So what of Easter, Good Friday etc and the history behind the institution of Easter as a chief festival within the Church?
The Judeo-Christian Passover became merged with earlier heathen fertility veneration to generate a new festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ. For the Church fathers this of course was a valuable theocratical hammer to convert the native Pagan populace away from their indigenous spring fertility festivities.
This was observed at a different time from the Passover. Known as the Quartodeciman controversy, the dispute over when this celebration concerning Christ should be observed reverberated across the Empire through the second, third and fourth centuries. Eventually it was established by the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 and reinforced at the Synod of Antioch in A.D. 341.
With its iron-fist stranglehold on the masses the Synod called for the ‘excommunication’ of anyone who dared to resist the new-fangled, man made Easter observance. Those who opposed it were forced to move outside the reach of the Empire.
Emperor Constantine was a driving force behind this action. This man carried out numerous atrocities including the murdered his son and wife. Nonetheless, the self-seeking bishops gladly accepted the anti-Semitic Constantine as an authority on godly Christian matters and he reputedly stated by letter:
"It seemed to every one a most unworthy thing that we should follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this most holy solemnity, who polluted wretches! Having stained their hands with a nefarious crime, are justly blinded in their minds. It is fit, therefore, that, rejecting the practice of this people, we should perpetuate to all future ages the celebration of this rite, in a more legitimate order, which we have kept from the first day of our Lord's passion even to the present times. Let us have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews. We have received another method from the Saviour"
Thus, the Christian celebration of Easter (which is incidentally named after a Saxon goddess of spring, etc) obviously stems from incredibly intolerant origins. It is nothing but a clandestine gala of theocratical lies, deceit, subversion and suppression of other smaller faiths.
Easter stands as a shining example of Christian fundamentalist totalitarianism in action.
Christians celebrating the Easter/Resurrection feast at this time of year are merely recreating the ancient earth-orientated Pagan festivities associated with earlier gods such as Attis, Adonis etc. All were lamented and glorified as part of the seasonal cycle of life by millions of adherents throughout many countries.
This primeval natural celebration occurred long before the Christ Myth was first dreamt up by ecclesiastical forces intent on monotheistic world domination, via evangelical/missionary means.
Pat Regan ©