Easter, the goddess of fertility was celebrated long before Jesus was born.

Be ye fertile...

The goddess Easter depicted here blessing the earth with fertility.
The goddess Easter depicted here blessing the earth with fertility.

Looking in the old testament where Moses was petitioning Pharaoh saying “let my people go,” we see a unique picture with notable details. First is the month of Abib. The name of this month comes from Hebrew. Today it is represented on the Jewish calendar as Nisan. In the beginning of the Bible, God presents a calendar, which the Jews still use today. Unlike the modern Gregorian calendar with a specific number of days to every month, save for leap year, the Jewish/Hebrew calendar month is based on the cycle of the moon. Thus some months may be shorter or longer in some years than in other years, and some years can have 13 months instead of 12, it depends on the lunar cycle.

Getting back to Moses, God told Moses he is going to send the angel of death over Egypt to take the first born of every family. God instructs Moses that on the 10th day of Abib, to select a lamb, and to examine it for 4 days to make sure it is without blemish. Then, on the 14th day he is to slaughter the lamb and paint its blood over the door, above their head. When the angel of death comes, he will “Passover” those who are "under the blood" painted on their door. (Remember being under the blood, we will get back to it.)


Now let’s move forward 2000 years to Jesus’ time. On the 10th day of Abib, Jesus rides into Jerusalem as the lamb of God. He is examined by the Scribes and Pharisees, including Pilot, for four days and found to be without blemish. On the 14th day of Abib Jesus is crucified, his blood above everyone's head. On the 17th day of Abib, he rises from the dead.


On the Hebrew calendar, the 17th day of Abib, the day is always the 17th day of the month. Just like one’s birthday is always numerically on the same day. If your birthday is on April 19th, it will be on April 19th the following year too. Your birth date does not change every year and it is always on the same numerical date on BOTH calendars. It might be a Saturday, or a Sunday, or a Wednesday, but it is always on the same date, a fairly simple concept. Easter always falls on a Sunday and can be as much as a month apart from year to year.


Did you know they make a Jewish/Gregorian calendar where you can see what day is which on the two calendars? So if we looked up say, Abib 17th the day Jesus rose from the dead, we would actually look for Nisan 17th. This year the 17th day of Abib in the Bible, or Nisan 17th, occurred on Thursday, April 1st, 2010. ( The year this article was written).



For the Year 2016, Abib 17th, or Nisan 17th, will fall on April 25th.

April 25th, 2016 will be the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Easter Sunday falls on March 27th, 2016. Those going to church on Easter Sunday, 2016 will be almost an entire month "before" the reason they are there. I wonder what they will be doing a month later when passover actually begins?


Those who flocked to church on Sunday, April 4th 2010, to celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead, were 4 days too late. I guess it is a good thing the apostle’s weren’t too busy celebrating Easter back when Jesus rose from the dead and was sitting in his tomb, he might have had to wait 4 days for them to show up.

Jesus: “Where have you guys been? I told you I would rise again in 3 days, that was 4 days ago.”

Paul: “We’re sorry Lord, we thought you meant Easter. We’ve been hunting for Easter Eggs and little chocolate Easter bunnies, but we weren’t honoring the goddess Easter, we were really celebrating you. By the way, Happy Easter!”


Or how about March 27th, 2016: Jesus walks up to the apostles and asks, "What are you guys doing?
Paul: We are celebrating your victory over death!
Jesus: Uh... I haven't even been crucified yet, not for another month.
Paul: But today is Easter! Care for a chocolate bunny?

Easter was historically celebrated, even before Jesus was born and has nothing to do with Jesus’ resurrection.

Ishtar is pronounced Easter, which is the name of Semarimis in the Phoenician tongue; the queen of heaven, the wife of Nimrod, King of Babylon. After God mixed their tongues and created all the different languages Semarimis suddenly had as many names as there were languages. Today she is often referred to as the Goddess of 10,000 names. In Egypt, her name was Isis, in Ephesis, she was Diana, and so forth and so on.

Meet the goddess Easter.

In Phoenicia, the goddess Easter and Easter worship was all about fertility (sex) – just like in Babylon. Hey, America likes sex, just look at all the magazines at the checkout counter. Everyone is having sex with everyone, and everyone wants to know about it because that is what’s really important in life… right? So everyone should really like reading about Easter because she was all about having sex and that was just to get things started.

