Yea, I've got a thing when it comes to Easter. A few years ago, some people shared some facts about some of our well loved traditions revolving around the resurrection of our Lord, and it turns out that, well, they have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus at all. In fact, some of it made my hair stand straight up.
For example, do you know where the term "Easter" comes from? It's derived from "Ishtar" who was the ancient goddess of fertility. This has roots in the Tower of Babel. The name morphed to "Eastre" with the Anglo-Saxons and it drifted into Christian use when the early believers were trying to spread the faith in terms that pagans could understand. They wanted to seperate themselves from the Jewish roots of the faith (because let's face it, people have always been fighting against them) and thought the faith would have a better chance of survival if it aligned more with the "Gentile" than the "Jewish" tradition. It seems to me they would have done better to stick with their roots, but alas what happened, happened. So they taught the pagans about how Christ rose from the dead and gave us eternal life by Christianizing their spring fertility festivals and there you have it - slapping a name on the greatest give God gave that is actually reflective of the root of offences that lead to the flood. Brilliant folks, just brilliant. So pardon me if I prefer to refer to it as Resurrection Sunday than, well, the other word.
And what about Easter Bunnies? Personally, I always thought they were creepy and I wasn't far off the mark. The Easter Bunny is the sexual symbol of fertility for Ishtar. If I get any creepy comments or links from porn sites for this then I will get mean and call out your stupidity on social media, so back off before you start! I'm just stating a fact and not inviting you creepy morons in. Anyway, we all know that rabbits are prolific reproducers and it appears this has been known since the beginning of time.
As for the Easter eggs, the ancient Babalonians believed a great egg fell from heaven into the Euphrates River and Ishtar hatched from it. What? A goddess needs to hatch? Ponder that as you take your kids on the egg hunts this Saturday. Throughout time, eggs have continued to symbolize goddesses of fertility.
Now folks, I'm realistic enough to know that some things simply aren't worth getting worked up over. If you're heart's right and you truly mean well, then God knows it and won't fault you, especially for things you don't know. But knowing all of this, I'm more than a little disturbed by how an event that's the cornerstone of Christian faith is innundated with pagan rituals, some of which are clearly spoken against in The Bible. Even the name we call it has absolutely nothing to do with Christ.
I'm not afraid to come across as a Bible beating igit on this one. We do a lot of things wrong on this holiday, and we need to clean it up. I understand that people could claim ignorance for a long time, but that's not true with the abundance of resources out there to tell you the truth. The Internet is all over the world. One site where I got my information is http://www.hebrewroot.com/pagan_origins_of_easter.htm . Another great site is http://www.religioustolerance.org/easter1.htm .
It's up to you whether you believe me. I know many people don't and can't understand why I'm "being this way." Well folks, I'm "being this way" because I love Jesus and appreciate all He did and all He is. I'm not perfect, but I want to do my best by Him. And I certainly don't want to offend Him by watering down his magnificant sacrifice with rituals of dead (or radically minority) traditions.
So there you have it. I know a lot of people out there are on the gay marriage thing. Well, this is my thing. Celebrations of The Resurrection are pagan and offensive to it's true meaning.
And now I shall step off my soapbox.
I wish you a meaningful comtemplation of your faith during these Holy Days and a joyous celebration of The Resurrection of Christ this Sunday.