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Easter In A Nutshell

Posted on 2009.04.24 at 02:15
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On our local city forum I recently made the comment -
There's not a person on this planet who isn't aware that Easter was celebrated 3000 years before the birth of Christ. Some religions simply choose to believe, contrary to the Old Testament laws on idolatry, that 'incorporating' pagan rituals to bring people to Christ is an acceptable practice when trying to convert non-believers. Ask any minister or preacher - if they've taken seminary courses, they're well versed on its history.

And from it learned that there were indeed people on this planet who were not aware of Easter's origins.

Here we go:

Which came first, the Bunny or the Egg?

Pre-Christian Anglo-Saxons worshiped the spring (seasonal 'rebirth') goddess Ēostre (Easter), the goddess of fertility, throwing lavish celebrations for her on the Vernal (Spring) Equinox - the birth of Spring. Her animal was the hare (or rabbit - an ancient pagan fertility symbol) which was associated with another ancient pagan symbol of fertility, the egg - which more specifically symbolized the rebirth of the land in spring.

Appointing Jesus (the "fisher" of men) to divinity during the rise of the zodiacal Age of Pisces as the new "Sun God" ('Son' of God) of this astrological age and wanting to compromise with the pagans this change (while keeping in the spirit of the rebirth festival) the Christian faith adopted the egg (and the Easter Bunny) as representations of the resurrection of Christ - the rebirth. During Spring. Vernal Equinox.

And just like three thousand years before Christ, the Egyptians worshiped a deity who was born of a virgin on December 25th indicated by a star in the East, followed by three kings, and who was able to perform miracles such as walking on water and turning water into wine and had 12 "disciples" and was later betrayed, crucified, and buried - and after three days, resurrected, 3000 years before Christ, so it is with Ēostre, who had different names throughout other pre-Christian cultures. For example, the ancient Babylonian fertility goddess was named Ishtar - however, her story is identical - bunnies and eggs. All these events are similar because they're all based on the ancient understanding and celebration of the seasons, which brings us back to the Vernal Equinox.

This is not an opinion: Easter is 100% pagan in its origin.

That is all.


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-04-24 09:16 (UTC) (Link)
Your post has left off the most fundamental part of Easter:


I love them so much that I almost nailed them to my wooden staircase.
ehowton at 2009-04-24 15:09 (UTC) (Link)
That is very extremely true.
mr_dowg at 2009-04-24 12:04 (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit.....before you talked about it, i had no idea that Easter was celebrated before Christ! Thank you for the information!
ehowton at 2009-04-24 14:27 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't realize how arrogant that statement must've come off until after people started responding! In retrospect, perhaps it was that authority which got people questioning me?
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-24 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
I had always heard that Easter came from the Babylonian goddess Istar, goddess of love, after whom the Istar gates were named. This would have been around Daniel's time. Source: Dispensational Truth by Clarence Larkin (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000U3DYTQ?ie=UTF8&tag=professortom-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B000U3DYTQ).

In other news, why are you so intent on disproving Christ and the Bible?
ehowton at 2009-04-24 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
I had always heard that Easter came from the Babylonian goddess Istar, goddess of love, after whom the Istar gates were named.
Yes, as I mentioned in my post; each culture had their own. Ishtar was one example.

In other news, why are you so intent on disproving Christ and the Bible?
I normally proceed with quite a bit of trepidation where this is concerned, so I think 'intent' is a little strong, but after my entry on the forum, I was asked for a small history lesson. I am NOT against God or the Bible. I am, however, against ignorance. Isn't everyone?
glodowg at 2009-04-24 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
The Christians rolled their holidays into the pagan holidays to avoid persecution. It was not about compromise; it was about not being hung, jailed or crucified for their beliefs.

ehowton at 2009-04-24 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
Aye, it was quite a bloody transition unfortunately.
wardlejew at 2009-04-24 14:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not doubting that Easter uses Pagan symbols. I'm not doubting that Pagans did the things you say. I do doubt that Christ was not preached before he came. I do not doubt that some Pagan ideas were spawned from "Christian" beliefs.

