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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Truth and the Resurrection

There are those who say that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is merely a story. They will claim, falsely, that the Risen Lord is derived from an agricultural myth. They will assert, wrongly, that "Easter is originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex." They will declare, contra the historical evidence, that Jesus Christ never lived or was crucified on a cross by the Roman authorities.

It is strange, is it not, that they should tell so many palpable lies in the service of that which they say to be truth?

The Apostle Paul once said that if the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not true, then we Christians are the saddest and most pathetic of all men. Everything we do, everything we believe, everything for which we hope and strive, is a lie.

It is strange, is it not, that so many observable and long-lived truths should stand so firmly on such a flimsy foundation of falsehood?

From Plato to Zelazny, men of letters have written of the purer things, that in their perfection spawn lesser shadows and imitations that reflect but an aspect of the true essence. From where does truth come, if not the Truth? And did Jesus not say that he was the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

Those who are Aristotelian devotees of reality stand by the Lesser Truth that A is A, and that A is never Not-A. But the Lesser Truth descends from, and depends upon, the Greater Truth, which is this:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Yesterday the light shone in the darkness. Today the light shines in the darkness. Tomorrow the light will shine in the darkness. And the darkness will never, ever, overcome it.

It is not a story, it is The Story, it is the oldest story, it is the true story from which all other stories flow. Light versus dark. And despite the darkness that surrounds us, that pervades us, that haunts us, the light of all mankind is winning.

That is why, all around the world this morning, there are millions of men and women who will greet each other with three simple words of hope and truth and triumph.

Christ is risen!

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96 Comments:

Blogger Mint April 20, 2014 4:48 AM  

He is risen indeed.

Anonymous Luke April 20, 2014 5:00 AM  

This will never be the Lord's Prayer, but it is my most common prayer:

"Dear God, please forgive me for my sins. What grace I am given, I hope it is given to my family. Thank You for them, Oh God. Please make me an instrument of Your will, whatever that may be. And God, thank You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Anonymous Supernaut April 20, 2014 5:08 AM  

It is not a story, it is The Story, it is the oldest story, it is the true story from which all other stories flow. Light versus dark. And despite the darkness that surrounds us, that pervades us, that haunts us, the light of all mankind is winning.

Amen.

Happy Easter, VD and the Dread Ilk.

Anonymous AdognamedOp April 20, 2014 5:12 AM  

Amen Brother.

Anonymous Steveo April 20, 2014 5:12 AM  

He is risen indeed! Grace & peace to you & yours, all the Ilk & family, & all believers, everywhere - may the Lord bless you & keep you, & make His face shine upon you. Amen.

Anonymous philip April 20, 2014 5:16 AM  

He is risen indeed.

Anonymous Lurker April 20, 2014 5:18 AM  

Happy Easter brothers.

Anonymous zen0 April 20, 2014 5:19 AM  

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Anonymous The CronoLink April 20, 2014 5:27 AM  

And we surrender our crowns before Him.

Blogger JDC April 20, 2014 5:29 AM  

Happy Easter you frightful ilk.

Today we greet the morning with the sound of the Hallelujah Chorus resonating in our ears. We have been to the empty tomb. We have heard the glad news of resurrection. Now it is time for the church to send a message back to the world. What should that message be? One word - Victory.

Blogger James Dixon April 20, 2014 5:39 AM  

Happy Easter to all the Ilk.

Blogger Manach April 20, 2014 6:00 AM  

Kyrie eleison, Christi eleison

Blogger Rantor April 20, 2014 6:14 AM  

May the joy of that first Easter be ours today and always. He has risen indeed! Praise Father Son and Holy Spirit!

Anonymous N5 April 20, 2014 6:50 AM  

He is risen, indeed.

Anonymous Jeanne April 20, 2014 7:03 AM  

Amen.

Happy Easter, everyone. We serve a a risen Lord and the gates of Hell will not prevail against His church.

Anonymous Logan April 20, 2014 7:09 AM  

Happy Easter to Vox, Spacebunny and the glorious Ilk!

Blogger Andrew April 20, 2014 7:12 AM  

The Lord Jesus Christ is indeed risen! Halleluia!

However, to celebrate his resurrection as 'Easter' is an abomination. Easter may well have come from the celebration of Ishtar, which has been cited by Truth lovers such as James Lloyd, and some may want to dispute this. But what cannot be denied is that Easter existed before Jesus died and rose from the dead:

ACTS 12: "1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people."

