Each year in the springtime,
the mainstream Christian world celebrates a holiday called "Easter." Many assume
that this holiday originated with the resurrection of Jesus Christ but as the
information provided here will demonstrate that this spring tradition of men is
actually or an older and far less 'holy' than one would imagine. The following
quotes have been derived from several valid and even scholarly sources. The
purpose is to unveil the truth about the origins of this spring 'Christianized'
The Origin and History of
Easter : "The term 'Easter' is not of Christian origin. It is another form
of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. The
festival of Pasch [Passover and the Feast of Unleavens] was a continuation of
the Jewish [that is, God's] feast....from this Pasch the pagan festival of
'Easter' was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western
religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity." (W.E.
Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., Vine's Complete Expository
Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, article: Easter, p.192) Ish·tar :
Mythology The chief Babylonian and Assyrian goddess, associated with love,
fertility, and war, being the counterpart to the Phoenician Astarte. (The
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000)
Tammuz: ancient nature deity
worshiped in Babylonia. A god of agriculture and flocks, he personified the
creative powers of spring. He was loved by the fertility goddess Ishtar, who,
according to one legend, was so grief-stricken at his death that she contrived
to enter the underworld to get him back. According to another legend, she killed
him and later restored him to life. These legends and his festival,
commemorating the yearly death and rebirth of vegetation, corresponded to the
festivals of the Phoenician and Greek Adonis and of the Phrygian Attis. The
Sumerian name of Tammuz was Dumuzi. In the Bible his disappearance is mourned by
the women of Jerusalem (Ezek. 8.14).(The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition.
Of all the tales of lost treasure, ghosts, inexplicable lights, apparitions, spirit horses, unsolved murders and disappearances across the Southwest, the legend of María Jesus de Ágreda - the fabled "Lady in Blue" - surely ranks among the most strange and mysterious of them all.A Spanish nun who, physically, never left her convent in her country's province of Soria, she nevertheless purportedly traveled by spirit - a phenomenon called"bi-location" or "teleportation" - by the Church to minister to Indians in Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas.
She left an enduring mark on the folklore of the desert.North-Central Spain; the Franciscan Poor Clares' Convent of the Immaculate Conception at Ágreda; Holy Communion; the year, 1620: Sister María Jesus de Ágreda, 18 years old, knelt to pray in the chapel. As she chanted, her face grew pale. She began to sway. She slumped into unconsciousness. A beggar, apparently watching her surreptitiously, claimed that a brilliant blue light enveloped her and that her comatose body rose and hovered several feet above the floor.
María had experienced her first trance, the springboard to a mystic
life that would propel her to fame across Catholic Europe and into New
Spain and the American Southwest even thoughphysically, she never in
her life left her hometown of Ágreda in the province of Soria,
northeast of Madrid. She would become the quintessential expression of
the mystic Spain of the 17th century, a religious descendant of figures
such as the Discalced Carmelites' Santa Teresa and Jerome Gratian and
the painter El Greco, who, collectively, gave voice, energy and imagery
to the spiritual dimension of Spanish Catholic life. (An irony in the
rise of Spain's mysticism is that Santa Teresa, a central figure in the
movement, had Jewish origins - in a land which persecuted those who
dared practice Judaism or even bore Jewish blood.)
During her career, Sister
María would play a strange and mystic role in the exploration and
colonization of New Spain and the Southwest. She would face
investigation by the Inquisition. She would counsel the king of the
land. She would writewhat may be the Ch......
Providing an account of the
trial of Jesus presents challenges unlike that for any of the other trials on
the Famous Trials Website. First, there is the challenge of determining what
actually happened nearly 2,000 years ago before the Sanhedrin and the Roman
prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate. The task is daunting because almost our
entire understanding of events comes from five divergent accounts, each of
which was written by a Christian (who did not witness the final days of Jesus
directly) for a distinct audience from thirty-five to seventy years after the
trial. Second, there is the challenge that comes from knowing that readers of
this account are likely to have prior understandings of trial events that come
from their own religious training--and that any account of the trial provided
here that varies substantially from these prior understandings may not be easily
accepted. Nonetheless, I believe the trial of Jesus merits analysis for the
simple reason that no other trial in human history has so significantly affected
the course of human events.
The Setting :
In 63 B.C.E. the Roman general Pompey captured
Jerusalem, and in so doing put an end both to the independent Jewish state of
Palestine and eight decades of rule by the Hasmonean dynasty of high priests.
Rome began appointing the high priests that served the Temple in Jerusalem.
High priests from then on juggled the religious interests of Jews and the
political interests of Rome, at whose pleasure they served. Seven decades after
Rome assumed control of Palestine, in 6 C.E., growing Jewish opposition to Roman
laws relating to the census, taxation, and heathen traditions boiled over.
Especially despised was the Roman imposition of a census of property for tax
purposes. Ancestral land held an exalted position in Jewish ideology and many
Jews feared that the new laws would lead to its appropriation by Rome. Jewish
uprisings in protest of the laws led to the crucifixion of over 2,000 Jewish
insurgents and the selling into slavery of perhaps 20,000 more. The most
intense opposition to Rome came from an area of Palestine called Galilee, which
was the center of an armed resistance movement called the Zealots...
In 1917, in the village of Fatima, about 70 miles
north of Lisbon in Portugal, three peasant children reported seeing an
apparition of the "Blessed Virgin Mary". They were 8-yr. old Lucia Santos, and
her cousins Francesco and Jacinta Marto. On Sunday May 13, 1917, the visions
began. They were told to return on the 13th of each month for six consecutive
months. This they did, and received prophetic information from the visits. On
the last visit, Oct. 13, 1917, they and 70,000 onlookers beheld a series of
solar transformations known as the "Miracle of the Sun" in which the sun seemed
to dance in the sky.
Among the information, the children were given three secrets. The first
secret of Fatima is the vision of hell, the WWII
prophecies and the rise of communism. The second secret of
Fatima is the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary. The third secret was written down, and placed in an envelope. It
eventually made it to the Vatican where despite the apparition's instructions
for it to be read to the world in 1960, it has remained a secret.
Some of the prophecies from the first secret are: The war is going to end.
(Meaning WW1), A worse war will break out in the time of Pius XI (WW2), The good
will be martyred. (Those terrorized by the Nazis?), Russia will spread her
errors throughout the world, promoting wars. (the rise of communism?), Russia
will be converted and some time of peace will be given to the world. A night
illuminated by an unknown light will be the sign of coming hunger, war and
persecution. (Happened on Jan. 25, 1938), The Holy Father will have much to
suffer (some say this was the attempted assassination of John Paul II on the
anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. He had a
vision of Mary in the crowd, which caused him to change his position and
possibly kept the shot from being fatal.), In the end my Immaculate Heart will
triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me. Various Nations will be
annihilated. (Absorption into the Soviet Empire?), A common comment by
practicing Catholics in defense of the continued witholding of the contents of
the third secret is...