“What does a fun-filled Easter egg hunt, Easter bunnies and an Easter Sunday sunrise service have to do with Jesus Christ’s Resurrection? The word Easter in Acts 12:4 in the King James Version is an incorrect translation of the Greek word pascha, referring to Passover, not Easter. This has been corrected in modern translations of the New Testament. Most Christians around the world do not realize that on April 8th, 2012, they will be observing customs and symbols that can be directly traced back to pre-Christian origins!
Read more about colored eggs, bunny rabbits and the pagan symbols here from a previous article by this examiner.
- The New Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th edition, in its article on Easter, describes these customs and symbols as “hav[ing] been handed down from the ancient ceremonial and symbolism of European and Middle Eastern pagan spring festivals.” One symbol, the Easter bunny, is called the modern replacement for “the hare, the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt.”
- And concerning the other, the egg, it explains: “In traditional folk religion the egg is a powerful symbol of fertility, purity, and rebirth.
- “During the reign of Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117-135), Jews were harshly persecuted and practices of Judaism forbidden. These oppressive measures apparently influenced many early Christians in Rome to abandon the biblical Sabbath and festivals and turn to Sunday, historically observed by the Romans as a day of veneration of the sun. Hence, the first day of the week (Sunday) took the place of the seventh-day Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset), and “some of the old heathen feasts became church festivals with change of name and of worship” (Jesse Lyman Hurlbut, The Story of the Christian Church, 1954, pp. 43, 45, 77, 79). nextooze.com/christian-living-in-lexington/what-do-eggs-and-bunnies-have-to-do-with-the-death-and-resurrection-of-our-savior
The Catholic Encyclopedia even acknowledges that Jesus and His apostles never celebrated Easter. “They observed the seventh-day Sabbath and the annual festivals of God including the Passover which are listed in Leviticus 23 and many other places in Scripture”. (New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, 1967, p. 867, “Early Christian Feasts”) From another previous article on Easter. God never commanded His people to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but He did command them to observe His death which is the Passover!
And why do parents lie to their children, rabbits don’t lay eggs!
Next: What about the tradition of eating ham on Easter?
For those in the Lexington and London, KY areas and would like more information on how to keep the Passover please click here. For those in the Louisville area, click here. For those in Henderson click here.