Ever wondered why we have birthday celebrations or it is too obvious? Rhetorical? Ok, true. One’s date of birth is very important for one simple fact. If there was no birth date, there would be no you. Of course, your birth date is also important as it marks your beginning, genesis or start of life on earth. It can be a pleasant fuzzy feeling of emotions when we are given gifts on our birthdays. On the other hand, if we are not “fussed” over during our birthdays we may feel neglected and unimportant.
This is the key behind birthday celebrations and astrology. This basic concept was originally used for gods, in an attempt to appeased them so they could make life better for us here on earth.If we give gifts on a birthday the god will be happy and sees us in a favourable light. The reverse is true. No gifts and the god makes our lives miserable.
Birthday celebrations were only for gods initially. It was eventually extended to kings who claimed divine rule on behalf of the gods. As such, normal ordinary people could not celebrate birth dates.
It was the Romans who made the idea of birthdays for ordinary folks popular. However, only men experienced this birthday celebration at first. Female birthdays were not celebrated until about the 12th century. Regular Roman citizens were then allowed to celebrate the birthdays of their friends and family members. The government, however, created public holidays in honor of more famous citizens.
THE ORIGINS OF BIRTHDAYS: ASTROLOGY AND RELIGION
Birthdays didn’t begin until calendars were created more than 4000 years before Christ by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia. Calendars were used to record, monitor and predict the influence of the Sun, moon and stars on life on earth. As ancient people began taking note of the moon’s cycles, they began paying attention to the change in seasons as well. They also noticed this pattern repeated itself, so they began marking these changes in time.
Notably, they believed that the year began at the Spring Equinox (Eq-ui equal, nox – nights), circa March 21, when there is equal number of hours of daylight (12) and hours of darkness (12). They also noticed that the hours of sunlight increased or lengthened from 12 hours on March 21 (Spring Equinox) by about 2 minutes each day, reaching the its longest at the Summer Solstice, June 21 up to 15 hours or more, as the sun moved southerly across the earth. The Sun is King, and light prevails.
However, after June 21, the hours of sunlight gradually reduced or shortened by about 2 minutes per day until it is again the same number of hours of light and darkness (12 hours at the Autumn Equinox (Eq-ui equal, nox – nights), circa September 22. The hours of light still continue to shorten until it is at its lowest point circa December 22, the Winter Solstice.
A remarkable thing happens at this period when the hours of sunlight is at its lowest. The hours of sunlight stop reducing and seem to stand still for three days, December 22 – 25. Hence the name Winter Solstice, the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”). This mean that the hours of sunlight do not shortened nor lengthened for three days. The sun has died.
Another remarkable feat then occurred at December 25. At the end of these three days, on December 25, the sun seems to “reverse “change direction from a southerly movement to a northerly movement and the hours of sunshine began to lengthen once more. This new lengthening of the sun was so gladly welcomed by ancient agriculture-based civilizations that it was worshiped and celebrated. Indeed, it was believed that the sun was born on this day. It is one of if not the first birthday celebration. Maybe the Spring Equinox and beginning of the year (March 21) Ishtar’s (Easter’s) or Venus’s birthday occurred before.
Basically, most of these birthday god celebrations involved a surrogate king and an effigy of the god of darkness being burnt (sacrificed to the sun-god) in a huge bonfire. Recitals of their creation myth is done followed by military exercises symbolizing the great battle that was going on between the sun and the forces of darkness. After the bonfire, the people exchanged gifts, held feasts, and visited friends and relatives.
As mentioned, thanks to the Sumerians, this mystery and awe was explained and manipulated via astrology, which they invented. They named many of the constellations and defined the nature of numerous bodies in the solar system. They created a calendar that divided a year into 12 lunar months of 29 or 30 days. Each month began with the sighting of a new moon. Indeed, the Sumerians taught the Babylonians astrology. Ptolemy and others then learned from the Babylonians. The rest of the world learned from them.
The Greek astronomer Ptolemy rationalized that the zodiac predicts the path our lives will take in. With this knowledge he made 12 astrological signs; Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo. He called these predictions horoscopes which means “hour of birth.”
THE BIBLE, BIRTHDAYS AND ASTROLOGY
The Bible does not support or mandate the worshiping or celebration of anyone’s birth. Indeed, the three instances of birthday celebrations in the Bible had to do with unrighteousness and it was done by two evil Kings (Pharaoh – Genesis 40:20 and Herod- Matthew 14: 6. ) and by Job’s sons – Job 1:4, who were following evil strange religions. In all three occasions, the events and celebrations were ignoble from a biblical perspective.
On the note of astrology which bears birthdays (horrorscope, oops typo, horoscope) , there are many instances of the bible frowning at astrology. These include Leviticus 19:26-28; Leviticus 20:27, Deuteronomy 18: 10 – 14 and 2 Kings 21: 6
(Does this mean that horoscope, palm reading, obeah, Christmas and Easter celebrations, etc are evil?)
