The Evolution of Easter Sunday

Todays Definitions and Understanding of Words

EVOLUTION:  “Any process of formation or growth; developement: the evolution of a language; the evolution of the airplane”.  Webster’s New International Unabridged Dictionary.

EASTER:  “An annual Christian festival in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ…observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox, as calculated  according to tables based in Western cultures on the Gregorian calendar in Orthodox churches on the Julian calendar.”  Webster’s New International Unabridged Dictionary.

I want to give you perhaps, a different understanding of a certain festival we celebrate; in our families and our Christian churches this time of year.  I love traditions as much as the next person. I love Christmas time and the celebration of Jesus birth. I am not concerned if December 25th is the EXACT date that He was born [It probably was during the early fall], and the Bible doesn’t pinpoint the calendar date. We give gifts, we decorate our homes, we make cookies and get together with family. We enjoy ourselves.

I want to quote from a book entitled “Fossilized Customs” by Lew White.  By reading a little, I began to understand the Truth–that what we see in the traditions practiced by Christianity were originally pagan designs. Then why do we hang on so tightly to them? Sir Winston Churchill said,

“Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across the truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened.” 

EASTER

If you recognize “Halloween” for what it is, then this will be no different after you learn the TRUTH. Easter was already one of the two biggest celebrations observed by Pagans, long before christianity came along. Easter was celebrated by the Assyrians, the Phoenicians, and the Philistines (“Goliath no doubt had an Easter basket”).  This festival involved the “Rites of Spring” near the Equinox of Venus, when Pagans believed the Earth Mother was impregnated by the sun. They engaged in ritual sex acts, and used symbols of fertility like eggs, rabbits, and “hot cross  buns”.  To ensure a prosperous growing season, Pagans rolled eggs decorated with bright colors of Spring on their fields, hoping to promote fertility [sounding familiar?] These eggs were then hidden from “evil spirits” in rabbit’s nests, another symbol of fertility. “Easter” is the name of the Babylonian “Mother of Harlots”, Revelation 17, and her image stands as the sungoddess “Lady Liberty” in New York Harbor. This Colossus statue even has the “lower” headpiece, as seen worn by Artimis.  The 7 horns or sunrays should be a stong indication of her true identity.  Her emblem is the flower of the lily and the Easter Seals Society, uses the fleur-de-lis (French flower of the lily) as their logo.  Most “churches” decorate with lilies on” Easter morning”. My wife is a retired florist and churches would call ahead to order dozens of potted “Easter Lily’s”.  Have we grown so attached to traditions, during the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, that we have come to ignore the truth? Instead of inheriting the truth, have we might inherited Babylon?

“The word ‘EASTER’ is in my King James Version of the Bible”

The word in the Greek that underlies the word “Easter” in the KJV is pascha, and it means Passover, from the Hebrew word “Pesach”. Now the Word Detective is not going to look at the evidence presented and stop my investigation. I uncovered something in the Britannica Encyclopedia (1934). It states:  “EASTER (es’ter).  Ostara, or Eastre, was the goddess of Spring in the religion of the ancient Angles and Saxons. Every April a festival was celebrated in her honor. With the beginnings of Christianity, the old gods were put aside. From then on the festival was celebrated in honor of the resurrection of Christ, but was still known as Easter after the old goddess.”

In contrast, our God and Creator says,

“Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah (Easter) poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and WIPE OUT THEIR NAMES from those places. YOU MUST NOT WORSHIP YOUR ELOHIM (your God) IN THEIR WAY.” Deuteronomy 12.

Okay, that’s pretty clear. But what happened? Biblical scholars report that as the Pagans were absorbed into Christianity, it was the policy to accept everything they were accustomed to celebrating also. The Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, published in 1878, states in chapter 8:  “The rulers of the Church from early times were prepared, should the occasion arise, to adopt, to imitate, or to sanctify the existing rites and customs of the population, as well as the philosophy of the educated class…holy days and seasons (the entire Church calendar),…the ring in marriage, etc., etc., —are all Pagan origin, and sanctified by adoption into the church.”

I didn’t write this blog or dig into the evidence of truth to “spoil” you upcoming Easter. I simply gave you the origin and truth of how Eater Sunday has evolved from previous traditions.  How many Easter egg hunts for children will there be held this week? What are we teaching to the next generation? Probably the same teachings that have come down over hundreds of years. Pray and the Holy Spirit tell you what the real truth is this season. The decision will be yours to decide.  Say to someone you first see next Sunday,  “He has risen!” and if someone should say this greeting to you, your reply should be,  “He has risen indeed!”  This form of acknowledging  what Christ accomplished for us, was practiced often in the First Church 2000 years ago. Neat tradition, huh?