Is Easter a Pagan Holiday?

The answer to the question, ‘Is Easter a pagan holiday?’ would depend on the church tradition or background of whom you ask, but the reasons given are often uniform.

What I find rather stultifying is when a one-line answer is given: “We don’t celebrate Easter because it’s pagan.” Such a dogmatic disposition helps no one.

Regardless of one’s position about Easter, having a good knowledge of its history and essence is vital. We can’t claim to be intelligent and broad-minded if we don’t investigate issues to sift out fact from fiction.

Here, I will be briefly responding to some claims made in an article, “Christians Should not Celebrate Easter” written by Femi Aribisala. His words will appear in bold:

Easter was smuggled into the King James Bible in Acts 12:4 where it was substituted for the original word, “Passover”

The word translated as “Easter” in the KJV in Greek (and Latin) is “Paschal.” It’s a derivative of the Hebrew word for “Passover.”

Though the KJV mistranslated and anachronistically employed the term “Easter”, modern translations used the proper rendering: Passover.

The Passover commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt in which a spotless lamb was killed (Ex. 12:3-6). Fittingly, Jesus the sinless Lamb of God, came to Jerusalem to be crucified at the time of the Passover.

Just as Passover lambs were inspected for 4 days by the people for any defect, Jesus was inspected for 4 days and the people couldn’t find any defect in Him (Mt. 21:16-22:46, Mk. 11:18-12:34).

Jesus’ last supper with the disciples was the Passover meal, so His death and resurrection was tied to the timeline of this Jewish celebration.

The early Jewish Christians celebrated the Passover along with the death and resurrection of Christ which later became known as “Easter.”

In the late second century, the date for observing Easter/Passover led to “the Quartodeciman controversy” between the Alexandrian churches and those in the Roman province of Asia. This issue was later addressed at the Council of Nicea.

Easter is a pagan festival surreptitiously merged with Christianity. Noah’s son Ham, married a woman called Ashtoreth. In some cultures, Ashtoreth is called Ishtar, which is transliterated in English as Easter

These claims can make even Easter bunnies laugh. Ashtoreth is the pluralised name of Astarte, a Phoenician pagan goddess. Ham didn’t marry a goddess. While Ishtar is a Babylonian form of Astarte, it has no phonetic link with the word “Easter.”

Others argue that the word “Easter” is the name of an Anglo-Saxon spring goddess, Eostre. The only source for this claim is a work by Bede, an 8th century monk, who said the old English word “month of Eostre” (or Paschal month) was “once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month” (Faith Wallis, Bede: The Reckoning of Time, Liverpool University, 1999, 54)

Historians have stated that no firm evidence for such a goddess existed.

Ronald Hutton notes that “the Anglo-Saxon ‘Estor-monath’ simply meant ‘the month of opening’ or ‘the month of beginnings’ and that Bede mistakenly connected it with a goddess who either never existed at all, or was never associated with a particular season but merely, like Eos and Aurora, with the dawn itself” (The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, Oxford Univ. press, 1996, 181).

The term “Eostre” possibly refers to a month rather than a goddess.

Ham and Ashtoreth gave birth to a son called Nimrod. After Ham’s death, Nimrod married Ashtoreth, his own mother and became a powerful king of ancient Babylon. When Nimrod was also killed, Ashtoreth deified him as sun-god or life giver. Indeed, Easter means “movement towards the sun”

This is a drivel straight from the stables of Chick Publications and it can only fool simple minds that crave for old wives’ tales.

Ham was already married before entering Noah’s ark and he’s called “the father of Canaan,” so he couldn’t have been the father of Nimrod, the king of Babylon (Gen. 6:18; 9:18).

Ham and Nimrod didn’t even live in the same century! There’s no historical record of Nimrod let alone of him being deified.

Mr. Aribisala is presenting a version of the old, disproved Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz hypothesis which no modern scholar takes with any level of seriousness.

