Easter and the Crucifixion of Christ are not Compatible

God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth - John 4:24
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth - John 4:24

Did Christ die on Good Friday and rise on Easter Sunday?

If you do the math, how could he have died on Good Friday in the afternoon and rise from the dead Easter Sunday morning if he was to be in the ground the three days and three nights which he had prophesied?

Most assume that Yahshua was crucified on Good Friday, but if Scripture is applied in context, it will reveal a different timeline that agrees with his spoken words.

For just as Jonah was THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS in the heart of the earth. – Matthew 12:40

Easter - goddess of fertility Rabbit - symbol of fertility
Easter - goddess of fertility Rabbit - symbol of fertility
Easter eggs historically were painted with the blood of sacrificed babies and children to a demon god.
Easter eggs historically were painted with the blood of sacrificed babies and children to a demon god.

Historically, the Jewish timetable was different than our twenty-four hour day that is applied today. The Jewish people applied twelve hours to a night and twelve hours to a day. As Christ prophesied, three days and three nights would equate to seventy-two hours that he would be in the heart of the earth. If the time is added from 3:00 pm Good Friday to Easter's Sunday morning, there is not enough time to account for the time prophesied in the book of Matthew making him a liar as "church" tradition states he rose from the dead on Sunday morning a day and a half later.

Good Friday to Easter Sunday morning is not three days and three nights (72 hrs.)
Good Friday to Easter Sunday morning is not three days and three nights (72 hrs.)

Now on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK Mary Magdalene came EARLY to the tomb, WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. – John 20:1

Jesus answered, “Are there not TWELVE HOURS IN THE DAY? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. – John 11:9

A Man-Made Timeline

In 1572, Pope Gregory XIII changed the timeline where a new day started at 12:00 am midnight. Scripture already foretold that the calendar of God would be altered, which has led to the deception of many believing in different times and events that historically have nothing to do with Christ, but have their roots in pagan tradition. The Pope established a man-made timeline instead of God’s.

“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ. The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.” - Decretal de Trantlatic Episcop. Cap Ferraris Ecclesiastical Dictionary.

He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and HE WILL INTEND TO MAKE ALTERATIONS IN TIMES AND IN LAW; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. – Daniel 7:25

Hebrew Night/Day

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God separated day and night into two separate twelve hour periods where evening to morning was a twelve hours, and morning to evening was twelve hours. The Hebrew word “ereb means sunset/dusk and “layil” means away from the light; when the light/day was gone, evening/night till dusk was twelve hours.

Ostara, goddess of fertilty
Ostara, goddess of fertilty

Calendar Changes

Pope Gregory decreed the Gregorian calendar change in 1582 which attributed to the times and seasons change. New Year’s Day was changed to January 1st. This meant that the pagan celebration of Easter would fall closer with the Passover observance that is in the Bible. Sunday is the day that was named after the pagan sun god Mithras assimilate with the resurrection of Yahshua. Additionally, Easter is a name attributed to the fertility goddess Ostara who resurrects from the underworld each year according to pagan mythology.


The New Year, according to the previous Roman Julian calendar, began on April 1st, which was closer to the scriptural Jewish timelines. Those who resisted the Gregorian calendar during the change were considered “April Fools.” The common theme of April Fools Day is about hoaxes, pranks and lies. It is about trying to convince people that something is true when it isn't.

Mary came to the tomb at the beginning of Sunday; Jesus had already risen that Saturday evening.
Mary came to the tomb at the beginning of Sunday; Jesus had already risen that Saturday evening.

The parallels are the same when people try to convince others that Easter has something to do with Yahshua. As followers of Christ, it is important to understand that the historical evidence indicates that Easter Sunday is not the true resurrection day of our Saviour.

According to Jewish timelines, Yahshua was buried on Thursday at around 6:00 pm (Wednesday’s days end) and rose on Saturday evening before sunset when the Sabbath was ending. There is much Scriptural evidence to prove this.

Now on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. – John 20:1

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Crucifixion Week - Scriptural Timelines

Yahshua's death is consistent with Mosaic Law where the lamb was prepared on a fixed day of the 14th of Nisan; the 15th was the Feast of Unleavened Bread where both the weekly and annual Sabbaths were observed.

‘You shall keep it until THE FOURTEENTH DAY of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. – Exodus 12:6

The Jewish calendar consisted twenty-eight days in each month which meant that the Passover would fall on the same day every year.

‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD’S Passover. ‘Then on THE FIFTEENTH DAY of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD – Leviticus 23:5-6

‘These are the APPOINTED TIMES of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them. ‘In the first month, on THE FOURTEENTH DAY OF THE MONTH AT TWILIGHT IS THE LORD"S PASSOVER. ‘Then on THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE SAME MONTH THERE IS THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD TO THE LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. ‘ON THE FIRST DAY YOU SHALL HAVE A HOLY CONVOCATION; you shall not do any laborious work.

‘But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. ON THE SEVENTH DAY is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.’” – Leviticus 23:4-8

Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the SABBATH (FOR THAT SABBATH WAS A HIGH DAY), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. – John 19:31

The Feast of Unleavened Bread was an annual Sabbath observance on the 15th of Nisan which was separate from the weekly Sabbath; both these days were observed as a day of rest. The Passover was in remembrance of the lamb's blood that saved the Israelites from death and their release from slavery.

14th of Nisan, (Wednesday) Evening Timeline

And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the PASSOVER. Now when the EVENING was come, he sat down with the twelve. – Matthew 26:19-20

He riseth from SUPPER, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. – John 13:4

And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this NIGHT – Matthew 26:30-31

14th of Nisan, (Wednesday) Morning Timeline

Peter then denied again: and immediately THE COCK CREW. – John 18:29

When the MORNING was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: - Mathew 27:1

And straightway IN THE MORNING the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. – Mark 15:1

Yahshua was put before the Sanhedrin in the morning.

And AS SOON AS IT WAS DAY, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council – Luke 22:66

Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and IT WAS EARLY – John 18:28

The time is around 7:00 am (hour 1), the 14th of Nisan (Wednesday). This time would not have been in the pm as no trials would have been held in the evenings. In order to make sense of time of the day, the first hour is an hour after dawn and the 6th hour would be equivalent to 12:00 noon our time.

And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the SIXTH HOUR: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! – John 19:14

At the sixth hour, or 12 noon Yahshua had already been crucified upon the stake. At the 9th hour, or 3 pm Wednesday afternoon there was a lunar eclipse that put darkness upon the land.

There was/is always a full moon on this date (14th of Nisan). The darkness that fell upon the earth started to become apparent from the 6th to the 9th hour.

It was the THIRD HOUR when they crucified Him. – Mark 15:25 - [9 am Wednesday morning]

And when the SIXTH HOUR was come, there was DARKNESS over the whole land until the NINTH HOUR. – Mark 15:23 - [noon to 3 pm Wednesday]

And it was about the SIXTH HOUR, and there was a DARKNESS over all the earth until the NINTH HOUR. - Luke 23:44 - [noon to 3 pm Wednesday]

On Wednesday afternoon, 14th of Nisan (9th hour) at 3:00 pm Jesus died.

And at the NINTH HOUR Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? – Matthew 15:34

Good Friday is a pagan timeline.
Good Friday is a pagan timeline.

Following the Biblical timeline based on the Hebrew calendar, Christ did not die on Good Friday. The Biblical evidence shows that he was taken before the Sanhedrin early in the morning and then crucified around 9am (3rd hour), and dying at 3pm (9th hour) that afternoon.

To believe that Yahshua resurrected on Easter Sunday is a hoax. He rose from the dead at the end of the Sabbath (Saturday evening), not on Sunday morning.


In the end of the sabbath, AS IT BEGAN TO DAWN TOWARD THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. - Matthew 28:1

Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; NEITHER SHALL THE SACRIFICE OF THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER BE LEFT UNTO THE MORNING. – Exodus 34:25

The reason Yahshua did not resurrect from the dead Sunday morning is because the fulfillment of the Passover took place according to what Scripture states. The fulfillment of the sacrifice that was made four our sins was not left until the morning because he had already risen.

The historical evidence shows that there was both a weekly Sabbath and a yearly one. The yearly Sabbath was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th of Nisan, which started on Wednesday evening. Counting seventy-two hours (three days, three nights), Yahshua rose from the dead on Saturday evening. What was prophesied had already been completed with the fulfilling of requirement of the law that no part of the Passover Lamb was to be left in the morning.

Pagan Tradition
Pagan Tradition

Historical Tradition

We need to unlearn the habits and traditions from the old teachings with the notion that our Saviour was raised at sunrise on Sunday. The teaching within the false "church" system of the Pagan Easter Sunday Sunrise Sun Worship Service is a theme many try to syncretize as the timeline of the resurrection of Christ.

