It troubles me that every year Christians celebrate Easter. Of course, I believe in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but the name “Easter” should give us a clue that something is terribly wrong. For example, if you look up “Easter” in the Oxford Encyclopedic Dictionary, you will find that Easter is named after “Eostre,” the goddess of spring. Why name the most important day on the Christian calendar after a pagan goddess? Eostre’s feast day is the first Sunday after the full moon after the spring equinox, but Christ’s Resurrection occurred after Passover. Easter sometimes (but not always) occurs before Passover. Christ rose from the dead on First Fruits (see Leviticus 23) following Passover.
What about Easter egg hunts? Sure, they’re fun; but what does that have to do with Christ’s Resurrection? Absolutely nothing, but it has everything to do with the fertility goddess. That’s why you see images of rabbits next to Isis. Eostre, Ishtar, Isis, Astarte, and Ashtoreth are the same fertility goddess dressed up in different disguises.
Can we honor God by Christianizing pagan holidays? Obviously not. God’s Word tells us that we are not to worship our God as the pagans worship their gods.
I am pleased that many churches have opted to use the term “Resurrection Day” instead of Easter. That a start in the right direction. God’s feasts are known as “God’s Appointed Times.” Clearly “Easter” is not one of them. First Fruits (Resurrection Day) is.
I know that Christians attending Easter services are thinking about Christ Resurrection, not Eostre. Nevertheless, God wants us to know the truth. Wiccan’s know. It’s time the Body of Christ knew too.
In 325 A.D. at Nicea, Constantine changed the date of the Resurrection from First Fruits to Easter. He changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. Before his alleged conversion to Christianity, he worshipped the sun-god. Constantine is a controversial figure. Did he ever become a Christian? Or did he use Christianity for political purposes? Was he anti-semitic?
To obey God, we cannot mix the sacred with the profane.
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