The fact is that nothing is new under the sun!
By Pat Regan
Christians celebrating Easter/Resurrection at this time of year are simply recreating the ancient Pagan festivities connected with treasured ‘earlier’ gods of ‘natural’ renewal such as Attis, Adonis, etc.
These greatly beloved deities were lamented and glorified by millions right through numerous countries; ‘long’ before the transparently deceptive Christ myth was first hatched up by the intensifying ecclesiastical machine that was intent on theocratical world supremacy, via evangelical/missionary means. I would strongly recommend the following epic study towards a better understanding on all this.
The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion is an extensive analysis of folklore and religion. It was written by the Scottish anthropologist Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941). It was initially published in two volumes in 1890.
The Church hijacked Easter from the Pagans and built their new legend around it in order to initially conjoin with Pagan festivities and then, when they had usurped enough power from the Pagan priesthoods, to outlaw and exile them.
Direct mythological comparisons remain with deities such as Dionysius being nailed to a post and blooded; so his vital fluid would soak the ground to bring forth new life for all. Other pre-Christian divinities also followed this very same path and the Christ myth makers merely jumped on the bandwagon. However, the Christ myth makers missed the boat entirely. They failed to understand the critical seasonal change implication that Pagan deities held in the agricultural calendar and, with their bogus Christ man version of events, turned wholesome ancient wisdom into the countenance of an allegedly ‘real’ person. This old unbalanced religious corruption has ensured that millions of people have since that time lived in a cloud cuckoo land of Church-inspired confusion.
The Judeo-Christian Passover became amalgamated with heathen fertility veneration to generate a novel festival celebrating the alleged resurrection of the new-fangled Christ figure. This of course was also a theocratic hammer to convert the native Pagan populace away from their indigenous spring fertility festivities. This was observed at a different time from the Passover. Known as the Quartodeciman controversy, the dispute over when this celebration concerning Christ should be observed reverberated across the Empire through the second, third and fourth centuries. Eventually it was established by the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 and reinforced at the Synod of Antioch in A.D. 341. With its iron-fist theological stranglehold on the masses the Synod called for the excommunication of anyone who dared to resist the new-fangled, man-made Easter observance. Those who opposed it were forced to move outside the reach of the Empire. Emperor Constantine was a driving force behind this action. This man, amongst numerous other atrocities, murdered his son and wife; the Bishops in their pious wisdom happily accepted Constantine as an authority on ‘godly’ Christian matters and he reputedly said:
“It seemed to everyone a most unworthy thing that we should follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this most holy solemnity, who polluted wretches! Having stained their hands with a nefarious crime, are justly blinded in their minds. It is fit, therefore, that, rejecting the practice of this people, we should perpetuate to all future ages the celebration of this rite, in a more legitimate order, which we have kept from the first day of our Lord’s passion even to the present times. Let us have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews. We have received another method from the Saviour”
Constantine would clearly have got on very well with that later Christian warrior, Mr Adolph Hitler, who also shared rather similar religious beliefs about the Church’s special role and the irksome nature of Jewry is society. Consequently, the contemporary Christian celebration of Easter (which is incidentally named after a Saxon goddess of spring, Ostara or Eostre) perceptibly stems from incredibly intolerant origins. It is nothing but a clandestine gala of theocratical lies, deceit, sedition and suppression of other minor faiths. Easter, in this chronological sense at least, stands as a blazing example of Christian fundamentalist absolutism in action. It defies reason that numerous ordinary people cannot see through this Church-inspired deception but is testimony to the historical success of ecclesiastical treachery over the masses.
The genuine significance of this old celebration may nonetheless be discovered in lonely places such as the bleak mountainside, forest glen and babbling stream; far away from the monotonous influence of sanctimonious clergy, man-made credo and their so-called ‘holy writ’.
http://ufodigest.com/article/easter-0403 Pat Regan © 2015