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    08 Apr '12 12:181 edit
    Since I saw no Easter threads as of yet, I just could not resist. It's not a thread to sell some intellectual gymnastics as a reason to believe. This thread is not about how others have taken some drug to give them a "revelation" of some sort. This thread is simply about the bombastic claim that one Jesus Christ rose from the dead and has become the hope of many to help give them a better life on earth and a new life to come that they did not have before he came. This thread is about the celebration of the good news.
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    08 Apr '12 12:27
    Originally posted by whodey
    Since I saw no Easter threads as of yet, I just could not resist. It's not a thread to sell some intellectual gymnastics as a reason to believe. This thread is not about how others have taken some drug to give them a "revelation" of some sort. This thread is simply about the bombastic claim that one Jesus Christ rose from the dead and has become the hope ...[text shortened]... hat they did not have before he came. This thread is about the celebration of the good news.
    Happy Ester woody! May your day be filled with joy and warmth and happiness🙂
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    08 Apr '12 12:29
    Originally posted by tim88
    Happy Ester woody! May your day be filled with joy and warmth and happiness🙂
    Thanks. Hope is a wonderful thing. In fact, it's all we really have.
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    Origins of the name "Easter":

    The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The
    Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De
    Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the
    Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the
    "Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern,
    Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos." 1 Her name was derived
    from the ancient word for spring: "eastre." Similar Goddesses were known by other
    names in ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, and were celebrated in the
    springtime. Some were:

    Aphrodite, named Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus) after the two places which claimed her birth; 8
    Ashtoreth from ancient Israel;
    Astarte from ancient Greece;
    Demeter from Mycenae;
    Hathor from ancient Egypt;
    Ishtar from Assyria;
    Kali, from India; and
    Ostara a Norse Goddess of fertility.

    rabbits? eggs? clearly a fertility rite that has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus
    Christ, who, rather ironically, commanded his followers to remember his death, not
    his resurrection.

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/easter1.htm
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    08 Apr '12 12:381 edit
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Origins of the name "Easter":

    The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The
    Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De
    Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the
    Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, stara a Norse Goddess of fertility.



    http://www.religioustolerance.org/easter1.htm
    God help me, my thread of hope has evoked the anger of the JW gods. 😲

    As a side note, why don't JW's pick a day to celebrate the resurrection?
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    08 Apr '12 12:40
    Originally posted by whodey
    God help me, my thread of hope has evoked the anger of the JW gods. 😲
    please note we did not author the site, you may wish to try again, who knows, you may
    do better.
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    Originally posted by whodey
    God help me, my thread of hope has evoked the anger of the JW gods. 😲

    As a side note, why don't JW's pick a day to celebrate the resurrection?
    As a side note, why don't JW's pick a day to celebrate the resurrection?

    because Christ commanded his true followers to remember his sacrificial death, not his
    resurrection. essentially you have hijacked a pagan fertility rite and tried to
    Christianise it with references to Christ's resurrection.
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    08 Apr '12 12:531 edit
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    As a side note, why don't JW's pick a day to celebrate the resurrection?

    because Christ commanded his true followers to remember his sacrificial death, not his
    resurrection. essentially you have hijacked a pagan fertility rite and tried to
    Christianise it with references to Christ's resurrection.
    In all fairness, I've taken down the idol of Eostre in my living room and did not even mention easter eggs and such. I was simply celebrating the day most have set aside to proclaim to the world that Jesus has arisen.

    Of course, in my church we take communion every day, thus remembering his sacrifice every day. However, as Christian I've found that Easter is a very effective witnessing tool and motivation for people to come to church who otherwise would not. I find that people are more receptive to the "good news" if they CHOOSE to hear the good news rather than showing up at your doorstep when you would rather not be bothered, but hey, that's just me.

    And lastly, to divorce the sacrifice from the resurrection is ridiculous because one without the other is meaningless.
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    08 Apr '12 12:56
    Originally posted by whodey
    In all fairness, I've taken down the idol of Eostre in my living room and did not even mention easter eggs and such. I was simply celebrating the day most have set aside to proclaim to the world that Jesus has arisen.

    Of course, in my church we take communion every day, thus remembering his sacrifice every day. However, as Christian I've found that Eas ...[text shortened]... showing up at your doorstep when you would rather not be bothered, but hey, that's just me.
    sure pander to their whims and bribe them into church with fluffy bunnies, chocolate
    eggs and the chance to win an xbox 360! Jesus died so that you could have an xbox!
    yay!
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    08 Apr '12 14:06
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    sure pander to their whims and bribe them into church with fluffy bunnies, chocolate
    eggs and the chance to win an xbox 360! Jesus died so that you could have an xbox!
    yay!
    You should try some of those Cadbury creme eggs, chocolate creme eggs, and
    caramel creme eggs. Maybe that would change your mind. They are good.
    HalleluYah !!!
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    08 Apr '12 14:11
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    You should try some of those Cadbury creme eggs, chocolate creme eggs, and
    caramel creme eggs. Maybe that would change your mind. They are good.
    HalleluYah !!!
    I bet even Noobster got an Easter egg! and I didn't 🙁
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    08 Apr '12 14:19
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    I bet even Noobster got an Easter egg! and I didn't 🙁
    Maybe they don't sell Cadbury creme eggs over there. We can only buy them
    here around Easter. So I am thankful for the Easter bunny for giving us those
    wonderfully tasty eggs.
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    08 Apr '12 14:24
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    Maybe they don't sell Cadbury creme eggs over there. We can only buy them
    here around Easter. So I am thankful for the Easter bunny for giving us those
    wonderfully tasty eggs.
    LOL, your so dumb, Cadburys was a British company until Nestle a Swiss company took
    it over, not so long ago.
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    08 Apr '12 14:49
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    LOL, your so dumb, Cadburys was a British company until Nestle a Swiss company took
    it over, not so long ago.
    You lucky dog!
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    08 Apr '12 14:532 edits
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    sure pander to their whims and bribe them into church with fluffy bunnies, chocolate
    eggs and the chance to win an xbox 360! Jesus died so that you could have an xbox!
    yay!
    Xbox?? Fluffy bunnies? Chocolate? Why didn't whodey get any of this for Easter? 😠

    All I know is that I know of Christians who were converted after listening to the good news on an Easter Sunday. You see Robbie, the Lord works in mysterious ways that even those that condemn Easter in your organization cannot even fathom.

    As a side note, I know a guy in New York who runs a missions in the inner city. He goes out and offers kids a chance to come to his church where he gives out gifts and plays games and sometimes even money to witness to them. Should this be condemned as well Robbie?
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