Easter is not the Lord's Passover and has nothing to do with him. Easter is an abomination to our Father in heaven that mixes the holy and profane to remember what His Son has done. Easter is pagan and associated with worshipping false gods; it was observed long before the birth of Christ. “Christians” have fallen for the famous "bait and switch" trick by believing that they are somehow honouring God during one of the most unholy days of the year.

"Easter"  -  "Ishtar" - "Eostre"  - The springtime goddess of ancient Babylon
"Easter" - "Ishtar" - "Eostre" - The springtime goddess of ancient Babylon
Semiramus, Tammuz, and Nimrod
Semiramus, Tammuz, and Nimrod
Semiramus with "incarnate" son. - click on pic to enlarge
Semiramus with "incarnate" son. - click on pic to enlarge

Easter is about Tammuz

Easter is about a baby boy, Tammuz that was born through the incestuous relationship between Nimrod and his mother Semiramus, and worshiped as a god. Many Easter traditions symbolize the birth of the mystery religion of Babylon, which is the pagan worship of the goddess, Samiramus (Ishtar). She claimed a virgin birth of Tammuz who she said was conceived through the sun god, Baal. At the age of forty, Tammuz was mauled to death by a pig; after his death, the people were told that he ascended to his father, Baal. The ham/pig that is prepared and eaten on Easter Sunday is in remembrance of him. The Forty Days of Lent is derived from the forty day period of the time of sorrow for each year of his life prior to the anniversary his death.

You call it Easter, they called it Ostara, same thing.
You call it Easter, they called it Ostara, same thing.

Pagan Tradition

Easter directly contradicts the word of God and should not be observed other than to spread the Good News, which can be done any day of the year. Easter is a pagan passover celebration; therefore, the very name should not be used as reference to Christ.

The death, burial, and resurrection of Yahshua does not have anything to do with Easter. What he did on the cross for all of mankind is something that should be acknowledged all year around and in no way should be assimilated with pagan traditions.

To Which God Do You Worship?

Thus saith the LORD, LEARN NOT the way of the heathen - Jeremiah 10:2

“When the LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, BEWARE THAT YOU ARE NO ENSNARED TO FOLLOW THEM, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I ALSO MAY DO LIKEWISE?’ “You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD HATES they have done for their gods - Deuteronomy 12:2

Thinking about Christ while you are doing traditions does not justify the actions because God says not to behave in this way. It would be like trying to justify adultery and saying, "but I was thinking about my wife/husband while I was doing it." That would make no sense, but this is the justification of many "Christians" to honour Christ while partaking in pagan traditions.

“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; YOU SHALL NOT ADD TO NOR TAKE AWAY FROM IT. - Deuteronomy 12:32

When we were burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and were pouring out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands that we made for her sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out drink offerings to her? - Jeremiah 44:19
When we were burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and were pouring out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands that we made for her sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out drink offerings to her? - Jeremiah 44:19

The Bible makes it very clear not to participate in worship services and practices that have pagan roots, even if you are thinking that you are worshipping Christ. Many still want to continue in these practices because they are emotionally connected them and believe that it is harmless and fun to do. The customs and rites of these practices are evil. Yahshua was neither crucified on a Friday, nor did He resurrect on a Sunday. To participate in a "church" services that acknowledge these days is saying that Christ was a liar. It makes it out that he did not fulfill the only sign he gave that would prove he was the Messiah. To accompany this with an Easter egg hunt, hot-cross buns and a festive ham dinner essential aligns with the false worship of another "deity." To celebrate Easter with man-made traditions shows irreverence towards our one true Saviour.

It can be quite sobering to face the truth.

Are you willing to accept what the Bible says, or continue in your human tradition?

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Yahshua) is a celebration of being a follower of Him. It is about baptism, not what they tell you in "church" buildings.

Or do you not know that all of us who have been BAPTIZED into Christ Jesus have been BAPTIZED into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through BAPTISM into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have become UNITED WITH HIM IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, certainly we shall also be IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION, knowing this, that our old self was CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. – Romans 6:3-7

Can you see that the tradition of Easter and the crucifixion of Christ are not compatible with each other?

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CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

An outstanding Hub, Planks, you've really out-done yourself this time!

You said so much, I don't know where to start. I have not done the in-depth research that you have done here, but I did research just enough to know that my family would no longer be celebrating this pagan tradition...like Christ Mass.

You really gave me a lot to think about regarding the time-line of Christ's death and resurrection. Thank you.

Thanks, Planks, this really is a labor of love.

Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer


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PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

CJ Sledgehammer,

I'm glad you got some more information to weigh and test.

