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Should Christians Celebrate Easter?

Like Christmas, Almost all of the traditional things we celebrate today as part of our Easter celebration were originally pagan beliefs. Here is a breakdown of the beliefs that Christians have been compromised on:

Bunnies: According to Teutonic myth, the hare was once a bird whom Eostre changed into a four-footed creature. Thus, it can also lay eggs. The hare is also the sacred companion and sacrificial victim of Eostre.

Baskets: The idea of Easter baskets for the eggs came from birds nests. See eggs below.

Easter: "Easter" is derived from "Eostre," the pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess, and/or "Eostare," the Norse pagan festival of spring the same goddess is also called Aphrodite, Asherah, Ashtoreth, Astarte, Diana, Eostre, Ianna, Ishtar, Isis, Ostara, Semiramis, Venus God commanded us not to even utter the name of other gods. Exodus 23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

Eggs: There is much symbolism in eggs themselves. The golden orb of its yolk represents the Sun God, its white shell is seen as the White Goddess, and the whole is a symbol of rebirth. Pagans gathered different colored eggs from the nests of a variety of birds. Coloring eggs in imitation of the various pastel colors of wild birds.

Good Friday: What about the popular belief that Jesus was crucified on Friday night hence Good Friday. If this was the case he would not have been buried for three days and three nights.

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. Matthew 12:40
Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again Matthew 27:63
And he began to teach them, that 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. Mark 8:31
For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. Mark 9:31
And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

He didn't actually die on a Friday The Chaldeans offered cakes to Ishtar on the equivalent of the day we know as Good Friday. When the established church wanted to appease the paganistic people in order to ďconvert" them to Christianity, they moved the dates accordingly! Sounds more like they converted the Christians.

Lily: Asherah (a Sidonian goddess) was frequently represented as a nude woman bestride a lion with a lily (symbolizing grace and sex appeal) in one hand and a serpent (symbolizing fecundity) in the other.

New Clothing: The tradition of wearing new clothing for Easter comes from the superstition that a new garment worn at Easter means good luck throughout the year.

Sunrise Service: The book of Ezekiel shows what God thinks of sunrise services: And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. Eze 8:16-18

Many Christians claim they celebrate sunrise service in remembrance of seeing Jesus resurrecting the gospel of John makes it clear he resurrected prior to sunrise not during it. The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher. John 20:1

The reason that sunrise services was blended into this days celebrations is Eostre was the goddess of the sunrise so once again they blended pagan with Christian practices to appease.

The following is an excerpt from a Pagan Web page: "Consider the Christian Easter ritual: -"Mommy, what does Easter mean?" "Well sweetheart, Easter is the day Jesus rose from the grave and went up into heaven." "Did the Easter Bunny bring eggs to Jesus, too?" "Uh...no, I don't think so..." "Then why does he bring eggs to kids on Easter?" "Um...I don't really know, now go on outside and play." Had mommy been a pagan parent, the child would have had her answer. Year after year, well intentioned Christian's pour forth from their Easter services to hurry home and practice an ancient Babylonian fertility rite, none the wiser. And many pagans in the know rejoice in the Goddess' keen sense of humor. Perhaps a pagan parent would have explained the reenactment this way: The Easter (Ishtar) Bunny (male hare, sacred to Ishtar, Diana, Artemis; high fertility animal) delivers (inseminates) Easter (Ishtar's) eggs (universal symbol of fertility) to children (the product of conception). Happy children (the product of conception) hunt (Goddesses of the Hunt; also the lusty male sex drive in pursuit of the female; the rut) Easter (Ishtar's) eggs and put them into baskets (intercourse and conception; implantation of sperm into the womb as the cycle begins again. Other pagan symbols woven into Christian practices include newborn baby animals, i.e., chicks and bunnies, symbolizing fertility and rebirth after the season of Death; pastel or diluted prism colors indicating a new season of rebirth with the colors growing richer and more vibrant as life cycle continues, and of course, the occurrence of the Easter holiday around the time of the Spring Equinox which was Christianized by the Roman Church as were most Pagan festivals of old."

Who celebrates Easter?
Witches and Pagans who base their celebrations on the phases of the moon, celebrate Easter. Christians, however, are clearly forbidden from observing this pagan celebration

Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. Deuteronomy 12:30-31 30
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Corinthians 10:20-22

Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? There is no mention of observing this day in the bible with the exception of a mistranslation in the KJV in Acts 12:4 where it gives the word "Easter" instead of the correction translation Passover.

Many people nowadays say that it is harmless because they do not believe in the same things as the pagans.

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain Galatians 4:9-11
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. II Corinthians 6:16-18

Many Christians when faced with these truths state that it is okay though because they donít use these things for those purposes, that the item is now Christian, that we took it over and changed itís meaning. They use them to worship Jesus death and resurrection. To this I say, why donít you wear a pentagram necklace, say that it reminds you of the star of Bethlehem or hang upside down crosses in your house saying that you are upside down without Jesus and it reminds you of that. Or start talking to Jesus through trees, after all since God is omnipresent then he is in the Trees. That argument is insane. Your friends would think you were nuts and in some churches you would not even be allowed to enter the doors. Probably rightly so. This is preposterous to many of you because they are clearly pagan symbols, yet you accept the use of these other pagan symbols simply because other Christians were weak and fell before you. We can not take a symbol that is from Satan and put a mask of Christianity over it and call it good. Remember the story in Exodus 32 of the Golden calf. To summarize the people grew tired and worried because Moses was gone too long so they had Aaron make a golden calf so they would have something to worship. says ďAnd when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. Exodus 32:5 so he turned an idol into something for the Lord but shows read on for the result. ďAnd he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. Exo 32:20

God is not pleased when we try to co-mingle. We are not to partake of any aspect of Easter.

Now I am not saying not to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is the central theme of Christianity. Without his resurrection we would not be saved. If you so choose to set aside a day called resurrection Sunday to thank Jesus for dying for your sins. To thank God for giving his only Son. This is okay, I am simply saying, don't mix this with bunnies, eggs, or even the word Easter.

© Karrie L. Massotti 12/2001


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