Hiding Your Head in the Sand?

 

   As many of you readers know, I am avid in witnessing and encouraging fellow Christians to do the same. In my discussions with people about this, many have expressed the fear of rejection, and I simply tell them, it is not you they are rejecting, it is Jesus. All we can do is present the Gospel and the truth in things that deal with walking with Christ. How someone deals with that is between them and our Creator. Many will try to claim ignorance on that Day of Judgment. Maybe they wouldn’t listen to what you had to say, threw a tract on the ground, or kept walking when you offered them a Bible. The thing is…that will not excuse them, as God will plainly tell them, He sent a messenger to them. They will still be accountable. This led me to thinking about how Christians view their beliefs; often we can be guilty of the same things. Sometimes it is because we are uncomfortable to say that we don’t know something and sometimes it is for fear of a change in the way we have always done things. For the same reason that people reject the Gospel, some Christians feel if they ignore something it will make it okay to continue in what they are doing. You’ve seen the picture, an ostrich with its head buried in the sand to hide. That in itself puts you at odds with God, and with Scripture.

 

1st Thessalonians 5:21-23

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

   So as discussion and e-mails have come up recently, it has caused me to ask people, “Do you know why you believe what you believe?” “Do you know why you have done that thing you have always done?” Ask that about a multitude of things, and you will find, most people’s answer is because that’s how it’s always been done. Or, “I did it as a child, my parents did, grandparents did, etc.” The problem lies in that even THEY didn’t know why they did it…..they just did it because the people before them did. My point? As the verse above says, prove all things. How? The Bible. It is our guide, and if you can’t stand on it, ALL of it from cover to cover…..you have absolutely nothing. A big problem is people don’t read their Bible, nor do they know what is in it. They depend on others to tell them, and over time, that is what builds up traditions. Then those traditions become part of the “Christian” lifestyle we portray to the world, and people get fooled into thinking it is something they must do, or is scriptural. That leads me to ask them, “Where is that in the Bible?” If it is not in there, it’s a tradition, and it originated somewhere, and it’s that source, that YOU as a Christian are responsible in finding out, and proving, as laid out above. Yet many are scared to be different than the world. They are so happy to fit in with a world that rejects their Saviour, as to not rock the boat. Others have the tradition so engrained in them, having no clue whether it is scriptural or not, that they hold on tightly to it for fear of change. Jesus spoke of these traditions:

 

Mark 7:7-9

7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

 

   Strong words from Jesus Christ Himself. With these things in mind, I will move to the meat of this, and what you do with it from here on, is between you, and Jesus. Understanding again, denying the truth or running from it, will not excuse you from answering for it.

 

   A few years ago, I wrote an article on Easter and its origins. With little surprise, I received e-mails from people that still tried to justify it, so I wrote a follow-up. Both of those are on my website, and you can view them there. From the main page, go to the “Thought Provoking Devotionals” and then look about midway down. In this writing, I’d like to address several things that were brought up to me; however, to start with, I would first like to ask you, with the Bible as your foundation, where in it do you find the teaching of Easter? I can help you quickly…..you won’t. It is not mentioned. The word Easter appears only one time and it is in Acts 12:4 and only in the KJV. The translated word here is “pascha”, is translated as Passover everywhere except here where it is Easter. The reasoning is quite simple, look at the verse...

Acts 12:4

And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

   When you read the verse in context, you see this is speaking of Herod. Herod was a pagan, and would have been celebrating the 40 days of Tammuz (the Catholics now call this Lent), followed by their Good Friday for Dagon (the Catholics and a lot of Christians falsely observe this as the day Christ was crucified), and then the festival for Astarte on Sunday (known as Easter). Herod was waiting until after his pagan easter celebration to do anything with Peter.

