Why I Believe! – Please read the rest of the article at http://www.jesusandwe.org

“Why do I believe that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was the Messiah promised and sent from God to save the world from it’s sin and fallen nature?”

I believe because our Heavenly Father promised us that He would send Him, our Father that fashioned into the foundation of this world that He could not lie*1. He that watched and wept as His beloved children cascaded towards the abyss of sin and idolatry, those whom He had lovingly formed in the palm of His hand with the love that none of us could ever really understand but who betrayed Him so often.

He that was always faithful to love us even whilst we cursed Him, it is He that subjected Himself to be born lower than the Angels that He would defeat the death that He so hates and that which we all taste of in sorrows and fear*2. And having Himself came as a flesh man and died one time that we all could have the life eternal*3. He needn’t have done that, He is the Almighty, but He did, who was so worthy that they could have expected it of Him? Who so foolish to deny it?

I believe because He came humbly not high handed, not as a king with great spectacle and honors surely befitting Him, not in the finest palace of the land but in a stable with the animals of servitude, for He came to serve not be served, it really could not have been any other way.

I believe because of the love in the scared trembling eyes of Mary as she looked down upon the helpless innocent babe that she knew was not of this world, wondering what would befall Him that she could surely not nurture away. The truth was in her confused emotions as her belly grew, this virgin; and in faith on obedience to the word of the Angel of God she birthed the promise to His fate*4.

The shepherds knew whom He was as they were bidden by the Angel to welcome salvation made flesh as a witness to prophecy fulfilled and promises kept*5. And the wise men from the afar off, even pagan nations, they believed, they felt the power of Almighty God and His call as they beheld the King of Heaven a sucking babe at the breast of a bewildered virgin, to whom even the brightest star of the heaven was subject to as it obediently drawn them nigh to the Christ Child*6.

And the righteous Simeon who was then ready to die after having held in his arms the promise of the Lord, the baby Jesus, he believed, he saw and he witnessed with these words placed on his breath by the Holy Spirit: “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” [Mt 2:34-35]” *7 He knew, they knew, they all knew, they believed, they all believed on that day.

And after the Christ child was born, satan sought His life, and so King Herod in fulfillment of prophecy,*8 thus ordered that all the children in Bethlehem and the coasts thereof, under two years of age, be slaughtered in an attempt to smother the promise: “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” [Matt 2:18]. Did Herod really think that he could separate God from His Word? And those martyred children surely have a special place in Heaven as do all the innocents who die before their time. God was faithful to rescue our salvation that day that we might be saved ourselves, for Jesus had yet much prophecy to fulfill before He would submit to death. But would man accept Him? No, it was not to be, we wouldn’t have Him, for our sin He would have His hour, man would reject, deny, hate, and murder Him*9. He who only came to give, not asking anything for Himself, but everything for us only; man only knew to destroy Him.

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The name “Easter” originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God, What do you believe?

Origins of the name “Easter”

The name “Easter” originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the “Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.” 1 Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.” Similar Goddesses were known by other names in ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, and were celebrated in the springtime. Some were:

Aphrodite from ancient Cyprus, Ashtoreth from ancient Israel, Astarté from ancient Greece,
Demeter from Mycenae, Hathor from ancient Egypt, Ishtar from Assyria, Kali, from India, Ostara a Norse Goddess of fertility

An alternative explanation has been suggested. The name given by the Frankish church to Jesus’ resurrection festival included the Latin word “alba” which means “white.” (This was a reference to the white robes that were worn during the festival.) “Alba” also has a second meaning: “sunrise.” When the name of the festival was translated into German, the “sunrise” meaning was selected in error. This became “ostern” in German. Ostern has been proposed as the origin of the word “Easter”. 2

There are two popular beliefs about the origin of the English word “Sunday.”