But you have to understand something. In those days, if you lived to be an adult you were very fortunate. If your crops produced enough food to feed everyone, and your horses and cattle, you again were very fortunate;. thus evolved a religion and culture around sex and fertility. It was important to ensure the survival of their people, or so they surmised. And what better way than good old fashioned free-love? For all we know they were smoking pot, wearing peace signs, and listening to the Beatles.

They would worship Easter and pray for fertility. They would bow before large phallic symbols and worship. Women would smear the blood of their cycle on this obelisk when they worshiped so as to be remembered for fertility. The obelisk, was considered to be symbolic of the penis of the god of the underworld. (A real famous replica is our own Washington Monument, and there is another one in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.)

If the ancients prayed and worshiped the obelisk, then they could be assured the god of the underworld’s role in good crops, lots of babies for everyone, and the continuation of life. They also worshiped Easter, the goddess of fertility for her role in the continuation of life. For this they gathered up rabbits, chickens and eggs, all symbols of fertility. Sex was used to further invoke the joyful blessings of the holy mother, the queen of heaven, the goddess Easter.

Can you imagine a Phoenician pick up line on Easter? “Hey baby, my name is Zekkaniah, wanna go somewhere and worship Easter with me? She is going to bless us, I just have a feeling!”

“Oh, I am so sorry, I have already worshiped the goddess Easter 5 times today and I am a little sore, maybe later?”

And what day did they worship the goddess? On Easter! Of course this day falls on a different day every year as much as a month apart.

It’s pretty simple. When we go to church on Easter Sunday, are we worshiping Jesus? Or celebrating the goddess Easter? Certainly, everyone in church on Easter is there because of Christ, not the goddess Easter. But am I out of line for asking, if we want to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, why can’t we do it on the day he rose from the dead? Of all the dates of events we don’t know in the Bible, this is one date the bible gives us and we can easily look up.

After church do you go to the park with candy rabbits, marshmallow chicks and hunt Easter eggs with the kids? What are you celebrating? Jesus?

I struggled with this for a long time. I even got mad over it. Knowing the history behind

Easter, I don’t celebrate Easter anymore but I do regard Nisan 17th in some small way.

I mean not to condemn anyone who does celebrate Easter. The Bible says, “ One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth everday alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.” - Romans 14:5,6a.

I have no problem with anyone who celebrates Easter. I guess that its just so obvious, the exact day when Jesus was raised from the dead, I don’t see why that day is completely glossed over by the majority of those who have faith in Christ, and the churches they attend. I asked my own pastor one time why we didn't celebrate "resurrection day" opposed to Easter, and he said to me, "People don't come to church in droves on resurrection day, but they do on Easter Sunday, and we're here to preach the gospel."

If Easter, the goddess of fertility was celebrated long before Jesus was born, as Christians, why do we celebrate the resurrection on Easter instead of Abib 17th? Is it because Abib 17th sometimes falls on a weekday and no one goes to church and pours money into the plate on Tuesday or Wednesday like they do on Easter Sunday? Just curious.

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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

beautiful hub thanks


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Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you for reading. I had one other pic to load, but its not working, perhaps when I get back on land. The internet is so slow on this ship it takes 20 minutes to post or read anything.


aiste 5 years ago

i am born on easter


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Aiste,

Perhaps you were born on An Easter Sunday, but given that Easter is on a different day every year and never the same day... I am not sure I completely understand your claim.

- Harlan.


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PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Thanks Harlan,

Thanks for scratching the surface here, you have exposed the tip of an iceberg.

You go to church on Sunday, then have an easter egg hunt on the back lawn. Secular customs mixed in with the religious ones to keep the masses entertained and content. Unfortunately, this is one of many.

After reading this hub, one can no longer claim ignorance to the fact.

You sowed some seeds here my friend.


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

PlanksandNails,

Thank you for the comments. I am working on a similar writing on Christmas too. I mean Saturnalia, er I mean the birth of Tamuz, the son of Nimrod.

Thanks for reading brother,

-Harlan


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Thank you for this enlightening hub. It is unfortunately a human trait to twist the truth for our own convenience.

God sees what is in our hearts and is not fooled by our actions.


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

When I was first told this, I tossed the guy off my property. I knew he was speaking blasphemy. Turns out... I was.

Thank you for reading Cat on a Soapbox.

Your comments are appreciated.