Earlier, he claimed “Easter” was a goddess’ name, now he links it with a sun god. He couldn’t even convince himself.

Because of their prolific nature in reproduction, rabbits were associated with Ishtar, the goddess of fertility

False. Ishtar’s emblems are lions, gates and an 8-pointed star.

Turner & Coulter’s Dictionary of Ancient Deities (2000), under “Ishtar” says: “Sometimes she is shown holding her symbol, the eight pointed star” (p. 242). Easter eggs and rabbits have no link with Ishtar nor with Christ’s death and resurrection.

I need to ask those who peddle this false claims, who is it that worships a goddess on Easter? I can tell you about Christians who at Easter worship “the MAN Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5), who rose from the dead—but not a female goddess.

Even with the unbiblical emphasis that many Roman Catholics place on Mary, Easter is not Mary’s day!

Aside this, when it comes to issues not explicitly stated in Scripture, “Every person must make his own decisions” (Rom. 14:5). Christians who don’t celebrate Easter should not condemn those who do and vice versa.

Whether or not a Christian observes a certain day has no bearing on his/her salvation. We “don’t receive God’s approval because of [our] own efforts to live according to a set of standards, but only by believing in Jesus Christ” (Gal. 2:16).

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Was the Exodus a Myth?

 

Colossus of Amenhotep IV

Almost every year around the time of the Jewish Passover, debates about the validity of the Biblical account of the Exodus frequently come up.

A number of scholars and Jewish rabbis claim that the biblical account of the Exodus is legendary, contrived, or if true at all, embellished, because there is no evidence to support the idea that people worshipping Yahweh were ever enslaved in Egypt or left it en masse as depicted in the Bible.

These arguments seek to undermine the truth of the Bible and the typology the Passover embodies – the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ.

If the narrative of the Exodus is not factual, then the trustworthiness of Biblical revelation is doubtful.

First, Jesus Himself affirmed the Biblical account of the Exodus as true and appealed to it as basis of His teachings:

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven” (Jn. 6:49-51).

Since Jesus staked His credibility, authority and confidence on the reliability of the Exodus, that the Israelites did actually eat manna in the desert as recorded in Scripture, then it was no contrivance or lie, otherwise, these critics are saying Jesus was being a party to deception by affirming fiction as fact.

Anti-Bible Bias

One problem that should be acknowledged is the strong anti-Bible bias prevalent in secular academia which largely reflects in the experts often quoted by the media.

When these people make sweeping, dogmatic and disparaging conclusions about the Bible, Christians need to be circumspect before hanging on to their words.

For instance, these Bible critics allege that the Exodus vaguely relates to Egyptian history because none of the Pharaohs were mentioned by name, but according to Egyptologist Kenneth Kitchen, this was how the title was first used in the 15th century BC:

“The biblical and Egyptian uses of ‘pharaoh’ correspond closely. Thus in the Pentateuch ‘Pharaoh’ is used without a proper name precisely as in Egypt … From the 10th cent. B.C. onward ‘Pharaoh’ plus a proper name became common usage; cf. Pharaoh Hophra [Jer. 44:30] and Pharaoh Neco [2 Kgs. 23:29-35]” (Pharaoh 1986, p. 821 in The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, p. 3)

There are two groups of archaeologists and scholars with different views about the Bible:

(1) The minimalists or Bible deconstructionists – they generally view the Bible as a book of myths and thus unreliable.

Thus, they try to refute any evidence that supports the Biblical account. Professor and archaeologist Anson Rainey says of them:

“Their view that nothing in Biblical tradition is earlier than the Persian period [538-332 BC], especially their denial of the existence of a United Monarchy [under Saul, David and Solomon], is a figment of their vain imagination … Biblical scholarship and instruction should completely ignore the ‘deconstructionist school.’ They have nothing to teach us” (Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov-Dec., 1994, 47).

