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Is Easter a pagan tradition?
Easter - origins
We have to go back and find out what history has to say about Easter. There was one historian, Socrates Scholasticus, who stated in his Book of History: “It seems to me that the feast of Easter has been introduced into the church from some old usage, just as many other customs have been established.”
The book Curiosities of Popular Customs explains that it was the policy of the “Church to give a Christian significance to such of the extant pagan ceremonies as could not be rooted out. In the case of Easter it was peculiarly easy. People embraced the celebrating quickly as Christian. Joy at the rising of the natural sun, and at the awakening of nature from the death of winter, became joy at the rising of the Sun of righteousness, at the resurrection of Christ from the grave. Some of the pagan observances which took place about the 1st of May were also shifted to fit in with the celebration of Easter.
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Are you celebrating a pagan tradition?
Will you continue as before after learning the origin of easter?
What do secular historians say?
Easter holiday is supposed to recognize and celebrate Christ’s resurrection but note what secular authorities say regarding it:
First this quote from The Westminster Dictionary of the Bible: "Originally the spring festival in honor of the Teutonic goddess of light and spring known in Anglo-Saxon as Eastre. As early as the 8th century the name was transferred by the Anglo-Saxons to the Christian festival designed to celebrate the resurrection of Christ!” by John D. Davis.
Then what Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore Mythology and Legend says: “Everywhere they hunt the many-colored Easter eggs, brought by the Easter rabbit. This is not mere child’s play, but the vestige of a fertility rite, the eggs and the rabbit both symbolizing fertility.”
In his book Celebrations, Robert J. Myers agrees, stating that “many of the pagan rebirth rites, celebrated at the vernal equinox, became part of the feast.” These statements are supported by The New Encyclopædia Britannica, which says: “As at Christmas, so also at Easter, popular customs reflect many ancient pagan survivals—in this instance, connected with spring fertility rites, such as the symbols of the Easter egg and the Easter hare or rabbit.”
Easter. “There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament,” states The Encyclopædia Britannica. How did Easter get started? It is rooted in pagan worship. While this holiday is supposed to commemorate Jesus’ resurrection, the customs associated with the Easter season are not Christian. For instance, concerning the popular “Easter bunny,” The Catholic Encyclopedia says: “The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.”
You wouln't dream of dabbling with idolotry would you? Surely the Easter bunny, the Christmas Tree, and the black cat of Halloween are innocent ways of enjoying the holidays aren't they? Not sure? Then let this book answer your questions and let it raise a few of its own.
Do eggs and rabbits belong together with the death of Christ
The night before Christ died
The conclution MUST be
Easter or Pesach has nothing to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We actually offend him by bringing pagan rituals and details into the event.
If our worship will be acceptable to God we have to keep it clean from blasphemy and pagan rites.