- Harlan


Billy Bob Baddass 5 years ago

You forgot to mention that Jesus told his followers to remember his death (that is what paid the price) , he never said anything about celebrating his resurection. I wonder if he just forgot to. It was a rather tumultous time for him after all,- probably slipped his mind to tell them to celebrate his resurection. Good thing pagans remembered to include this as they merged with apostate Christianity. You also forgot tomention that, among other vile things that part of the fertility rituals involved child sacrifice where the infant was burned alive.


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Billy Bob Baddass...

No brother... I did not forget the passing of the children through the fiery hands of Molech. It is my experience over time that some are just not ready to receive the truth all at once and that ones witness is more effective incrementally... I may be wrong, but this is my conclusion in life thus far...

Praise Jesus

- Harlan


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Billy Bob Badass,

The simple truth is that today, instead of passing one's child through the fiery hands of Molech, one merely need go have a saline abortion where the child is burned to death inside the mother's womb. What pleasure Molech must receive knowing that the child is not only burned alive as in times of old, but likewise within the mothers womb - in a fashion that even she doesn't understand what is really going on.

Thus the child is killed for the price of one night of fornication or adultery: pleasure for someone else. Certainly one's pleasurable orgasm is worth the life of some couple's child...even if it was a drunken one night stand ... right? That zygote is merely an incovenenience! Get it aborted - it never would have become President of America anyway!

Hallelujah... Praise Jesus! We should abort all children!

Amen... God Agrees! (sarcasm)

- Harlan


Lisa 5 years ago

I am pagan & proud of it so I will be celebrating the sabbot in pagan tradition - finding a mate for the day :-)


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Lisa,

While I don't believe as you do, I appreciate that you are honest about it. I think that is awesome! I am curious though, painful screaming was pleasure to Molech's ears. How do you feel about pagans historically tossing their children into the fiery hands of Molech so that they screamed for a good long while before dying? is that a pagan event you would attend if they were still allowed? Just curious.

Thank you for reading my hub.

- Harlan


Stocks 5 years ago

Thank you for posting. I found this link on craigslist Nashville. Rants and Raves. I will keep an eye out for more posts from you.


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Interesting... I am not sure what to say about that... I better go see if I can find what they had to say ha ha....

- Harlan


dogtrot 5 years ago

satan rules!


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

dogtrot,

You are correct, Satan does rule. He is the god of this world... for a time. But it shall not always be so. His days are limited.

- Best Wishes

- Harlan


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Harlan, this was fantastic. I also came to know that Easter was not the correct date but the verse you gave to not judge was perfect. I was wondering what you may think about the Sabbath and worship being on Sat or Sun..just curious.. Thanks so much. Great hub.

Sunnie


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

I believe the in a manner of speaking Jesus himself is the sabbath. When he rose from the dead, the law was done away with. People who walk in the spirit of Christ are regulated by their submission. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice. We hear it in our hearts and it affects our actions. I think anytime you get on your knees is sabbath time - all days are equal unto you the believer.

There is a big study on it, I would look into it just now, but I have to run some errands. :(

- best wishes and thank you for your comments

- Harlan


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

I do believe we are breathing, living church so this would make perfect sense.. thanks so much Harlan..look forward to hearing more of the word from you...God bless,

Sunnie


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you Sunnie,

I do tend to suck up all the compliments I get, but in this regard, I have to give the credit to a higher source. Well, I guess in all regards if ya get down to it... LOL.

Thank you very much for reading and putting up with me.

- Harlan


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Preach it and yes, you may not want to be harsh to those Christians who have not known better and worshipped on 'Easter', call it 'Easter' and practice the Easter bunny, egg hunt stuff. There's so much more to the story...

Easter (Ishtar) had a son who became her lover. Guess what his name was? Tammuz!! Now, look at Ez 8:14 to see what God says to him: "Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these." Do you see that this was happening at the entrance of the gate of the LORD's house? AND that He called this an ABOMINATION?

Tammuz died at the age of 40; this 'weeping for Tammuz' became the pagan practice of 40 days of mourning...does 'Lent' sound familiar? As you mentioned in your article, Ishtar (Easter) was known as the "Queen of Heaven" and what does the Catholic church call Mary? Amen.

http://youtu.be/f5ECR705pPY

The Bride of Christ needs to wake up and be faithful to Him!!


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Judah's Daughter,

oh yes I know I have barely scratched the surface here, however, I did not know the origin of Lent. I can tell you how the Christmas tree came about tho. Tammaz was gored by a wild bore under an ever green. His blood was splattered all over the tree so began remembering Tammuz the Son of the Queen of Heaven. Did you know Tammuz was the great, great, great grandson of Noah?

