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ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT OBSERVANCE OF LENT AND THE PAGAN FEAST OF EASTER
These ‘feasts’ may seem devout and Biblical to Catholics, Anglicans and Protestants, (some Baptists, Methodist, Presbyterians, Lutheran, and other churches also ‘fast’ during Lent,) but as everything Roman Catholic, the roots of these observances and feasts are not in Scripture but in paganism. Because Protestantism is the firstborn daughter of Roman Catholicism, Protestants also keep the “Easter Weekend” feast, which the Vatican took from the veneration of the fertility goddess Ishtar, to use in their Christianized pagan feast, celebrated with ‘hot-cross buns’ and ‘Easter bunnies.’
Alexander Hislop, wrote in his book, ‘Two Babylons,’ “The hot cross buns of Good Friday… were “sacred bread offered to the gods,” used in worship of the Queen of Heaven. (the fertility goddess Semiramis, Ishtar or Mother Mary…) The Druids used the decorated eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday as the sacred emblem of their Order’s sacred ceremonies, [mainly as symbols of ‘new birth’ in the reincarnation of the sun god.] This ancient pagan rite and ‘food to the gods’ are still used in nearly all cultures worldwide. [And of course, in both Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity.]”
May true believers eat hot cross buns and ‘Easter eggs?’ If one rejects all the paganism and Christianized feasts associated with it, yes. The liberty in Christ for true believers is that, where food itself is concerned, everything is ‘cleansed’ by thanksgiving, “the [truth of] Word of God,” and prayer. (1 Tim. 4:4-5.)
New Testament/Covenant believers really have to observe no feasts. God annulled the Old Covenant with all its outward, ceremonial or ritual temple laws and feasts, (Heb. 8:13,) so we can "purge out the old leaven, that we may be a new[born] lump, since we truly are unleavened [by physical rituals, ceremonials and ousted Hebraic feasts.] For indeed, Christ, our [Spiritual] Passover, was sacrificed [and has risen from the dead] for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast [of Jesus' full salvation and redemption in our place,] not with old [Testament/Covenant] leaven, nor with [the pagan and immoral] leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and Truth," (1 Cor. 5:7-8.)
Above from Left: Fourteen Stations of the Cross during “Lent;” The origin of the pagan feast to the fertility goddess Ishtar, and the Roman Catholic/Protestant Easter bunny.
Also see the great Roman Catholic/Protestant “Easter Weekend” deception, (Jesus was only 36-hours in the grave in Mt. 27 and 28:1,) which the Vatican has written into the Scriptures, making Jesus into a ‘liar’ when He said He will be in the grave for three days and three nights, (a 72-hour period.)
Lent is the first day of a six week “fast” and ritual “repentance” before Easter Sunday. It begins on “Ash Wednesday,” a so-called “holy day of peace.” The aim is allegedly to “mortify the flesh” by abstaining from luxuries such as meat, “like Jesus did during His 40-day fast in the wilderness” and “giving alms.” Lent is a prelude to the “Holy Week” before Easter, when Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection are supposedly commemorated. However, when Jesus fasted in the desert He ate nothing for 40 days, (Mt. 4:1-11.) After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, believers do not fast without a specific purpose, because they have the Spirit constantly living inside them. The only thing that can alienate them from God is disobedience to His Word. So, even when struggling with sin and affliction, Isa. 58:3-6 is still the fast God recommends. In Isa. 58:3-6, true fasting is actually a lifestyle, not a once-off or yearly ritual. God said, “…You fast for strife and debate and do wickedness… [Thus, this is the spiritual] fast I have chosen: loosen the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy [religious and sinful] burdens, let the oppressed go free and break every yoke... Share your bread with the hungry [as a lifestyle of Moral love,] and bring to your house the poor who are cast out…”
However, during Lent, people must do a ‘daily devotional,’ praying according to the “Lenten calendar to draw close to God.” Jesus’ carrying His cross is symbolized by “spiritual disciplines,” which are “devotional commemorations” named The Stations of the Cross – the Via Delarosa or the Way to the Cross. This is a “spiritual pilgrimage,” (pilgrimage is always pagan,) “to contemplate the Passion of Christ.”
In Islam’s 30-day Ramadan fast, Muslims also do pilgrimage, and fast from sunrise to sunset, ‘abstaining’ from sinful behavior, and give ‘alms.’ Is this coincidence? No, as everything spiritual was made tangible to Catholics, these Christianized pagan “stations” are arranged from picture to picture to say prayers with prayer beads. It also entails, where possible, physical pilgrimage in “a spirit of reparation for the sufferings of Jesus’ passion.” Contrary to these ritual, Christianized pagan practices, true repentance is a permanent laying down of moral sin and living a lifestyle of constant prayer in absolute devotion to Jesus, obeying God’s Moral Law in Holy Spirit leading and power.
