of pagan nations, and would try to use false customs to honor the true God, He gave the instruction in Deuteronomy 12:28-32. God always commanded that people worship Him exactly as He instructed! So did Christ.

“Jesus told the Pharisees, “Thus have you made the commandment of God of none effect by your traditionin vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:6, 9). Mark’s parallel account adds an important element: “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition” (7:9). These verses have clear application to those who reject the Passover that they may keep pagan Easter.

“Hundreds of millions keep the rank idolatrous pagan feast known as Easter, believing themselves to be honoring Jesus Christ! Most are in complete ignorance of what they are doing. God’s answer to all is “…the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30)!” rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

I have personally found these exact truths from another source, Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Restored Church of God, rcg.org is a confirmation of these facts, from a completely different source, yet with the same historical research.

This particular blog prohibits the direct links to this site, or the  selling of materials.