May 29, 2022

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The Religious Connotation of Easter Celebration

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The practices of Easter rituals have been in existence as early as the mid-second century. That is more than 167 years after Jesus death. Possible, all of Jesus Apostles are dead by that time. Since then, however, the Easter ritual had spread to Christendom.

Today, a Practice that was started from a state religion of the Roman empire has spread to all parts of the world. Easter ritual includes hares, rabbits and eggs.

In Nigeria, those who professed to be Christians that celebrates Easter goes to church on dates specified for Easter. These dates are also made public holidays by the Federal Government. The Easter Friday, Sunday and Monday. This year these dates falls on 14th, 17th and 18th of April respectively.

Some professed Christians on these days used it for immoral acts at various beaches, beer palours and hotels.

But, what is Easter? Easter is believed to be the day Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead. Jesus is the Messiah. His dead will bring salvation to the world, this I believed. John 3:16 a popular scripture well known by professed Christians says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”

But is the resurrection of Jesus an intergral part of our worship to God? What has bible encyclopedias states regarding this celebration? What did a popular historian and philosopher says on this matter under consideration?

First, let me tell you what I read from various encyclopedias regarding Eater, including wikipedia.

The Encyclopedia Britannica (1990, Vol. VII, p. 828) comments, “There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic Father. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from the minds of the first Christians.”

The book, The Two Babylon, written by Alexander Hislop, states in part, “What is the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is mothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven. The popular observances that still attend the period of its celebration amply confirm the testimony of history as to its Babylonian character. The hot cross buns of God Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday, figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now.” (New York, 1943, pop. 103, 107, 108).

According to wikipedia, Easter, also called Pascha (Greek/Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.

An historian and philosopher Socrates Scholasticus believes that Easter and other customs intruded into Christianity are not celebrated by Jesus or his Apostles. According to him the Easter celebration was derived from local custom.

The Encyclopedia Britannica, The Two Babylon and Socrates do not believethe celebration is originated by Jesus nor his Apostles. Also, there is no place in the Bible Christians celebrates Easter.

The book The Two Babylon states clearly that the festival originates clearly from Babylon customs and traditions. From the above, I can say that the religious connotation of Easter is that its has false religion origin. The practice penetrated into Christianity after the death of Jesus Apostles.

However, you may say it does not matter if the practice is from Babylon, what is important is the day Jesus was ressurected. Now you and me should consider this.

Who are Christians? Christians are followers of Jesus. Right! A Christian should comply or follow the footsteps or the the principles and guidelines he instituted while on Earth. This can be found in the Bible. Mathew, Mark, Luke and John are Bible books that talks about Jesus. In this books, it was not written in any place where Jesus tell his Apostles and disciples to celebrates his ressurection.

There is no place in the other books of the New Testament it was written that Jesus Apostles celebrated this festival. Did they? Certainly not!

Jeremiah 7:18 says “The children gather wood, the father kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.” The queen of heaven here possible the same queen of heaven quoted by The Two Babylon book.

The rituals involved may have been practiced by the Isrealite in the past. This God said provoke him to anger. If rely the Easter festival originates from Babylon, what do you think God will feel right now?

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