Why do Christians refuse to acknowledge the Pagan Origin of Easter?

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The name “Easter” itself is the name of a Pagan Goddess. Colored Eggs, Rabbits, Yellow Chicks were used in the Pagan Festival Easter.
Even Witches and Devil Worshipers observe Easter Celebration. Shouldn’t Christians be different? Didn’t Christ challenge his Disciples to be different?

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Blue

They dont recognize science, why would they start with other religions?

Lady Lazarus

It’s because they want chocolate bunnies. I know I do.

cadisneygirl

Who is refusing exactly?
Just because Christians incorporated pagan traditions doesnt mean the holiday NOW doesnt stand for something different.
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You people that choose to just bash Christians left and right based on a ridiculously over generalizing questions like these are only showing your own true character.
Anyone nodding and agreeing with the premise that Christians dont understand the pagan incorporations of such holidays like Easter and Christmas are only showing their own ignorance of Christians while bashing Christians for being ignorant.
Quite ironic!

serf

You’ve discovered syncretism. Congrats.

sid2themax

because they are ignorant to any other ideas. pretty much every christian holiday has pagan roots.

I'M NOT ON A DIET!!!

“afraid to admit that Christianity and it’s practices are not original”

Egyptian Magician

What do you expect them to do, be honest?
They wouldn’t be Christians if they could do that.

Adofe Hitlar

I hate the easter bunny and santa they are killed jesus they shot him in the head.

Peter

Why does a Pagan origin make it bad? Baptism also has pagan relations, but that didn’t stop God himself from doing it.

Contending For The Faith â€

Shoeless Joe: It’s not that we refuse it’s pagan origins; but our reasoning for celebrating on this holiday, is not for it’s pagan origins but for the resurrected Christ. I hope you can understand this.
-Till Christ Returns
God Bless

MOTH FATHER REVISITED

Some of them don’t know any better. They haven’t learned about Pagan religions…or their own.

eyJude

yea I YEARLY wonder that too!

So-Crates Back AGAIN MoFos

The same reason it is illegal and punishable by jail time to discuss the Holocaust in Germany.
They are embarrassed of their history. And some are even ignorant of the history.

χάρις

It is understood that there are many pegan rituals. Christianity offers a competing festival which celebrates the resurrection of the one true God.

Who am I?

Christ has no part in festivities, as a Catholic we see easter as a time of redemption contemplation of our Lord and his passion, we see his suffering and join in it with him.
the rest may well be pagan but plays no part in the liturgical practise of the church, the world and the church sometimes come a little to close.

mark h

Why do pagans struggle against the Easter reformation.
lol
Hope that helps.

iluvmyman

Everything is everthing….
We are all connected…
From one thing comes another and so on and on and on….

Dr Jazz ♥♥ Eνιl Aтнєιѕts ♥♥

Or the sheer absurdity of Christ returning from the dead?
Fragile illusions can only be preserved by disavowing reason.

papa smurf

It isn’t that we don’t want to recognize it. It is just that we don’t care, we have given the Easter celebration our own twist with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. To us his Resurrection trumps some pagan goddess.
It may not be what you want, but in the long run, why would you care? Do you make money off of someone recognizing the origin from ancient history?
You can celebrate it how you want to and others will how they want to with no thought most of the time of some goddess.

Yvette

i dont care if its a pagan holiday or if its a mixed pagan and christian holiday.

Lady Freyja

Then they would have to admit that they are thiefs. That all of their holidays and even their concept of a dead resurectted god where “borrowed” from the Pagans. If they did that they would have to admit that we are not evil, and therefore don’t deserve to go to hell.
Blessing and Light, Lady Freyja

AtotheD

oh dear….christians refuse to acknowledge a lot of things. And I mean…. A LOT!