HOW AND WHY DID BIRTHDAYS BECOME CHRISTIAN
Constantine, Emperor of Rome, worshipped the pantheon of Roman gods as all his predecessors had done and especially the Roman sun god, Sol. However, history has it that as he was traveling to battle his most powerful rival in Italy, Maxentius, at the Tiber River in A.D. 312, he had a vision. In that vision, he reported seeing the cross of Christ superimposed on the sun with the words, in hoc signo vinces – “in this sign you shall conquer.” After winning the battle, he became a strong champion of Christianity.
Either as a means to unify his empire, or to make converting to Christianity easier, Constantine sought to blend Christian and pagan traditions. At that time, two prominent pagan winter festivals were celebrated. The first, starting on December 17 and lasting seven days, honored Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture. The second, starting on December 25 and lasting through January 1, commemorated the birth of Mithras, the Persian god of light. Constantine merged many of the traditions from these festivals with the Nativity story in the Bible and Christmas was born.
From its beginning, Christmas was a holiday (or holy day), gifts were exchanged, families and friends gathered to feast, and a birth was celebrated; just like in the Roman and Persian festivities.
REMEMBER THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON
During the Silly Season of December 22 – 25, remember the reason for the season. It is in recognition of the birthday of the mythical Sun god, Sol Invictus (Invincible Sun). The presents and gift giving as well as revelry, commerce and piety are all done in pursuit and recognition of what was seen as detestable from a biblical perspective.
The bad of birthday celebrations and the evil that results This is easily seen since, the Creator God mentioned in the bible is a jealous, bias, prejudice ONE, insisting that mankind had no other god before him as noted in Exodus 20: 1- 6.
Of course, we could justify our participation in Christmas by saying it is really Christ that is the reason for the season and we are celebrating the birthday of the son of God, Jesus Christ. The fact that the Winter Solstice December 22 – 25 was worshiped as a pagan and animistic religion as part of astrology years before Christ was born would belittle such justification since our actions should favour righteousness and not darkness.
Remember too, if a whore house by the name of Madame’s Parlour continues offering prostitution services but decided to rebrand and reposition itself as Venus Leisure Centre , that does not makes it legal or moral. A whorehouse by any name is still a whorehouse… I mean, a rose by any name is still a rose.
Last week I had a very serious conversation with Myself and Me. It was quite revealing too. We realized it has been quite a while since all three of us spoke. As we sat and chatted the topic of “Am I a child of a lesser god” came up. You see, I use to wonder if god had something against Blacks or is on the other race’s side. It didn’t bother Me much but Myself was also worried at times and yet somehow, over all these years, we have never resolved the issue.
Even though I recalled the song from Sunday School, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and Yellow, Black and White, all are special in his sight. Jesus loves the children of the world”, I had to ask Me and Myself, if Jesus was really coloured blind or supporting the status quo. The reality is that I grew up in Jamaica, where more than 90% of the population were Blacks, of charred skin and high melanin yet their lot in life was appalling compared to the minority, Reds, Whites, Yellows and Mixed which were 1.3 percent East Indian, 0.2 percent white, 0.2 percent Chinese and 7.3 percent mixed ethnicity respectively.
Sadly, people like Me felt that it was the Blacks’ fault why they were living in squalor because they did not develop themselves. Me also pointed out that Blacks patronize non Black businesses and this further cause deterioration of Black communities and lives. At first glance, I could say that this is true as many Blacks were tending non Blacks’ gardens while their own gardens were all over grown in weeds.
However, I could also note the foolishness of comparing the development of Blacks in the West with that of their non Blacks counterpart. No White, Red or Yellow skin person was subjected to slavery in Jamaica. They know nothing of being homeless, mass raped, robbed, kidnapped and killed in this little island of 144,000 square miles. Non blacks don’t spend their waking hours worrying about discrimination, prejudice, persecution, and victimization based on colour of skin. They actually spent their entire lives coming up with craft and laws to keep Blacks “in place”.
Indeed, Whites, Indians, and Chinese came to Jamaica as conquerors (invaders), apprenticeships and indentured servants with assets and most importantly being, Free. They didn’t start the race after the other runners were all gone.
For support, Myself added the glaring fact that Blacks came to Jamaica with nothing, in shackles and chains and against their will. All they had was their souls and that too was soon taken away. If they managed to start businesses their prices and offerings were not as cheap or competitive as the non Blacks who had a stronger product network and worth. Me, was not amused and sarcastically asked, “How did it happen that Blacks were slaves and now at the bottom of the echelon of the society”.
