Easter, Satan, and Wanton Speculation
Easter, Satan, and Wanton Speculation
The Christian world is celebrating Easter, so I've been talking with folks about the holiday and its origins. Anyone who really thinks about it should be confused because what the hell do the name of holiday and eggs and rabbits have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?
It's always confused me that the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus would have such odd symbols attached to it. The resurrection of Jesus is undoubtly the most important aspect of the Christian religion as it is considered to be the proof of divinity as well as the culmination of the scapegoating sacrifice Jesus made to save everyone. (supposedly)
Shouldn't that make Christians very uncomfortable mixing pagan festivals in with their Christian traditions? Easter pagan rituals were adopted into Christ's resurrection. Other pagan rituals were adopted into Christ's birth. There seems to be a lot of pagan corruption of these holy days...
Indulge me in a bit of wanton speculation...
If we assume Yahweh and Satan are real, wouldn't it make perfect sense for Satan to do something like the above? What better way to draw people away from God by corrupting the Church itself so that the Church will corrupt people for you? The devout think they are all saved and protected when in reality Satan has injected pagan worship into all of the major Christian holidays.
Then after I think about that, I continue to stoke the furnaces of my conjecture train and wonder how far back it would have started?
Saul of Tarsus
Saul never met Jesus in person and was known for persecuting Christians. Let's say you hate Christians and, despite your best efforts, they keep growing. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em... and then change their beliefs to make them more controllable. But they aren't going to believe you without a miraculous conversion story and you'll want to change your name to reduce some of the emotional effect of the name Saul (just like South Central in Los Angeles changed its name to South Los Angeles to avoid being connected to the Rodney King riots). Once you've convinced them you can start writing letters to the different congregations and giving them new rules to follow, tell them what to do, etc.
For example... women aren't allowed to talk in Church. Jesus never said anything like that... Paul did. Or that homosexuality is wrong. Jesus never said anything like that... Paul did.
But that's a naturalistic explanation of Paul's behavior, something humans would do to control other humans. Let's put Satan back into the mix. Satan is a beautiful angel. If he appeared to you on a road, claimed to be Jesus, and struck you blind, wouldn't you believe? Now Satan has a devout, miraculously-converted patsy in the Christian church and he can start perverting the beliefs.
I know. Crazy. Like I said, indulge me in some wanton speculation... but if Satan is the ultimate deceiver, doesn't that seem like a great strategy for getting people to turn away from God? Get them to think they are worshipping God when in fact they're not? Around 300 CE the Christian church had a major schism over whether God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit were a Trinity or three separate beings. Those who didn't believe in the Trinity were branded as heretics. If my wild, wild conjecture is going in the right direction, it sounds to me like Satan just convinced all Christians to worship Jesus as God instead of Yahweh, taking a false god for themselves and in a way becoming polytheists.
A crazy idea to be sure, but it's a damn good strategy to use.
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world they were worshipping the right God. ;)
Happy Chocolate Bunny Day!