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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Easter Bible vs Easter Pagan

Easter is another greatest Christian fest that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead who was declared Jesus as the Son of God (Roman 1:4). According to the bible, on the third day after Good Friday (the day of his crucifixion), mourners went to His tomb to collect His body. However, He was not there and they were greeted by an angel who said "He is Risen". So now called Easter Sunday, He rose from the dead! (John 20:1-10, Matthew 28;1-10, Luke 24;1-10, Mark 16;1-8).

Bible Fact: The word "Easter" originally found from Act 12;4 , episode of Peter’s Arrest and Deliverance on King James Version (KJV) where it stands for Passover.
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Bible Fact:  It corresponds to the pasha or Passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this name under the various forms of pascha, pasque, paque,  pask or paskah.
The Jewish Christians in the early church continued to celebrate the Passover, regarding Christ as the true paschal lamb, and this naturally passed over into a commemoration of the death and resurrection of our Lord, or an Easter feast.

Bible Fact?: The date of Passover is variable as it is dependent on the phases of the moon, and thus Easter is also a movable feast; that is, it is not always held on the same date (Roman and Jews Calendar). In AD 325 the church council of Nicaea decided that it should be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox of March 21. Easter can come as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

Bible Pagan Fact:
The English word comes from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre or Estera, a Teutonic goddess to whom sacrifice was offered in April, so the name was transferred to the paschal feast.
The white lily (and any kind of flowers) symbolize of eternal life for resurrection, is the special Easter flower adopted from old tradition...
(Coloring) Eggs (Pysanka) are a symbol of the new life that returns to nature at Easter Time. The custom of exchanging eggs began long before Easter was celebrated. It was a custom of the Egyptians and the Persians. They exchanged eggs decorated in Spring colors. They believed Earth hatched from an egg which contributed to this custom. Early Christians used red colored eggs to symbolize the Resurrection. In England they began writing messages and dates on their eggs and exchanging them with friends and loved ones. In the 1800's, candied eggs were made. They were open on one end and a scene was put inside. They were used as table centerpieces.

Rabbits symbolized new life and rebirth in ancient Egypt. They considered it a symbol of the moon as the moon determines the date of Easter. The Easter Bunny's visit is based upon a German Legend. The legend goes that a poor woman decorated eggs for her children to find during a famine. At the moment they found them, they looked up to see a big bunny hopping away.

The first Easter baskets were made to look like bird's nests.

Source: Internet, christiananswer.net, Easton's Bible Dictionary, Noah Webster's Dictionary, refbible.com

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