This is part 1 of a series of exposes on some of the practices which most people believed actually originated with the children of Israel. Having spent many hours researching. I will share with you some of what I have discovered over time. When I first came upon a lot of this information, it was quite shocking to me. In fact, I was alarmed, as I am sure you will be, when you discover that there is precious little, if anything, in the bible that is original to the bible. In this first study we will look at the feasts of the Passover and Easter.
Blood On The Door Post
In the book of Exodus, God in his great wisdom, decides to harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he can then punish him for his disobedience. God then instructs Moses to command Pharaoh to let the children of Israel depart for the land he promised them. Knowing that he would say no (since God made sure Pharaoh had no choice) he instructs Moses to tell the people to protect their household (by smearing blood on their door posts). And to start packing for their exodus. This is known as the Passover feast and is commemorated annually.
In the book of Exodus chapter 12 the story is told :
7 The people are to take some of the blood and put it on the doorposts, and above the doors of the houses… 12 “On that night I will go through the land of Egypt, killing every first-born male, both human and animal, and punishing all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood on the doorposts will be a sign to mark the houses in which you live. When I see the blood, I will pass over you and will not harm you when I punish the Egyptians. 14 You must celebrate this day as a religious festival to remind you of what I, the Lord, have done. Celebrate it for all time to come.”
Well, at last, it seems like we finally have something that is original to the Jews and displays the loving nature of their God. Yep! God will, in love, kill all of the first born, be they human or animal. Not sure what the animals are guilty of though. Even the babies will not be spared. This way God can reveal his great power and ‘love’ for his people. So while he commits genocide against the Egyptians, he in love protects his chosen people.
Passover Had It Origins In An Egyptian Fertility Festival
But hold it a minute! Not so fast. You see there is a problem here. Nah! Not the genocide bit. I am speaking about the origin part. You see there is evidence that the smearing of the blood on the door posts was done previously in an Egyptian Passover. Yep!
Let me explain. The Mother of God – Isis, is part of the Egyptian trinity. That trinity also comprises Osiris (her brother/husband) and Horus (her son). She is the first recorded virgin to give birth to the son of God. She was known to the Egyptians as Auset, later to the Greeks as Demeter. De-meter is composed of:
- De ~ the delta, or triangle which was known as the letter of the vulva (virgina). It, the vulva, represented the door of birth, or the sexual paradise. The triangle pointing downwards represents the female principle/energy; the divine feminine. The triangle with the tip pointing upwards represents the male sexual organ or energy – Resurrection. Together they are known, for some strange reason, as the star of David and represent power/force.
- Meter ~ means mother.
So Demeter/Isis is the mother of the vulva. The vulva is the ‘doorway to the mysterious feminine. She is the root from which heaven and earth springs. So in honor of Isis – the great seductress, and as an expression of the celebration of the door of birth and sexual pleasure – the vigina, they smeared blood on their doorways.
Easter Another Pagan Fertility Festival
Most christian scholars agree that Easter had its origin in pagan fertility festivals. These celebrated the divine feminine/the Goddess They are all held around the time of the spring equinox. In the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary it says:
“The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honor sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo–Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.”
The following is an excerpt from the website Ancient Origins:
“According to some scholars, such as Dr. Tony Nugent,…the Easter story comes from the Sumerian legend of Damuzi (Tammuz) and his wife Inanna (Ishtar), an epic myth called “The Descent of Inanna” found inscribed on cuneiform clay tablets dating back to 2100 BC.
When Tammuz dies, Ishtar is grief–stricken and follows him to the underworld. In the underworld, she enters through seven gates, and her worldly attire is removed. “Naked and bowed low” she is judged, killed, and then hung on display. In her absence, the earth loses its fertility, crops cease to grow and animals stop reproducing. Unless something is done, all life on earth will end.
After Inanna has been missing for three days her assistant goes to other gods for help. Finally one of them Enki, creates two creatures who carry the plant of life and water of life down to the Underworld, sprinkling them on Inanna and Damuzi, resurrecting them, and giving them the power to return to the earth as the light of the sun…”
NB: This was intended to be the last of the series, but I decided to make it the first hence the way it is written.
I suggest you read The African Origins Of Christmas to learn how far the Egyptian influence extends