Easter is one of the most popular celebrations or festivals in the world. Some Christian scholars are loath to it claiming it does not have Biblical premise. Others dismiss it that it does need to have – saying common-sense validates it is kinda cool.
Meanwhile, the Christian faith is strong on what is word-based. If something isn’t scriptural, it’s not Christianly-cultural. Just like the annual Christmas debate rhetorics.
However, Easter has a crystal clear historical origin that is ‘anointedly’ UNSCRIPTURAL.
It is a tradition based on ancient fertility rites.
First the name: The Encyclopædia Britannica says: “The English name Easter is of uncertain origin; the Anglo-Saxon priest Venerable Bede in the 8th century derived it from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eostre.” Others link it to Astarte, the Phoenician fertility goddess who had the Babylonian counterpart Ishtar.
Mixing the the celebration of the resurrection of Christ with an Anglo-Saxon spring goddess is not bad? Perhaps Holiness – apartness and undiluted purity – is a cliche in Christianity that doesn’t really need to pursued.
Furthermore, Hares, rabbits: These are symbols of fertility “handed down from the ancient ceremonial and symbolism of European and Middle Eastern pagan spring festivals according to Encyclopædia Britannica. Is this not syncretism – amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought?
And the EGGS – our children love them. We buy it but cannot tell them the truth that it is from paganism.
According to Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, the hunt for Easter eggs, supposedly brought by the Easter rabbit, “is not mere child’s play, but the vestige of a fertility rite.” Some cultures believed that the decorated Easter egg “could magically bring happiness, prosperity, health, and protection.”—Traditional Festivals.”
We dismiss the Egg part and dovetail the rest into Christ’s resurrection, knowing fully well it is hyper-worldliness and supreme-vainglory.
Then The New Easter outfit: “It was considered discourteous and therefore bad luck to greet the Scandinavian goddess of Spring, or Eastre, in anything but fresh garb.” —The Giant Book of Superstitions. Why must Christians re-enforce fetish superstition?
Somebody once said Jesus wouldn’t mind. Then I asked him, did you ask him? He said No. Then I asked: Does his word mind? He said ‘kinda’! Him and how word are one.
Sunrise services: These have been linked to rites of ancient sun worshippers “performed at the vernal equinox welcoming the sun and its great power to bring new life to all growing things.”— Celebrations— The Complete Book of American Holidays.
The American Book of Days well describes the origin of Easter: “There is no doubt that the Church in its early days adopted the old pagan customs and gave a Christian meaning to them.”
From the book of Leviticus, I draw three premises:
Easter celebration is between the last two: but Holiness still trends.
Jesus when teaching inner purity said in Mark 7:7 “Their worship is a farce. They teach man-made ideas as commands from God.” The easter saga should also be x-rayed in this light of this scripture.
2Cor 6:17 states: “Therefore, come out from among the unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you”
Before then it says: ” Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil[d]? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God” 2 Cor 6:14-16.
It is worthy of note that celebrating Easter doesn’t mean you are not a Christian – it only suggests that ‘you are of the world’ kind of.
However, we can’t help Jesus. We can’t celebrate more. He is optimally optimum. It may be wise to only follow what he says – than claim to be celebrating or appreciating him whilst fulfilling our unguarded appetite for worldliness.
Celebrate him by wining souls regularly and cause people to be rooted and built up in him – that pleases him more than the easter he never asks for.
When I googled easter symbols, I saw plenty rabbits and eggs and ‘very less cross’.
No matter how famous a fad is, it doesn’t make it the TRUTH.
Our consolation is that Christ is coming for a blameless church,
“and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”.
THE CHURCH WILL BE HOLY BEFORE HIS RETURN… if easter is one of our unholy acts, he’ll purge us of it drop before HE COMES BACK.