(2) The maximalists – those who believe the Biblical account has solid historical and archaeological backing. They may be a minority among archaeologists, but with the discoveries found each year supporting Biblical narrative, their numbers are growing.

Wrong dating

Those who believe that there was an actual Exodus fall into two camps: those that believe that it happened in the 13th century BC, and those that believe that it happened in the 15th century BC. Minimalists usually fall into the first camp.

An emerging pool of scholars have adduced several reasons for a revision of traditional Egyptian timeline because the whole chronological framework upon which current interpretation of Egyptian history rests is in error by several centuries.

The Biblical account of the Exodus contains several tiny details that place it within a distinct historical and chronological context. For example:

a) In the events leading up to the Exodus, the book of Genesis records that Joseph’s brothers sold him for 20 shekels to slave traders who took him from Canaan to Egypt (Gen. 37:28).

As an Egyptologist noted, the price of 20 shekels is the price of a slave in the Near East in about 18th century BC.

If these accounts were invented during the Exile (6th century BC) or the Persian period by some fiction writer(s), then the price for Joseph would have been 90-100 shekels because that is the cost of a slave at that time the story is alleged to have been written (Kenneth Kitchen, Patriarchal Age: Myth or History? BAR 21:02, Mar-Apr. 1995, 52).

b) In 1 Kings 6:1, the Bible mentions that the fourth year of Solomon’s reign was “the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt.”

Scholars agree on the dates of Solomon’s reign and his fourth year would be in the 960s BC. Subtracting 480 years will place the date for the Exodus in the 1440s BC.

c) In Judges 11:26, Jephthah tells the Ammonites that Israel had been in the land for 300 years. Scholars agree that Jephthah’s victory over the Ammonites took place circa 1100 BC.

This implies that the arrival of the Israelites in Canaan occurred near 1400 BC. Thus there’s Biblical evidence for the time the Exodus occurred.

d) In Chronicles 6:33-37, the genealogy of Heman results in 19 generations from the time of Moses to Solomon. If we take 25 years for a generation, we will get 19 x 25 = 475 years which also places the exodus in the 1440s BC.

Archaeologist Bryant Wood argues that the archaeological data for the Exodus fall into place if the event is dated back to 1450 BC, the approximate date the Bible indicates for the Exodus. He also highlighted that the documented evidence of foreign slaves at the time in Egypt must have included the Israelites.

The archaeological indications of the destruction of Canaanite cities (Ai, Hazor and Jericho) some 40 years afterward support the account of Joshua’s conquests.

But minimalist scholars believe the Exodus took place around 1260 BC – a date that contradicts the Biblically-derived dates and history by almost two centuries.

Were Jews ever Slaves in Egypt?

In the traditional chronology adhered to by minimalists, the Egyptian oppression of Hebrew slaves would have occurred in the 13th century, but there is little to no historical evidence of Hebrew slaves in Egypt at this time.

However, when placed in the 15th century (the 12th dynasty) under a revised chronology, there is substantial evidence for Israelite slave labourers in Egypt.

Dr. Rosalie David, the head of the Egyptian department of the Manchester Museum writes about Semitic slavery in Kahun during the second half of the 12th dynasty:

“It is apparent that the Asiatics were present in some numbers, and this may have reflected the situation elsewhere in Egypt. It can be stated that these people were loosely classed by Egyptians as ‘Asiatics,’ although their exact homeland in Syria or Palestine cannot be determined … The reason for their presence in Egypt remains unclear” (The Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt: A Modern Investigation of Pharaoh’s Workforce, Guild Pub., 1986, 191).

From the Bible, however, we know why the Israelites slaves resided in Egypt (see Exodus 1:8-14). Dr. David also points out that though there is no clear answers “there is nevertheless firm literary evidence that Asiatic slaves, women and children were at Gurob” (ibid, 192).

Boxes have also been discovered beneath the floors of houses excavated in Kahun. Sir Flinders Petrie excavated a number of these boxes which contained the skeletons of babies up to 3 months old, sometimes up to three in a box (Ashton John and Down David, Unwrapping the Pharaohs, Master Books, AR, 2006, 100).

