No sooner than you get used to Lent, and its forty days of abstinace (abstaining from things of your choice) than I come along and tell you it’s YET ANOTHER PAGAN THING!
I’d say I’m sorry, but I know that God abhors pagan worship dressed up for Him. You cannot make the unclean clean, nor the profance holy. That which is holy is holy – let’s try to be holy, as the bible says:
“For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy” Leviticus 11:44
So having said that, I’d better share what I found which shows that Lent is just another pagan thing dressed up in the purple and scarlet of the catholic church! This article begins with the following statement: (Read the full article here: Link)
“According to Catholics, Lent is derived from the 40 days Yeshua spent fasting in the wilderness, but it is admitted that the observance of Lent was unknown to the disciples and it did not find its way into the church until several centuries after the time of the Messiah. Lent was an indispensible preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz — which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing. So the 40 days of Lent is connected with the Babylonian goddess Ashtoreth/ Astarte/Ishtar (the origin of the word Easter), and the worship of Tammuz.”
The writer goes on to quote from many original sources, including these quotes from Alexander Hislop’s ‘The Two Babylons’:
“”Whence, then, came this observance? The forty days abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess [Astarte / Ishtar]. Such a Lent of forty days, ‘in the spring of the year,’ is still observed by the Yezidis or Pagan Devil-worshippers of Koordistan, who have inherited it from their early masters, the Babylonians.
“Such a Lent of forty days was held in spring by the Pagan Mexicans, for thus we read in Humboldt, where he gives account of Mexican observances: ‘Three days after the vernal equinox …. began a solemn fast of forty days in the honour of the sun.’
“Such a Lent of forty days was observed in Egypt, as may be seen on consulting Wilkinson’s Egyptians.
“Among the Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensible preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz, which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing, and which, in many countries, was considerably later than the Christian festival, being observed in Palestine and Assyria in June, therefore called the ‘month of Tammuz;’ in Egypt, about the middle of May, and in Britain, some time in April. To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the Christian and Pagan festivals amalgamated, and, by a complicated but skillful adjustment of the calendar, it was found no difficult matter, in general, to get Paganism and Christianity — now far sunk in idolatry — in this as in so many other things, to shake hands.”
So, yet another non-biblical, yet slightly biblical seeming cross over festival, dressed up and given credence by the catholic church, thus flouting biblical doctrine.
If ONLY we knew the Law of Moses! If ONLY we knew exactly what God DOES want us to do – well then we wouldn’t be in this mess, would we?
Please study the Law and the feasts – do them and enjoy them, and leave Lent to the pagans!
God Bless you