originally posted by: AfterInfinity
a reply to: BO XIAN
It is my understanding that you are labeling all pagan traditions and accounts from which Christianity has borrowed as false and demonic, while at the
same time declaring them sacred and holy exclusively in the context of Christianity. If I am misunderstanding, please correct me.
1. I do not believe that Christianity derived from pagan sources.
2. It is AT LEAST AS
plausible that any similarities are due to
A) a more foundational common source. e.g. Moses serpent in the wilderness was a 'foreshadowing' . . . a 'type' of Christ on the Cross.
Isaiah and David both accurately predicted Christ on the Cross centuries before crucifixion was even invented.
B) &/or deliberate muddying the waters by the Great Deceiver.
The Great Deceiver has been throwing rocks at God; God's Truth; God's Word ever since the fall. God's Word will endure long after this "Heaven, earth
and multiverse" have long ceased to exist and been replaced by the new such.
The Biblical narrative; Holy Spirit and my life experiences with the dance, dialogue and Relationship [vs RELIGION] with God convinces me that:
There are not a lot of options.
There is only:
1. Salvation by faith in God . . . in Christ's redemptive Blood etc.
2. Pretend salvation by works . . . dead works . . . as wonderful as used Kotex in Biblical terms . . . resulting in eternal death.
There are no other options.
It doesn't matter the labels or the pretend origins or the degrees of deception involved. There are no other options.
ALL the other -isms are some variation on man being his own god . . . or at least in charge of his own salvation-by-works; by ritual, by wishful
thinking . . . .
Which is another variation on pulling one's self up out of the muck of one's polluted nature into perfection by one's own brilliance, cleverness,
Which . . . is not all that . . . logical by a huge stretch.
The Resurrection Sonday pollution by consumerism and pagan distortions and distractions is but business as usual by the Great Deceiver.
Sure, early Christians may well have found it more convenient and/or much safer to hide their celebrations of The Resurrection within standard pagan
celebrations of the geography and era. They knew in their hearts what their focus was and so did God.
Nevertheless, for myself, I don't usually use the term "Easter" when I can avoid it.
Ishtar was and remains a stooge of the Great Deceiver.
edit on 21/4/2014 by BO XIAN because: ")" left out