Easter is perverted and many people are deceived into believing that it is worship to God. I believe if people put their traditional mindset aside and do some in depth research themselves, they would come to the same conclusion.

The very name Easter is Babylonian in origin and one of the titles of the queen of heaven.

Christians have been duped into the pagan counterfeit and have accepted it as an authentic Christian observance.

No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. - 1 Corinthians 10:20-21

"Then he said to me, Have you seen this, O son of man? turn you yet again, and you shall see greater abominations than these. 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 [symbolic of rejecting God], and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east" - Ezekiel 8:15-16

Participating in the Easter sunrise services are thought of as worshiping and honoring God and doing what is right, but in reality they are dishonouring Him.

When the dots are connected, the truth becomes evident:

1. Easter celebrations did not begin with Christianity.

2. There is nowhere in the Bible where followers of Jesus Christ are told to observe Easter.

3. The worship of evil spirits during Easter were observed thousands of years before Jesus Christ.

4. Easter type observance is an abomination and violates the instructions of God; if a person incorporates these days as part of their worship to God, it is in violation of God's law.

I'm glad you have come to the same conclusion and are willing to stand on the foundation of truth with your family. Many have forgotten the simple fact that only way to know right standing with Him is by standing on the truths in His Word.

God Bless!


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Thanks, Planks!!!


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Ms Dee 4 years ago from Texas, USA

I'd wondered where "Easter" came from! And I'd not known there was a yearly Sabbath during that week as well. Lots of helpful information here. I've called it Resurrection Sunday, but that's not even correct, is it, Christ being resurrected on on the Sabbath that was Saturday. Now I understand better the 3 nights and 3 days. Excellent!


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PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Ms Dee,

Many people are creatures of habit and find it hard to see the truth because man-made traditions have taken precedence over God's instructions. Many try to employ their own rationalisations and believe that when something is proclaimed to be "Christian," it somehow is sanctified.

He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition. - Mark 7:9

God had instituted feast days for His followers before the fulfillment of the cross. By partaking in the deceptive non-Biblical traditions of Easter during one of the biggest pagan holidays of the year is holding precedence for the iniquities of man.

There is a Bible verse that is used improperly to justify the smooth and comfortable religious traditions "in the name of Jesus" that give many the assurances in following them.

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day - Colossians 2:16

In context, the food and drink were **offerings**; these ordinances can be referenced in Ezekiel 45. This verse is about the Jewish sacrificial ordinances (ceremonial law) in the Mosaic law that was to make reconciliation for the sin of the people during their yearly ceremonial sabbaths. These ordinances have long since been nailed to the cross.

Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. - Collossians 2:17

There is a warning for this type of justification because verse 16 does not attempt to abolish the Ten Commandments, especially the fourth one; keep the Sabbath day holy.

Do you think Bible condones pagan tradition, or how about drinking blood according to verse 16?

Those who use Scripture in the wrong context often are the ones who are trying to justify their man-made traditions and behaviours. Many say "Lord, Lord" in their vain ramblings while in their yoga positions.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ - Matthew 27:21-23

Thanks-you for taking the time to read and commenting.


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christinekv 4 years ago from Washington

Awesome hub P&N! God bless you for composing it! The information you present is very thorough and believe I will not only be revisiting it from time to time it in the future, (great to have one resource like this to reference) but will be sharing it!


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PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

christinekv,

It's encouraging that you took the time to look at the evidence yourself. All it takes is a little research and the evidence leads to this conclusion.

To have an open mind enough to set certain doctrine aside and dig deeper into the subject is commendable.

Thank-you reading and sharing. God Bless!


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Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

Compelling research.

I will continue to celebrate Easter as I have, because I've never used the celebration for pagan purposes. Jesus' purpose in coming to earth was to redeem. Should we not, as Christians, redeem the days set aside by our culture, and turn them to God's purposes? God does not look at the outward appearance of the day I choose to celebrate His resurrection; instead, He looks at my heart. My intent in celebrating what we call Easter is not pagan, but to remember and worship my saviour. My heart is clean in this regard.

Voted up.


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PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Porshadoxus,

("Should we not, as Christians, redeem the days set aside by our culture, and turn them to God's purposes?")

The days you have set aside are historically based on pagan tradition and human sacrifice to false gods, not as holy days to God. By having an Easter bunny, Easter egg hunt, and eating ham is acknowledging child sacrifice, the goddess of fertility, and Tammuz because that is what they represent. It does not change because you want them redeemed for your own religious purposes. God will not redeem the Easter bunny who symbolizes sexual prowess to the Pagan Sun worshiper as redeemed for Him.

