Waugh @SeanO that was beautifully explained. Further, I wanted to reiterate that. we are not trying to question those who celebrate. or coming to a conclusion that one is right and other is wrong. At the same time, it’s always interesting to go deeper with our word of God and understand the truth based on the word.
Your remarks on Colossians & Romans, we know clearly that it was connected to Jewish festival and no other pagan festival involved in that… There are Christians in India adopted Hindhu culture to the church and doing every festival in the same way how Hindus are celebrating their God and goddess.
In the links you share. it was clarifying that it had a pagan origin and a name, but the author himself agrees that it doesn’t matter if we use the name.
But in Ezekiel 20: 39, “As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord God: “Go, serve every one of you his idols—and hereafter—if you will not obey Me; but profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols.
Which clearly say that doesn’t put his name in the pagan festival
Easter’, as We Know it, Comes From the Ancient Pagan, (Heathen), Festival of ‘Astarte’. Also Known as ‘Ashtaroth’, ‘Ashtoreth’, ‘Asherah’, ‘Istar’, ‘Ishtar’, ‘Easter’, ‘Aphrodite’, and ‘Astarte’ (ALL Pronounced, ‘Easter’). This Festival Has Always Been Held Late in the Month of April. It Was, in its Original Form, a Celebration of the Earth, “Regenerating”, Itself after the Winter Season. The Festival Involved a Celebration of Reproduction.
For this Reason the Common Symbols of ‘Easter’ Festivities Were the Rabbit, (The Same Symbol as, “Playboy” Magazine), and the Egg. Both Are Known For Their Reproductive Abilities, (The God of Fertility). At the Center of Attention Was ‘Astarte’, (Also Known as ‘Ashtaroth’), the Female Deity. She is Known in the Scriptures as The, ‘Queen of Heaven’
And we also need to know that Nimrod and his wife Semiramis is the beginning of all pagan festival and idol worship in the world. They are called different names in deferent nations
In Rome They Were ‘Venus’ and ‘Cupid’
In Babylon They Were ‘Semiramis’ and ‘Tammuz’.
In Phoenicia They Were ‘Ashteroth’ and ‘Baal’.
In Greece They Were ‘Aphrodite’, (‘Artemis’) and ‘Eros’, (‘Adonis’).
In Iceland They Were ‘Frigga’ and ‘Balder’.
Even in the Far East, ‘Cupid’ Was Known as ‘Zoroaster’
(zoro, Seed of ‘Aster’ or ‘Ashteroth’).
In Asia They Were ‘Cybele’ and ‘Deoius’
In India They Were ‘Isi’ and ‘Iswara’ and ‘Kali’ and ‘Shiva’
Ezekiel 8:14-16 .
14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
15 Then said he unto me, hast thou seen this, O son of man? Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.
16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
A woman weeping for Tammuz is Semiramis and she fasted for 40 days and on the first day of the week Tammuz (Nimrod) came back to her through the ray of the sun for that they worship Sun from the temple of God
Are we not doing the same thing on Easter calling early morning Service and how come 40 days fast came before Easter is not connecting with Pegan fastwal.
Many time Semiramis mentioned as Queen of Heaven in the bible (Jer 7:8, Je 44:9…Etc) . Even in 2Kings 23:10, we can read that King of Judah had dedicated his horses to the Sun.
in Hosea 2: 11 And I will put an end to all her mirth, her feasts, her new moons, her Sabbaths,
and all her appointed feasts.
So how we know that the festival of Moon, Sabbath is for the Lord or for the queen of Heaven.
Deuteronomy 12 : 30 After they have been destroyed from your presence, be careful not to be ensnared like they are; do not pursue their gods and say, “How do these nations serve their gods? I will do the same.” .
While we are adding egg to Easter, and keeping the name as Easter are we not copying the pagan way of worship the idol .
Jesus commanded us to remember his death and resurrection every day when we meet, I think we need to start to follow that
What’s your views on this?
Surjith Emmanuel Jireh