ONE CREATOR, ONE PEOPLE. MANY GODS, MANY PEOPLES
Racial exploitation requires “tricks in trade and mischievous in business”. You see, in order to build a family, village, or nation, our devious forefathers used myths, legends, religion and craft as a cohesive measure. Adolph Hitler knew this well and between 1933 to 1945, he built Nazism on the premise of a god who is racist and not coloured blind. Hitler created a myth that God selected the Aryan race (a type of European white) to be master over all races and to rule the earth. He believed that people of my skin hue were mere ” hewers of wood and drawers of water”. Of course that was a terrifying thought among Blacks and other non whites. It was actually horrifying from a Jamaican perspective, bearing in mind Jamaica is “land of wood and water” and this was the 1930’s when Jamaicans were barely adjusting to being free from slavery. A time when Marcus Garvey was alive and trying to teach Blacks that their ancestors were great and they can be great again.
Hitler’s hatred and subjugation of non whites were not novel despite being “cruel”. For example, the Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Testament), also taught a similar racist philosophy. The Bible purported that Abraham, because of his faith and monotheistic (one god) view, earned himself a special favour with God. As such, through his off springs, Isaac and Jacob and the twelve tribes of Israel, the God of Abraham would make Abraham’s seeds masters of the earth. A super lineage.
Similar to Hitler, seemingly, the Old Testament preached ethnic cleansing, genocide and xenophobia.
The need to destroy foreign nations and peoples was justified on the notion that these nations (Gentiles) were dogs depraved beyond redemption, (Psalms 106: 32 – 36; Gen. 15:16; Lev. 18:21-30; 20:2-5; etc.). According to the Old Testament, non Israelite in the land widely practiced child sacrifice, incest, homosexuality, bestiality, idolatry and other despicable behaviors worthy of death. Recall Sodom and Gomorrah.
This cleansing or killing of gentiles was recommended by God as noted by Isaiah 40: 17 – “All the Gentiles are as nothing before him, and they are counted to him as vanity and as less than nothing”. This destroying or reducing of a people’s psyche to nothing provides consensual exploitation and creation of ghettos. Hitler’s Nazism was built on similar concepts and this was how a race or peoples is degraded and made children of lesser gods worthy for subjugation.
THE JAMAICAN BLACK GHETTO
Hitler’s low status of non whites and the idea of whites being powerful and the masters of the earth struck the world with a fear that saw many countries “ganging” up (allies)against Hitler and eventually defeating him and Nazism in 1945. The sad part about this is that many Jamaicans fought and died in World War 11 to topple Nazism yet the ugly head of Nazism has been embedded in Jamaican society for more than 400 years before Nazism. Racial enslavement, prejudice and discrimination.
Since 1502, with the creation of the first Spanish Garrison (town) in Sevilla Nueva (St. Ann’s Bay), the whites (minority) had established an institution and culture of race superiority and enslavement of the non whites (majority) in Jamaica with the aid of a god. According to the Spaniards, the native Amerindians could not stand up to the level of “cruelty” required to run their plantation economy of cane and tobacco, and Blacks were touted as ideal replacements. Hence the pitiful lot of Blacks in Jamaica as slaves and children of lesser gods was begun and perpetuated.
This 400 years of slavery, created a breed of Jamaican Blacks who mimic their white slave owners’ and master’s behaviour and value scheme. These new Blacks did everything in their power to distance themselves from their black skin hue. In Jamaica, we have Blacks telling Blacks that they are “black and ugly”. Beauty is based on Caucasian looks and features. The women are ashamed of their own hair and spend millions of dollars and hours getting their kinky hair “unkinked”. They buy wigs made in the “image and likeness” of other peoples and nations and despite their black skin their minds are “whiter than the Queen of England’ who is the Head of State of Jamaica. On the matter of skin, the men and women cursed their creator and hated their parents blackness so much that they use chemicals on their skins to bleach their blackness to white. These pitiful white washed Black Jamaicans should be pitied instead of ridiculed as the system does teach : “If you are White it is all right; if you are Brown you can stick around but if you are Black you got to get back or get on the attack”. Undoubtedly,lighter skin colour enhanced status quo and economic mobility in Jamaica.
This blaring yet subtle form of racism is ingrained in the average Jamaican’s mind and the slavery mentality wreaked havoc with the dignity and royalty of being Black. The island is a land of few plantations, numerous church properties, countless hair parlours, pharmacies and bars and many ghettos. Of course many Black Jamaicans would let you know that they live in modern houses with amenities but this is another way of consoling themselves that they are more privileged ghetto folks. Interestingly, a ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live due to oppression as a result of social, legal, or economic pressure. In Jamaica, the oppressed group is the majority, Blacks, but the same concept of ghetto abounds.
