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21/04/2014 00:00:00
by Learnmore Zuze
 
 
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“If Easter celebration had anything to do with the resurrection of Christ, then it would certainly have an affixed date each year.”

Easter is one of the biggest holidays in the world. Jerusalem, where the most well-known Easter celebrations take place, is jam-packed with worshippers from all over the world. Easter is punctuated by a lot of merry making in the belief of the day of the risen Christ. Some Christian churches have touted Easter as the most important event in the Christian calendar.

illions of people get to revel in celebrating the new life brought by the resurrected Christ. However, the million dollar question is: Is this colossal event Biblical? Is its observance sanctioned by the Great Book?

Well, to begin with, I could bet my last dollar that you could dig into every verse in the Bible from the very chapter of Genesis to the last iota in Revelations and I can assure you that nowhere would you find the word ‘Easter’ as we know it. It is astounding how a word that has no biblical basis could rise to achieve such world significance. The word Easter has its founding in the name "Astarte", the Syrian sun goddess, known as the "queen of heaven”.

At the end of winter the arrival of spring meant that the long winter nights were over, and that the sun began to take control. This time was marked by festivals to thank the pagan gods. Animal and child sacrifices were offered to the gods to receive favour. Astarte (Easter)-worship was always associated with the worship of Baal or sun worship. Astarte was Baal’s wife.

Another name for Astarte was Ashtaroth. The term Easter is not a Christian name but bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Actually God calls Ashtaroth(Easter) evil “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord…And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth [Easter]” (Judges 2:11, 13)“…put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only…Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only” -1Samuel. 7:3-4.

Of great importance to note is that if Easter celebration had anything to do with the resurrection of Christ, then it would certainly have an affixed date each year. Now, we all know that the Easter dates shift every year. Candidly, this is no different from saying I was born on 13 April, but every year I will celebrate my birthday in accordance with how the moon orbits the planet. This is ludicrous yet, surprisingly one is likely to receive a volley of insults from inexorable people insisting on commemorating a day whose origins they have no idea. It is sad that Christians the world over are very happy embracing this confusion which is so much in black and white for those that simply open their eyes to see.



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Easter celebrations are associated with particular symbols such as Easter eggs, rabbits and hot-cross buns among others. What’s the connection between the Christ’s resurrection and rabbits, chocolates and eggs for that matter? According to the Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, the hare is a pagan symbol of fertility and new life. Even Bede, the eighth century English monk and scholar related that the goddess of spring and fertility, Eastre, had the hare as her symbol. If you remain unsure as to the rabbit being used as a method of sexual symbolism then you may need to ask yourself why the publishers of Playboy Magazine use a “bunny” as their main logo.

Many families consider the Easter Bunny as a sort of springtime Santa Claus. The religious connection between the two holidays being that, in their view, Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ and Easter celebrates his resurrection. Furthermore, the history of the hot cross bun goes back to the Babylonian queen of heaven (Ishtar), and a reference to it is made in Jeremiah 7:18, which talks about making "cakes to the queen of heaven." At Athens, about 1500 years before Christ, these buns or sacred bread, were used in the worship of the goddess. Egyptians made buns inscribed with two horns in honor of the moon goddess, and the Greeks changed it to a cross, so it could be easily separated. The Angle-Saxons made buns with a cross on them in honor of their goddess of light.

My dear friends, it is really unfortunate that the evil one today laughs with glee as he sits cross-legged watching purported Christians falling over each other to honour a system which they have no idea about. As a parting shot I would like to emphasize the point that God is a God of order. The things that he intended for humanity to observe are clearly and unequivocally spelt out in scripture. Conversely, the things that he never intended for us to observe are not spelt out nor their observance commanded. Nowhere do we ever hear that the remaining disciples celebrated Easter.

Learnmore Zuze can be reached at lastawa77@gmail.com


 
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