The Pagan Side Of Easter

October 25, 2015

                                The Pagan Side Of Easter

This article isn’t going to tell you not to celebrate Easter. You do need to be informed, however, about its origin so; you can celebrate the day with dignity.  After you are made aware of its pagan origin you may decide not to celebrate it at all.  If so, you would be within your rights.  You wouldn’t be alone.  Down through the centuries some Christians who take seriously the teaching of the Bible have chosen not to celebrate Easter.

The early church didn’t celebrate Easter.  It wasn’t until the second century A.D. that Christians started celebrating Easter.  The Catholic Church adapted the pagan feast and made it a “Christian” holiday.

The name of the holiday originates from the name of the pagan mother goddess.  Her name was Eastre. Babylonian tradition says that a great egg fell from the sky and fell into the Euphrates river.  The mother goddess  hatched from the egg.  She was associated with Nimrod and the tower of Babel.  In the month of April a feast was celebrated in her honor.

The Spanish speaking world might feel a little more at ease about celebrating the holiday because in Spanish it is called “Pascua.” That is the Spanish word for “Passover.” It is associated with the Jewish celebration of the Passover.  Unfortunately, most of the pagan traditions that go with the celebration are still included in Spanish speaking countries.

It is unfortunate that most Christians also observe Good Friday.  Anyone who reads the Bible carefully should know that Jesus didn’t die on Friday.  Perhaps Friday was chosen because it lends itself to the convenience of a long weekend.  In Mark 8:31 we read that Jesus told his disciples, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” Also in Matthew 12:40 Jesus said, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”  In Mark 16:1-2 we read that Jesus rose from the dead the first day of the week.  “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.   And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.”  There aren’t three days and three nights between Friday and Sunday.

The Easter bunny is also of pagan origin.  It was a sexual symbol of fertility.  The Easter eggs also are symbols of fertility.  If we take those things out of the holiday it would be a great disappointment for children.  For them, the things that are special about the holiday are the chocolate bunnies and the Easter eggs.  Many times children aren’t told about the resurrection of Christ and what it should mean to us.  Christian parents have an obligation to explain to their children why they celebrate Easter.

What should be the attitude of genuine Christians regarding Easter?  I Corinthians 6:20 says, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  In all things we should give glory to God.  It is of great significance that Christ rose from the dead.  That is something to celebrate.  It seems in order that God’s people set aside a time when they come together to give glory to God for the resurrection of Christ.

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