I'm not trying to ruin anyone's Easter celebrations and I realize that most Christians' hearts are in the right place as they celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus. However, I would be remiss if I didn't at least post something about the pagan origins of this holiday. In particular, I found it frightening that Witches celebrate the holiday in much the same way we do. This was verified by my pastor who saw a post by a witch on Easter and he asked her why she was celebrating Easter, and her reply was "It was our holiday first."
The following was taken from a sermon by Pastor Sandy Armstrong of the Soldiers for Christ Community Church in Long Beach CA.
I'm not telling you to celebrate or not celebrate it. I'm just giving you the information and asking you to find out what the Lord would have you do.
1. Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe.
2. Long before the time of Christ, the pagan goddess Ishtar, or sometimes known as Astarteor Ashtoreth, was worshiped in different countries. Our modern practice of sunrise worship originates from the pagan festival honoring Ishtar.
3.The Origins of 11 Easter Traditions from ancient pagan culture
4. Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. After Constantine Christianized the Empire, Easter was changed to represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However the Passover and Easter rarely landed on the same day.
For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.1 King 11:5
Ezekiel 16:20-21 And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your whorings so small a matter that you slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them?
Today Witches celebrate Easter in the same way as most Christians.
Easter is a pagan holiday that has morphed its way into Christianity. It was originally a holiday to the fertility goddess Aestarte, or Diana of Ephesusin the book of Acts.
Rabbits are notorious for breeding hence the Easter Bunnies.
The Origins of 11 Easter Traditions from ancient pagan culture
1. DYEING EASTER EGGS
2. THE EASTER BUNNY
3. HOLLOW CHOCOLATE BUNNIES
4. EASTER BASKETS.
5. HOT CROSS BUNS
6. EASTER FASHION PARADES
7. SUNRISE SERVICES
8. EASTER HAM
9. GOOD FRIDAY KITES 1
10. EGG KNOCKING
Please don't take this post as me telling you what to do or trying to make you feel guilty. The Bible says that God's people perish for lack of knowledge so I'm just giving you knowledge. Get with the Lord and see what He says. The Lord knows your heart!