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Everyone should have the opportunity to question the official account of the origins and meaning of Easter, when it does not ring true to the historical and biblical narrative. I believe in giving the readers of this booklet that opportunity. When ecclesiastical disinformation and tenets, arrogantly asserted without adequate grounds after eisegesis*, have been exposed as so much hocus-pocus, the reader will be in a better position to appreciate, along with the first Christians, the pure and simple meaning of Christ's sacrifice at Calvary, and the only right way to honour it. To him be the glory!
* "Eisegesis" is the interpretation of a text of the Bible by reading one's own (or some respected person's) ideas into it, as opposed to reading it in context (exegesis).
"There is no learned man but will confess that he hath much profited by reading controversies – his senses awakened, his judgement sharpened, and the truth which he holds more firmly established. All controversy being permitted, falsehood will appear more false, and truth the more true." - John Milton
“And he took away all our sins and, in his body, lifted them to the stake; that we, when dead to sin, might live by his righteousness: for by his wounds you are healed.” (1 Peter 2:24, in Andrew Roth's Aramaic-English New Testament.)
"If Christ had merely died a corporeal death, no end would have been accomplished by it; it was requisite also, that he should feel the severity of the Divine vengeance in order to appease the wrath of God, and satisfy his justice. Hence it was necessary for him to contend with the powers of hell and the horror of eternal death." - John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2.16.10.
“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein
“You must not allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ." (Matthew 23:10).