Thank you for the comments!

- Harlan


alvin 5 years ago

I would like to corerect all of you, easter is has not anything to do with Christianns, the correct time we celebrate is Passover, easter is a pagan celebration that distorts the christian belief. Passover has nothing to do with bunnies or eggs. Moses was commanded by God to mark the door post wityh the blood of a lamb so when God "PASSED OVER" Egypt, he would not take the lives of his chosen peoples first born.


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HOOWANTSTONO 5 years ago

Shouldn't celebrate Easter, its Pagan, we should Break bread and share the Blood that's what Jesus did and said do this in remembrance. First great occurrence Death on the Cross, Second great occurrence Resurrection from the grave

If we are going to Celebrate Passover then its the same every year on the Jewish calendar 14 Nisan then Unleavened bread 15 Nisan every year.

Peace.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Yes, the gods/godesses of 'fertility' were celebrated long before Christ came and the Catholic church allowed them to be 'changed' into 'Christian' observances, which is just horrible. Protestants rebelled against the Catholic teachings, yet took some of the pagan celbrations with them, ignorantly so. Though the Bible has been available to all, at the cost of many martyred by the Catholic church to do so, many do not read it and study it. We would never know what Jer 10:3-4 or Ez 8:14 were talking about, yet we practice these very things with 'Christian' symbolism?!

I believe Tammuz was the great-grandson of Noah, as Ham's son Cush gave birth to Nimrod who married Ishtar and begat Tammuz. When Nimrod (wicked) died, they believed he became the sun god and his 'rays' impregnated Ishtar, who gave birth to Tammuz...and the story goes on from there.

It greives my heart as I listen to the invitations to the masses over the radio to come to 'Easter' services with an Easter-egg hunt prior to or after the service....HOW VERY SAD!!!!


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

@Alvin: I have studied the subject for many years. I used to witness hard against Easter - it's sunrise service and all its pagan roots. I unknowingly caused some heavy division (with my witness) around 1998 in a church I had spent 4 years helping to build. I wasn't trying to do that, I thought I was sharing truth nothing more - but In my enthusiasm to share, I caused some real problems. My pastor accused me of causing division, I told him, "Pastor, I didn't cause this division, Satan did over 4000 years ago, I am just trying to share the truth." He didn't like that at all and accused me of dividing the church anyway. I completely agree Easter is a pagan holiday and all its rituals and I do not observe it, but I also learned sharing that with Christians who celebrate Easter requires patience, love and time. You can't beat them over the head with it. No one goes to a Christian church on Easter to worship the Goddess of the same name. I think we need to remember that when witnessing about Easter, you can unintentionally mess some people up pretty bad. It does no good to witness to someone who hears you with their ears but not their heart, because all they hear is condemnation, and not love. You have to be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves - you must be able to discern when they hear you out of love and when they do not, else you drive them away and you waste your breath. - Harlan

@Hoowantstoknow: Amen brother. I agree. Jesus rode into Jerusalem as the Lamb of God on Nisan 14 and his blood was spilled above our heads to save us from death. - Harlan

@Judah's Daughter: Noah, Ham, Cush, Caanan, Nimrod, Tammuz... or was it Caanan, Cush, Nimrod, Tammuz... I am sure Caanan was part of the lineage, but its been awhile since I taught on this. Caanan may have been an uncle. I should refresh my memory, I'm getting old! Do you know that Shem and Japheth rode into Babylon and slew Nimord in the street as a warning for their evil deeds and worship of Molech. Also Nimrod's wife was named Semarimis, before God changed their tongues. I believe Semaramis became Isis and was still queen - but migrated to Egypt and reigned as queen there. This is my own theory based on my studies, but I do not know for sure. Ishtar was her name in Phonecian. Regardless, she was the goddess of 10,000 names such as Dianna, Ishtar, Oester, and even Mary in Greek and Roman cults.

- Harlan


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Yes, Ishtar was just one of her names (and as far removed from Semarimis, all the more pagan)....I guess that would make Tammuz the great-great grandson of Noah. :-)


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Hey Harlan,

I have a question..I came here because wasn't sure where to post this for you..recently have been doing a little study on the word Christian..I have always refered my self to being a Christian a follower of Jesus Christ. I am realizing this is a very broad statement in today's world. Have you ever did a study on this? I saw your question posted.It is an interesting study and kind of an eye opener..The word Christian wasn't used until about 325 AD. Do you know if it is in the original Hebrew? You just seem like you have studied alot..I am interested in this topic.