These were possibly the baby skeletons of Hebrew babies killed by Pharaoh Amenemhet III’s direct orders in an attempt to limit their population (Ex. 1:16).

A leather scroll dating to the time of Ramesses II (1303-1213) describes a close account of brick-making apparently by enslaved prisoners of the wars in Canaan and Syria very much resembling the biblical account. It describes 40 taskmasters, each with a daily target of 2,000 bricks (cf. Exodus 5:6)

The tomb of vizier Rekhmire (c. 1450 B.C.) shows foreign slaves making bricks for the workshop-store place of the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Semites and Nubians are shown fetching and mixing mud and water, striking out bricks from moulds, leaving them to dry and measuring their amount, under the watchful eyes of Egyptian overseers, each with a rod (cf. Exo. 1:11-14) (Philippe Bohstrom, Were Hebrews Ever Slaves in Ancient Egypt? Yes. April 14, 2016).

The Exodus

The ten plagues is an important feature of the Exodus story. A papyrus in the Leiden Museum in Holland provides a graphic portrayal that closely resembles the biblical account.

There is no consensus among archaeologists as to when it was originally penned. Part of it says:

“… Plague stalks through the land and blood is everywhere … Nay, but the river is blood. Does a man drink from it? As a human he rejects it. He thirsts for water… Nay, but gates, columns and walls are consumed with fire … Nay but the son of the high-born man is no longer to be recognized … The stranger people from outside are come into Egypt… Nay, but corn has perished everywhere … Everyone says ‘there is no more’ (Immanuel Velikovsky, Ages in Chaos, London, 1973, Vol. 1, 25-26).

The ten plagues culminates in the deaths of the Egyptian firstborn, including that of the Pharaoh.

Interestingly, Neferhotep I, who must have ruled during this period, was not succeeded by his son, Wahneferhotep, but instead by his brother Sobkhotpe IV. Historians are not sure why this was so, but the Biblical account tells us why.

The sudden departure of the inhabitants of Kahun is another evidence. Dr. Rosalie David writes:

“It is evident that the completion of the king’s pyramid was not the reason why Kahun’s inhabitants eventually deserted the town, abandoning their tools and other possessions in the shops and houses … The quantity, range, and type of articles of everyday use which were left behind in the houses may suggest that the departure was sudden and unpremeditated” (The Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt, Guild Publishing: London, 1986, 195).

This appears to confirm Exodus 12:33 “And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste…

As Pharaoh and the Egyptian army pursued the Israelites, they were drowned as God miraculously parted the Red Sea for His people (Ex. 14:28). It’s no coincidence that the mummy of Neferhotep I has never been found.

Some experts argue that the Exodus never occurred because there are no signs that the Israelites wandered in the desert of Sinai for 40 years. But one fact they omit was that the Israelites lived nomadic lives during their sojourn.

They didn’t live in cities or villages or build house structures or leave behind artifacts that would have survived as evidence.

They were in the wilderness, and they obviously had to re-use every item. The Bible also indicated they lived in tents during those years, which would have left few or no traces that could be found in the desert sand 3,000 years later.

Interestingly, satellite infrared technology has revealed ancient caravan routes in the Sinai.

George Stephen, a satellite-image analyst discovered evidence in the satellite photographs of ancient tracks made by massive number of people going from the Nile Delta straight south along the east bank of the Gulf of Suez and around the tip of the Sinai Peninsula.

He also saw huge campsites along the route which fits the description given in the book of Exodus (Price Randall, The Stones Cry Out, Harvest House OR, 1997, 137).

Limits of Archaeology

Many critics who reject the historicity of the Exodus question how it’s possible that 2 million people would leave Egypt without it reflecting in Egyptian records.

These critics are neglect the fact that ancient history is a patchwork of information where certain answers aren’t clear. Much of it have come down to us in fragments that have to be pieced together to have a complete picture and there is no 100% certainty.