MARCUS GARVEY, RASTAFARI AND REGGAE
Thanks to the works of Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887 – 1940) and the Rastafarian (1930 – 1990), the Jamaican Black psyche was positively influenced. These two institutions tried to build Black pride and develop respect and care among Blacks. Albeit, though by different avenues, both tried to get Blacks to appreciate their black skins not as shame but as royalty.
Marcus tried a political and commercial solution by forming the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), African Communities League (ACL), the Black Starline and the People’s Political Party (PPP). He taught the importance of the mental and economical development of Blacks. Education was considered super important and Blacks were encouraged to start their own businesses. His rallying call was “Be Black, Buy Black and think Black”. He envisioned repatriation, a back to Africa movement for Blacks home and abroad. Unfortunately, Africa was not ready for Western Blacks; white washed Black men felt his message was a bit too “black” and the USA and Europe were worried at his political ambitions. In short he was rejected by African countries, betrayed by white washed Black men and imprisoned and deported by the USA. For the records, he was not welcomed back to Jamaica by the establishment in 1927 after being deported from the USA. He died in England in June 1940.
However, Marcus Garvey’s work impacted several Jamaicans and some heeded his message warnings and prophecies. Indeed, according to Marcus Garvey, “In life I shall be the flame but in death I shall be a terror to the foes of African liberty”. He influenced many African nations, Black Power movements and most importantly the Rastafarian movement.
The Rastafarians further developed Marcus Garvey’s back to Africa movement and went a step further by deifying Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia, whose coronation in 1930 was believed to be prophesied by Marcus Garvey. Unlike Marcus, the Rastafarians used a religious attempt to reject the racism of Jamaica. They not only taught Black pride but they also adopted African values, vegetarian life style and condemned Christianity as the religion of the Whites.
The Rastafarians agreed with Marcus that ” if Negroes are black and was made in the image of god, then somehow, god must be black”. As such, they decided to look at god from the spectacles of Africans. Ethiopia was emulated.
Reggae music became an effective medium to express the challenges of Blacks. Artistes such as Peter Tosh, created music that was revolutionary and commanding in nature. He liked to humourously point out the negative words in our vernacular associated with black: Black sheep, black list, black as sin and black heart, etc. Indeed, the main time black is positive is in accounts: to be in the black is to be making profits. In the red is a loss.
As with Marcus, the Rastafarians declined due to the stifling nature of racism, but was still relevant in fostering black consciousness and pride among Blacks. With due respect, Marcus Garvey, Rastafarian and Reggae Music have influenced all races.
GOD, RACE AND SKIN
Does god have a gender, colour or race? CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG ON GOD’S GENDER. It is taken for granted that in the beginning god made man in his own image and likeness. This image and likeness could never be physical traits such as gender, race and colour since God is a spirit and is formless and colourless. Of course, not taken for granted, at times, is the fact that man in turn, made his own god (s) in his own image and likeness. Anthropomorphism was used to bring man’s created gods to life. As a result, of course, the most powerful man would have the most powerful god and in his colour. Since, history is not recorded from a victim’s point of view but from the victor’s or conqueror’s point of view, in Jamaica, god is a male, white, blue eyed and straight nosed, reflecting the god of the slave master. Most pictures of Jesus depicted a Caucasian.
Although, Marcus Garvey knew that the creator has no colour, he believed that Blacks (slaves) should have a black god who had their interest in mind since other races did same. Adopting the god of another race that was biased or prejudiced to one’s race was an inferior complex worthy of subjugation according to Marcus.
The notion of individual gods for races is divisive and the brotherhood of man is the loser. Since equality is impossible, it would mean that one god would be greater than the others. Also, of course, common sense would indicate that “nothing that is created should be the creator” and there is only one creator. Many gods but one creator.
Indeed, man in his attempt to create his own god had ignored the Creator, the Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent one. Man in his attempt to control his environment has created religions, laws and customs to establish race, class and creed for ruling and enslavement purposes. Therefore, since gods are man’s creation, god is not the problem. There is no lesser or greater god. Man is the problem.
JESUS CHRIST AND RACISM
Indeed, the racism of the Old Testament, and its folly were made bare by Jesus Christ who eventually rejected many of the tenets of Judaism that he learnt as a child. Vengeance was replaced with forgiveness, hatred with love and bias with open arms. Simultaneously Jesus also realized that there were some non Jews who had better morals and virtues than were some Jews.
It actually, took a Canaanite woman (Gentile) to change Jesus from his racist Judaic ways to a more open embracing way. The Canaanite lady (a non Jew) wanted Jesus yo heal her very sick daughter and had cried to Christ for help. Christ, (being a true Jew) shew his racist views and told the lady that he came for the Jews (the chosen ones) and not for Gentiles (dogs).