Thanks

Sunnie


DAN 5 years ago

It seems to be that Christians have always incorporated the local pagan rituals and holidays into their dogma to appease the local pagans and to make Christianity not appear so different from their own dogma and rituals. Before long, things are really muddled and creates inconsistencies. BTW, Harlan, I feel your sincerity, but your grammar undermines your professional demeanor. NEVER use an apostrophe when discussing dualities (apostles).


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Hi Sunnie Day,

Thank you for an awesome question. This should be fun to have a look at. First let us find the word Christian in the Bible.

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. - Acts 11:26

Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. - Acts 26:28

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf - 1Peter 4:16.

OK, now we have some puzzle pieces to work with to get to our answer. Lets look at some other pieces of this puzzle.

Antioch was built in appx. 300 B.C. by Syrian King Seleucus 1. It was named after his father Antiochus. By 64 B.C. it was under Roman rule. The term Christianos is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, which makes since given that Antioch was under Roman rule at this time. And Christians were followers of the Messiah. Christianos is Greek for, "followers of the Messiah."

You said: "The word Christian wasn't used until about 325 AD."

Forgive me, but... I think I need to humbly disagree on that. Here is why...

There are two significant points that tell us the term "Christian" was used long before the Nicean Council of 325 AD.

One: Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. - Acts 26:28.

For it to be true that the term "Christian" was not used until 325 AD, then Paul and King Agrippa had to be talking after 325 AD. This is a major problem because Catholicism teaches Paul was the first Pope and set up the church. If Paul was the Vicar of Christ according to the Catholic faith, (which he was not) then he would have had to give up his "Popeness." This will not work

because Pope Sylvester was Pope during the Nicean Council of 325.

Two: King (Herod) Agrippa (Not to be confused with his Uncle Herod the Great) died in 44 AD, 281 years before the Nicean Council. This means the word Christian was used 281 years earlier, at least.

Acts 12 describes his death: King Herod went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. [...]

And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. - Acts 12:21-23.

Three: Apostle Peter was crucified in Rome in 65 AD.

According to oral history, Apostle Paul is said to have been beheaded in Rome, but there is no historical

reference or evidence of any kind proving this to be true. Oral legend handed down over time, contrasts that Paul was afforded beheading as more merciful, a priviledge of his Roman citizenship; whereas Peter was crucified upside down. Records of Paul's activities seem to disappear around the same time as Peter's.

All this being said, remember that Jesus said, Many shall come in my name.

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

- Mt 24:4-5.

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and

the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. - Luke 21:8

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. - Matthew 7:21-23

I remember as a kid hearing in Sunday school thatJesus said, many shall come and say I am Christ.

And I would look and look for someone dressed up like Jesus walking along the street saying,

I am Jesus, follow me. But I never saw this person. Not then and not now, have I ever seen one

walking along saying I am Jesus. I have, however, since come to realize there are many Christs.

The Catholics have a Jesus, the Mormons have a Jesus, the Protestants have a Jesus, the Muslims have a Jesus,

The Jehova's Witnesses have a Jesus, The Scientologists have a Jesus, the Satanists have a Jesus,

the secular has a Jesus, the aetheists even have a Jesus. There are many others too. Everyone one of these Christs,

is different in some way.

If they are all different, and Jesus said there shall be many false Christs, then they can't all have the

true Jesus can they? - not if they are all different. This is a serious problem for a lot of people who

have been decieved and have no clue.

But Jesus also said, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15.

To me that means always questioning what I learn and studying it out Bibically. Many Christians do not do that, rather they go to church on Sunday to feed their spirit, then feed their flesh the rest of the week.

And in the end... there is hope for all because despite what men say, God say's: that YOU MAY KNOW - that YOU ARE SAVED - right now here on earth!

"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." - 1 John 5:13

A lot people in a lot of churches... don't know that. In some religions you must continually do good works and ask your leaders if you are making the grade. Those who do that to their followers will be held accountable.

Its pretty sad really.

I hope this helps give you some answers, or perhaps even evoked more questions. Either way, I am grateful you asked and gave me a chance to get those rusty old gears turning again.

