Do Christian Practices Have Pagan Origins?

Many critics of Christianity claim that the practices of the Christian faith have pagan origins. Is this true or not? What is the Church? The church is technically not a building but a people that have been purchased by the blood of the Lamb of God. It is not so much a religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ and God the Father which Jesus, by His own life and death, made reconciliation for those who were once separated from God by their sins (Isaiah 59:1-2). The church is literally the … [Read more...]

What Are The Origins and History of Easter?

Are the origins of Easter pagan?  If so, why do Christians celebrate this day while others don't?The Word Easter The Old English word Easter originates from the word "Ēastrun" and also "Ēastru" which comes from a pagan image called "Eastre" who is the mythological goddess of spring celebrated by Northern European Saxons. This celebration was to honor her and was always held during the spring equinox.  Some of the associated symbols used today are steeped in paganism.  The bunny represents fe … [Read more...]

What Do Puritans Believe? What Is Their History?

What differences are there between the majority of Christians and Puritans?  Are there major doctrinal differences?  Where did they come from and what are their origins?The Origins of the Puritans The Puritans had a considerably large church in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and are still around to this day.  This group included but was not limited to English Calvinists.  They were so named because they were seen as extremists as they were an irritant to the Church of England.  … [Read more...]