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Easter Celebration - Parents

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Lina Pang

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Is Easter biblical?
Where did the name Easter come from?
Two Principles
To Keep or not to Keep?
Did the Apostles Celebrate Easter?
Can We Celebrate Easter?
Origin of Easter
Is it a commandment of God?
Or is it a tradition of men?
Are we worshiping God the way He wants us to?
Or Are we worshiping God the way people worship foreign gods?
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 325
Jesus is Alive!
Why Do Christians Celebrate Easter?
Easter Eggs & Easter Bunnies
Origin of Easter Customs
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus came back to life three days after His death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter.

Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.

Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal [Passover] Full Moon. As a result, Easter dates can range from March 22 through April 25.

Many Christians refer to Easter as Resurrection Day or Pascha [Passover].
Easter Eggs
Easter Celebration
Can Christians celebrate Easter?
Nowhere in the Bible can we find the teaching to observe Easter or the resurrection of Christ. Keeping Easter or celebrating the resurrection of Christ is not a commandment of God.
No! The apostles did NOT celebrate

However, early Christians instituted an annual Christian Passover [Pascha] to commemorate the resurrection of Christ, most likely in the 2nd century.

But there were NO Easter eggs or bunnies in the celebration at the time.

If they were observing the Christian Passover called Pascha, then why is it called Easter now? And where did Easter eggs and bunnies come from?

Mark 7:6-9
He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men — the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

He said to them, “All too well
you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
Don't reject the commandment of God because we want to keep the traditions of men.
Deut 12:29-32
The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.”
You must not worship the Lord your God in their way
, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.

See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.
Don't worship God the way pagans worship their gods.
Vocabulary Words
God hates it!
Do you desire to keep the tradition of men more than the commandment of God?
Easter is the name of the month, April on the old Germanic calendar called Eosturmonath [Easter month]. It is named after the Anglo-Saxon
goddess of dawn
, called
.[1, 2]
1 Venerable Bede
{English Catholic Monk | 725AD}
The Reckoning of Time
to honor the memory of _
by some observance or celebration
the worship or worshiper of any religion that is not Christian, Jewish, or Muslim.
A member of any of the West Germanic tribes
(Angles, Saxons, and Jutes)
that settled in Britain from the 5th century to the 11th century.
Their religious belief was a variant of the Germanic paganism before they were Christianized.
Before Christianity was introduced to the Saxon people in Northern Europe, they dedicated an annual festival to Eostre in April to give thanks for newness of life after the winter.
By the 8th century, the Anglo-Saxon Christians were commemorating the resurrection of Christ [Pascal] using the name Easter.
When Christianity was introduced to the Anglo-Saxon people in the 6th century, many of them became Christians.
There is another goddess who has similar names as Eostre in ancient
{She may or may NOT be Eostre due to the lack of written materials and information.}

Her names are in the following forms:
^Astarte {ancient Greek}
^Ishtar {Assyria, Akkadian, & Babylonia}
^Ashtoreth {Israel}
^Ashtarte {Sidon, Phoenicia}
^Aphrodite {Greek}
^Venus {Roman}

She is the goddess of love, sex, fertility, and war. She is an abomination to God [2 Kgs 23:13]
2 Jacob Grimm
{German Linguist | 1835AD}
Teutonic Mythology
A group of several peoples in the Middle East who speak Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Amharic {Ethiopic}, Akkadian, and Phoenician
40 days of Lent [exclude Sundays]
Questions to Ask Ourselves
Do we participate in Easter celebration like going to an Easter musical, eating Easter bunny chocolate, painting Easter eggs, and doing egg hunts because we want to keep God's commandment or because these traditions of men are fun?
Questions to Ask Ourselves
Is celebrating the resurrection of Christ pagan?
Is the way we celebrate the resurrection of Christ pagan?
Easter Bunnies
The use of eggs were forbidden during Lent, but the chickens continued to lay eggs. Therefore, there were a lot of unused eggs by Easter Sunday. The eggs were brought to the table on Easter Day, colored red to symbolize the Easter joy. The original use of eggs during Easter had nothing to do with the symbol of new life or the resurrection of Christ.
1 Catholic Encylopedia
The egg representing the tomb of Jesus and a new creation of mankind by Jesus' resurrection was probably invented later. This custom or tradition may have its origin in paganism.[1]
The pagans celebrated the return of spring each year for more than a thousand years before Jesus' birth. They believed that spring was a time of
. It represented
new life
and the
resurrection of nature
after the dead of winter. The
was the
of the
germinating life
of early spring.
Later, Christians used the Easter eggs to represent the rebirth of man as exemplified by the rebirth of Jesus Christ. They also use the eggs to represent the tomb from which Christ rose. The egg became a symbol of the Resurrection. The use of painted & decorated Easter eggs were first recorded in the 13th century.
Rabbits and Hares are ancient pagan fertility symbols associated with the spring season. [1] They can breed very fast and give birth to several babies a year.
We have no idea how rabbits became Easter Bunnies since bunnies have no correlation with the resurrection of Christ. We also have no idea how rabbits came to be associated with Easter eggs and why they would lay eggs.
The first recorded evidence of an Easter Bunny bringing Easter eggs for children was in a book called De ovis paschalibus [About the Easter Egg] by Georg Franck von Franckenau {1682} in which he recorded that the tradition existed in Alsace [a region in modern day France that was previously populated by Germans].
The tradition of an egg-laying Easter Bunny (actually it was a hare) was brought to the US in the 18th century by the German immigrants. Accordingly to legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made with their caps or bonnets. Jakob Grimm suggested in his book that this custom is associated with the goddess Ostara {Eostre}.
1 Simrock, Mythologie, 551
Instead, our Lord Jesus commanded His disciples to remember His death. During the Passover meal with His disciples, Jesus instructed His disciples, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me...This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." {1 Cor 11:24, 25}
We can remember and celebrate the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ everyday of our lives. If a flower, an egg, a raindrop, a bunny, or green grass in the spring reminds us of Christ, we can definitely celebrate Him in our lives. However, don't use Christians traditions that may be pagan as an excuse for us to have fun, which has nothing to do with celebrating Christ.
Any Other Questions?
When you do egg hunts, are you reminded of Christ's resurrection?
When you see the Easter eggs, are you thinking of living a new life in Christ?
When you see an Easter bunny chocolate, are you thinking of Jesus Christ?
What if I just want to have fun?
I don't want to celebrate Easter, but I just want to do Easter egg hunts, eat candies from the Easter eggs and eat Easter bunny chocolate.
Note: Try replacing "Easter" with "Budhha"
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