Skip to comments.Happy Easter, Which is Not Named After Istar, OK?
Posted on 03/30/2013 9:35:24 PM PDT by donmeaker
My unfavorite new Facebook meme is this bit of sillyness which has apparently been spotted everywhere from the feeds of my college friends to (allegedly) that of Richard Dawkins' Foundation for Reason and Science:
(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...
Think of Istar/Ishtar (aka Semiramis who was married to Nimrod) as Hillary Clinton on steroids!
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Walks like a duck, talks like a duck, but whaddaya know: It’s an egg laying rabbit. Go figger.
Hildebeeste as a 'sex goddess'?!?!?!?!?!
Not that part! I’m talking about the side of Semiramis that wasn’t very nice to put it nicely.
No Polish rabbit jokes, please!
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum,
et exsultávit spíritus meus
in Deo salvatóre meo,
quia respéxit humilitátem
Ecce enim ex hoc beátam
me dicent omnes generatiónes,
quia fecit mihi magna,
qui potens est,
et sanctum nomen eius,
et misericórdia eius in progénies
et progénies timéntibus eum.
Fecit poténtiam in bráchio suo,
dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui;
depósuit poténtes de sede
et exaltávit húmiles.
Esuriéntes implévit bonis
et dívites dimísit inánes.
Suscépit Ísrael púerum suum,
sicut locútus est ad patres nostros,
Ábraham et sémini eius in sæcula.
Glória Patri et Fílio
et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio,
et nunc et semper,
et in sæcula sæculórum.
I guess Megan didn’t look too far at the Old English and Old German roots of the ‘Easter’ and the English language.
“There are myths, and there are silly myths. Some silly misses believe in silly myths”
And silly myths about myths.
Divide and conquer always seems to work for those who attack Christianity in this country.
It's worked this way at least since Julian the Apostate. First people who claim to be Christian spread little bits of propaganda supporting the next thing on the anti-Christ agenda. Then a few "Christian authors" start to discuss "both sides of the issue", an issue created by anti-Christ propaganda. Then, the academic anti-Christian "theologians" start talking about how in the name of equality and fairness, to set a good "Christian" example to the world, "Christians" shouldn't be imposing their beliefs on others.
Finally, the popular media and media personalities promote the "new normal" that eliminates something Christian from society while they mock and slander anyone who doesn't go along to get along in the interest of "true" freedom of religion. The result is that very few people who claim to be Christian ever stand up for what has been Christian practice and/or tradition for generations if not for hundreds of years or even dozens of centuries.
At least two thirds of the people who spread the garbage about Christmas or Easter being "pagan holidays" and say "real Christians" shouldn't celebrate those holidays just have a screen name and associated legend they use while pretending to be Christian. They're no more Christian than Richard Dawkins or King Barry. At best, they're deluded members of the Watchtower crowd or some other Russelite anti-Christ cancer pretending to be Christians of sorts. The fact of the matter is that they're propagandists helping the anti-Christ agenda along by trying to spread doubt and divisions among Christians as a way to undermine resistance to the anti-Christ agenda.
The others, maybe a third of the total, are just pathetic dupes who drift in the wind and go along with whatever strokes their ego this week. Due to their beliefs being entwined with their desire to go along to get along and their need for acceptence, they're easy pray for anti-Christ propaganda disguised as "Christian insight".
Either Jesus Christ makes all things new, or He doesn't. If He doesn't he isn't God.
How can anyone actually believe He does make all things new then go along with the idea that if Christians celebrate His Resurrection or anything else on a day some pagan group, at some time in ancient history, may have celebrated something else, it's Christians who should yield to the pagans and denounce their Christian celebration?
When you see a few people who claim to be Christian start spreading "Biblical" reasons for Christians to retreat on a particular issue, what you're seeing is the opening gambit of the next anti-Christ push by the Father of Lies. We're already seeing the anti-Christ crowd assume victory over Easter and Christmas to start work on their next agenda item, which is the same one that always preceeds the establishment of a State religion; siezing all church owned property of any kind.
The opening gambit shows up on FR from time to time as comments about how no Church needs to own a building, hospital, or any other property anyway. Everyone can just worship in their own home. Intrinisic to that view are other thins, like we're not supposed to live our beliefs to the extent that they're visible in our public behavior, surrendering society to anti-Christian principals isn't any big deal, and being free to hide and read the Bible is the same thing as religious freedom.
She actually mentioned it in the article.
But Ishtar was never worshiped by the Old English, the Angles and Saxons becoming Christians of one sort or another long before the Old English language developed. Same with the Germans and Old German.
BTW, any Orthodox Jew will tell you that you can't properly celebrate a single feast of the Jewish year, or even properly understand a single verse of Torah, apart from the teaching of the sages and rabbis, which is ... *tradition*.
In fact, by claiming that celebrating Jewish holy days is somehow meaningful or meritorious apart from keeping the whole Law and the whole Jewish tradition, you're establishing a tradition of your own.
Happy Paschal Sunday Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
I figure it occurred before Julian.
Early Church fathers suppressed the Gospels of Peter, Thomas, and Judas. They did so because they didn’t care for the messages contained in those gospels.
Julian’s great oppression of Christianity was to forbid Christians from teaching the Iliad and Odyssey, just as Pagans were not permitted to teach the Gospel. Roman Pagans prefer to refer to Julian as “the Divine”.
The whole "Easter"-"Ishtar" thing was started by an incredibly ignorant man named Alexander Hislop, who had absolutely no scholarly credentials in linguistics or archaeology, simply invented some of the "evidence" he cites in his book, and was blissfully ignorant of Christianity outside England.
I know I don’t want to live in a place where snow art is an Easter tradition.
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