Matthew 15: 21 – 28. And Jesus said, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” The Canaanite woman would have no such nonsense and correctly told Christ: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” It was eureka moment for Christ and he immediately realized his error and decided to help the dog, and said “Woman, great is your faith!”.
It seemed, this encounter between lion and dog changed history and fulfilled Christ’s purpose on Earth. It opened a door for Christ to extend his mercies beyond Israel. It made Christ realized that there were wicked Jews who do not do the will of the Lord, and there were non Jews who do the will of the Lord. Christ shared his new found revelations with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Luke 10: 29 -37. Jesus told a story of how a man (Jew) was robbed but two of his fellow Jews did nothing to help. How ever a non Jew (Samaritan) helped. Jesus then asked “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Everyone is his brother’s keeper.
As seen, even though the Old Testament touted racism, genocide and ethnic cleansing, Jesus Christ dismissed them as old wine that can no longer provide pathways to righteousness or happiness. In Matthew 12 vs 50, Christ noted: “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Indeed, John 10 vs 16 explained it further with Christ saying: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Seems there are good people in every race.
As such, the idea of greater and lesser gods is really a figment of the imagination, albeit diabolic and divisive. It is merely man’s attempt to prove who has the better imaginary friend and provider at the expense of another man. There is only one Creator and one people. Gods are unnecessary.
THE HUMAN OLYMPICS RACE
For fun, let’s take a spin on the human race idea in the form of an Olympic race. Imagine, it is the day of the race and the world awaits the running of the biggest event on the International stage. One could sense the various tensions abounding. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat hovered in the air over the different races. Adrenaline and testosterone flowed as the competitors got ready for the great race, dubbed, the Human Race. At stake is the reputation and title of which race is superior and best skin of the world.
Three competitors representing the three major power houses of race distinctions: Caucasian (whites), Mongoloid (Chinese and Indians) and Negroid ( Blacks).
As the announcer introduced the runners one could sense the electrifying vibration that unified the mass while surreptitiously enforcing the division of humans. First to be announced were the Caucasians. The Caucasian trotted unto the race track as favourite. His running gear was of high quality. Spikes and arm band were brand named items. As he took off his sweat shirt and pants, his biceps and triceps as well as legs and thighs bulged and shew the benefits of training and exercising with the best equipment and food.
Second to be introduced was the Mongoloid. The Mongoloid ran unto the track and did a double somersault to the amusement of the crowd. The crowd erupted as he did several push ups as part of his limbering routine. His gear reflected state of the art designs and style. His red and yellow track shoes were eye dazzling: made in China of course.
As they announced the Negro, it dawned on everyone that the Negro was not at the starting blocks. The Negro was still in the dressing room, unsure of what to do next. His sporting gear was his black skin, his arm band was the scars from his chains and bangles and his spikes were his hardened foot sole. His arms were strong, not from exercise but from hours of plantation work. As he approached the starting blocks, the crowd jeered at his nakedness and sad lot in life.
As he entered the field but before he could reach his blocks, he heard the starter’s gun went off. Imagine, the human race had begun without the black man being in his starting blocks. He looked to the heaven in disbelief but there was only blue sky. He looked at the starter, who smiled and said, “Hurry up, Run on, join the race”. He looked at himself and smiled as he heard a small quiet inner voice saying, “Run not, do stay. They are going in the wrong direction, anyway”.
CHILD OF THE CREATOR
Despite the Old Testament and Hitler’s Nazism supporting the idea of a greater god and superiority of race and skin colour, common sense teaches that such notion is a result of greed, power grabs, narcissism and schizophrenic tendency. Naturally, man’s created god would take his own skin colour and all other colours would be deficient. Hence, the lot and position of Blacks in Jamaica is not a lesser or greater god situation, but just sheer racial skin colour hegemony started by Europeans and perpetuated by “white washed Black Jamaicans”.
Indeed, god is a title and anything can be god., even your car. As Peter Tosh once said, god is dog spelt back way. So what is important is the Creator of the heavens, earth and its fullness and that is not god. The Creator is an omnipresent, omnipotent and omnipresent thing that makes everything that became gods. .
Enslavement and poverty of one race, class or creed to the detriment of another is cruel and is backward thinking. Using god or skin to justify the subjugation of peoples is merely “tricks in trade and mischievous in business. Truth is, there are some evil people in every race,class or creed. Truth is, instances can be found of Whites enslaving Whites and Blacks enslaving Blacks.
Being subjected to prejudice, squalor and ghettos is not the works or neglect of an inferior god. It is not instances of god being asleep and not paying attention. Maybe, as a famous radio host once said, “God gave man intelligence and allowed man to run his own affairs. God in the mean time is busy dealing with the other planets in the universe”.
