The Early Church never mentioned Easter
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Easter. This festival, of which we read in Church history in the third or fourth century, was quite a different festival from that now observed in the Romish Church, and at that time was not known by any such name as Easter. It was called Pasch, or the Passover, and though not of Apostolic institution, was very early observed by many professing Christians, in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Christ. That festival agreed originally with the time of the Jewish Passover, when Christ was crucified. That festival was not idolatrous, and it was preceded by no Lent.8
The very name “Easter,” however, is the name of a pagan god, Astarte, one of the names of Beltis, the queen of heaven, (Semiramis). The people of Nineveh pronounced it “Ishtar.”
The dyed eggs of Easter Sunday are symbols of fertility that figured heavily in the ancient Babylonian rites.
Easter ham and sausage represents the sacrifice of a boar in appeasement to the queen of heaven for the loss of her son Tammuz.
Lent is directly borrowed from Babylon, too:
“This Egyptian Lent of forty days, we are informed by Landseer, in his Sabean Researches, was held expressly in commemoration of Adonis or Osiris, the great mediatorial god. Among the Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz, which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing, and which, in many countries, was considerably later than the Christian festival, being observed in Palestine and Assyria in June, therefore called the ‘month of Tammuz;’ in Egypt, about the middle of May, and in Britain, some time in April. To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the Christian and Pagan festivals amalgamated, and, by a complicated but skillful adjustment of the calendar, it was found no difficult matter, in general, to get Paganism and Christianity — now far sunk into idolatry — in this as in so many other things, to shake hands.”
Even if Easter was to be celebrated, and nowhere does the Bible command the observance of this day, it would not be kept as we do, because it did not happen as we observe it. Jesus Christ was crucified on a Wednesday, not a Friday, and rose at the end of the Sabbath (seventh day), not on Sunday morning.
How do we know that?
The religious officials of the day were, as usual, giving Jesus a difficult time of it. One said, “Master, give us a sign. Prove to us that you’re really the Messiah.”
Jesus replied, “Only an evil, faithless nation would ask for further proof; and none will be given except what happened to Jonah the prophet! For as Jonah was in the great fish for three days and three nights, so I, the Messiah, shall be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.” Matt 12.39-40
No matter how you count it out, there just aren’t three days and three nights between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. “Are there not twelve hours in a day?…. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth.” John 11.9-10
Some people say, “Well, that was just a Hebrew expression. It meant any part of three days — it was an approximation.”
Hebrew scholars agree that the meaning “three days and three nights” in Johna 1.17 refers to a 72 hour time frame. The division of night and day is at the opening of the Bible “And evening and morning were the first day….And the evening and morning were the second day and the evvening and morning were the third day” Genesis 1.4-13 Ks. Rodzaju 1:1-31
“The fact that ‘three days’ is used by Hebrew idiom for any part of three days and three nights is not disputed; because that was the common way of reckoning, just as it was when used of years. Three or any number of years was used inclusively of any part of those years, as may be seen in the reckoning of the reigns of any of the kings of Israel and Judah.
“But, when the number of ‘nights’ is stated as well as the number of ‘days,’ then the expression ceases to be an idiom, and becomes a literal statement of fact. See Mark 8.31, Mark 9.31, Matt 27.63 And John 2.19-21
“Moreover, as the Hebrew day began at sunset the day was reckoned from one sunset to another, the ‘twelve hours in the day,’ (John ll:9) being reckoned from sunrise, and the twelve hours of the night from sunset. An evening-morning was thus used for a whole day of twenty-four hours, as in the first chapter of Genesis. Genesis 1.4-13 Ks. Rodzaju 1.1-31 Hence the expression ‘a night and a day’ in 2 Cor. 11.25, Acts 27.39 denotes a complete day
“When Esther says (Est. 4.l6 Księga Ezdrasza 4.16) ‘fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days,’ she defines her meaning as being three complete days, because she adds (being a Jewess) ‘night or day.’ And when it is written that the fast ended on “the third day” (Est. 5.l Księga Ezdrasza 5.1), ‘the third day’ must have succeeded and included the third night.
“In like manner the sacred record states that the young man in (1 Sam. 30.l2 1 Księga Samuela 30.12) ‘had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.’ Hence, when the young man explains the reason, he says, ‘because three days ago I fell sick.’ He means therefore three complete days and nights, because, being an Egyptian (v l3) he naturally reckoned his day as beginning at sunrise according to the Egyptian manner. His ‘three days ago’ refers to the beginning of his sickness, and includes the whole period, giving the reason for his having gone without food during the whole period stated.
