I know… The title scarcely makes sense, right? Christians shouldn’t observe the day that is supposed to celebrate the definitive event in their religion?
But it’s true. If one wishes to follow and obey Jesus Christ — He who was resurrected almost 2,000 years ago — then he or she will stay far away from Easter.
The fact is that, like Christmas, Easter celebrations have come to mainstream Christian faith from paganism. For those with eyes to see, much of this should be obvious: such as the eggs and the bunnies — ancient pagan symbols of fertility. For those willing to do a little more digging, the less obvious connections to a pre-Christian past begin to emerge. Finally, for those brave enough to seek out the whole truth, a question eventually comes to mind: Is any aspect of Easter actually, truly, and purely Christian? The facts are there for anyone to see. Anyone, that is, who is willing to see — those whose eyes are not governed not by self-will or by rationalizations, but by the mind of Christ.
And all of this is in violation of the Bible’s clear instructions. The God of the Bible commands us to “learn not the way of the heathen” in Jeremiah 10:2 (KJV). In Deuteronomy 12:29-32, He commands that we should not worship Him using pagan customs and traditions. Far from giving us “free reign” to worship Him as we see fit, He commands that we worship Him as He sees fit. (If we disagree, we can stop by Leviticus 10:1-3 to see if Nadab and Abihu have anything to say on the matter.)
Of course, once Jesus came all this changed, right? After all, he’s the God of Relaxed Standards, no? He just lets us “baptize” any ol’ custom we like, right?
Nope. In fact, Jesus had harsh words for those who violate God’s commands in order to keep their traditions (Mark 7:6-9).
Not that there are not real, Biblical celebrations and observances during this time of year. In fact, in just a few weeks Christians all over the world will be gathered together to celebrate one of them: the Passover. Then, after that they will celebrate the Days of Unleavened Bread. And when they do, they will be following in the footsteps of their Lord and of the chuurch of the first century (e.g., Acts 20:6, 1 Cor. 5:8).
If you’ve ever wondered what all the trappings that surround Easter have to do with Christianity, you’re on to something. If the explanations about the “Christian” symbolism supposedly behind all the eggs and the bunnies have always seemed a little forced to you, you’re on the right track. But whether you’re willing to go any further than that — that’s what makes the difference. (Think of it as choosing between the red pill and the blue pill.)
If you are interested in going further, we have some resources that may help.
Concerning the holy days of the Bible, you might consider reading our free booklet, The Holy Days–God’s Master Plan.
We also have numerous articles from our free magazine, Tomorrow’s World, as well as resources on our website. Here are a few:
- The Resurrection Was Not on Easter Sunday!
- Easter: Egging on a Myth?
- Why Easter? Why NOT Passover?
- Hard Questions for Easter
Also, here are two of our television broadcasts which relate to the subject:
While on the cross, Jesus Christ’s last words were a quote from Psalm 31:5 — a verse which describes our God as the “God of truth.” May that same God help you to seek for the truth.