Ah, Easter… a day honored by most in contemporary Christianity as celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Yet, “the vast majority of ecclesiastical and secular historians agree that the name of Easter and the traditions surrounding it are deeply rooted in pagan religion.” Really? How could this be? What would any of the ways of God have to do with the paganism of ancient Babylon; and beyond? And, if these roots were really so, why does it still continue today?
If the Easter story only stands as a remembrance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, then it is symbolic of his return from death; a release of the devil’s hold on the ancient world. At this time of Easter, Jesus was supposedly accredited as the agent behind the renewal, or return, of the sin-filled world Adam helped sink us all into – into something better. Now, Jesus provided another way – giving the populous a new way to salvation.
Yet, Easter, as we’ll soon see, now seems to be tied more to things which look a lot more pagan, overall: the cycle of the seasons; the welcoming of spring; the fertility of the land; etc. Why these associations? What does it all have to do with nature? We’ll now see that Easter could, in actuality, be the celebration of a “resurrection,” “rebirth,” or “return” of someone… but who, exactly? Let’s see…
One source claims that: “The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honour sacrifices were offered…”
Wow… the “goddess of spring?” Wasn’t this holiday supposed to be about the son of God? As we dig deeper into this subject, we, first, need to ask ourselves: who just might this goddess be? Would any woman, or goddess, have anything to do with the death and resurrection of Christ? And, if she did have some kind of role, here, why would she be related to spring time? We now see another, more popular meaning of Easter: it comes from the ancient goddess of pagan Babylon! “In Babylonia… the goddess of spring was called Ishtar.” And, we also see that: “Ishtar was actually pronounced “Easter” in most Semitic dialects…” So, what would be this day of Ishtar?
“Ishtar”… was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their (ancient Babylonian) gods that they called “Tammuz”, who was believed to be the only begotten son of… the sun-god.
(“The Pagan Origins of Easter”, n. d., p. 1)
Seems to be more to it all, besides just Ishtar. In the above, we see that there were two other gods, here, at least; one was even known as the “only begotten son of…” Doesn’t this sound familiar to many? Jesus was known as the only begotten son of God. But who was this Tammuz? As well, who was the sun-god?