When you hear the word Easter, what is the first thought that comes into your mind.
If you took a poll that included all your close friends, coworkers, and family members and asked them what their first thought would be when they heard the word Easter, what do you would think they would say.
Well if you Google the word Easter, you get plenty of results and beliefs behind the meaning of Easter to include those taught by the many religious beliefs that has sprung up since the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Many people believe Easter is just another holiday and Easter to some is just a way of justifying buying a new dress, new shoes, new shirt, new pants, Easter baskets, Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, and many other items that identify themselves with Easter.
Other people view Easter as a formality or tradition that they need to celebrate or observe because their parents did so, and their grandparents did so, and their great grandparents did so, and this is the only reason these people celebrate Easter.
Easter is celebrated by millions of people of with different beliefs, different backgrounds, and different views on how Easter should be celebrated.
Easter bunnies, Easter baskets, Easter eggs, Easter lilies, and anything else that has commercialized Easter has made Easter more of a holiday than a Holy day.
Easter bunnies are associated with Easter because they are known as a sexual symbol of fertility, also symbolizes the Mother Goddess and annual spring time fertility rituals that are associated with the worship of the Mother Goddess.
The Easter egg was considered by the Babylonians to be sacred; Babylonians believed a fable about a wondrous egg fell from Heaven into the Euphrates River. According to this fable the Goddess Eastre was hatched out of the egg thus making the egg a symbol of the Goddess Easter.
If you research most history books and ancient scrolls they lead people to believe that the word Easter is derived from the word Eastre, the Teutonic goddess of Spring.
The record of the word Easter or the word Eastre can be traced back to the Tower of Babel that was destroyed not long after all humanity was destroyed by the biblical flood with only Noah and his family saved from certain death.
After doing research on the word Easter it should make you wonder, how should a person celebrate Easter?
Should churches allow Easter egg hunts on church grounds thus celebrating the pagan fable rather than the resurrection of Jesus?
Should people who call themselves Christians buy Easter bunnies, Easter baskets, Easter eggs, or Easter lilies that have a pagan history?
Does some Church’s tend to promote, condone, teach, or believe in these pagan fables?
The traditional, liturgical observation of Easter, as practised among Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and some Anglicans begins on the night of Holy Saturday with the Easter Vigil. This, the most important liturgy of the year, begins in total darkness with the blessing of the Easter fire, the lighting of the large Paschal candle (symbolic of the Risen Christ) and the chanting of the Exultet or Easter Proclamation attributed to Saint Ambrose of Milan.
Credit for the paragraph above is given to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter
According to St. Bede, an English historian of the early 8th century, Easter owes its origin to the old Teutonic mythology. It was derived from the name Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, to whom the month of April was dedicated. The festival of Eostre was celebrated at the vernal equinox, when the day and night gets an equal share of the day.
Credit for the paragraph above is given to http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/holy-week/prayers-for-easter…
Now after reading this article and the two paragraphs above, what do you think about the word Easter, the history of Easter, and whether or not you should celebrate Easter like the world does by observing the that has been passed down from generation to generation, or should you celebrate Easter by observing the history of Jesus and what he did on the cross for the sins of this world.