Our lot in life is a result of the lack of brotherly love, within races and among races. It is simply a reflection of the greed and power struggles of humans. It is a constant struggle between the oppressed and the oppressor with the roles changing. Interestingly, as scripted, any attempt to control earth without respecting the order of the Creator and creation will result in the captivity of both the captives and the captors as well as the enslavement of both the one doing the enslaving and the one being enslaved.
There are two days in the year when the earth, sun, moon and Venus are so aligned that there are equal hours of daylight and night on earth. Twelve hours of sunlight and twelve hours of darkness. Wow. These two occurrences actually do wonders to life on earth. It either renews and allow rebirth to life or it withers and kills life.
These two remarkable times on earth are called equinoxes. They occur at the beginning of Spring, (March 20 this year) and Autumn, September 23. They are called the Spring and Autumn Equinox respectively. In the southern hemisphere, the reverse is true. They have Autumn in March and Spring is in September.
Of the two, for obvious reasons, mankind loved and looked forward to Spring as a child looked forward to the return of its parents. Spring, just like a parent, provided and promised sunshine, hope, protection, growth, care and the fostering of a positive outlook on life. On the other hand, Autumn signaled the return of darkness, gloom, bare trees and cold days. Which child would not want to encourage such a parent as Spring to continue being motherly. The encouragement of Spring to fecundate earth is Easter.
THE FIRST EASTER
Undeniably, even today, most people look forward to Spring time than to Winter time. For the fun of it, imagine Winter for 12 months every year and no Spring or Summer. Scary eh? Well, early men did not leave things up to chance. They needed to ensure that Spring turned up every year and if encouraging or bribing it would help…so be it.
Indeed that was exactly what happened more than 5000 years before Christ, in Mesopotamia. Man tried to bribe nature and created a cult by deifying the Spring Equinox. At first she was called Inanna by the Sumerians, but the Assyro-Babylonian Ishtarte, the Northwest Semetic goddess Astarte, the Sidonians Ashtoreth, the Greek Aphrodite, Roman Venus or Athena, Egyptian Isis or Hathor, Etruscan Turan, the German (Eostre) and Anglo Saxons (Easter) are all offshoots.
Easter is the “Queen of Heaven”. She is seen as the goddess of fertility, love, protection, fate, sex, childbirth and marriage. Easter was linked to Venus the brightest object in the night sky. She was also said to be Semiramis, wife of Nimrod.
Arguably, Easter is the most important mother goddess of Mesopotamia relics, alive and flourishing today. Since Easter is a Spring and full moon festivity, it is observed on the first Sunday after the full moon after the Spring Equinox. It can fall as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.
Traditionally, the rites and rituals surrounding Easter range from fun games to gory. In instances cakes or buns were baked for the Queen’s birthday and there are stories of virgin girls being impregnated in order for the baby to born in December near the Winter Solstice. In March of the following year, these three month old babies were sacrificed to Easter to help ensure that Spring would be bountiful. Some common symbols, associated with Easter and embodying fertility and piety are hot cross buns, Easter eggs. Easter Bunny, ashes, Sunday church at the rising sun of Spring after the full moon, lighting of candles etc. (See my blong on Easter/Ishtar for more details)
EASTER- THE BIG DEBACLE
Up to 300 years after the death of Christ, “Followers of Christ”, shunned the Church as the Church was hunting them down to kill them. The disciples and “Followers of Christ”, also chose to recognize the death of Christ on the date it occurred: the Jewish Passover, which fell around day 14 of the month of Nisan, (March or April), and could be any day of the week.
However, the Catholic Church along with Constantine the emperor of Rome, decided in AD 325, at the council of Nicea, that such practice should stop and the “new” Christians would instead make the commemoration of Christ’s death coincide with Easter, the Sunday after the Spring Equinox and full moon. One umbrella for Christ and paganism. This umbrella was given the name Christianity.
Although Easter was a pagan and satanic worship, the Nicean council decided that they would surreptitiously claim that Christ was killed on a Friday and raised on a Sunday, in order to maintain their Friday worship of fish eating to Dagon and their Sunday Spring Equinox worship for Easter. This would have been quite genius but for one small detail.
Constantine had been oblivious of the prophecy that Christ must be dead for three days and three nights”. Count and see if you can get three days and three nights from Friday night to Sunday morning. Doesn’t fit eh? Even if you not the brightest kid in kindergarten. Of course, Christianity cannot explain this blunder logically so they do it in “faith and belief”. In English, it is called Fiction and Fallacy. In the streets, it is called a Lie.
The truth is, Christ was crucified at Wednesday midday and died by 3 pm same day. He rose three days later on the Saturday evening around 6 pm. Count and see if you get three days and three nights. Good, it is something any kindergarten kid can do.
