Where The Easter Bunny Came From
I have always wondered where the Easter Bunny came from. I did some studying and have found the origin.
The Easter bunny goes back to paganism. When Christianity came to be the pagan holiday and the celebration of Jesus' resurrection were combined into one holiday.
Christian's found it difficult to seperate new converts from some of there old beliefs,so they would just incorporate them into Christianity.
The spring festival was a fertility celebration to the Goddess Eastre; hence Easter.
Many churches have recognized that even the name Easter was pagan, so they have started calling it resurrection day.
As for my opinion on all this; I am, I consider, a strong Christian. I am very, very happy when I think on our Lord's resurrection from the dead. Happy, gleeful children also make me happy. Let them have their Easter bunny and the candy and chocolate, but also teach the children about Jesus. In my opinion, their choice should be theirs and no one else's.
According to the Gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. The Gospel of Matthew states that an angel appeared near the tomb of Jesus and announced his resurrection to Mary Magdelene and "another Mary" who had arrived to anoint the body (Matthew 28:1–10). According to Luke there were two angels (Luke 24:4), and according to Mark there was a youth dressed in white (Mark 16:5). The "longer ending" to Mark states that on the morning of his resurrection, Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9). John states that when Mary looked into the tomb, two angels asked her why she was crying; and as she turned round she initially failed to recognize Jesus until he spoke her name (John 20:11–18).
The Acts of the Apostles state that Jesus appeared to various people in various places over the next forty days. Hours after his resurrection, he appeared to two travelers on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13–35). To his assembled disciples he showed himself on the evening after his resurrection (John 20:19). Although his own ministry had been specifically to Jews, Jesus is said to have sent his apostles to the Gentiles with the Great Commission and ascended to heaven while a cloud concealed him from their sight. According to Acts, Paul of Tarsus had a vision of Jesus during his Road to Damascus experience. Jesus promised to come again to fulfill the remainder of Messianic prophecy.
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