These critics are over-relying on what archaeology can prove. But Archaeology is not infallible; this field of study is fraught with its own limitations. Dr. Edwin Yamauchi, a respected archaeologist point out some of them:

  1. Little of what was made or written in antiquity survives to this day
  2. Few of the ancient sites have been surveyed and a number have not even been found
  3. Probably fewer than 2 per cent of the known sites have been meaningfully excavated
  4. only a fraction of the fraction that have been excavated have been published and their data made available to the scholarly world (The Stones and the Scriptures, Philadelphia, 1972, ch. 4).

Perhaps the most challenging impediment to having a complete archaeological evidence of the Exodus event is destruction of evidence.

The Egyptians were known to have expunged historical records when the truth proved to be embarrassing or obliterate records if it doesn’t suit their political interests.

In fact, this practice has made it difficult for scholars to determine Egyptian chronology because the names of conquered rulers were literally chiseled out of their place in history.

For instance Pharaoh Akhenaton (c. 1350-1334 BC) tried to introduce monotheistic reforms into Egyptian religion and had the names of his rival god, Amon removed from Egyptian monuments throughout Egypt.

After Akhenaton’s death, the scribes entered his father’s tomb and re-carved all of it, and while at it, eliminated all references to Akhenaton from it!

Pharaoh Thutmose III also virtually destroyed all records relating to Queen Hatshepsut (c. 1503-1483 BC), the previous ruler whom he despised from Egyptian history after he ascended the throne.

Thutmose and his son, Amenhotep II, systematically removed her image from monuments, reliefs, statues, and the official list of Egyptian rulers.

A scholar suggests that Hatshepsut is the most likely candidate for the princess who adopted Moses (Ex. 2:10) and the obliteration of her memory was for her adoption of Moses – regarded as a rebel (Hansen David, Moses and Hatshepsut, Bible and Spade, 2003, 16:14-20).

The mass exodus of the Israelites was a national embarrassment to ancient Egypt and her religion (since each of the plagues was a slam against their deities) therefore it’s understandable why records of it wouldn’t be preserved.

And there is no valid reason why the Israelites would invent a tale about a beginning birthed in slavery in an era where most nations invented tales linking them to the highest races or gods.

Biblical accounts however includes the failures, defeat and sins of God’s people. The Exodus account is also reiterated in 1 Samuel 4:8, Psalm 7:8, 95, 106; 1 Cor. 10:1-5, reminding us that this event has much significance both to Israel and the Church.

Why Islam grows in the West

The Western world consists of the cultures and peoples of a large part of Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Latin America.

The West is founded upon Judeo-Christianity and it has passed through different political, religious and social phases – from imperialism to the Reformation to the Enlightenment to colonialism.

The growth of Islam in the West – though often exaggerated by Muslim “dawagandists” – over the years deserves some attention.

The philosophy, democracy, art, science, law, architecture, republicanism and warfare of Western civilization emerged mainly from ancient Greece and Rome and are opposed to those of Islam – which is basically a deification of 7th century Arabian politics, culture, beliefs, warfare and social structure.

Islam opposes democracy, interdicts science, forbids arts, disparages philosophy, loathes equality and adheres to draconian laws. Thus, Islam is in an identity crisis; many Muslims are struggling to live out its Medieval dictates in the 21st century.

In a poll conducted by BBC, out of 2,000 Britons surveyed, 43% believe Islam is a negative force in the UK and 31% believe Islam promotes acts of violence.

In spite of how incongruous Islamic ideology is with Western values, there are still reports of many Westerners (some claiming to be formerly Christians) converting to Islam. For example:

Joseph Estes – “I was born into a very strong Christian family in the Midwest… We earned millions of dollars during those years, but could not find the peace of mind that can only come through knowing the truth and finding the real plan of salvation … if you asked anyone these questions, they would probably tell you that you have to believe without asking or that it is a ‘mystery’ and you shouldn’t ask … After all, the original languages of the Bible have all been dead languages for centuries and the documents themselves have been lost in their originals for hundreds and thousands of years.”

