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WEDNESDAY, APR 16, 2014  |  71 comments
Is the Name “Easter” of Pagan Origin?

The modern controversy over the name “Easter,” when used in association with the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, is interesting, to say the least. The controversy seems to have blossomed at the beginning of the twentieth century and has caused many disturbances through the years. Examining this question is important to many Christians who do not wish to mix the worship of false gods with their worship of the only true God.

As discussed in the previous article, the date of Easter has been claimed to follow pagan feasts. However, this claim falls flat when examined against the record of history. The name and symbols used in the celebration of the Resurrection have faced similar claims, and we should examine these with the same rigor. ...


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News Item4/26/14 2:40 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
It's time for you fellows see a fun video on Easter, Bet You Didn't Know: Easter Traditions TV-PG A short video that is either Flash or YouTube, I accept Feberge eggs as an exceptable Easter present. Something of a printed text version of this, Easter, both from the History Channel.

By the way, just use the New King James Version, and you won't run into that pagan word, unless it's in a footnote

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News Item4/21/14 7:24 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Good songs below, well, lyrics anyway. I went through all.of the Psalms and Proverbs just last week. I think we would be hard pressed to put songs together using only words from the Psalms. Some, yes, but I think it would be difficult to put much of it to music.
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News Item4/20/14 8:22 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Psalm Only, you will have to forgive the sarcasm from before, we are to speak words of grace and I did not do that. We have had this discussion many times and it usually goes nowhere. So, one thing we can agree on is that the Lord is worthy of our praise and we surely do not offer Him enough. Whether it is with the use of psalms or even what you consider sinful songs, we still fall short of offering to our God the praise that is due to His name. May God so work in our lives that it can be said of each of us that from the rising of the sun until the going down of the same His praise was continually found in our hearts and upon our lips.
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News Item4/20/14 8:00 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
Oops! . I made a boo boo John UK correctly attributed the words to Charles Wesley, can you believe he let the cat out of the bag, Mike?
Well, can't say we didn't warn. Lucky for John, he's one of the sharper knives in the drawer.
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News Item4/20/14 6:42 PM
rhymnrzn | dayton, ohio  Contact via emailFind all comments by rhymnrzn
Hranek said "So I was just considering if that environment might have influenced or pressured the KJV translators to use the word Easter, to distance the translation they were preparing from the Jewish origins/foundation (Gen, Exodus, Lev, Num, Deut) of our faith."

Don't try to hand me that ham hock.

CV said "No, even our beloved KJV blew it with 'Easter'."

I understand that the usage of the word is accurate with what the gentiles were observing at the time, and was not used in Scripture as a term of endearment, nor was it apart of what the Translators found in the Sacred Scriptures: nor did its usage have any bearing on what personal comments they might have about the whole matter (as some suspect they had contrary to the doctrine of Christ). To transfer one in the same mind, while the gentiles once brought their observances into the Holy Land, and probably enjoyed to an extent to compete against Jewish observances, look at what their own descendants did in kind, sort of Christianizing their fertility holiday. But Jesus said "because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matt 24:12) - so we are permitted by the Lord to unhitch from man's pretenses either way.

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News Item4/20/14 6:16 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Oops! . I made a boo boo John UK correctly attributed the words to Charles Wesley, can you believe he let the cat out of the bag, Mike?
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News Item4/20/14 5:32 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
I don't understand. I read Psalms Only post 3x and I don't see any words from the book of Psalms Just the words from a sinner Hopefully he wasn't writing it to entertain us He has replaced stating something from the Bible with the mere pontifications of man Plus he is knocking another's heartfelt praise to God, there is no music being played, no one on this thread is in a church and typing (at least we hope not) so he can't say that it is a hymn being sung in a church. So you can offer what you deem defense of praise to God by speaking against hymns but John Wesley has no words he can use? You don't think that is a tad on the proud side? Must be proof that even the wrath of man can be used to the praise of God

Thanks Mike and John UK for your kind words, just ignore than great wizard behind the curtain.

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News Item4/20/14 3:39 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Psalms Only wrote:
Yet the Psalms are replaced by human compositions to entertain the troops in the pews.
A most inaccurate statement. You will find many of the psalms in any hymnbook. You claim they are replaced? False claim.

I also hope that you are not referring to that grand hymn by Charles Wesley about the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ as "entertainment". Man, you should be ashamed of yourself, and repent of your hypocrisy. And then go listen to Handel's Messiah until the tears start to flow at the thought of the Suffering Servant.

