I don’t celebrate Easter, and I don’t say “Happy Easter.” If you understand its pagan roots and rituals, then you understand why. I’m not opposed to bunnies or eggs or ham. But worshiping Ishtar and her son, Tammuz, I refuse to do. In Babylon, Ishtar was the Queen of Heaven, or Mother Earth. Following the Spring Equinox and the full moon rising after it, on the first Sunday, worshipers celebrated the conception of Tammuz.
The rituals of this celebration are very dark. There is a wealth of information on the web about it. One site that I think has put it pretty straight forward is found at Wikibooks called “The Origins of Easter.” Pulling some highlights from it, I will tell you that it was Passover the first century Christians celebrated for two hundred years until a dispute broke out amongst them, causing the church to split between the East and the West.
If you guessed that it was the west that began celebrating Easter, because of the influence the Catholic church had, you would be right.
There’s a lot of detail in the pagan festival of fertility, and I don’t want to spoil your whole day. When you are ready, just click the link and read it. I do want you to know that both Jeremiah and Ezekiel speak out against this celebration, warning the Jews to stay out of it, because they had gotten heavily involved baking cakes, weeping, keeping lent, the whole lot, including the sex orgies.
Sex orgies were the centre of celebration. Women were even commanded to lay in the temple and give sex to whoever entered. This could be lucrative for the women, because the men had to leave them money when their service was completed. Tragically, babies were also sacrificed during this time, and their blood consumed, in honor of the pagan gods. The priests of the pagan temples would also take the blood of the sacrificed infants and die eggs with it, as symbols of fertility.
I have more bad news, too, for those who love to celebrate Christmas. This celebration is directly linked to Easter, and has nothing to do with Jesus, who by the way was born in the fall. Tammuz was rumoured to be born on December 25th. From all of the orgies on Easter,many, many babies were born in December. In fact, many of these babies were prepared for sacrifice the following Easter, all to honour Tammuz.
You might be inclined to think I am bordering on being legalistic. I don’t think I am. I honestly don’t want anything to do with Easter. I love family and gatherings and laughter and being light-hearted. But, knowing the history, I have a heavy heart over the celebrations of Easter and that it is hidden from Christians, and we are caught up in it.
I do celebrate the resurrection with great joy!
I don’t limit myself to celebrating the resurrection of Christ only once a year. Christians have celebrated the resurrection of Christ every Sunday since the early church began. Two thousand years later, I am happily one of them! You see, Good Friday was really good! And Resurrection Sunday was even better!
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…