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Someone has said that " we learn history so we do not repeat the mistakes of history.
Church history is replete with a lot of heresies and wrongful teachings and practices especially after the Edit of Milan in AD 313 and the subsequent role played by Emperor Constantine in trying to unify Christianity for his own agenda.
We have read about the christianization of pagan religious rites and ceremonies ( practices that are unfortunately being practiced in our time - one of which is Easter )
In my little research on baptism ,for example, I wondered whether the ecumenical council consulted the word of God before coming out with its ruling, that baptism should be done in the name of God the Father , God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, when the Acts of the Apostles upon whose foundation we are built ( Ephesians 2:20) never baptized anyone like that. The next question , also relating to baptism is, why sprinkling of water ( rhantizo) and not baptizo ie immersion as recorded in the word of God. This is also not an apostolic tradition. Then again ,where is infant baptism recorded in the word of God ?
Then, the celebration of Easter . The term itself is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. It was not instituted by Christ, nor was it connected with Lent.. It has been noted that the pagan festival of Easter was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western religion, as part of an attempt