You will find no Scripture reference in its proper context that will justify your position. You cannot redeem things that are based in pure idolatry and paganism; you find nowhere in Scripture where it has. Trying to redeem pagan worship as worship to God is spiritual adultery even if you are trying to acknowledge Him with it.

A deeper look into Easter will reveal that is not an affixed date, but changes year to year to align with the pagan wheel as part of the exact number of days between human sacrifice. How do you justify your day of celebration to Jesus by aligning with these celebrations.

Jesus Christ is to be celebrated everyday by the standards He has set forth.

I would encourage you to look deeper before you say that you will continue in your tradition. No matter what your intent, Scripture has laid out how we are to worship Him, which is in spirit and *truth*.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Porshadoxus:

The other question to ask one's self is, "Would Christ Yeshua want me to honor Him on a pagan holy day, while incorporating symbolic imagery used in pagan worship to honor the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords?"

I think the obvious answer is no...He wouldn't. I think the Almighty is more impressed by true obediance than by hollow acts of servitude...especially those performed on days set aside for pagan worship, rites, and rituals. Don't you agree?


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Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

I believe I Corinthians 8 speaks directly to this issue. I should be aware of the weaker brother or sister regarding spiritual offense. But once again, God looks at the heart. If I eat a meal, with whatever menu I choose, as part of a celebration of Christ's resurrection, my intent now is more to the point than the intent of an idol worshiper thousands of years ago.

My actions on easter are not an acknowledgement of any pagan practices. They are an acknowledgement of my Saviour and his work on my behalf.

While Philippians 2:12 is not a catch-all permission slip, I do apply it in this situation, and my conscience is clear.


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PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Porshadoxus,

("My actions on easter are not an acknowledgement of any pagan practices. They are an acknowledgement of my Saviour and his work on my behalf.")

How we apply Scripture in its proper context is important. Christian liberty is freedom to engage in practises not prohibited in Scripture or the freedom to not deny oneself what God has permitted. Going outside of this, there is no justification for the action even if you claim that you are acknowledging your Saviour and His work. Believe me, I have been guilty myself for doing this.

From your interpretation, you are conveying that Paul is teaching the participation in pagan tradition and customs and condemns no one; therefore, participation in Easter and Christmas traditions in it various pagan forms, that have been proven to be rooted pagan idolatry, are inconsequential.

I don’t buy that argument.

The problem with that justification is that nowhere in Scripture will you find Paul approving the participation in acts of idolatry. The customs of Easter and Christmas are purely pagan. All because it does not mean anything to you, does not mean that it is not pagan, nor does it justify Christian liberty to partake in it.

What Paul is saying is that even though Jesus Christ abolished the Law, we are free to participate and continue in the Jewish days of worship and festivals, which originated, and had been ordained by God under the Jewish Law. There is no liberty to bring in pagan forms of worship into your home and in the church. There is no liberty to "Christianize” Babylonian/Roman pagan holidays as special days for Jesus Christ.

The context is that if an immature Christian wanted to observe the OT holy days abolished by God, there was freedom to do so, but in no way in any of the passages say there a sanctioning of a pagan holy day, or any regard within Christian liberty to do so.

If you want to remember Jesus Christ on a pagan holy day, do what the Bible tells us to do.

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, this is my body which is given for you: this do in **remembrance** of me. - Luke 22:18

Let’s walk out 1 Corinthians 8 from a contextual point. The Jews and the Gentiles were quibbling over meat that was sacrificed to idols, which according to that time was the only real “healthy” meat to eat. The Gentiles who had been born in the idolatrous system of that day had issues with the Jews eating meat sacrificed to idols. Paul was saying that this was an area of Christian liberty because the meat was a **by-product** of the pagan system plus the Christians were not using the meat to partake in the pagan customs and rituals, but for sustenance. Paul never said that there was liberty to enter into a pagan temple, or to partake in their feasts.

Can you see the clear distinction? It is Christian liberty to partake in the **byproducts** of a pagan religious system, but it is moral issue by wanting to and justifying partaking in the pagan system itself.

When we take a look at Easter and Christmas, it is clear that there is infiltration of paganism into "Christian" worship. As a witness to the world for Jesus Christ there would be confusion over having items of paganism in your home and in your areas of worship because even the world knows that they have allegiance to demon gods. You can try to "Christianize" your justification to your fellow church members, but the world won't buy it because the pagans know their history and the atheists have done their homework.