Was it already known/celebrated as Easter so soon? And why would Herod, of all people, wait until "after Easter" to do anything? Either he celebrated it, or acknowledged that the people he ruled over did, and didn't want to upset them. If the latter, wouldn't jailing and killing Christ's disciples upset these same people?

Jesus is the Way, the Life, and the Truth. Deny any one of these 3, and you are not of Him.

- Andrew







Blogger Bogey April 20, 2014 7:14 AM  

Amen

OpenID simplytimothy April 20, 2014 7:27 AM  

amen

Anonymous VD April 20, 2014 7:33 AM  

Easter may well have come from the celebration of Ishtar, which has been cited by Truth lovers such as James Lloyd, and some may want to dispute this.

No, it has nothing whatsoever to do with Ishtar. Obviously you are monolingual and don't realize that this is a parochial Teutonic language issue. We celebrate Pasqua, from the Latin Pascha. "Easter" doesn't derive from Ishtar, but from the German "Ostern" which simply refers to the East.

You might as reasonably claim that "Austria" is a country founded by Ishtar-worshippers.

Anonymous Eric Ashley April 20, 2014 7:38 AM  

Glory and Hallelujah!

Anonymous Incurvatus April 20, 2014 7:46 AM  

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Blogger Remo April 20, 2014 7:50 AM  

Thank you for thoughts and insights these many years Vox.

He is risen indeed. Amen.

Anonymous Ecthelion April 20, 2014 8:05 AM  

He is risen indeed!

Anonymous MattN April 20, 2014 8:12 AM  

Thanks, I enjoyed reading this. Happy Easter! He is risen indeed!

Blogger Fred April 20, 2014 8:13 AM  

Amen Bro!

Blogger Bogey April 20, 2014 8:16 AM  

But what cannot be denied is that Easter existed before Jesus died and rose from the dead

Acts 12:4 was the traditional passover. Which of course was the tenth plague of Egypt.

Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Anonymous Shutterbug April 20, 2014 8:17 AM  

I KNOW that my Redeemer lives. Praise Him!! Thank You Lord for this incredible act of love and mercy. Jesus wins and we win with Him.

Blogger Bogey April 20, 2014 8:21 AM  

...of course Christ became our passover. His blood was shed so that we can be saved.

Anonymous Josh April 20, 2014 8:22 AM  

Happy Easter y'all.

By His stripes we are healed.

Anonymous Allabaster April 20, 2014 8:27 AM  

He who loves the truth basks in the light for it will bring only greater joy.
Another year has passed and I wish you all the love of our risen lord until those of us who are left to celebrate once more.

Anonymous p-dawg April 20, 2014 8:28 AM  

It's one thing to celebrate the Resurrection. It's another to do so within the context of an extra-Scriptural religious holiday. There's already a feast to commemorate the Resurrection.
Amos 5:21 "I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies."
Isaiah 1:14 "Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them."

Do what you like, just don't do so in ignorance. Your Creator has told you not to celebrate the feasts of men, but instead His feasts. And, I know, I know - the OT is SOOOOO 3000 years ago. I remind you of the words of the man you claim to celebrate today: "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." - Either Matthew 4:4 or Luke 4:4, whichever you prefer. I note that when this was said, the OT was the only extant Scripture. So I assume that he was including it in the phrase "every word".

Anonymous jay c April 20, 2014 8:34 AM  

No doubt some of the traditions of Easter are of pagan origin, but the death and resurrection of Yeshua are not. Our terminology may differ. Our calendars may differ, but our Saviour remains the same: alive and unchanging. I wish you all a happy Easter and I hope you wish me a happy Firstfruits.

Anonymous Michael April 20, 2014 8:41 AM  

Happy Easter to everyone.

p-dawg, you're cherry-picking quotes out of context.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/amos/5

* [5:21–27] The prophet does not condemn cultic activity as such but rather the people’s attempt to offer worship with hands unclean from oppression of their fellow Israelites (cf. Ps 15:2–5; 24:3–4). But worship from those who disregard justice and righteousness (v. 24) is never acceptable to the God of Israel. Through the Sinai covenant the love of God and the love of neighbor are inextricably bound together.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/isaiah/1:10

* [1:10–17] A powerful indictment of the religious hypocrisy of rulers and others who neglect just judgment and oppress the weaker members, yet believe they can please God with sacrifices and other external forms of worship. The long list of observances suggests the Lord’s tedium with such attempts. Sodom…Gomorrah: the names are picked up from v. 9, but now to emphasize their wickedness rather than the good fortune of escaping total destruction.

