The tradition that Augustine converted England to the true faith in the 600s looks quite different when the facts of history are known. Bede, an Anglo-Saxon monk living in northeast England in the 700s, wrote what has been called the primary sourcebook for this period: The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation. Bede was a highly respected scholar, but he has also been called a “medieval spin doctor” because he tended to gloss over subjects that did not fit the story he was telling. As a Saxon, he glorifies the Saxons and puts down the Britons. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of Roman Catholicism. He says nothing of the Apostles coming to Britain and Ireland, only briefly mentions other Christians preceding Augustine in early Britain, and instead focuses on Augustine as if he were the “bringer of the true faith” to the English nation.
However, when you read Bede’s account carefully, it becomes obvious that British bishops already functioning on the island would have nothing to do with Augustine or the religion that he represented. They would not accept the Roman Catholic observance of Easter, or method of baptism (infant baptism had become universal by that time), or the authority that Rome gave Augustine to be its Archbishop of England. Augustine told the British bishops: “You act in many particulars contrary to our custom, or rather the custom of the universal church” (Bede, Bk. 2, chap. 2). Bede comments about the “errors of the Britons” and says that the “Scots in no way differ from the Britons in their behavior” (ibid., chap. 4). Describing why the Scottish bishops, at a confrontation at Witby in 664ad, refused to adopt the Roman Easter, Bede reports that they followed an ancient practice—”the same which St. John the Evangelist, the disciple of our Lord, with all the churches over which he presided, is recorded to have observed” (ibid., chap. 25).
Bede’s account reveals that the Scottish bishops were actually observing the biblical Passover (at the beginning of Nisan 14, shortly after the sunset ending Nisan 13) and Days of Unleavened Bread (see Leviticus 23:4-8). The Scots’ appeal to scriptural practice and Apostolic tradition was countered with a reference to then-current customs of the Roman Church, and ridicule that “the Picts and the Britons, who foolishly, in these two remote islands of the world… oppose all the rest of the universe” (ibid., Bk. 2, chap. 25). Yet this same battle had raged several centuries earlier in Asia Minor where the followers of John (called Quartodecimians) were excommunicated by a bishop in Rome for observing the Passover on Nisan 14 instead of the Roman Easter. Following the confrontation at Whitby, the remnants of Apostolic Christianity retreated to Scotland, Wales and southwest England as the Saxons and eventually more Britons embraced Roman Catholicism. In Europe’s western isles, the teachings of Apostolic Christianity were pushed aside by a different gospel emanating from Rome.
Ladies and gentlemen, why would they be celebrating Passover? Can you please give me some explanation for this? Passover is for Israelites is it not? Lets see now, Easter, taken from a pagan day and Passover not observed any longer. It looks to me like someone or some thing is trying to keep people from understanding who they really are or more importantly to me, since I already know, who the sons of satan really are. If there is indeed the sons of God there is a lineage of Satan himself.
Is it any wonder why most Christians don’t even know their true history? They know what they believe to be Jew history in the Bible as they know WWII’s supposed Jew death count and not their own European brothers death count. It’s the exact same thing folks. Nothing is new under the sun and that includes the lies of the Jews. With these people on the earth there is no plausible reason for you to take anything for granted. Seek the truth like you were commanded. Seek and you will find, but beware someone is also seeking you to bring you elsewhere.