   As you read your Bible, searching for this Easter word, you will observe, never did the Disciples partake of, nor practice Easter, they observed Passover because Jesus was the Passover Lamb. I have already said I don’t see anything wrong with celebrating Christ’s resurrection, but make sure that is what it is about. The Roman Catholic church, being in apostasy, is what gave us Easter. As said, my other articles address that. Being a Christian, a true Christian, means you are a Protestant. Search your history books to see why the Protestants protested, or again, read my article called, “How the Bible Has Maintained God’s Word”.  While you look in your history books, notice that the Puritans, when coming to America, broke off the tradition of Easter. That’s right! It did not creep back in to America until after the Civil War. So, some comments people still make, even after knowing this and the things pointed out in my other articles, is what I will address here.

 

   When you ask people why they hold a sunrise service, more times than not, they will tell you because Jesus arose the 3rd day, and it was morning. Really?

John 20:1

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

 

   It was dark and the stone was moved away! So wait, are there instances of God’s people gathered around worshipping facing the east as the sun came up? Yes, as a matter of fact there is.

 

Ezekiel 8:16

And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

 

   There’s your answer. That is an ancient sun worship practice, still in effect today. If you read that entire chapter, you will see where the Israelites were in apostasy and it infuriated God. Protestant Christians are falling into this same trap.

 

   The next thing I hear is, “But I don’t do it for any pagan reasons, I do it as a way to celebrate Jesus.” Well, first let me address that like this. Read the Bible through, and you will see that God chastened Israel in mighty ways when they took after pagan rituals for other gods. Yes, they were acting all religious, just as people do with this, but you are still taking part in something the Lord said is an abomination by following something created for other gods. Look:

 

Deuteronomy 12:30-31

Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

 31Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

 

   Notice that God is careful to say that we are not to do the things that others did for false gods. Once again I tell you, it is an unequivocal fact that the bunny and the eggs as well as the name Easter, are ALL of pagan origin, as I showed in the other articles. But some would still refute that they do not use it or celebrate it for those reasons. There are many different explanations people come up with to try and say how the egg, bunny, and so forth represent Christ. So let me ask you this. Are you familiar with the Nazi swastika? It is a cross with broken ends all the way around it that turn to the right as you follow it around. What if I started using that emblem as a way to celebrate Jesus….would it not infuriate you? Why? Because you know its origin and where it came from. But wait! I can now say that it is still a cross, and the broken ends on each side represent how Jesus was broken, so I am honoring Him with it. Would that make it better? Of course not. You still would not accept it, yet you expect God to reason with you and accept an abomination from another god. Might I tell you how ludicrous that is?

 

   So the final argument I will address is when people say that they decorate the eggs with crosses and stuff (or offer that suggestion), or that they use something different than eggs. First, let me say again….show me where in the Bible that any Christian celebrated anything about Christ using a rabbit, basket, eggs, candy, gifts to each other, egg hunts, or any of the other numerous ways people try to dress this up. You won’t, but you have seen already where it did come from. Now, we know that if you spray perfume on dog poop, it’s still dog poop, but it just smells like Old Spice for a while. Think about the things you do for God, the praise you give, you offer it up to Him. Some of those things are sweet smelling to Him, but the sins you commit and try to dress up….they’re that dog-poop with perfume, and you are trying to offer it to the Creator of the universe. Let me ask you, if you tell a lie….what are you? A liar. And we know what God says about lying. So, what about if you lie so as to keep someone out of trouble, or not hurt their feelings? As noble as you might try to make it sound, you still told a lie….and it’s ugly to God. You are still a liar no matter how you dress it up. In this same way, Easter, the bunny, and the eggs are all still abominations before the Lord, no matter how you dress it up.

 

   I serve a God who created everything, and one I am told in scripture that can destroy the body and the soul. One who I am told to fear out of reverence that He is due, and the wrath He is capable of. Those who know these things about Easter, yet still practice it, they have a god they can put on a shelf and tell it what they can and can’t do. When your traditions, childhood memories, and desire to fit in with the world, outweigh what you are blatantly shown is an abomination to YHWH, the God of the Bible, you aren’t following Him, you are following something else, and that would be a false god.

In His Grace,

   Mike Harris

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