Blogger JartStar April 20, 2014 8:58 AM  

There is no other truth with gives men hope like Christ is Risen!

Blogger Andrew April 20, 2014 8:59 AM  

No, it has nothing whatsoever to do with Ishtar. Obviously you are monolingual and don't realize that this is a parochial Teutonic language issue. We celebrate Pasqua, from the Latin Pascha. "Easter" doesn't derive from Ishtar, but from the German "Ostern" which simply refers to the East.

You might as reasonably claim that "Austria" is a country founded by Ishtar-worshippers.


I claim nothing of the sort, Vox. I speak German too, and realize that Ostern means East. Like I said, some may dispute the connection with Ishtar, and I am not going to dig in my heels on that point.

However, the Easter celebration does predate Jesus' time on Earth.

Why are colored eggs associated with Easter? Fertility symbols?

- Andrew

Anonymous Stephen A. April 20, 2014 9:06 AM  

Eggs are associated with Easter because they were forbidden during the strictness of Lent in the Middle Ages, and so the Easter celebration would involve children going on a hunt for them. Apparently the coloring of the eggs comes from Mesopotamia, where Assyrian Christians dyed them red in honor of Christ's Blood.

OpenID thetroll April 20, 2014 9:11 AM  

> However, to celebrate his resurrection as 'Easter' is an abomination. Easter may well have come from the celebration of Ishtar,

Most definitely not. Derivation is directly from Jewish Passover; see 1 Corinthians 5:7

"Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed."

You can make a decent case that those Jewish Passover celebrations likely to some extent co-opted Amorite / Canaanite pagan equinox festivals, sure. But as far as Christian theology goes, from Exodus 12 to today's celebrations is a clear progression, no cause to question it.

... now, the rabbit was the symbol of Eostra the Teutonic fertility goddess and featured at her vernal equinox feasts, so if ideological purity is a major concern, you might want to skip the Easter bunnies...

Anonymous Incurvatus April 20, 2014 9:17 AM  

Rabbits and eggs have long appeared in Christian imagery, undoubtedly because of their association with the resurgence in Life.

A more thorough treatment is here:
http://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=36208

Anonymous Stephen A. April 20, 2014 9:22 AM  

There was no goddess named "Eostre" in any kind of Teutonic paganism; her name was an attempted explanation of the Teutonic practice of calling it "Easter" instead of some variant of "Pasca" by St. Bede, and he is the only person who ever mentioned her.

All of the "EASTER IS PAGAN" nonsense is an attempt to drive Christians apart and away from Jesus Christ and His Resurrection. Maran atha

OpenID thetroll April 20, 2014 9:25 AM  

> Why are colored eggs associated with Easter? Fertility symbols?

Pope Paul VI, AD 1610:

"Bless, O Lord! we beseech thee, this thy creature of eggs, that it may become a wholesome sustenance to thy faithful servants, eating it in thankfulness to thee on account of the resurrection of the Lord."

Can't really get more unambiguous than that.

As per Stephen A., dying the eggs red for Christ's blood dates back pretty much as long as Easter's been celebrated, and it's still a total thing in the Orthodox churches. The story goes that Mary Magdalene preached the Resurrection throughout the Roman Empire using eggs as a kind of metaphor for life arising from a stone, and when she encountered Tiberius he scoffed that he'd believe in the Resurrection if the eggs in her basket turned red. So they promptly did.

Again, eggs have been part of pagan fertility festivals since forever, so you can make a case that picking them as a symbol of Resurrection had a bit of co-option to it sure. But whatever the original motivation, that they've been an accepted symbol of Easter and the Resurrection from the very beginning is thoroughly theologically sound.

Anonymous DrW April 20, 2014 9:26 AM  

He is risen!

OpenID thetroll April 20, 2014 9:29 AM  

> St. Bede, and he is the only person who ever mentioned her.

