It is that time of year again where Facebook is filled with memes about Ishtar, claiming that this pagan god is the real source of Easter.
This is yet another poor attempt to undermine the Bible and ignore God’s love for the world.
The main grounds for this “theory” is based on shared symbols of eggs and rabbits and that “Ishtar” and “Easter” sound similar. 🤦♂️
It is true that the Romans did bastardise Christianity to align the “religion” to their state ideal and they did adapt various pagan attributes into their festivals to allow them to win the hearts and minds of other cultures. The use of Rabbits and Eggs at Easter could be an example of this as both were used in pagan traditions to symbolise new life and fertility over the spring season.
But such symbols have nothing to do with the Biblical account of Easter.
Christians celebrate Easter every week at church.
We gather to thank God for His incarnation, atoning death on the Cross and the new life given in His victorious resurrection. We do this every Sunday without eggs and bunny’s. They are simply seasonal novelties.
There are so many other discrepancies with this theory but I will deal with the most ridiculous today. “Ishtar sounds a bit like Easter”.
My name (John Funnell) sounds a bit like the Olympian Sally Gunnell, but I am neither a woman and cannot run the hurdles.
Just because things sound similar it does not mean they are the same thing.
Constantine, the Roman Emperor who adopted “Christianity” did not speak English, he lived hundreds of years before the language was even invented. To him “Easter” was called “Pascha” in Greek or Pesach in Hebrew.
Pesach or Pascha sounds nothing like Ishtar.
Constantine would not have known what the word “Easter” meant. It is just a coincidence that the word sounds similar to modern ears.
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It is remarkable how so many have an opinion of Christianity yet know very little about it.
So, to those who promoted the Ishtar meme (and others like it), I warmly invite you to come to church this Easter and learn the wonders of the Bible for yourself.
You will see that Easter has nothing to do with Ishtar, rather it is a celebration of God’s victory over death, His personal offer of a fresh start in His resurrection and His overwhelming love for you!
These are all amazing and life changing truths!
Easter is a celebration that reminds us that every human being is valued by God. He
loves you (to death) and treasures you and wants to know you as His child.
Do not let these silly cultural myths cloud your relationship with you Father in Heaven. Come and see what Easter is all about!
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