The display of baleful ignorance and dishonesty in this testimonial is so thick that one can cut it with a knife.

He was born into a ‘very strong Christian’ family but doesn’t have a faintest idea of the plan of salvation laid out in Scripture? It doesn’t follow. Someone is making things up.

Muhammad Ali – “I was a Negro. I ate pork. I had no confidence. I thought white people were superior. I was a Christian Baptist named Cassius Clay

His conversion was more of a racial protest and identity than by any convincing or definite plan of salvation seen in Islam.

Monica – “It’s hard for me to express the difference I felt between these two religions … I also feel that with Islam I’m sort of more guided, either by the Quran or the hadiths. Whereas, when I was Catholic, it was kind of like I had to figure out what to do in certain situations. People might think that Islam is strict, but I think that’s the way it’s meant to be. I mean, I feel in this way God tells us very clearly what he expects.”

Her conversion was subjective: “I feel … I felt.” She was looking for an authority to give her moral boundaries; to tell her in minute details what to do and not do and she found a right religion that “feels” just like it.

Factors contributing to the growth of Islam in the West are:

(a) Higher birth rate

The Pew Research Centre says the Muslim population in Europe was about 30 million in 1990, 44 million in 2010 and is expected to increase to 58 million by 2030.

A BBC report notes that data for the rates of growth of Islam in Europe reveal that the growing number of Muslims is due primarily to immigration and higher birth rates.

A 2011 Pew Research shows that Muslim women today have an average of 2.2 children compared to an estimated average of 1.5 children for non-Muslim women in Europe.

While Islam is a pro-natal religion, it was estimated that between 2010-2014, annual abortion rates in Northern America, Western and Northern Europe were 17, 16 and 18 per 1000 women respectively.

If current trends continue, by 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world and will even exceed the Jewish population in the U.S.

(b) Deception

Islamic teachings breed dishonesty; they endorse Muslims telling lies to non-Muslims as long as it advances the cause of Islam. This is why many Muslims are deceived and being deceiving.

When they migrate to the West, they try to mask Islam’s beastly face with humanity; mollify its crude god with spirituality; re-make Muhammad into a philosopher and endow his ghastly teachings with flavours of tolerance and peace.

They project a picture of Islam different from the ones seen in regions where they are a majority. They would say:

Those jihadists are misinterpreting Islam” – which is absolutely false. The commands of the Qur’an do not change based on time and location.

When Muslims read the Qur’an, they go to the Hadiths to get its contexts and follow its dictates. That’s exactly what the jihadists do.

The stipulated death penalties in their books for example, are not subject to change because Muslims believe the Qur’an is the eternal, unchanging words of Allah. So the idea of a “progressive” Islam is an innovation tailored to fit into Western ideals.

Those terrorists are just a few bad eggs” – hardly. According to a 2010 poll, in Pakistan with a population of 172 million and 96% Muslims, 76% of them agree that apostates of Islam should be killed. That’s 126 million “bad eggs.”

In Indonesia, with a population of 200 million and 85% Muslims, about 43.5% of them are ready to fight for Islam and 40% believe violence should be meted out on critics of Islam.

We are talking 87 million “bad eggs.” Doesn’t look like a few to me.

Islam teaches freedom of religion” – well, no. In an Islamic state, non-Muslims are allowed to practice their religion if they want to, but they are not given the rights and privileges Muslims enjoy. They are to pay Jizya tax and in the Sharia code, a Muslim that kills a non-Muslim cannot be given a death penalty.

Aside that, apostasy from Islam invariably attracts death penalty. So indirectly, there’s compulsion in Islam.

Others will say “Sharia is compatible with democracy,” or “It will deal better with corruption in our land,” or “It doesn’t affect non-Muslims.” These are all lies made up to promote Islam.

