In light of today's misunderstood and pointless holiday (Easter), I was curious to see how many of us involved on these discussion boards came across this whole Ishtar Vs. Easter meme? I found a curious article about the debate and was curious to see what stance some of us would take in this meme.
Here is the Link!
There have been many of these types of ideas spreading around through documentaries & books these days. Many of them seek to connect Christian traditions with pagan ones. I must say, I can understand the reasons behind the claims: However, there still has to be historical proof to back such claims.
I myself am inclined to believe that it is more than likely possible for some pagan ritual to make its way into the building of Christian faith. The Bible itself mentions things like: “For they go up to their roofs and bow to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the LORD, but then they worship Molech, too. So now I will destroy them!” (Zephaniah 1:2-6 NLT). It indicates that the builders of Christian faith obviously knew about the many cults that surrounded them. There are many other pagan type Gods mentioned in the bible as well, it seems probable that in todays conspiracy driven society, individuals would try and make such connections.
I am still puzzled as to how a small cult of about a hundred followers of a man named Jesus became one of the largest religious organizations in the world? Recently Author Selina O’Grady touched on this topic in her book: AND MAN CREATED GOD, a history of the world at the time of Jesus. I plan on reading this book to see what light it may shed on my curiosity.
Feel free to comment: I sincerely hope some of you may have some knowledge I may have not yet received. I would appreciate any sources one may provide me with.
“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.”