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    Wilson, I appreciate your thought process. This ‘falling away’ warning is for all who have had an opportunity to believe and confess faith in Jesus as their personal Savior in this present lifetime.
    Jesus Christ told His apostles to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in His name. Most people who are familiar with the Bible realize that those apostles zealously embarked on that mission. People assume that all, or at least almost all, who bear the name Christian follow the beliefs, teachings and practices of Jesus Christ. But the Bible tells us that not everyone who accepts the name of Christ is really a Christian! Jesus foretold that some would claim His name but deny Him by their actions. He said they would “call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’” but “not do the things which I say” (Luke 6:46).
    God is proving and selecting a very elect that love and obey the truth (Deuteronomy 13:3-4; Matthew 5:19-20). It is important therefore that we read and heed the warnings and instructions of the prophets, Jesus Christ and His apostles. We need to avoid the deceptions and snares of Satan and of the world and of our own vanity and sin.

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    Yes, the words Tammuz and Ishtar have been translated into English from their original word origins.
    The English word Easter itself seems to be derived from Old English and/or Old High German. (Old English: ēastre; German: Ostern)
    Many names are interchangeable for the more well-known Easter. Pagans typically used many different names for the same god or goddess. Example: in Babylonia the goddess of spring was called Ishta; in Phoenicia, Astarte; and in Germany, Ostara.