Easter and the Great Debate

From someone I follow on FB:

As usual, Easter season brings out all the bad history and really gross assumptions. I have seen more than several people posting a picture of the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess Ishtar claiming this is where the celebration of Easter originated. Just a few points …

Easter originates from the Jewish feast of Passover. The word Easter is an English word stemming from an archaic Germanic word. Pretty much everywhere else in the world uses a version of the Latin word Paschal which means Passover.

The Roman Empire was not tolerant of all religions, which is why Christians and, at various other times, other faiths were persecuted.

Emperor Constantine DID NOT make Christianity the OFFICIAL religion of anything, in accordance with the Edict of Milan he only said that CHRISTIANITY AND ALL RELIGIONS are to be treated benevolently.

Emperor Constantine did not change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, according to 1st century documents – which pre-dates Emperor Constantine by 200 years, Christians met on Sunday as it was the day of the Resurrection.

And Jesus was not crucified on a stake, he was crucified in accordance with Roman law which called for crucifixion on a cross.

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Can You Hate Someone that Much?

Reblogged from April 18, 2011

How much do you have to hate somebody to believe in Eternal Life and not tell them?

I saw this question on FB and it really caught my attention. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a missionary when I grew up. Then I fell in love and didn’t want to leave Terry.

Over the years I/we continued to teach Sunday School and Children’s Church and later working in AWANAS on Wednesday nights.  I spent 9 years teaching in Christian preschools when our kids were younger and then I moved on to volunteer, and later work at, Arlington High School. At some point I realized that although I wasn’t in deepest darkest Africa but I’d found my mission field in Arlington, Texas. Following the laws our Supreme Court has laid out I don’t speak religion or God’s plan of salvation with students but I do with adults. I hope the way I conduct myself is to His Glory and it a witness to Him as well. I generally don’t set out to write specifically about my faith on my blog but it’s such a part of me that I find 176 posts tagged Faith on my blog.

It’s Easter Week. The week of Christ’s greatest triumph. No, I’m not talking about His joyful ride into Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday. I’m talking about His Resurrection following His death on the cross at Calvary.

Because of His triumph over death you and I were given a gift. The gift of Eternal Life through Jesus Chris our Lord. All we have to do is accept the gift from Him. I did when I was a child of 4. Terry did as a teenager. Our kids were young like I was when they accepted His gift and invited Him into their lives. How about you? If you have, I’ll see you in Heaven, if not, call me. We’ll talk because, whoever you are, I definitely don’t hate you.

Silent Sunday: Palm Sunday

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