“Hence, when it says that “Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights” (Jonah l.l7 Księga Jonasza 1.17) it means exactly what it says, and that this can be the only meaning of the expression in Matt. l2.40; l6.4, and Luke ll.30.”
So if you count back from Sunday morning, starting the day at sunset as the Jews did, since all agree and the Scripture is plain that Jesus first appeared again on the morning of the first day of the week, he must have been crucified on Wednesday and placed in the tomb on Wednesday night. This particular Wednesday was the preparation day, the l4th of Nisan, when the passover lambs were sacrificed at the Temple from about l p.m. to 3 p.m. — as Jesus himself was being sacrificed! The Jews intended to break Christ’s Legs, which would have violated the prophecy. John 19.36, Psalm 34.20 Księga Psalmów 34.20. Because Jesus was already dead the soldiers did not break His legs but the two others. John 19.33. He was buried in haste before the sabbath — not the weekly Saturday sabbath, as many have believed, but the sabbath of the first day of unleavened bread, the l5th of Nisan, weekly sabbath rather, it was one of the annual holidays written in Lev 23.4-5 Księga Kapłańska 23.4-5 Thursday, which started at Wednesday sunset. Matt 26.1-2
We also know this because the Bible tells us that Jesus spent the day that was six days before the passover in Jerusalem and records his activities there. Counting inclusively, as the Jews did, this would be then the 9th of Nisan. The next day was the weekly Sabbath. He spent it in Bethany. So the 9th of Nisan would correspond to our Friday. The l4th of Nisan would be a Wednesday. The 14th day of Nisan is Passover.
So Jesus was dead Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights — and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday days. He arose at the weekly sabbath’s (Saturday’s) sunset. He fulfilled this prophecy of Jonah as scrupulously as he fulfilled the other hundreds of prophecies about himself.
Look at the precision with which God works: the passover lambs were sacrificed in the temple at the same time that Christ, our Passover, was laying down his life on the cross. And the first fruits were being offered to God just as Jesus Christ stood before God. Indeed, the law, as Paul wrote, was but a shadow of the things that were to come.
So we must conclude that observing the Wednesday crucifixion on a Friday, and then calling the supposed resurrection day by the name of a pagan goddess is something less than Biblically accurate.
Conclusion: Easter, with all its colored eggs, chocolate rabbits, hams and so forth, is Satan’s counterfeit of the holy days of God, designed to obscure the tremendous meaning behind these days, and to obscure God’s glorious plan for mankind.
A little more directly: Satan uses Christmas and Easter to keep you in the dark about the kingdom that’s coming.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11.3, 4.
What does it mean to preach another Jesus?
Receive another spirit? Or accept another gospel?
It means to preach about someone named Jesus as the saviour of mankind, instead of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Godhead, according to all that is written in God’s Holy Word, the Bible.
If we accept another Jesus it goes to follow that we will receive another spirit other than the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, because the Holy Spirit is only bestowed upon those who accept the Jesus Christ of the Bible, as their personal Saviour.
To accept another gospel means to accept for doctrine and practise things that are not fully supported by the whole Word of God as the way of salvation through Jesus.
Paul tells us that if someone “cometh preaching another Jesus” we are to “bear with him.”. The word ‘bear’ here means “to hold oneself up against” according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. So if someone comes preaching things not according to the Bible we are to reject them and their doctrine, for “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6.24.
If we are to reject false doctrines, we must first know the true. If we are not sure, how can we find out?
“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” John 7.16 – 18.
Most people who claim to be a Christian would agree up to this point. But how many people realize that this could be said about anyone who believes in the following doctrines/beliefs that they have accepted another Jesus, received another spirit or accepted another gospel?
The list below is not a comprehensive list:
1. Sunday Sacredness/Worship
2. Purgatory or that the dead go straight to heaven or hell.
3. Veneration of Images.
4. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
5. Easter is a celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
6. Sacredness of the cross or crucifix.
7. The use of Candles in worship.
8. Infant Baptism.
9. A Mediator between God and man other that Jesus Christ.
10. Women Ministers.
11. False talking in tongues.
12. Unity (not in doctrine) or ecumenicalism.
13. The Atonement was finished at the cross.
14. The Church was the original Christian Church.
Let us have a look at these doctrines/beliefs one at a time and see what the Word of God, the K.J.V. Bible has to say about them.
1. Sunday Sacredness/Worship
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20.8 – 11, Księga Wyjścia 20.8-11
In Matthew 12.8 Jesus Christ Himself says that He is “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” What day was He talking about? If we read the start of this chapter, verses 1 – 7, we will see it was the 7th day of the week, the same day that is spoken of in Exodus above, and the same day the Jews keep as the Sabbath, the day we call Saturday.
