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9 Reasons why Christians Should Stop Celebrating Easter

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Reason #1: There is no record of Jesus ever instructing his disciples to celebrate Easter

There is nothing in the original manuscripts of the Bible, or in history, to suggest that Jesus instructed his disciples to celebrate Easter. In fact, we have over 150 recorded commands from Jesus, and none of them pertain to the celebration of Easter.

 

 

Reason #2: Jesus’ first disciples did not celebrate Easter

There is nothing in the original manuscripts of the Bible, or in history, to suggest Jesus’ first disciples celebrated Easter.

 

 

Reason #3: Easter is not mentioned in the original manuscripts of the Bible

The word Easter is not found in the protestant NIV Bible, nor is there any suggestion of Easter in the original Aramaic or Greek manuscripts of the Bible. Note: 1) There is no record of Jesus or his first disciples mentioning Easter, Eastertide, Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts, Easter Ham, Easter lilies, Easter parades, Easter Vigil, the Easter Bunny, clipping the church, Holy Week, Hot cross buns, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Palm Sunday, Lent, Great Lent, or 40 days of Lent; 2) The word Easter appears in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible (Acts 12:4), but a quick search of the original Greek shows the KJV translators mistakenly translated Pascha (Passover) as Easter.

9 Reasons why Christians Should Stop Celebrating Easter

 

 

 

Reason #4: ‘Good Friday’ and ‘Easter Sunday’ are made-up terms

According to Easter tradition, Jesus died on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, which is problematic, because there is no evidence of Jesus’ first disciples referring to Good Friday or Easter Sunday. In fact, those two terms are not even in the Bible, nor do the original manuscripts of the Bible suggest Jesus died on a Friday or rose from the dead on a Sunday. Note: While the exact days of Jesus’ death and resurrection are not clearly displayed in the oldest manuscripts of the Bible, multiple clues suggest Jesus’ crucifixion and death took place on the fourth day of the week (Wednesday), his resurrection took place on the seventh day of the week (Saturday), and Jesus’ disciples found his empty tomb on the first day of the week (Sunday).

In the Philippines, some people volunteer to be crucified on ‘Good Friday’ each year. I’m hoping that stops ASAP, because it is harmful, inhumane, snatches the spotlight from Jesus, and reduces crucifixion to a show. Photo credit: rt.com

 

 

Reason #5: Easter tradition claims Jesus’ death lasted two days

Another problem with the Easter tradition of Good Friday and Easter Sunday is the span between those two days is 48 hours. This is problematic because Jesus predicted his death would last three days, and the Bible specifies Jesus’ death lasted three days. Note: This one-day discrepancy is an issue because Jesus said there is an eternal penalty for those who love and practice falsehood (so, every falsehood should be avoided, even small ones). This one-day discrepancy also undermines the credibility of the Gospel and gives the idea to non-believers that Christians are not concerned with details or consistency.

Jesus predicted his death would last three days, and the Bible specifies Jesus’ death lasted three days.

 

 

Reason # 6: Easter has the appearance of being a co-holiday that honors Jesus and Eostre

There is reason to suspect that Easter was created as a co-holiday to collectively honor Jesus and a Pagan goddess named Eostre, together. It’s difficult to pinpoint how, when, or why this might have happened. However, it is a fact that modern Pagans revere a goddess of fertility (and the dawn), named Eostre (also known as Eastre, Ostara, and Oestre). And, they celebrate an annual spring festival in her honor, called Ostara. Pagans generally believe their Ostara festival predates Easter, Easter is an adaptation of Ostara, and the word Easter was derived from the word Eostre. While historical information is limited, it is possible that someone (perhaps, a Roman official) in history created Easter as a combo-holiday to honor both Jesus and Eostre. If Easter is a combo-holiday that honors Jesus and Eostre, it poses a problem for Christians when we consider God is defined in the Bible as a jealous God, angered by idolatry, and the First of the Ten Commandments is You shall not have any other gods besides me” Exodus 20:3.

Pagans revere a fertility goddess, named Eostre (also known as Eastre, Ostara, and Oestre).

 

 

Reason #7: Easter features ancient Pagan symbols

Rabbits and eggs are two main iconic symbols of Easter, which is a little strange when you consider rabbits don’t lay eggs, and the Bible suggests no symbolism, observance, or festive significance in relation to rabbits or eggs. That being said, it is well-documented that eggs and rabbits are traditional Pagan symbols of rebirth and fertility, and Pagans revere Eostre as a goddess of fertility (Ostara is also known as Egg Day). So, in that regard, Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies appear to be adaptations of ancient Pagan symbols. Note: 1) Historians ascribe the Ancient Egyptians as a people that revered a snake goddess, named Wenet, which was later depicted with a woman’s body and a hare’s head; 2) Wikipedia notes several examples of Pagan connections to eggs, including ancient Zoroastrians with their painted eggs. Tag: Should Christians stop celebrating Easter

Wiccan Rabbit Necklace for sale on eBay. Screenshot: ebay.co.uk

 

 

