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Easter: Pagan or Christian
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It is believed that the word ‘Easter’ is derived from the pagan Goddess, Astarte, in the polytheistic cultures of the Canaanites and Phoenicians. She was alleged to be the goddess of fertility.
When Christianity became popular throughout some previously pagan worshipping cultures, Easter became the day when new life appeared and has recently become ‘spring break’ among our school systems. Things have a way of changing as new cultures become introduced and engulfed into our society! We must all be politically correct.

Easter was celebrated in the early Christian world as a day to remember that the God of Israel always kept his Word. It was promised throughout the Old Testament that there would come forth a Messiah who must shed his blood for all mankind, be they Jew or Gentile. He would, according to the Psalmist David, “not be allowed to see corruption” which, as we know, happens within about four days. In order to accomplish this Jesus promised “destroy this temple (his body) and I will within three days resurrect it.”

Through the years, Easter has become brightly colored eggs, Easter bunnies, colorfully decorated baskets, and most of all, a time to go to ones place of worship in the most decorative outfit one possesses. Not much mention is made of the reason mankind celebrates this day.

Judaism has a celebration called Passover at about the same time Easter is observed by the Christian Community. This was the alleged time that Moses led the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, thus a ‘time of new life’!

Germany, a Christian nation, possible originator of colored eggs, celebrates Easter by telling children about a folkloric Bunny who carries eggs to little children during the Easter season. Bunnies are sometimes linked to fertility and the saying ‘quick as a bunny’ is derived from their habits of speedy gestation periods.
France, a mostly predominate Roman Catholic country, celebrates the Easter season by silencing the church bells on Thursday to commemorate the death of Christ. Children are told that “The bells chimes have flown to Rome to see the Pope!”
Italy, The supposed founder of modern Easter, celebrates the day with lavish parades, men carrying crosses with crowns of thorns on their brows, and painted blood flowing down their faces. Christianity, throughout the known world, has taken to imitating what is done in Rome as the norm for Easter.

What has taken place is a confusion of cultures, folklore, nonsense, and possible truth. By faith, one can accept the biblical explanation of what happened almost 2,000 years ago, or we can just go on telling our children that Easter is a day to get dressed up, hunt up some brightly striped eggs, or wait for the Easter bunny to bring all the good children some chocolate bunnies to add to their already blossoming tummies.

Easter is a day set aside by mankind to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. Let us try to do so with a clear understanding.