DEBUNKING THE GOOD FRIDAY STORY
How can we safely say Christ was crucified on a Wednesday when the Bible said he was killed the day before the Sabbath. Isn’t the Sabbath a Saturday? Yup, the weekly Sabbath is Saturday but Christ was killed at a High Sabbath or annual Sabbath which fell on Nissan 15 every year. It was a Thursday that year.
It is a date not a day and can takeplace on any of the 7 days of the week.This High Sabbath is held to commemorate the exodus of the Israelite from Egypt. Recall the Passover and the killing of the first born of Egypt as we learnt in Sunday School. That was when the Passover Sabbath was created. It must not be confused with the regular weekly Saturday or 7th day Sabbath which was created from in Genesis. Thus each year, a week in March or April has 2 Sabbaths.
For proof of Christ’s death day, let us take a keen note of the first 4 gospels of the New Testament. You will see the subtlety. A chronological journey with Christ from Palm Sunday when he rode into Jerusalem on an ass until he rose from the dead Saturday evening should makes things a bit clearer than mud…hopefully.
Days/night of death
Christ rode into Jerusalem town on an ass
Went into the temple and whipped the money exchangers and turn over their tables. Felony?
Called the temple a “den of robbers and thieves”. (Slander?)
He healed some sick people and then spent the night in Bethany. (altruist?) Matthew 21:1-16
Spent his time preaching in the temple
Spoke parables such as the wicked tenants,
Discussed his views on the right to pay taxes
Declared that the greatest commandment is that we should love the Lord thy god with all our heart, soul and mind.
Curse out the Pharisees.
Upon leaving the temple he told the parable of the 10 virgins.
Judas went to the authorities. Matthew 21:23-27
Back to Jerusalem Matthew 26:17-19
Passover meal in the evening, at about 6 pm in Jerusalem.
After the meal they went to the garden of Gethsemane
arrested and brought before the Jews later in the night. Matthew 26:47-56
Tried and whipped early morning, 9 am Matthew 27:2-50
Crucified at midday
Dead at 3 pm
removed from the cross, wrapped in linen and placed in a tomb before 6 pm.
No time to prepare his body for burial as they had to prepare for the Annual Sabbath in a few hours.
Annual High Sabbath (Feast of unleavened bread) begun at 6 pm.
First night (6 pm – 6 am)
Christ is already dead. Luke 23:43-46
Annual High Sabbath (Feast of unleavened bread) continued.
High Sabbath ends 6 pm
First day (6 am to 6 pm)Second night (6 pm – 6 am)
Christ is already dead
After the end of the High sabbath Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint the dead. Mark 16:1
Spices were prepared in the day on Friday but they had to stop for the Saturday Sabbath was approaching. They intended to come back first thing Sunday morning to anoint the body.
The women rested on the Saturday Sabbath day (starting from 6 pm Friday evening). Luke 23:55 – 24:1
Second day (6 am to 6 pm)
Third night (6 pm – 6 am)
Christ is already dead, in the morning
Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James continue resting during the Saturday Sabbath until it ended on Saturday evening at 6 pm)
Christ risen around 6 pm, Saturday evening.
Sunday begins at 6 pm.
Third day (6 am to 6 pm)
Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James visit Jesus tomb on the Sunday, first day of the week. 6 am. Matthew 28:1-10
Christ already risen from Saturday (6 pm)
EASTER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Since we are on the topic of Bible, let us use this opportunity to further debunk the idea that Easter is being worshiped to recognized Christ’s death. If Christ is in the New Testament and Easter is mentioned in the Old testament, it would mean that Easter existed before Christ. Here are some verses to consider. Get your Bible.
2 Kings 23:13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
1 Kings 11:5-6. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of Yahweh; he did not follow Yahweh completely, as David his father had done.
1 Kings 11:33. I will do this (split the nation) because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians…
(1 Samuel 7:3,4). So the people of Israel removed the Baals and images of Ashtoreth. They served only Yahuwah.
The women were engaged in kneading dough and baking cakes of bread for the “Queen of Heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18).
Jeremiah 44: 15-18 stated that the people actually believed that because they stopped worshiping Easter or the Queen of Heaven they were suffering. Jeremiah think contrary. It was the worshiping of Easter that caused the calamity.
THE BIG CONTROVERSY: EASTER – IDOLATRY OR CHRISTIANITY?
How do we start? With an answer and then explanation? Okay. Easter is both Idolatry and Christianity. Don’t get offended yet. Hush, if it hurts but logic would suggest that if Easter was started 7000 thousand years ago by men who created god to represent nature, Spring Equinox and Venus, , then it is a cult and idolatry by definition. However, 300 years after the death of Christ, at the AD 326 Council of Nicaea, the most noble and greatest of emperors of Rome, and arguably, of the world, declared that Easter would no longer be for Romans/pagans only but would also double up as recognition of Christ who he claimed was “fully human and fully divine.”