Here we read that the Sabbath was made for man, but which man?
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Genesis 2.2, 3, Księga Rodzaju 2.2-3
According to this quote after God made everything, including Adam and Eve, He made the Sabbath. So combining these two texts together we see that the Sabbath was made for Adam.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” Exodus 31.12 – 17. Księga Wyjścia 31.12-17
Yes, this last quote was for the children of Israel, but Christians today are to be ‘spiritual Israel’.
“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Romans 2.28, 29.
If we are not ‘spiritual Israel’, than we must be pagan for either we love God and follow Him as did Israel (Jacob), or we hate Him. (Matthew 6.24) Also, Jesus expected His followers to be still keeping the Sabbath after well His death, at the destruction of Jerusalem.
“But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:” Matthew 24.20.
In Revelation, John speaks of the saints keeping the Commandments right to the end of time.
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14.12.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Revelation 22.14, 15.
Isaiah tells us that we will even keep the Lord’s Sabbath in heaven.
“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 66.22, 23. Księga Izajasza 66.22-23
Some people may say that they worship on Sunday as a commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus, but did you know that there is a service that the Bible gives for the commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:” Romans 6:3 – 5.
So if Jesus Christ is Lord of the 7th day Sabbath, made for man at creation, then when and who changed it to Sunday?
“Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday in error, instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine by Peter Geiermann page 50.
“Q. Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals or precepts?
A. She has not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” A Doctrinal Catechism by Stephen Keenan page 174.
“Q. What does the word ‘Sabbath’ mean?
A. It means the day of rest.
Q. When did the Sabbath begin to be kept?
A. From the very creation of the world; for then God blessed the seventh day, and rested on it from all His work. – Gen 2. 2, 3.
Q. When was this commandment renewed?
A. In the Old Law, when God gave the commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, written with His own finger on two tables of stone. – Exodus xx.
Q. Why was the Jewish Sabbath changed into the Sunday?
A. Jesus was dead Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights — and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday days. He arose at the weekly sabbath’s (Saturday’s) sunset the Holy Ghost on a Sunday – works not inferior to the creation of the world.
Q. By whom was it changed?
A. By the Governors of the Church, the Apostles, who also kept it, for St. John was in the spirit on the Lord’s day (which was Sunday) – Apoc I 10.
Q. How do you prove that the Church has power to command Feasts and Holy-days?
A. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into the Sunday, which is admitted by Protestants, and therefore they contradict themselves by keeping Sunday so strictly, and breaking most other Feasts commanded by the same Church.
Q. How do you prove that?
A. Because by keeping Sunday they acknowledge the power of the Church to ordain Feasts and to command them under sin, and by not keeping the remainder, equally commanded by her, they deny in fact the same power.” Manual of Christian Doctrine: or Catholic Belief and Practise by Daniel Ferris pages 67, 68.
So the Roman Catholic Church changed the Sabbath from Saturday the seventh day of the week, to Sunday the first day of the week, but does God change?
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1.17.
“For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king. . . . My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Psalm 89.18, 34., Księga Psalmów 89.18 , 34 .
God spoke the Ten Commandments to the children of Israel at Mount Sinai (Exodus 20, Księga Wyjścia 20), so they can never be altered. What about the texts that seem to say that Christians are not obligated to keep the Jewish sabbaths, such as:
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: ” Colossians 2.16
“But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, where unto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.” Galatians 4.9, 10.
“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Romans 14.5
With the first text, if we read the very next text (Colossians 2:17 “Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”) it is plain to see that the ‘sabbath days’ referred to here are the ceremonial holy days or sabbaths. These were to do with the sancturay services which were to cease at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as this is what all these services pointed towards. The same can be said of Galatians 4.9, 10.
Romans 14.5 seems to be saying that every day is alike, but take a look at the very next text. “He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.” Romans 14.6.
2. Purgatory or that the dead go straight to heaven or hell.
A quick look at these two doctrines may have one asking what they have in common as they are vastly different. But to believe in either one of them you must believe that you never really die, but live forever. What was the lie that the satan through the serpent told Eve?
But what does God say?
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” Ezekiel 18.20, Księga Ezechiela 18.20
What does the Bible tell us happens at death?
“But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. . . .
His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.” Job 14.10 – 12, 21. Księga Hioba 14.10-12, 21
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. . .
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9.5 – 7, 10. Księga Koheleta 9.5-7, 10.
“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. . . .
For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,” Acts 2.29, 34.
So when we die our body goes back to dust from were it first came, and our breath goes back to God from where it came (Genesis 2.7, Księga Rodzaju 2.7). This being the case, when will the righteous dead go to heaven?
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4.13 – 17.
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15.50 – 53.
