why do we eat ham at easter

QUESTION: What is the origin of Easter ham? ANSWER: The Easter ham, and most other "Easter" traditions actually have their roots in Paganism and have nothing to do with Christian commemorations of the Resurrection of Jesus. Although Christianity observes Easter to acknowledge the Resurrection, most know it is not the actual day of this event. Still, Paganistic rituals infiltrated the Christian Church and have become intermingled to the point of misconceptions. The word Easter is in the Bible only once and is used Acts chapter 12. There it tells that King Herod (an evil pagan) was preparing to participate in Easter rituals at the time of Peter's arrest. So Herod delayed bringing Peter forth for sentencing until the pagan rituals were over. (You can read this miraculous story in verses 1-19)
What were these rituals and where did they begin?

Noah's grandson (Cush) and his wife Semiramis had a son named Nimrod. Reports say that after Cush's death, Nimrod married his own mother and became a mighty king. He too was eventually killed. His mother then began the deceit of deifying her son/husband, claiming he had become a "sun-god" (the origin of "Easter Sunrise services), and he was then to be called Baal. (Baal was worshipped as a god of fertility and promoted sexual sin. ) She proclaimed that the people of Babylon should worship him and that he was with them in the form of a flame. This wicked Queen, doing the work of Satan, was creating a new religion and set herself up as the goddess called "Ishtar. " Hence the root of the pronunciation "Easter. " After she became pregnant, she bore a son named Tammuz claiming he was the product of a sunray, which caused her to conceive.

But Tammuz grew to be a hunter and was later killed by a wild pig. "Ishtar" then designated a forty day period (the source of Lent) to mark the anniversary of Tammuz's death. During this time, no meat was to be eaten. Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made. Ishtar also proclaimed that because a pig killed Tammuz, that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday. This is of course a condensed version of all pagan beliefs originating Easter. Satan is a master deceiver, and has filled the world with idolatries, lies, and misconceptions. The Easter Ham and all else promoting the ancient pagan religion of Mystery Babylon (per "Ishtar") are customs of the false god, Baal. Matters of convenience aside, there is still that one small issueБ Jesus was Jewish.

He observed kosher law. He would NEVER have eaten pork! So, isnБt eating pork on a day commemorating a Jewish mankind of a slap in the face? Or, ya knowБhighly blasphemous?!? Why do Christians eat pork at all (and other un-kosher food items)? The answer to this question goes way back to New Testament days. Contrary to popular belief, Jesus did not found a new religion. He actually established a new sect of Judaism, at a time in history when Judaism was already fractured into many different sects. This new sect, unlike most others, allowed gentiles (non-Jewish folk) to become full members. Because Jesus preached about inclusivity, rather than exclusivity, this sect actually sought out converts from all religious and ethnic backgrounds.

The problem with a Jewish sect that was made up of primarily gentile converts, is that many of the new members had a hard time trying to adhere to Jewish lawsБespecially the dietary restrictions. These new Jews, mostly Romans and Greeks, had been eating pork and shellfish and cheeseburgers all their lives (ok, maybe not the cheeseburgers, but you get my drift). ItБs not easy to give up all those foods when youБve never had to do without them before. Other Jewish sects, however, didnБt much like this refusal to obey Jewish law. They kinda figured this was cheatingБin fact, they kinda figured that if you canБt follow the laws of a religion, you canБt really call yourself a memberБso they told the followers of Jesus to get out. Now, the followers of Jesus left, but they were a little miffed about their rejection.

So in their pursuit to establish a new religion, they took as many strides possible to set themselves apart from Judaism. They changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, established new days of fasting so as not to coincide with Jewish fasting days, and threw out all of the old dietary restrictions ( let them eat pork! ). They began to proselytize far and wideБa tactic that became very successful when the emperor Constantine declared Christianity to be the new religion of the Roman Empire. Now every member of the Roman Empire, and every territory that they occupied, were forced to convert to the new religion. In effort to make the change a little easier to the new converts however, new Christian holidays were established based on the old pagan holidays that were already being practiced.