- Best Wishes

- Harlan


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

@ Dan,

I have some bad habits. Years ago when I got my degree I delved deep into communication paradigms and theory. If you study the paradigm shifts of Egon Guba, he sets up one "darn-tootin" good argument that when one is communicating, it is typically on several levels and the old rules of grammar and punctuation can actually inhibit one's ability to communicate from a multi-faceted and subliminal epistemological dichotomy. Certainly, as one begins to postulate the full-scope of Guba's constructs, empirical a priori resolves one to the former which was a stronger position to begin with. Thus having said, your point is duly noted. Which is why, I shamefully and fearfully submit, that my faults go way beyond a misused apostrophe. But thou hast encouraged me to take a refresher course given that my education was nearly (cough) 20 years ago.

(Dan, my intent here is to take my lumps and be a good sport about it. Thank you, and thank you for reading and commenting.) - Harlan


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Harlan,

I knew you would be the person to answer and give me the truth...thank you so much. I only said that about the word Christian being used in 325 AD as that is what I had read through some articles..but you took the word and broke it down and that is the want counts. I am going to print this out so that I can have this as referece to study and when I am questioned. God Bless you Harlan..I am sure I will be asking more questions..I do not have a church at the moment, and left a very fleshy church so I have been in the desert and would appriciate the fellowship. If I May ask, did you ever think about making a hub just for questions..I know this would take up so much time for you. It is certainly a gift to be able to explain in a way others can understand. God Bless and thank you again.

Sunnie


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

Dear Sunnie Day,

Let us give all Glory unto God, I mean look at what happened to Agrippa! And honestly, the sound of being ate by worms doesn't appeal to me much either. That makes me wonder... do worms have teeth? lol...

God chooses to work through his people. If his people do not do the work... well Jesus said it like this, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Matthew 5:13.

I think that is the Lord's way of saying "Do what I call you to do."

I have, I believe, gently reached out to some of those lost in the false churches here on hub pages and asked them questions about their own religion that they have no answers for, only to find my question erased from the forums sometime later.

There is one on here, I won't say who, but who offers to give answers about her religion and how Christian it is. Then, I asked her about a quote from her own church prophet who says "(In our religion) we are not Christians, no where close. Christianity is a perfect pack of non-sense and was invented in hell by the Devil and kicked up on the face of the earth to cause men to stumble."

Here she is out preaching her heart out that her faith is a Christian faith, and her own official church prophet is saying - no we're not.

I told her I meant no disrespect, but both of you cannot be correct on this matter. LOL.

She never spoke to me again either. I pray for her. I pray I set a seed that will have her brain wrestling over this until she finally says - this religion is a pack of nonsense! Besides, Jesus said, true religion is caring for the widow and the fatherless - not a bunch pomp and circumstance in big hats and long robes.

A hub about questions? I would be interested in that, but I am not sure who one does that.

Finally, I don't go to church either. Just me, a bible and the dog... and my horse sometimes. However, I do not recommend that for anyone. Keep looking. I will too. And I would be glad to have some fellowship too :).

- God Bless you

- Harlan


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Hi brother Harlan, I know your answers are a God-send to those who are asking and searching; bless your heart! You have a beautiful gift of God. As your sister, I noticed you state, "Catholicism teaches Paul was the first Pope and set up the church." I believe you meant to say "PETER". Love you bunches, in the love of the Lord!!


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains Author

@Judah's Daughter,

Oh my... you are so right... Thou art Peter and upon this rock I shall build my church. I don't know where my head is at sometimes. Thank you for the correction. I started to write a song about that one time, it chanted: Thou are Petros and upon this Petra, I shall build my church... I never finished the song, but one would think I would have remembered - I think my memory is broken.

Thank you sis, you are candle lighting the way!

Luv ya too

- Harlan


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Well, they both start with "P"!! lol ~ your song says it all, really. Praise God, the Rock of our salvation, the Head of the Church is Jesus Christ (PETRA)!! Hallelujah! You sharpen me, too, brother, and I am thankful for YOU!!!


Molly Joshi 4 years ago

g'day harlan. Our city has been celebrating gospel music festival for number of years which has now become a national and inr=ternational phenomena. The saddest thing is that they changed thename from Australian Gospel music festival to Easterfest. last year a comment was made by a local buisnessman of how his buisness did and he remarked that he sold two huge crate of condoms during Easterfest. This remark truly troubled me as I sought the Holy Spirit on this. He brought my attention to the name Ishatar and the manifestations of it. I am reminded of the scripture by Paul " I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the Power of God unto Salvation. I beleive God wants the name of Agmf( Australian Gospel Music Festival )back. Could you give me the correct explanation that i could pass on to the organisers throught the protocol of our church leadership to substantiate our beleif to honour God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


suhail 2 years ago

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