Who is to say the Pagans didn't "wanting to compromise with the 'Christians' this change" to pull people away from core Christian beliefs. Or "'incorporating' Christian rituals to bring people to Pagan practices"

I believe in Christ. I believe Christ created the world. I believe his coming was prophesied since the days of Adam and Eve. I believe Pagans did what they could to twist these prophecies. I don't believe timing issues are coincidence. I personally am not a fan of the Bunny and Eggs. This year, I told my boys, maybe the Bunny will come, maybe he won't, either way, they knew the real meaning behind the season. Guess what? the bunny didn't come, I hid some eggs for fun and they knew I did it.

Summary: Which came first, the Bunny or the Egg?
Maybe the egg before the bunny, and now we are back to the egg. =)
ehowton at 2009-04-24 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
Or "'incorporating' Christian rituals to bring people to Pagan practices"

And some fundamentalists believe that the Devil planted eons-old dinosaur bones in the Earth to test their faith. *shrug* Only recently have I become interested in why I believe what I believe - its not as easy a question as it sounds, and sadly, I find that many refuse to also challenge themselves. When I question the validity of the New Testament to some, they quote it back to me to prove their point.

I'm only seeking knowledge, and the resulting understanding which follows. Just today I received a lesson on spirituality which incorporates itself flawlessly into the secular view I've been uncovering. That likely wouldn't have happened if I hadn't posted this here.

Many have resolved their contradictions with this holiday for thousands of years - I was simply attempting to dispel ignorance for those who didn't know.

As always, I deeply appreciate your willingness to articulate your viewpoint here; always more food for thought!
thesweetestnote at 2009-04-24 15:02 (UTC) (Link)
Bunnies... Eggs... a Jedi craves not these things.

ehowton at 2009-04-24 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
*tears* of laughter!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-04-24 18:29 (UTC) (Link)
Religion must be accepted as a source of energy. It can be directed for our purposes, but only within limits that experience reveals. He is the secret meaning of Free Will.

- Missionaria Protectiva Protective Teaching
ehowton at 2009-04-24 19:47 (UTC) (Link)
Complete and Utter Nonsense
jesskd26 at 2009-04-24 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
As I said on the forum, most major Christian holidays can be traced back to Pagan origins. Christmas, Candlemas (Groundhog Day and the Catholic blessing of the candles), Easter. It was much easier to get a group of "heathens" to convert to Christianity if you could morph their holidays into yours, morph their Gods and Goddesses into saints and missionaries.

I assume all of you know that December 25th was the date that the pope at the time picked for Christ's birthday because it coincided with a Roman festival? The story of the birth, death and rise was told about other Gods several thousand years before Christ.

As for Christians being persecuted back then? No, that's backwards. People were converted to Christianity largely by force as early as the 4th century. Temples of non-believers were burned to the ground and new Christian churches were built in their place, priests of the temples were killed as well as their followers if they didn't convert. The Roman empire's rule during the rule of Constatine and his sons that came into power after his death was that anyone still engaging in Pagan worship be put to death. Sounds like forced Christianization to me.

ehowton at 2009-04-25 05:01 (UTC) (Link)
I assume all of you know that December 25th was the date that the pope at the time picked for Christ's birthday because it coincided with a Roman festival?

Assuming didn't work out so well for me. There probably are those people out there who really believe Jesus was born on December 25th.
photogoot at 2009-04-25 00:52 (UTC) (Link)
I find the world simpler to relate to if I assume it began precisely one week before I was born. that is all.
ehowton at 2009-04-25 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
I can actually see that working for you.
irulan_amy at 2009-04-25 03:26 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, most people I know (back in Ohio) are entirely oblivious to how Easter came about. It's always surprised me. When I've tried to tell them about the pagan origins, they look at me with shock and horror. I give in.

I personally think that Easter is all about blowing Peeps up in the microwave. ;)
ehowton at 2009-04-25 04:28 (UTC) (Link)

Where my peeps at?

Nothing surprises me anymore. I had one commenter on the linked post suggest that "history" and "facts" didn't mean as much to her as her beliefs.

I just don't know what to say to that.
catttitude at 2009-04-25 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
My religion is the Hallmark religion, because after all isn't that what holidays are all about? Getting stuff.

Seriously, I am saddened by all the holiday's being turned into stuff to buy and cards to buy. I try really hard not to join into all the hype.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-04-26 00:50 (UTC) (Link)
You mean to say you are saddened by all the holidays turning into pagan holidays again???

Edited at 2009-04-26 12:50 am (UTC)
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