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
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
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
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.
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
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
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