This whitewashed version of paganism, now called Christianity, heralded in a perpetuation of ungodly and dark mysteries by surreptitiously marrying paganism such as the Spring Equinox (March 20) and the Winter Solstice ( December 22) with Christ name only. This move is akin to re-branding a whore house as a leisure lounge. New name. Same evil deeds.
Easter was “painted’ and “sold” as Christ’s resurrection day (rebirth) and December 22 was called Christmas, even though it was previously known as the birth day of the SUN…not son. At December 22, a remarkable thing happens. Days of sunlight reached its shortest and then the start to get longer. A Birthday of the SUN. Sunday, which was holy for the worship of the SUN also became the Lord’s Day instead of Saturday as mandated by Exodus 20 vs 8 – 10 (KJV): 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God:
These “new” converts or subscribers to the new religious order was called Christians. By re-branding the mystery cults and religion as Christianity, Constantine managed to keep the religious order in tact while avoiding a civil unrest among the population. Interestingly, Constantine became one of the first Christians, if not the first. The fox was now in charge of the chicken coop. Diabolic or genius or diabolically genius? Such was the greatness of Constantine.
Constantine was not finished yet. At the same meeting , the council also resolved that Easter should be fixed on a Sunday, not on the Wednesday or on Nisan 14, the day Christ died and as was practiced by the early “followers of Christ. As a result, Easter is now celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon of the vernal equinox.
(To read more about the Unconquerable SUN, the shortest day in the year and the Winter Solstice, check my blog)
(Never ever forget that according to the New Testament, it was the church, led by Caiaphas, the high priest and Pilate, the Roman procurator of Judea, that killed Christ). The church and the state.
With that in mind, it is crucial; that we reinforce the distinction between “Followers of Christ” and Christianity. “Followers of Christ” are not Christians. They only have one thing in common. The word Christ. “Followers of Christ” believe in John 3 vs 16 and Proverbs 3 vs 6. They obey the commandments and they feed the hungry, clad the naked and give drinks to the thirsty. They have one god and do not bow to or give respect to no other god, even at the stake of death. They keep the Sabbath holy, not Sunday. “Followers of Christ” detest and scorn Easter and Christmas as they see them as just relics of mystery Babylon and satanic cults. Similar to Christ, “followers of Christ” do not eat abominable meats such as crows, lobster and pork. Last but not least, according to the Bible, they will be just a measly few of them. I guess quality better than quantity? Hmmm.
On the other hand, Christians are idol worshipers under the veil of Christ’s name. Sadly, many do not know and few care but as Mark 7 vs 8 – 9 noted: “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”. Also, in history, Christians waged wars for fun and conquest and have killed or annihilated millions of innocent souls who refused or are not Christians. Recall the bloody Crusades and the enslavement of Blacks in Jamaica and the Caribbean. They were done in the name and support of Christianity. Last but not last . They are many Christians. Quantity but no quality? Hmmm
EASTER BACK THEN, SAME AS NOW
Around 2500 years before Abraham and 5000 years before Christ, the people in Mesopotamia (Sumerians) created gods in their own image and likeness. One such goddess was Easter. She was hailed as the goddess of fertility and Queen of Heaven. Her cult spread but some people such as Abraham and the prophets were of the view that Jehovah God detested Easter and saw it as abominable.
After the death of Christ, in order to reduce the chances of civil uprising and to appease the pagan gods, Constantine, the emperor of Rome, pulled off a stunt, albeit diabolical.He, with the signing of a document, made Easter a part of a “new” Christianity that was quintessentially a re-branded ” mystery religion and paganism.
Due to this fallacy, though painful, at Easter, many people try to connect with the creator of the heavens and earth but are instead connecting with the created beings in the heaven and the earth. Fortunately, although they can fool some of the people some of the times, they cannot fool all of the people all of the time. As such, it was noticed by curious prying souls that Easter is as old as civilization, and existed thousands of years before Christ. Attempts to tag Christ’s death to a ancient mystery ritual called Good Friday , did not pass the test as 1 plus 1 = 2 but 1 and 1 = 11 (eleven).
Debunking the Friday death day fallacy, we can note that Christ was killed the day before the Sabbath but it was not a weekly Saturday Sabbath. He was killed the day before the High Sabbath that was held every year, at Nisan 15, by the Israelite in recognition of their escape or deliverance from Egypt. It is a date, not a day.
In short Christ was killed as a sacrificial lamb at the Passover Wednesday Nisan 14, to fulfill prophecy which claimed that the messiah Christ would be killed and raised from the dead in three days and three nights in order to wipe away the sins of the earth and provide a new “road to the creator, Jehovah).
As such, anything that contradicts prophesy and the Bible, should be approached with caution. Of course, it depends if you are a “Follower of Christ” or a Christian. Sometimes, fools do rush in where angels fear to tread.