Oh, I don't know about that. There's some reasonable sounding scholarship going back to Austri in Gylfaginning of the Prose Edda that argues that Germanic vocabularies provide pretty solid support for Bede. Definitely in the 'debatable' category though, yes.

Blogger Random April 20, 2014 9:39 AM  

Happy Easter, He is risen!

Anonymous Stephen A. April 20, 2014 9:42 AM  

I think you should check Gylfaginning. Austri ain't a fertility goddess, he's a dwarf associated with Cardinal East made from Ymir's skull.

Anonymous Michael April 20, 2014 9:43 AM  

Let me just say that there is nothing wrong with bunny rabbits. God made them; they are beautiful creatures. There's nothing evil about them.

Anonymous Scott April 20, 2014 9:48 AM  

Amen, may Jesus fill your hearts with peace,

Blogger IM2L844 April 20, 2014 9:51 AM  

There are only so many days in a year. Who is the prescriptive authority who cordons them off and parcels them out? Does it matter who got there first? If, when I see a colored egg, it makes me think of our Savior's resurrection then it no longer holds the power of association with paganism that it may have once held for someone else.

Come on people. Life is simple. Don't go out of your way to unnecessarily convolute innocence into evil.

He is risen. As the most important event to ever occur in all of human history, anything that reminds us of that, regardless of it's past associations for others, can't be a bad thing without a purposeful effort to make it so.

OpenID thetroll April 20, 2014 9:55 AM  

> Gylfaginning. Austri ain't a fertility goddess, he's a dwarf associated with Cardinal East made from Ymir's skull.

Austri is also described as a spirit of light, sensibly enough as per association with the east and the dawn. Linguists connect this to a posited PIE dawn goddess *H₂ewsṓs. From which we get Proto-Germanic austrōn for dawn, Old English Ēostre, and today's Easter.

Can't claim to be anywhere near competent enough of a linguist to assess the soundness of these derivations myself, but it all seems to hold together pretty well.

Anonymous Stephen A. April 20, 2014 10:07 AM  

I don't question the derivation of the words, only the meaning assigned to them. It seems to me that they have found the PIE word for "Dawn" and then, because some IE societies had a fertility goddess associated with the dawn the Teutons obviously did (despite no evidence for them having such).

A spirit of light and a dwarf aren't mutually exclusive in Norse mythology. Dwarves being bearded, stocky fellows is a much later interpretation.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza April 20, 2014 10:15 AM  

Let us pray for those who fight the dark. Let us today and always rejoice for he has risen, happy easter all.

OpenID thetroll April 20, 2014 10:21 AM  

There certainly are many eminent scholars who agree with you completely. Me, I'll go with Billson and leave further resolution as imponderable.

"one is inclined to agree with Grimm, that it would be uncritical to saddle this eminent Father of the Church, who keeps Heathendom at arms' length and tells us less of than he knows, with the invention of this goddess."

Blogger tz April 20, 2014 10:24 AM  

Jesus rose.on the sunday after the friday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Which is why we celebrate it on the same lunar calendar day. We need "an easter carol" for our Scrooge 2.0s.

But there is far worse than such quarrels which take.the day seriously.

Tomorrow it.will be forgotten and we.will return to despair, untruth, and loss. As if nothing happened.

Economists will turn their heads downward to.the graves of Keynes, or Mises, or Friedman looking for answers.

Others will look.to changing immigration, more or less as an answer.

They will.talk.about guns and butter and wars and police and the merits of force.as.an answer.

And forget Jesus is the Truth and the answer.

My church starts the OCTAVE of easter, ending next sunday with Divine Mercy Sunday, a day of indulgence. And the season doesn't really end until Pentecost.

Martha was busy with many things but Mary had the better part. We need to emulate her and sit quietly at.Jesus feet, listening. Every day.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet April 20, 2014 10:41 AM  

Vox and the Ilk,

Happy Easter.

Anonymous Sensei April 20, 2014 10:54 AM  

He is risen indeed; and He shall reign forever and ever.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick April 20, 2014 10:54 AM  

This little Light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.

Anonymous Don April 20, 2014 11:19 AM  

Allelluia! Amen. Happy Easter may you and your family know the grace of God.

Anonymous Cranberry April 20, 2014 11:33 AM  

Amen, Vox.

A blessed Easter to you all.