"Let's take back Christmas for Christ" is the most confusing phrase I have ever heard, but that's where people are destroyed for their lack of knowledge.

Scriptural precept that condemns the things that go on during Easter, Christmas, and other pagan holy days is not a matter of liberty, but of moral conduct.

As a brother in Christ I am not judging your salvation, but reasoning with you on an area that I believe many have an inverted understanding on. This is my second year in withdrawing from these customs. The withdrawal symptoms can be hard, but if you choose to walk out and research the true meanings of the pagan things that we do bring into our homes, I guarantee you never look at them in the same way again.

God Bless!


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Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

"The context is that if an immature Christian wanted to observe the OT holy days abolished by God, there was freedom to do so, but in no way in any of the passages is there a sanctioning of a pagan holy day or an regard within Christian liberty to do so."

Sacrificing meat to idols has nothing to do with OT holy days.

The meanings of the pagan things are true only for the pagan using them to practice paganism. I'm not practicing paganism, so the meanings of these things are not pagan. Once again, the intent of the heart.

I applaud you for taking a stand, and taking the actions necessary for your convictions.

Be blessed, my friend.


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PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

("Sacrificing meat to idols has nothing to do with OT holy days.")

The context of what I was talking about was Christian liberty, which you are using to justify celebrating Easter and Christmas.

("The meanings of the pagan things are true only for the pagan using them to practice paganism.")

A Buddha idols meaning does not change whether you worship it or not, just as the Easter bunny and the Christmas tree meanings does not change whether you worship them or not. All because a Buddha idol may look good as a decoration, is it justifiable for Christian to have one in their home because they can justify having one based their "Christian" liberty all the while having the knowledge of its history and symbolism?

Based on your intent of the heart argument, it would be ok to associate oneself with these type of items.

I know of pastors who are 33rd degree Freemasons. Does the meaning of what they associate with have no relevance if they claim to be Christians with an intent to follow Jesus Christ?

CJ Sledgehammer asked you a pretty good questions. I would be interested in your answer to him.

I appreciate the dialogue!


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Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

To CJ:

A day set aside for pagan practices only has pagan significance in the spirit of the person practicing paganism. I do not worship the tree, or creation, or a pantheon of gods. My use of a Christmas tree has at the least an amoral significance, and at most a holy significance, no matter which day I use to celebrate Christ's birth.

Regarding symbolism:

For Christians, the rainbow has always been a symbol of God's ongoing mercy in preserving the earth from flood. Homosexuals have appropriated the symbol for their own purposes. Should Christians abandon the symbol? I think not. We should try that much harder to reclaim the symbol.

God originally created trees as amoral objects to provide food or beauty to the earth. Just because a pagan at one time appropriated a tree for his own symbolism doesn't mean I should allow the pagan to just have the tree. I should take the tree back for a more holy purpose.

The true obedience you speak of is to honor Jesus every day, no matter the history of the particular date. In spirit, I am honoring Jesus, not a pagan deity or nature. I and numerous other Christians are reclaiming the date for a more holy purpose. And we do so in spirit and in the truth of the Gospel.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Porshadoxus:

I appreciate your thoughtful rebuttle and I do not doubt your sincerity, conviction or faith. I am concerned, however, that you wish to "reclaim the date (Christ-Mass) for a more holy purpose."

The problem I have with this endeavor, though outwardly noble, is that to "reclaim" something means that it had to be in one's possession originally. Christians, therefore, cannot "reclaim" December 25th as the Lord's Day, when it was always someone else's.

In this respect, Christ Yeshua was a trespasser on the day of Mithris, Saturnalia, and Yuletide (December 25th). As He said, "Give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but give unto God what belongs to God."

Best wishes and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Planks, I guess what I need to say is thank you for your research and putting this together. I had this info years ago and was searching again for it, NOW I HAVE IT! Awesome work you have done I hope and pray others will read this and learn some truths over all the paganism in our churches. I suppose it better to say all the blind paganism our churches accept.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Micheal,

There is a lot of information to digest. As the pagan holiday comes around every year, it is good to brush up on it to pass it along to others. I have recently expanded on this theme here that digs deeper into the roots of Easter.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Easter-and...

Thank-you for stopping by and your encouragement. God Bless.


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

A very useful Hub of Truth and the video is especially educational, which has reconfirmed many things for me.

Thank you for your blessings; enjoy a marvellous day.

R.Q.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Romeos,

I am encouraged that you read through all the information and got something out of it. God Bless.

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