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” Revelation 20.6.
The righteous dead come up from the grave in the first resurrection at Jesus Christ’s second coming, when the righteous living join them in the air and they all go to heaven. This refers to the first death and resurrection. So, what is the second resurrection and death for?
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, . . .
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20.7, 12 – 15.
When the righteous have been in heaven with Jesus Christ for 1,000 years then the wicked are raised from the dead to receive punishment for their works. This punishment is known as the lake of fire into which death and hell are also cast. What will this punishment be like?
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: . . . And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matthew 25.41, 46.
“Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” 2 Thessalonians 1.9
“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14.10-11.
Upon reading these texts one might assume that the wicked will burn for eternity. But, Sodom and Gomorrah suffered eternal fire (Jude 7), and are they still burning? No. They burned until all was consumed and nothing was left but a pile of ashes. Does the Bible say anything like this about the lake of fire?
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.. . .
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 4.1 & 3, Ksiêga Malachiasza 4.1 & 3
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” Revelation 21.1
This last text comes immediately after John talks of the lake of fire (Revelation 20.15).
So if the Bible doesn’t support purgatory where does it come from?
“The doctrine of purgatory is purely Pagan, and cannot for a moment stand in the light of Scripture. For those who die in Christ no purgatory is, or can be, needed; for ‘the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth from ALL sin.’[1 John 1:7]
If this is true, where can there be the need for any other cleansing? On the other hand, for those who die without personal union to Christ, and consequently unwashed, unjustified, unsaved, there can be no other cleansing; for, while ‘he that has the Son hath life, he that hath not the Son hath not life,’[1 John 5:12] and never can have it.
Search the Scriptures through, and it will be found that, in regard to all who ‘die in their sins,’ the decree of God is irreversible: ‘Let him that is unjust be unjust still, and let him that is filthy be filthy still.’[Revelation 22:11] Thus the whole doctrine of purgatory is a system of pure bare-faced Pagan imposture, dishonouring to God, deluding men who live in sin with the hope of atoning for it after death, and cheating them at once out of their property and their salvation.”
The Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop “In every system, therefore, except that of the Bible, the doctrine of a purgatory after death, and prayers for the dead, has always been found to occupy a place. Go wherever we may, in ancient or modern times, we shall find that Paganism leaves hope after death for sinners, who, at the time of their departure, were consciously unfit for the abodes of the blest. For this purpose a middle state has been feigned, in which, by means of purgatorial pains, guilt unremoved in time may in a future world be purged away, and the soul be made meet for final beatitude. . . . The doctrine of purgatory is purely Pagan, and cannot for a moment stand in the light of Scripture. For those who die in Christ no purgatory is, or can be, needed; for ‘the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth from ALL sin.’ If this be true, where can there be the need for any other cleansing? On the other hand, for those who die without personal union to Christ, and consequently unwashed, unjustified, unsaved, there can be no other cleansing; for, while ‘he that hath the son hath life, he that hath not the Son hath not life,’ and never can have it. Search the Scripture through, and it will be found that, in regard to all who “die in their sins,” the decree of God is irreversible: ‘Let him that is unjust be unjust still, and let him that is filthy be filthy still.’ Thus the whole doctrine of purgatory is a system of pure bare-faced Pagan imposture, dishonouring to God, deluding men who live in sin with the hope of atoning for it after death, and cheating them at once out of their property and their salvation.” .
3. VENERATION OF IMAGES
“An essential difference exists between idolatry and the veneration of images practised in the Catholic Church, viz., that while the idolater credits the image he reverences with Divinity or Divine powers, the Catholic knows “that in images there is no divinity or virtue on account of which they are to be worshipped, that no petitions can be addressed to them, and that no trust is to be placed in them. . . that the honour which is given to them is referred to the objects (prototypa) which they represent, so that through the images which we kiss, and before which we uncover our heads and kneel, we adore Christ and venerate the Saints whose likenesses they are” (Conc. find., Sess. XXV, ‘de invocatione Sanctorum’).” Catholic Encyclopedia 1913, article on Idols.
But is there really a difference. Heathen tribes that use idols in the worship of demon-gods do not believe that the idol itself is a god, but are only a representative of the demon-god they worship. What do the words ‘venerate’, ‘image’ and ‘idol’ mean? The Oxford Dictionary tells us that ‘venerate – regard with respect and reverence; consider as exalted or sacred.’; ‘image – imitation of object’s external form, e.g. statue esp. as object of worship…’; and ‘idol – image as object of worship; false god; object of excessive devotion.’ So to venerate an image means to make it an idol.
Let us take a look as what the Bible says about idols.
“For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;” 1 Thessalonians 1.9.