Anonymous Obvious April 20, 2014 11:48 AM  

The Apostle Paul once said that if the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not true, then we Christians are the saddest and most pathetic of all men. Everything we do, everything we believe, everything for which we hope and strive, is a lie.

Heeeeeeeeey, something I agree with.

Happy Easter!

Blogger foxmarks April 20, 2014 11:59 AM  

Vox's Easter post is my favorite every year. The joy among the faithful in the ilk spreads onto me. May I some day be able to celebrate the Gift with similar sincerity.

But it's not about me. Not today. The opportunity to transcend death is the greatest offer ever made.

Anonymous TheVillageIdiot:Ret April 20, 2014 12:42 PM  

HE is risen....
WE ARE NOT FORSAKEN!

Promise fulfilled....

GLORIOUS NEWS

or does it feel more like a threat or a warning?

DannyR

Anonymous Tom B April 20, 2014 12:42 PM  

Amen and amen, Vox. God bless you and yours this day.

Blogger ajw308 April 20, 2014 12:53 PM  

Christ is risen!

Happy Easter to all the Ilk, lurkers, readers and trolls.

Anonymous Dave April 20, 2014 1:05 PM  

Christ is Risen ! You will also enjoy reading and watching the videos of my friend Joe Dan, who is a staunch anti-atheist. http://intellectualfroglegs.com/god-science-history/

Blogger jaericho April 20, 2014 1:13 PM  

He is risen indeed!

OpenID luagha April 20, 2014 1:41 PM  

I didn't come up with it, but I like:

Unlike the U.S. dollar, He is risen.

Anonymous Salt April 20, 2014 1:51 PM  

Christ is risen. Happy Easter to all.

Anonymous Desiderius April 20, 2014 2:26 PM  

Τί οὖν ἐροῦμεν πρὸς ταῦτα; εἰ ὁ θεὸς ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν, τίς καθ’ ἡμῶν; ὅς γε τοῦ ἰδίου υἱοῦ οὐκ ἐφείσατο, ἀλλὰ ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν πάντων παρέδωκεν αὐτόν, πῶς οὐχὶ καὶ σὺν αὐτῷ τὰ πάντα ἡμῖν χαρίσεται; τίς ἐγκαλέσει κατὰ ἐκλεκτῶν θεοῦ; θεὸς ὁ δικαιῶν· τίς ὁ [a]κατακρινῶν; [b]Χριστὸς ὁ ἀποθανών, μᾶλλον [c]δὲ [d]ἐγερθείς, ὅς [e]καί ἐστιν ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ θεοῦ, ὃς καὶ ἐντυγχάνει ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν· τίς ἡμᾶς χωρίσει ἀπὸ τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ Χριστοῦ; θλῖψις ἢ στενοχωρία ἢ διωγμὸς ἢ λιμὸς ἢ γυμνότης ἢ κίνδυνος ἢ μάχαιρα; καθὼς γέγραπται ὅτι Ἕνεκεν σοῦ θανατούμεθα ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν, ἐλογίσθημεν ὡς πρόβατα σφαγῆς. ἀλλ’ ἐν τούτοις πᾶσιν ὑπερνικῶμεν διὰ τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντος ἡμᾶς. πέπεισμαι γὰρ ὅτι οὔτε θάνατος οὔτε ζωὴ οὔτε ἄγγελοι οὔτε ἀρχαὶ οὔτε [f]ἐνεστῶτα οὔτε μέλλοντα οὔτε δυνάμεις οὔτε ὕψωμα οὔτε βάθος οὔτε τις κτίσις ἑτέρα δυνήσεται ἡμᾶς χωρίσαι ἀπὸ τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ θεοῦ τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ τῷ κυρίῳ ἡμῶν.

Anonymous Godfrey April 20, 2014 2:36 PM  

"Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is part of the person is indeed answered. Through Jesus we do know 'the room where exiled love lays down its victory.' He himself is this place, and he calls us to be with him and in dependence on him. He calls us to keep this place open within the world so that he, the exiled love, may reappear over and over in the world... God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed." (Pope Benedict XVI)


Take comfort brothers. Love is not dead. It has risen. It lives on. It never ends.

Blogger Beau April 20, 2014 3:25 PM  

It brings me great joy to read the expressed faith of so many believers. I'll add mine to the great chorus of those believe and possess eternal life; Christ is risen!

