Easter is a Celebration

April 3, 2010

Ahhh, merlot...and not from the box tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, let’s celebrate. Some people wonder why we coopted the pagan practice of eggs and bunnies to celebrate Christ rising from the dead. Isn’t that wrong? No, its not. Pagans were not using them right. We are. Eggs, bunnies, spring, all are God’s annual reminder of the ressurection. The trees were dead. Now they are alive again. The skies were desolate….now they chirp with life. All of creation celebrates with us.

Lent is over. The long fast is about to be broken. We waited for Christ……now he is here. Celebrate. Feast. Rejoice with Family. And remember that our God is a God of the abundant life.


5 Responses to “Easter is a Celebration”

  1. MikahYahu Says:

    Well, you’re right… Easter is a celebration, to the Pagan Fertility goddess Ishtar/Asheroth. Pagans would celebrate the “impregnation of the mother goddess” during the Vernal equinox. They would roll colored eggs in the fields to help promote crop growth. Bunnies/rabbits are also seen as a fertility symbol by these same people.

    This celebration is (coincidentally) nine months before the celebration of Saturnalia (christmas) when the sun god is reborn (after impregnating his wife/mom with his own seed nine months earlier.)

    The RCC adopted these and loads of other rites from the pagan community, “cleansed them” by changing names and calling them christian. The reason for this is so that they could grow their following, thus receive more $$ in “donations” and build their empire….

    After all:
    Hear what the Elohim says to you, O house of Yisrael. 2 This is what the Elohim says:
    “Do not learn the ways of the nations
    or be terrified by signs in the sky,
    though the nations are terrified by them.

    3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless;
    they cut a tree out of the forest,
    and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.

    4 They adorn it with silver and gold;
    they fasten it with hammer and nails
    so it will not totter.

    5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch,
    their idols cannot speak;
    they must be carried
    because they cannot walk.
    Do not fear them;
    they can do no harm
    nor can they do any good.”

    6 No one is like you, O Yahuah;
    you are great,
    and your name is mighty in power.

    7 Who should not revere you,
    O King of the nations?
    This is your due.
    Among all the wise men of the nations
    and in all their kingdoms,
    there is no one like you.

    8 They are all senseless and foolish;
    they are taught by worthless wooden idols.

    9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish
    and gold from Uphaz.
    What the craftsman and goldsmith have made
    is then dressed in blue and purple—
    all made by skilled workers.

    10 But Yahuah is the true Elohim;
    he is the living Eloi, the eternal King.
    When he is angry, the earth trembles;
    the nations cannot endure his wrath.

    11 “Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’ ” [a]

    12 But Yahuah made the earth by his power;
    he founded the world by his wisdom
    and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

    13 When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;
    he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
    He sends lightning with the rain
    and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

    14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
    every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
    His images are a fraud;
    they have no breath in them.

    15 They are worthless, the objects of mockery;
    when their judgment comes, they will perish.

    16 He who is the Portion of Yaqob is not like these,
    for he is the Maker of all things,
    including Yisrael, the tribe of his inheritance—
    Yahuah Elohim is his name.”

  2. MikahYahu Says:

    1779, from Fr. Alpine dialect crestin, “a dwarfed and deformed idiot” of a type formerly found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, from V.L. *christianus “a Christian,” a generic term for “anyone,” but often with a sense of “poor fellow.” Related: Cretinism (1801).

  3. MikahYahu Says:

    so… because pagan’s (by your definition) aren’t using them now, (but did in the past to commemorate their gods) it’s okay for you to now??

    I fail to see the logic.

  4. W. Vida Says:

    Hi Mikah. Good question. I think a lot of Christians struggle with this but I do not. This is a long answer here but I hope it at least explains my thought.

    Let me explain my logic. First of all, it is impossible to separate ourselves from all things first developed or practiced by nonchristians. Things like the our system of time (24 hr days, 60 minute hours, 60 second minutes etc) were developed in pagan cultures. Many of the instruments used in churches were not invented by Christians. The names of the days of the week are pagan in origin. The fact that our churches announce that we meet at 11am on Sunday (or Saturday for the sabbatarians out there) is a big violation of the rule that we can’t mix pagan things with Christian practices.

    Secondly, the way that God works is that he redeems what is corrupt. We were sinners but now we are saved. We were pagans but now we are sons of God (Jn 1:12). Every tradition points to a god of some sort. Pagans thought that spring (with its eggs, chicks, flowers, baby rabbits and new grass) pointed to their pagan gods. They were wrong. God created those things. He created the seasons – not Ishtar. They do not point to Ishtar. They point to the God of Abraham. Ishtar deserves scorn not fear. Ishtar is not Lord, Christ is.

    Specifically, I believe the symbols of spring point to the Resurrection of Christ (and to our own bodily resurrection on the last day). Everything is dead in the winter. But in the spring what was dead comes alive. We worship the God of the Resurrection (Jn 11:25).

    Part of what it means to be a Christian is declaring Jesus to be King of this world (Rev 19:6, Isa 52:7). When William the Conquerer invaded England in 1066 he went around the countryside to declare that he was the King of England. When he came to an estate, a messenger would ask the owner, ‘To Whom does this estate belong to?’ When the owner would respond ‘this belongs to Lord So-and-So.’ The messenger would reply, ‘Wrong, it belongs to King William.’ And so I would ask the same question. Who do the chicks, eggs, and Rabbits belong to? Ishtar? Wrong answer. They belong to the God of Israel.

    Christians conquered the pagans. Our God is real. Theirs are fake. Our God created spring. Their gods created nothing. Eggs, colors, and rabbits point to Christ not Ishtar. That is why I have no problem with them.

    I think the passage you are pointing to is referring to the practices of the pagans that oppose the God of Scripture. Deuteronomy 12:31 actually explains this very clearly:

    “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.”

    The problem here is the burning of children. And the passage that you quoted specifically called out the use of idols (another no no). Other practices of the nation they entered included sexual immorality. All of these would be big no-nos for the people of God to adopt.

    Can we give eggs and stuffed bunnies to our children as we celebrate Christ’s victory over death? Yes. So long as we explain that they are signs and pointers to Christ our Lord.

  5. maggie Says:

    I agree. I am glad that I can still give eggs and bunnies to our kids on Easter. 🙂

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