Names mean something. Words are important. An entire book was devoted to how minds are brainwashed by language in George Orwell’s 1984. That book was written in 1949 and is about a dystopian world that Orwell foresaw by the year 1984. “Newspeak” was the centerpiece of how the invasive and excessively totalitarian government leaders wanted the people to think. The aim is to make any alternative thinking (thinking in ways the government did not want you to think) impossible by removing any words or constructs which describe the ideas of freedom, rebellion and so on. Dictionaries were supposed to get thinner and thinner. One character, Syme, says admiringly of the shrinking volume of the new dictionary: “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
Christians have been struggling against the world’s deliberate dismantling of the concepts behind Christmas by denouncing the removal of the word when and where we come across that practice. Happy Holidays is NOT the same as “Merry Christmas.”
Now we have the removal of Easter from mention in a Seattle elementary school, and from mention by Seattle Parks and Recreation advertisements for the Easter Egg Hunt. Nowadays kids are supposed to call the eggs ‘Spring Spheres” and the hunt a “Spring Egg Scramble.”
It’s a terrible thing, the destruction of words. When those words contain the mention of the Savior, removing them from our language is worse than destructive, it is heinous. Christianity is unique among all the world’s religions. It is the truth, quite simply. Beyond that, all other religions have a doctrine of works: in other words, the person has to do this or that, accomplish this or that to get into heaven. Jesus said that there is nothing man can do to earn salvation, it is His gift alone to give.
Uniquely, Christianity is not a system of beliefs, it is a relationship with God. It is a close relationship: He actually sends part of Himself to dwell inside the believer, the Holy Spirit.
Christianity is unique because though other religions have sacred sayings or important books, none other book makes the claims about itself that the Bible does: it is written by God, and has been proved over and over by fulfilled prophesies.
The most amazing element of the uniqueness of Christianity is that it centers around the resurrection of Jesus Christ!! As GotQuestions.org puts it, “No other religious leader has died in full view of trained executioners, had a guarded tomb, and then rose three days later to appear to many people. The resurrection is proof of who Jesus is and that He did accomplish what He set out to do: provide the only means of redemption for mankind. Buddha did not rise from the dead. Muhammad did not rise from the dead. Confucius did not rise from the dead. Krishna did not rise from the dead. Only Jesus has physically risen from the dead, walked on water, claimed to be God, and raised others from the dead. He has conquered death. Only in Christianity do we have the person of Christ who claimed to be God, performed many miracles to prove His claim of divinity, died and rose from the dead, and claimed that He alone is “the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6) and that no one comes to the Father except through Him.”
“Easter” is the pinnacle of the triumph of Jesus Christ over all evil. It is the moment where He proves Himself to be Who He is. It is the time when all sinners have the permanent opportunity to receive salvation, in a glorious moment for all humankind, forever. No wonder “the rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers” (Titus 1:9-11) want to remove the concept from our language. DO NOT LET THEM DO IT! “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said!” Mt 28:6