Black Spirituality Religion : THE ORIGIN OF EASTER...

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  1. Aqil

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    Easter, the greatest feast day in all Christendom, is determined astronomically by the longitude of the Sun and Moon in the Heavens, therefore it is not truly the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus Christ...

    In 325 AD, the bishops of the Nicene Council of Rome decided to use the science of astronomy in order to establish uniformity in determining what day Easter would fall on. It was established that Easter would always be on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox.

    It was further established that if the Full Moon occurs on a Sunday, then Easter would be celebrated on the next Sunday...

    The Sun, as the giver of life, has always been the object of man’s worship. It is the symbol of the divine flame that animates his body and provides the goal for his highest aspirations. Consequently, the religions of the world have incorporated solar phenomena into their theological doctrines, especially with regard to the timing of their holy days.

    The time of the year when the Sun's path crosses the celestial equator is critical, since it signals the advent of spring and the triumph of the forces of light over the forces of darkness – a victory shown by the lengthening days. It is not surprising, therefore, that in ancient times when people worshipped the Sun, the time of the Vernal Equinox was celebrated as an occasion for rejoicing.

    The Sun’s passage from a southerly to a northerly declination was assumed to mean that the Sun (or the Savior) had vanquished his enemies and arisen once again from the nether world to reign in triumph. This passing of the Sun over the ecliptic persists as the astronomical basis for the spring festival of Easter, and because of the continual changing of the Sun and Moon, Easter falls on a different date each year.

    The early church was deeply divided as to the nature and time of the celebration of Easter. Some communions were influenced by the coincidence of Christ's death with the Jewish Passover. Others celebrated Easter on the 25th of March, the Vernal Equinox in the Julian calendar, and the day of resurrection of Attis, the Greek god of vegetation.

    The similarities between the ancient legends of the crucifixion, the resurrection of the sun god, and the story of Jesus Christ so disconcerted the early church fathers that they promulgated the theory that Satan caused the heathens to adopt psuedo-Christian beliefs and practices. The early Spanish explorer Fernando Cortez (1485-1547), after arriving in Mexico and finding that the Mexicans also celebrated the time of the Vernal Equinox, complained bitterly that Satan had taught the Mexicans the same doctrines that God had taught the Christians!

    “He Rose On The Third Day”: An Explanation

    At Eastertime Christians are still being taught - however incorrectly - that Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose from the grave on Sunday, which renders null and void his prophetic words in Matthew 12:40:

    “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

    It is virtually impossible to get three days and three nights from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Theologians have grappled with this phenomenon for centuries, and until Christians are taught the knowledge of the Essene Doctrine, the Jewish calendar, and the fact that the Jewish day begins at sunset and not midnight, this false teaching will continue, and questions will still go largely unanswered.

    Jesus was a member of a spiritual sect called the Essenes (pronounced “es-sen-eez”), and the Essene Paschal Supper took place on Wednesday evening, a day before the Passover Feast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus was subsequently crucified in the third hour (Mark 15:25) of the same day, which was at 9am Wednesday morning (remember the day begins at sunset).

    According to the Biblical account he expired in the ninth hour (3 pm) and was taken off the cross soon after. He was brought to Joseph of Arimathea’s private tomb, where the Master Essene Physician (who had been concealed there) revived him. He was in the grave (i.e., the tomb) for three days and three nights, reappearing on the third day. Here is the explanation:

    (a) From 6 pm Wednesday to 6 pm Thursday represents one night (6 pm-6 am) and one day (6 am-6 pm)...

    (b) From 6 pm Thursday to 6 pm Friday represents two nights and two days...

    (c) From 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Saturday represents three nights and three days...

    “He rose on the third day,” i.e., dawn on Sunday, which begins at 6 pm Saturday. Thus the prophecy of Jesus in Matthew 12:40 was fulfilled...
     
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    The Essenes were of Egyptian origin.
     
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    Pagan Holidays

    You are certainly correct in the origins of Easter. Astrology and Sun worship were tied to many of what are now considered Christian holidays including Christmas--which was a pagan holiday marking the solstice--Amun-Ra

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    ^5, Amun-Ra...
     
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    In 325 AD, the bishops of the Nicene Council of Rome decided to use the science of astronomy in order to establish uniformity in determining what day Easter would fall on. It was established that Easter would always be on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox.
     
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    This year (2003) Easter falls on April 20, the first Sunday after the first Full Moon (April 16) after the Vernal Equinox (i.e., the first day of Spring), which was Friday, March 21...
     
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    Easter, the greatest feast day in all Christendom, is determined astronomically by the longitude of the Sun and Moon in the Heavens, therefore it is not truly the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In 325 AD, the bishops of the Nicene Council of Rome decided to use the science of astronomy in order to establish uniformity in determining what day Easter would fall on. It was established that Easter would always be on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox.

    Today (4/20/'03) is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon (4/16/'03) after the Vernal Equinox (3/21/'03).
     
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    This year Easter falls on Sunday, April 11th, the first Sunday after the first Full Moon (April 5th) after the Vernal Equinox (March 20th)...
     
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    So true!

    I would also like to add the origins didn't stop with egyptian "pagan" practices but also extends to the british isles(some of my ancestory) when witches roamed the earth freely! A lot of the christian holidays and adaptations were also linked to european paganism.

    Peace and love

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    These date connections and shared practices were deemed necessary for Christians during the time of persecution. The early Christians could not celebrate their holy days openly so they camouflaged them by celebrating them close to or on the holidays of the pagan communities. They took pagan symbols such as the Ichthus and used them as code symbols and passwords for the underground Christian community to communicate without raising suspicion.

    As is the way with traditions the original purpose fades into the past but the ritual continues. Christians know that the Christmas story has some discrepancies in its logic. We know that shepherds don't graze their sheep in the snow although the song says they were out there on a cold winter's night that was so deep. We know it's not possible to squeeze three days and three nights between friday night and Sunday morning. The important thing is the memory, the acknowledgement, the appreciation of what God did for us through Jesus Christ. To squabble over the accuracy of the dates is to forget what the day truly means. The sun rises every day. How silly it would be to look for a day that is not connected to the sun. Okay, let's make Easter the first rainy day after we file our income taxes.
     
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