Anonymous whitebuffalocalfwoman April 20, 2014 3:41 PM  

Ah well, I go by Anatoly Fumenko and Fort, history as we understand it is a fiction. We are dominated by sociopathic demons in human flesh who own this farm and we are the cattle.

Anonymous Seymour Butz April 20, 2014 4:12 PM  

Amen Brother Day.

Blogger Beau April 20, 2014 4:51 PM  

In case you've wondering what Desiderius posted, here is a translation:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Which you may recognize is St. Paul's epistle to the Romans, chapter 8:31-39 in the English Standard Version. Remember Christian, Christ is risen.

Anonymous lozozlo April 20, 2014 5:09 PM  

He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter to all Christians be they Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and so on!

Anonymous rycamor April 20, 2014 5:14 PM  

The Apostle Paul once said that if the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not true, then we Christians are the saddest and most pathetic of all men. Everything we do, everything we believe, everything for which we hope and strive, is a lie.

Amen. The irony is that this is true even though Christians have achieved more greatness in earthly civilization than any other group. Yet whatever heights of culture we can achieve, whatever transcendant beauty we can portray in the arts, whatever dominance over nature we can achieve with knowledge and technology, it all comes to naught compared to the prize we seek, which is eternal.

Anonymous rod April 20, 2014 5:31 PM  

Thanks Vox! Keep doing God's work.

Anonymous Scooter Downey April 20, 2014 5:35 PM  

Christ is risen! In death by love the world was overcome.

Anonymous scoobius dubious (not dubious on this day of days) April 20, 2014 6:22 PM  

IM2L844 -- yeah, I think you nailed it.

Alleluia, sing to Jesus,
His the sceptre, His the throne.
Alleluia, sing to Jesus,
His the victory alone.


Anonymous patrick kelly April 20, 2014 6:42 PM  

Indeed He is Risen !!
Magnify His glorious Resurrection !!

Anonymous patrick kelly April 20, 2014 6:48 PM  

"> However, to celebrate his resurrection as 'Easter' is an abomination. Easter may well have come from the celebration of Ishtar,

Most definitely not. Derivation is directly from Jewish Passover; see 1 Corinthians 5:7
"

Yeah, so the rest of us, over in the East, Orthodox, Coptic, etc. still celebrate "Pascha", but we're not bothered by our western friends using the word Easter cuz' it's all about our Risen Lord, not some silly anal simantics about out dated language usage.......

But if the word "Easter" offends you so much, come on over and celebrate Pascha with us Orthodox, we start celebrating about 11pm Saturday evening, finish up partying about 4am Sunday morning, then come back again about noon and start all over again.

And there is much rejoicing, eating, drinking, even music and dancing on occasion.....visiting heathen partiers have a hard time keeping up with us.......just sayin'......heh....

Anonymous Phil Mann April 20, 2014 6:52 PM  

Happy Easter to all Christians be they Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and so on!

As an Orthodox Christian, glad to see the rest of you get the date right this time. Happens every once in a while.

Happy Easter to all, indeed.

Blogger Sherwood family April 20, 2014 8:44 PM  

Christ is Risen
He is truly Risen.

The triumph of the Resurrection makes hope possible.

Anonymous kh123 April 20, 2014 8:55 PM  

Following on the Paul reference: Worse than the miserable fool are the wastrels who try to kick the crutch from underneath and push him into an early grave.

Watch your step, revolutionary; there's more than enough room for all Corcyraeans.

Anonymous Mavwreck April 20, 2014 9:12 PM  

The priest at Mass today had a very good point in his homily. I may be paraphrasing, but it was:

"Peter initially tried to follow Jesus from a safe distance behind him. He soon discovered that this was not possible."

I have to admit...those who follow His ways closely enough to suffer for it amaze me sometimes.

May all who follow Him be blessed, no matter how far behind they are.

Blogger Alcuin April 20, 2014 9:13 PM  

I didn't come up with it, but I like:

Unlike the U.S. dollar, He is risen.


And the best part is that unlike the dollar, He will never fall, He will never collapse.

He is our Rock and our Salvation, and He is risen!

Anonymous daddynichol April 20, 2014 9:32 PM  

I'm a bit late to the post, but may all the Dread Ilk, family and loved ones have a Blessed Easter! He is Risen!

Anonymous Cherub's revenge April 20, 2014 11:49 PM  

Voistynu voskres!