Reason #8: Easter possesses ancient Pagan customs

In Roman Catholicism, adherents are taught to abstain from regular meat and eat fish on certain Fridays that precede Easter (especially Good Friday). Besides Catholics, this is an Easter custom that many Protestant Christians have adopted, which is odd, because Jesus never mentioned anything about the need to eat fish or abstain from meat, at any date or time (neither is Lent mentioned in the Bible). So, where did this custom originate? Historical references indicate the Ancient Romans worshiped a fertility goddess, named Venus, whose symbol was the fish (historians also say the Romans renamed the sixth day of the week ‘Friday’ in her honor), and they celebrated a spring festival in Venus’ honor, called Veneralia. It’s difficult to know if the Romans adapted Venus from the Babylonian goddess, Ishtar, or if Eostre mythology evolved from Ishtar. However, there is no denying that Venus, Ishtar, and Eostre are all Pagan fertility goddesses. There is also no denying the fact that Easter, Eostre, and Ishtar all have resemblance in spelling and pronunciation. With that in mind, Easter Lenten fish customs are problematic because they have the appearance of being leftover remnants from Ancient Roman Religion, which is an issue because the Bible describes God as being unhappy when his people adopt the spiritual customs of other religions.

Roman officials may have created Easter as a way of forcing Christians and Pagans to unite under one religious holiday, which is comparable to forcing meat eaters and Vegans to come together and eat bugs. Photo credit: thehypebuzz.com

 

 

Reason #9: Easter is synched with the vernal equinox

In 325 A.D., the Roman Emperor Constantine convened a group of men, who ordered Easter to be scheduled every year on the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after the vernal (spring) equinox. This scheduling ordinance, which continues today, guarantees Easter is scheduled on a commemorative day that most definitely has no association with Jesus’ resurrection day. This Easter scheduling tradition also gives the impression that Christians are people who honor the sun (and the spring), which is something God forbids his people to do. Moreover, it gives the impression that Christians have no problem combining their observances with the traditions of other religions. Note: 1) The day of the vernal equinox (which involves the observance of a sun cycle) is the exact day Pagans observe Ostara). And, Sunday is the traditional day Romans honored their sun god, Sol Invictus; 2) It’s important to note here that most Christians have no idea how Easter is scheduled or where its traditions came from. This is partly because they sometimes follow teachers and pastors as shepherds (rather than Jesus), which unfortunately helps solidify deviations and human-made traditions; 3) Passover takes place on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan. And, although Passover is a spring holiday that sometimes overlaps with the vernal equinox, it is not intentionally synched with the vernal equinox.

Druids hold Ostara sunrise services on the day of the spring equinox at Stonehenge. Photo credit: ibtimes.co.uk

 

 

Where did Easter come from?

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact year Easter was created, but it’s my understanding that the first record of Easter being mentioned in any official sense is the Roman Council of Arles, in Roman Europe, in 314 A.D. And it was 325 A.D. when the Roman Emperor Constantine convened a group of men, who ordered Easter to be scheduled in the way it is still observed today. So, in that regard, it seems possible that ancient Roman leaders played a part in creating Easter, since recorded history shows they were the first ones to legislate the tradition. Other reasons to suspect Roman leaders had a hand in creating Easter is the fact that Ancient Roman Religion is well-accredited with hijacking stories related to various gods and deities, often reconfiguring them into new ones (they also often created festivals to go with those cults). Note: An example of a Roman leader causing harm to Christians through legislation, around this same time, is 321 A.D. That was the year the Roman Emperor Constantine passed an edict which forced Christians to observe the weekly seventh day Sabbath on a day that Rome set aside for the sun (Sunday).

500+ years after the fall of the Roman Empire, most Neopagans have long ditched the Roman Pagan holiday, Easter. While Christians have mostly stuck with it because of tradition.

 

 

What is Easter?

Easter appears to have a Pagan name, it has Pagan customs, symbols, and elements, it has the wrong commemoration dates of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the wrong timeline. And, since Easter appears to have been first legislated by Roman officials, Easter is perhaps best described as a Roman Catholic holiday or, possibly, a Universalist holiday with Roman Catholic, Pagan, and Christian elements.

Maybe some of us fell in love with Easter through candy. Photo credit: huffingtonpost.com

 

 

So many good things happen at Easter

A lot of good things happen during Easter each year. For one thing, millions of people hear the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter time, which is incredible. Protestant water baptisms also often take place around Easter. And it’s fair to assume people pray to God more than normal during the Easter season. However, Easter is not something I can celebrate or go along with anymore. I have decided to stop celebrating Easter.

9 Reasons why Christians Should Stop Celebrating Easter. Photo credit: visioncitychurch.com

 

 

How should we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus?

On the night Jesus was arrested, he instructed his disciples to remember his death and resurrection with something that has been nicknamed Communion (see Luke 22:14–20). Communion is not a holiday, festival, or party, nor does it involve a Cathedral, robes, or anything fancy. Communion simply involves a short prayer, the act of taking a moment to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, along with the eating of a small piece of unleavened bread (matzo, or a cracker) and grape juice. The incredible thing about Communion, besides its simplicity, is it can be done any time of year (in private or with fellow believers), and the exact commemoration day of Jesus’ death and resurrection is not essential (this is especially true because Jesus’ first communion with his disciples took place the day before his death).

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