By Van Robison
It is next to impossible to re-educate a human mind that has been brainwashed with untrue and false knowledge. A mind is indeed a fantastic machine. Humans the world over and without knowing it, have been programmed to believe lies and propaganda. No child on Earth is responsible for how their minds and thinking have been formed by their parents, guardians, schools, and cultural environment.
So let us face it, if your parents were Mormons, you have been programmed to believe in Mormonism. If your parents were Southern Baptist, you were schooled to think precisely as a Southern Baptist believes. Ditto Pentecostal, Methodist, Roman Catholic, and it matters not what the religious flavor is, you are a clone by indoctrination.
Truth is that had any Christian been born into another religious culture, they would not be Christian and vice-versa. It is not a matter of choice, but rather the circumstance of birth. It is a strange world, indeed.
By D.M. Murdock/Acharya S
Author and Religious Scholar
Although it is believed to represent the time of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the festival of Easter existed in pre-Christian times and, according to the famous Christian saint Venerable Bede (672-735 AD/CE), was named for the Teutonic or German goddess Eôstre, who was the “goddess of dawn” and who symbolized the fertility found abundantly during the springtime of the year. (See CE, V, 224; Weekley, 491) Regarding the ancient fertility goddess, in How the Easter Story Grew from Gospel to Gospel, Dr. Rolland E. Wolfe, a professor of Biblical Literature at Case Western Reserve University, relates:
“In the polytheistic pantheons of antiquity there usually was a king or chief of the gods, and also a female counterpart who was regarded as his wife. This mother goddess was one of the most important deities in the ancient Near East. She was called by the various names of Ishtar, Athtar [sic], Astarte, Ashtoreth, Antit, and Anat. This mother goddess always was associated with human fertility. In the course of time Mary was to become identified with this ancient mother goddess, or perhaps it should be said that Mary was about to supplant her in certain Christian circles.” (Wolfe, 234)
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