Jesus’ disciples observed neither Lent nor Easter until the 3rd and 4th A.D., when Christianity became Rome’s State religion. Originally, Jesus’ disciples were only known as “Followers of The Way,” (Acts 22:4; 24:14.) It was in Antioch were the Catholic concept and word ‘church’ were first established, and The Followers became “Christians,” (Acts 11:26.)
Hislop, in ‘Two Babylons,’ (p. 103-111,) told how the Druids worshipped Ishtar, Astarte or Semiramis of Old Babylon, the “Queen of Heaven,” (“Mother” Mary in Catholicism,) “god’s wife,” and how the Roman Church also turned the pagan festivals of Lent and Easter, (Ishtar) into Christian feasts. “Among pagans Lent was a preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz… [whose father was Nimrod of Gen. 11.)”
In Ezk. 8:14, God calls the “weeping for [the god] Tammuz” [during ‘Lent’] “an abomination.” In ancient Babylon, Semiramis was Nimrod’s wife, (a.k.a. Ishtar,) the “great mother,” who birthed Tammuz after Nimrod died. Nimrod was allegedly ‘reincarnated as Tammuz,’ (on whom Catholicism founded ‘mother’ Mary and her baby Jesus, Gen. 8:10-14.) Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz were deified when Nimrod ‘rose from the grave in the form of Tammuz. This son/husband of Semiramis made for incest and other horrible abominations. So, the “weeping for Tammuz” is also “the weeping for Nimrod,” which became the festivals of Lent and Easter, which commemorate the death and ‘resurrection’ of Nimrod in Tammuz - known by different names and variations in nearly every culture, when God confused Babylonians with different languages, and Babylonian worship spread throughout the world.
Imbolg or Spring Day – Roman Catholic St. Brigit’s Day, Groundhog Day and May Day
The Celts commemorated the arrival of the god Spring, (Imbolc,) as the season of new growth. The Old Irish worshipped spring as their ‘great’ fertility goddess, Bridged. Ancient Celts called the creation goddess, the midwifery (or birth) goddess, the fire goddess Bridged, or ‘Mother Earth.’ ‘Imbolc’ literally means, “in the belly of the mother.” So, on this day, worshippers of Bridged still light candles, firecrackers, and bon fires (or sacrificial bone fires) in honor and worship of this creation and fire goddess. As all the other traditions of Catholicism, the Roman Catholic Church Christianized this goddess as ‘saint’ Brigit – the so-called “patron saint (or goddess) of fire, smith craft, poetry, and healing.” To suit Christian tradition, the papacy changed the pagan fire festival of Imbolc to ‘Candle Mass,’ ‘Saint Bridget’s Day,’ or the ‘day of Mary of the Candles’ – that is ‘Mother’ Mary, worshipped as the fire and creation goddess Bridged. Furthermore, the Vatican had the audacity to call their Christian-pagan Candle Mass “a day of blessing and healing.”
Americans renamed the fertility feast of Imbolc to Groundhog Day. To see if the coming summer would be “blessed,” they watched animals to see if they would come out of the winter hibernation on Groundhog Day, (which supposedly predicts the weather for the coming season,) to “Groundhog Day.”
May Day, or Spring Day is a festival which, in some way or another, relates to every culture on the globe. The origin, however, is seated in the worship of the Greek ‘Mother Earth’ goddess Maia – or the Irish goddess Bridged. Romans knew Maia as the ‘mother’ of the Roman god Mercury. Some knew Bridget, or all plant and animal life in the personage of a goddess, by the names Flora and Fauna, or ‘Mother Nature.’ On May Day, Bridget, Flora/Fauna, (nature itself,) or Maia was, or is especially revered as the blossom, flower, leaves, and other vegetation goddess. Ancient Celts and even modern Europeans and other witches believe that during this spring festival, the spirits of their dead ancestors, known as ‘earth spirits,’ (in the form of fairies, gnomes, and elves,) descend from the earth, come down from the hills, etc. to play and dance among the new leaves and flowers. Although many cultures view these ‘mystical’ creatures as benign, they are actually demons, pretending to be cute and friendly. Scripture declares, ‘The dead knows nothing. They have no more reward (or honor on earth…) Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun,” (Ecl. 9:5-10.)
On May Day, pagans had, and still have the custom of ‘dressing’ wells and sacrificing flowers to the ‘healing water’ goddess, Bridget. As usual, the Vatican Christianized these rituals in honor of their ‘healing’ goddess Mary. On Saint Brigit’s Day, Catholics also dress wells, trees, and bushes with flowers, ribbons, crosses, and so on, and hang the clothes of the sick on trees and bushes to invoke the ‘healing’ of their goddess Mary and other so-called mediatory ‘saints,’ or gods. However, if any healing should occur through these Christianized rituals, these Christians should instead attribute that ‘healing’ to Celtic spirits of ‘the dead;’ the gnomes, fairies, etc. – demonic representations of their ancestor spirits.