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Oh dear, where to start? How about this? Yeah- we don't celebrate Ishtar. You're appallingly misinformed.In Orthodox Christianity, we've never referred to the holiday as Easter. We have always called it Pascha. It is even known as Pascha in Latin. In fact, the Easter name is only a German/English thing. To say that we're worshipping some goddess is a complete lie and you are bearing false witness and are assuredly speaking out of total ignorance. We celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Pascha, which is the Feast of Feasts.
Originally posted by MagnumOpus
Ishtar or Easter, also known by her biblical name Semiramis was the widow of Nimrod...
First, the Church has never moved the date of the Sabbath. It always will be on Saturday. However, we worship on Sunday, which we acknowledge as the Lord's Day. We celebrate the Resurrection on Sundays. And St. Constantine was never a Pope.
You: Early believers kept Saturday as the Sabbath until March 7, 321 CE when Pope Constantine passed a law requiring believers to worship on Sunday, the day the pagans worshipped the sun-god. Believers still kept Saturday as the Sabbath until another law was passed eleven years later...
The cross isn't unscriptural. Christians believe that the the power of the cross is a symbol of victory over sin and death by Christ. Protestants have succumbed to the iconoclasm that was inspired by contact with Islam, and they don't even realize it. I'm an iconodule and not ashamed to admit it. In fact, today is when we in Orthodox Christianity celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, when we confirm the use of icons.
The Protestants have for many years refrained from undue adoration of, or homage to the cross, especially in England at the time of the Puritans in the 16th - 17th centuries. But lately this un-Scriptural symbol has been increasingly accepted in Protestantism.
As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught,...as the Church has received... as the teachers have dogmatized,...as the Universe has agreed,... as Grace has shown forth,...as Truth has revealed,...as falsehood has been dissolved,...as Wisdom has presented,...as Christ Awarded,...thus we declare,...thus we assert,...thus we preach Christ our true God, and honor as Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord; and on the other hand honoring as true servants of the same Lord of all and accordingly offering them veneration.
This is the Faith of the Apostles, this is the Faith of the Fathers, this is the Faith of the Orthodox, this is the Faith which has established the Universe.
-- Confession of faith of the Day of Orthodoxy