For years I have given my study on the present day traditional Easter celebration in 3 parts. Today, I will condense into one article. You may request the full 3 parts at no charge. Simply call and ask.
It must be said at the beginning that Easter celebration with present day symbols is not supported by the Bible. It must also be said that most preachers are afraid to approach the subject and especially take a Biblical stand against this unscriptural tradition.
"Easter" appears once in the Bible. In Acts 12:4 "Pascha" is translated "Easter". However, Herod was not waiting until after the Passover to bring Peter before the people. V3 gives the time frame: "then were the days of unleavened bread." The days of unleavened bread followed the Passover! (Mk.14:12; Lu.22:7; lCor5:7-8;) Numbers 28:16-17 says, "And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten."
Herod put Peter in prison after the Passover during the days of unleavened bread. So, what Easter was he waiting on? He evidently was waiting on the annual festival commemorating the death and resurrection of Tammuz which was celebrated at about the same time. Now watch this: Eostra, goddess of the spring, was celebrated at the time of the Vernal Equinox. Easter, (Astarte, Ishtar) was brought into Christianity by way of the Catholic Church. The New Catholic Encyclopedia says: "Most Easter traditions originate from ancient rites connected with the spring and summer fertility." It also refers to our common Easter customs as "relics of the pagan past:' (1977 Ed.VoI.7 p.2053
There is an obvious absence in Church History of an annual observance of the resurrection of Christ until the 3rd. Century. The truth is, True Believers celebrate His resurrection every Lord's Day!
The present day symbols used in Easter celebrations are all connected to pagan celebrations. The Layman's Bible Encyclopedia, 1964 Ed. pg.209 states about Easter in part, the annual observance of Easter is a convergence of three traditions:
- The Hebrew Passover...
- The Christian commemoration of the Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus which took place at the feast of the Passover
- The Norse OSTRA OR EOSTRA (FROM WHICH EASTER IS DERIVED) . A PAGAN FESTIVAL OF SPRING WHICH FELL AT THE VERNAL EQUINOX, MARCH 21. PROMINENT SYMBOLS IN THIS CELEBRATION OF THE RESURRECTION OF NATURE AFTER THE WINTER WERE, RABBITS, SIGNIFYING FECUNDITY, AND EGGS, COLORED LIKE THE RAYS OF THE RETURNING SUN AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, OR AURORA BOREALIS."
There are at least 5 reasons Christians should not celebrate Easter with the Pagan symbols:
- Easter celebration is thoroughly idolatrous in origin.
- The word "Easter" is actually the proper name of a pagan god.
- The popular Easter customs are occult in nature.
- The rites of Easter are borrowed from paganism.
- It is an unscriptural addition to the Church and Bible truth.
Britannia says, "The Puritans, who abhorred the Catholic ritual and the excesses which often accompanied the observance of the Church festival, refused to celebrate Easter." 1968 Ed. Vol. 7 pg.859