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News Item4/20/14 2:22 PM
Psalms Only  Find all comments by Psalms Only
Hymns are the work of sinners and when used they are the rejection of the Word of God.
God ordained praise and wrote the Book of His Praise placing it in the centre of the Bible. It is called Psalms.
Using an alternative is using music and lyrics composed by sinners for the entertainment of sinners. That is not how to worship God according to the Book.

It is curious how that no other book of the Bible would be rewritten to be followed by and used by Christians. Yet the Psalms are replaced by human compositions to entertain the troops in the pews. This shows how some churches and denominations violate God's Word and His worship.
It is in this violation that we find the origins of todays modernists and Liberalism.

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News Item4/20/14 12:53 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
songster wrote:
What do you all think of this song:
Looks to me like a CCM song.

Do I like CCM songs?

It's not the words so much as the philosophy behind them.

I used to sing them, until I realised.

Back in a couple hours.

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News Item4/20/14 12:08 PM
songster  Find all comments by songster
What do you all think of this song:

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus, You're my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You're my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

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News Item4/20/14 12:00 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!
But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
Thank you US! I like the praise word Alleluia, I think it means "Praise Ye The Lord". Great Wesley song!
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News Item4/20/14 11:57 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!
But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
Thanks, US, we sang this very one this morn at service. (Just don't tell anyone who wrote it, lest you be labeled something unkind. )
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News Item4/20/14 8:56 AM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

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News Item4/20/14 7:52 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Michael Hranek wrote:
What Day of the Week Was Christ Crucified?
http://www.loriswebs.com/lorispoetry/crucifix.html
btw this is not a blanket endorsement of everthing on this site, just this article is well researched and gives information we can verify for ourselves.
Wow, someone's gone into this in depth. I wish I had the brain power to wade through all this, bro. I think it's great when someone goes to all that trouble to work it all out. I guess at the time it was no problem, but for us it is a bit of a mystery. I'd be inclined to also go for Thursday, but I wouldn't be able to argue the point.
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News Item4/20/14 7:03 AM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
Christopher000 wrote:
I was talking.to my wife about Good Friday because like as for Lent, she said she couldn't eat meat which is the Roman Catholic "sacrifice" everyone makes, I guess, to thank Christ or to match sacrifice with Christs sacrifice...oh boy. Meaningless rituals which gives the delusion of holiness and closeness with God, all the while living no.different than the rest of the world.
Go to confession, go to mass, go to Heaven.
Anyway, I digress...she said that Christ died at 3PM on Good Friday. Is this accurate?
Christopher000
Happy Resurrection Day!
Here is an article that might be helpful. I have to think several have painstakeningly examined the timeline and reported their conclusions as well.

What Day of the Week Was Christ Crucified?
http://www.loriswebs.com/lorispoetry/crucifix.html

btw this is not a blanket endorsement of everthing on this site, just this article is well researched and gives information we can verify for ourselves.

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News Item4/20/14 6:51 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I was talking.to my wife about Good Friday because like as for Lent, she said she couldn't eat meat which is the Roman Catholic "sacrifice" everyone makes, I guess, to thank Christ or to match sacrifice with Christs sacrifice...oh boy. Meaningless rituals which gives the delusion of holiness and closeness with God, all the while living no.different than the rest of the world.
Go to confession, go to mass, go to Heaven.

Anyway, I digress...she said that Christ died at 3PM on Good Friday. Is this accurate?

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News Item4/20/14 5:46 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
There is no shortage of televised anglican "easter" services as usual. Poor dabs. Baptised as babies (born again and dying with Christ [I think not]) and going through all the motions of singing, reciting, praying, taking the communion, reading the Bible. What a performance! Not a disciple among them.

They read from a Bible in which is not found Easter - it's all make-believe religion, do whatever you want.

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News Item4/20/14 12:32 AM
Jew Inwardly | Of the Heart  Find all comments by Jew Inwardly
Penned wrote: "...I think you implied that they didn't sin."

I never 'implied' anything of the sort. This is your misinterpretation of what I had said. This happens way too often on blogs such as this as comments are limited. This is a prime example as to why I avoid this blog site.

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News Item4/19/14 10:33 PM
penned  Find all comments by penned
Jew Inwardly wrote:
Sin and unbelief applies to ALL people; not just religious leaders. Yes, I may have made reference to 'religious leaders' but I in no way implied that they were the only ones living in sin and unbelief; for there is none righteous, no, not one.
....I think you implied that they didn't sin. (protecting against blasphemy, missed the prophecy) I was pointing out that they were common sinners.
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