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Easter is upon us, promising new life.

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It comes at a time of a receding pandemic, relentless strife and cultural assaults on everything we hold dear — our God-blessed, imperfect country, our “unalienable rights” from our Creator, the meaning of male and female and even reality itself.

Jesus always told the truth, regardless of consequences. It’s what got him crucified. That’s something to remember when the authorities of our time demand that we deny what we know from our own eyes, and in our hearts and minds. We shouldn’t let them get away with this, but that’s another discussion.

For at least one week, those who believe in the power of the cross and the Resurrection can set aside the insanity and take heart in a Savior who loves us beyond our understanding. Easter is a time of joy, the golden crescendo to nature’s renewed burst of creative energy.

Modern-day skeptics, who think the claims of Christ a re too good to be true, like to assert that the highest Christian holidays are merely cultural thefts from pagan religions. Thus, Christianity to them is just warmed-over superstition.  Bear Camping God Is Great Beer Is Good And People Are Crazy Shirt, hoodie, tank top

Christmas, for example, is said to have displaced the old Roman Feast of Saturnalia and Germanic Yule celebrations. Yes, it did, but for good purpose.

Since no one knows the exact day that Jesus was born in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago, the church chose Dec. 25, a day roughly corresponding to the Roman observance of the winter solstice. The idea was to keep the celebrations going, but redirect them to the glory of God instead of the mythical god Saturn.

As it became a universal force, the church often co-opted previous religions’ customs, as long as they didn’t contradict the unnegotiable, redemptive Gospel message of Jesus’s death, burial, resurrection and promise of eternal life for all who believe in Him.

Easter is a different story from Christmas. It’s tied to the Jewish Passover, with Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb for the sins of the whole world. The earliest recorded Easter celebration was in the 2nd century.

As for the word Easter, some skeptics suggest it came from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of springtime and fertility. Even if they’re right, this wouldn’t change the most consequential event in history. But they’re probably wrong. The online Encyclopedia Britannica explains:

 

 

 

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