(C) Multiculturalism

This worldview regards all cultures as equal and worthy of respect. Many Muslims who immigrate to the West hide their religion behind “culture” which they demand must also be respected like other Eastern cultures.

But once they extend their tentacles, they take advantage of political correctness to stifle any criticism of Islam while gradually introducing their own rules they want to abide by. This is how the Sharia fox slips through the hen’s house.

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal in Britain is a good example of this. A leading British judge, Sir James Munby, said that Christianity no longer influences the courts and these must be multicultural, in other words, more Islamic.

Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Chief Justice Lord Phillips also suggested that the English law should incorporate elements of Sharia law.

British universities are also advancing Islamic law. In Queen Mary University of London, for instance, women have had to use a separate entrance and were forced to sit in a room without being allowed to ask questions – just like in Riyadh.

The same trend also pervades France where mosques are going up in record numbers while Christian churches are being bulldozed.

According to World Net Daily, “Many Muslim immigrants express a sentiment of entitlement, believing they – one day – will replace the natives and the land in which they are strangers will come under the authority of Islamic law.”

There’s no logical reason why a religious ‘culture’ that beheads apostates; that reduces women to walking-talking genitals; that stones single mothers; nails offenders to a tree and amputates the hands of petty thieves should be deemed equal to a culture that believes in freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, civility and equality.

Political correctness and multiculturalism may be the greatest undoing of the West. Interestingly, it’s often politically correct to attack Judeo-Christianity but politically incorrect to attack Islam.

Political correctness is based on ignorance and suppression of truth. It mandates that people kiss others with a lie rather than hurt them with truth.

Liberalism will not appease Muslims, it will only seal the doom of the Western world.

(d) Moral turpitude in the West

Western climes, in rejecting their Christian heritage also threw out sound moral values in exchange for humanism and moral relativism: “If it feels good do it,” or “If doesn’t hurt anyone, who cares?”

The excesses of libertinage opened the door to legalization of porn, glorification of homosexuality, endorsement of zoophilia, bisexuality, wife swapping, nudity and licentiousness.

These sins are gradually weakening Western civilization, making it vulnerable to an absolutist system.

When extreme individual freedom replaces morality and ethics, it will reversibly favour an extremely restrictive ideology which is what Islam embodies. It’s like a chemical equilibrium reaction.

When a mass of people are exposed to materialism, extreme freedom and moral profligacy over a period of time, they soon reach a point at which they start seeking something to fill the void in their souls – something to give them a moral compass or anchor.

This is what draws many people to puritan-like cults even if their laws are severe and oppressive. They are seeking an authoritarian boundary; a sort of safety from the moral rotgut around them.

This is the inner call of every soul. There is a hole in our souls that porn, sex, money, drugs and carousing cannot fill.

The Bible says that God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11). Only God can fill the cravings in our souls; only He can give man inner fulfillment.

Cults like Islam offer deadly counterfeits of such an experience. They promise their converts a “better pathway” but once they are in, they are led to a wilderness.

They preach about a refreshing water hole, but what they have is a boa’s hole. Their vaunted morality is like a plastic mask; it can be worn and taken off at will.

Spiritual deception is real. A person can be intelligent, enlightened, have several degrees under his belt, raised in a Christian home, pass through forms and formats of a Christian denomination and yet end up deceived to the point of kissing a black stone to gain forgiveness of sins or rubbing his face with sand so as to become ‘pure’ in the sight of Allah.

The answer lies in the Gospel which is the power of God to save those that believe (Rom. 1:16).

Once the message of the Gospel is let down, false religions gain an upper hand. An empty, “cultural Christianity”, stripped of its power and laced with seeker sensitive mush cannot stand before 14-century old lies engineered by the devil.

Christians grounded in the Word and filled with the Holy Spirit must be willing to boldly refute the lies of Islam using every strategy for souls to be set free.