It is derived from the name of the Scandinavian sun Goddess Sunna (a.k.a. Sunne, Frau Sonne). 5,6

It is derived from “Sol,” the Roman God of the Sun.” Their phrase “Dies Solis” means “day of the Sun.”The Christian saint Jerome (d. 420) commented “If it is called the day of the sun by the pagans, we willingly accept this name, for on this day the Light of the world arose, on this day the Sun of Justice shone forth.” 7

Pagan origins of Easter

Many, perhaps most, Pagan religions in the Mediterranean area had a major seasonal day of religious celebration at or following the Spring Equinox. Cybele, the Phrygian fertility goddess, had a fictional consort who was believed to have been born via a virgin birth. He was Attis, who was believed to have died and been resurrected each year during the period MAR-22 to MAR-25. “About 200 B.C. mystery cults began to appear in Rome just as they had earlier in Greece. Most notable was the Cybele cult centered on Vatican hill …Associated with the Cybele cult was that of her lover, Attis (the older Tammuz, Osiris, Dionysus, or Orpheus under a new name). He was a god of ever-reviving vegetation. Born of a virgin, he died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after three days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection.” 3

Wherever Christian worship of Jesus and Pagan worship of Attis were active in the same geographical area in ancient times, Christians “used to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus on the same date; and pagans and Christians used to quarrel bitterly about which of their gods was the true prototype and which the imitation.”

Many religious historians believe that the death and resurrection legends were first associated with Attis, many centuries before the birth of Jesus. They were simply grafted onto stories of Jesus’ life in order to make Christian theology more acceptable to Pagans. Others suggest that many of the events in Jesus’ life that were recorded in the gospels were lifted from the life of Krishna, the second person of the Hindu Trinity. Ancient Christians had an alternative explanation; they claimed that Satan had created counterfeit deities in advance of the coming of Christ in order to confuse humanity. 4 Modern-day Christians generally regard the Attis legend as being a Pagan myth of little value. They regard Jesus’ death and resurrection account as being true, and unrelated to the earlier tradition.

Wiccans and other modern-day Neopagans continue to celebrate the Spring Equinox as one of their 8 yearly Sabbats (holy days of celebration). Near the Mediterranean, this is a time of sprouting of the summer’s crop; farther north, it is the time for seeding. Their rituals at the Spring Equinox are related primarily to the fertility of the crops and to the balance of the day and night times. Where Wiccans can safely celebrate the Sabbat out of doors without threat of religious persecution, they often incorporate a bonfire into their rituals, jumping over the dying embers is believed to assure fertility of people and crops.

References used in the above essay

Larry Boemler “Asherah and Easter,” Biblical Archaeology Review, Vol. 18, Number 3, 1992-May/June reprinted at: http://www.worldmissions.org/Clipper/Holidays/EasterAndAsherah.htm

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Q & A Set 15, “Why do we celebrate a festival called Easter?” at: http://www.wels.net/sab/text/qa/qa15.html

Gerald L. Berry, “Religions of the World,” Barns & Noble, (1956).

J Farrar & S. Farrar, “Eight Sabbats for Witches,” Phoenix, Custer, WA, (1988).

“Sunna,” TeenWitch at: http://www.teenwitch.com

“Dies Solis and other Latin Names for the Days of the Week,” Logo Files, at:
http://www.logofiles.com/

“Sunday Observance,” Latin Mass News, at: http://www.unavoceca.org/

Copyright 1999 to 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2007-APR-11
Author: B.A. Robinson

First Day on the Blog Job!

My Blog will be a Blog that will inform and up-lift. So hold on, enjoy, or just put it on the shelf for later. In order to know where I am coming from you must visit my Main Website Jesusandwe.org and read up on or give your views on topics I plan to discuss.

First Blog, HE LIVES, NOT, SHE LIVES. HE LIVES, A Living Testimony, is the name of my newly published book about a daddy’s last dying words to his daughter. From the age of 17 until today, I began to see Jehovah God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit work in my life. I had to learn to Ask, Seek and Knock for the relationship I have now with the Father.

I have gone back and studied Genesis to Revelations, up to this present day on how I fit into this place called EARTH!

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