Blogger Wes April 21, 2014 12:31 AM  

I just wanted to add my belated Easter greetings to one and all.

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. -- 2 Corinthians 8:9

Anonymous Don April 21, 2014 2:37 AM  

Phil Mann - I grew up Catholic but every Easter we celebrated with the Greek Orthodox church. You guys do Easter right.

Anonymous Gara April 21, 2014 8:35 AM  

It is strange, is it not, that so many observable and long-lived truths should stand so firmly on such a flimsy foundation of falsehood?

Long lived truths such as this:

The proposition that the Sun is the center of the world and does not move from its place is absurd and false philosophically and formally heretical, because it is expressly contrary to Holy Scripture.

The proposition that the Earth is not the center of the world and immovable but that it moves, and also with a diurnal motion, is equally absurd and false philosophically and theologically considered at least erroneous in faith.

Papal Condemnation (Sentence) of Galileo
(June 22, 1633)


Truths spawns truths and lies spawn lies, indeed. Fortunately for humanity, we are no longer at a point in history where christian authorities are able to force truth finders such as Galileo to conform to their lies.

Anonymous FrankNorman April 21, 2014 9:25 AM  

This time of the year, we have Christians celebrating the Resurrection. We also seem to have some other people making a fuss about something or other that's not related to the Resurrection.

Anonymous Gara April 21, 2014 9:49 AM  

I certainly do not intend to disrupt your celebration, since I enjoyed the long weekend immensely myself. What I find interesting is that someone would argue for Christianity's truth based on the truths it has spawned while simultaneously ignoring the lies that have been defended on the same basis.

Blogger James Dixon April 21, 2014 11:43 AM  

> What I find interesting is that someone would argue for Christianity's truth based on the truths it has spawned while simultaneously ignoring the lies that have been defended on the same basis.

We don't have to mention any "lies". For some strange reason there's always some apsie or other showing up to do so for us. Strange how that works.

Anonymous A. Nonymous April 21, 2014 7:50 PM  

Happy (belated) Easter, everyone.

Anonymous MarkP April 22, 2014 12:41 PM  

And the response: He is risen indeed!

Anonymous Rollory April 23, 2014 1:57 PM  

The historical evidence for Jesus' existence is 1) the Bible, as collected and approved by the early Church (a century or two after the timeframe being claimed), 2) a large number of people 200-300 years after the claimed events believing them to be true, and even more people since then just taking it for granted that all those predecessors couldn't be wrong. There is no external independent contemporary evidence whatsoever for any of it - in all the multitudes of documents and records we have from the Roman era in general and that time period in particular, there is NO corroborating evidence. No letters from people living in Palestine to their cousins in Rome or Anatolia or wherever mentioning "and in oddball news, there's this guy claiming to be a holy man, causing lots of disruptions". None.

(Josephus's bit is pretty clearly a forgery, and Tacitus wrote 70-odd years after the claimed events (not contemporaneously) and touches on a bare minimum of points. When you look at some of the "everybody knows" myths about the 1930s and the complete lack of other non-Christian sources even discussing the man's existence, let alone mentioning the miracles or all the rest of it, Tacitus is hardly dispositive.)

There is a wealth of independent discussion and verification of the existence of Alexander or Julius Caesar or any other such figure, from their followers, from their enemies, from random bystanders who happened to observe some of the events in question. In the case of Jesus, such evidence is completely nonexistent. You could with equal validity expect people in 200 years to consider Batman a real historical figure from the pre-collapse days of the USA - and, seen in that light, it's hardly unbelievable that such an outcome could occur.

The New Testament is written in the form of multiple people observing the events, but it is explicitly selected to support the approved story, and it is explicitly admitted that accounts that did not support the approved story were excluded. It is therefore not multiple independent accounts, but a single document, calculated to produce a particular effect (and even taking that into account, the accounts included contradict each other in an impossible manner in multiple places, very much in the manner that fictional stories from different authors about a common theme would, but far less possible for accounts by first-hand observers). It's a single document with no contemporary corroboration from anybody or anything else. Simply claiming something happened is not sufficient to demonstrate that it actually did.

This is yet another thing Vox is perfectly smart enough to be aware of, but consistently ignores or glosses over, because he knows it is a fatal problem with his entire argument about the validity of testimony in this context.

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