Sharlette C

Not all Christians refuse to acknowledge this.
I am Christian, yet I realize that some of “our” holidays are based on Pagan beliefs.

friendofjah

I dont refuse that statement
NOT FOR CHRISTIANS
The association of Christ’s resurrection with Easter has not changed the celebration into something that is acceptable to true Christians. A rotten apple is not transformed into wholesome food merely by wrapping it in the skin of an orange.
Notwithstanding the fact that religious leaders of Christendom proclaim Easter as a Christian celebration, it is still pagan. You might say, “What difference does that make as long as it honors Christ?” The difference is between having the approval of God or having his disapproval, and that is the difference between eternal life and eternal death.–2Â Thess. 1:8, 9.
If you desire the approval of the true God consider the command given to Christians at 2Â Corinthians 6:14, 15, 17: “Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what sharing do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever? ‘Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing.’”
The Easter festival is an “unclean thing” because its roots are in pagan sex worship. People who celebrate it dishonor Jesus Christ by associating his name with that abominable form of worship. Why continue to do what is disgraceful to him and dishonoring to God? Heed the Scriptural command to separate from this false religious practice and those who advocate it. Recognize Easter for what it actually is, a relic of ancient sex worship.

NaKkC

As A Christian, Easter Is Celebrating The Death And Resurrection Of Jesus Christ. I Don’t Think It Is A Pagan Holiday.. I May Be Wrong.

Molly

I think you’re getting a bit ahead of yourself. Yes pagans celebrate the vernal equinox, and yes, there is some credence to the idea that “Eostre” or “Ostara” was a pagan goddess, but there is no archeological evidence that she was very widely worshiped.
There are vernal equinox celebrations in every culture, pagans don’t usually accuse other pagans of “stealing” those. While it is possible that some things were absorbed by the Christians into their festival, they are worshiping their gods, not Eostre, and so it shouldn’t be an issue.

\M/warbringer\M/

Why are you automatically assuming your right? Even witches and Devil Worshipers observe easter? Thats stupid almost all of America observes easter you retard. Whats wrong with being pagan? I guess yellow chicks, rabbits, and colored eggs are all slights against god huh? All signs of evil? God forbids them right? And he forbids you celibrate the festivals of other religions? Oh well in that case I’m pretty sure half the stuff you do in your normal everyday life is forbiden? Be more susceptible to other ideas and opinions, don’t just state that your right, think before you let stuff come out of your talk hole.

Lisa Z

i am a Catholic and i realize that most every christian ceremony we celebrate has pagan origins, it is because it was easier to convert pagans to christianity if certain things had some familiarity to them.

rjy.threeatpinewood

Because they don’t want to believe the truth.SO
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

star

Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I don’t see any pagan-ness in the resurrection and its celebration.
Indeed, Christ’s resurrection must be celebrated. It is the cornerstone of our salvation. He conquered death and satan ! Amen.
I must admit that I don’t know about witches and devil worshippers observing easter. Do they celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead? If so, that is a great thing to do. If not, there is nothing common between them and us.

Claire

Christ wasn’t born on the 25th of Dec, it was probably more like 1st Dec?!Pagans like to decorate trees… Paganism was rife when the Romans were converting everyone so they decided it would be easier to let them keep their public holidays and just incorporate them!

China Doll 3

I don’t.

gavinstreet61

Near enough all holidays have pagan origins, even christmas, most scholars actually agree that Jesus Christ’s birthday was nowhere near the 25th of december.
Pagan was the “old religion” the very first religion to emerge, therefore when christianity took over during the dark ages, they couldn’t just change people’s traditions, cancel thier holidays and create new christian ones at the drop of a hat.
So they hijacked the existing holidays and traditions and put thier own christian meaning/ideology behind them.

just laugh

it should also be observed about the calender as well. we go by the solar calender and the Jews go by the moon. we should observe pass over.Jesus wasn’t born on christmas as DEC 25 either.
these kind of things are not as important as a life of repentance. and walking in love.

9_ladydi

Easter is the name given to represent the day Christ arose from the dead. It was 2 days after Passover and the day after the Sabbath.

johninjc

Act 12:4 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.
The word easter comes from the Aramaic word pascha (πάσχα)
1) the paschal sacrifice (which was accustomed to be offered for the people’s deliverance of old from Egypt)
2) the paschal lamb, i.e. the lamb the Israelites were accustomed to slay and eat on the fourteenth day of the month of Nisan (the first month of their year) in memory of the day on which their fathers, preparing to depart from Egypt, were bidden by God to slay and eat a lamb, and to sprinkle their door posts with its blood, that the destroying angel, seeing the blood, might pass over their dwellings; Christ crucified is likened to the slain paschal lamb
3) the paschal supper
4) the paschal feast, the feast of the Passover, extending from the 14th to the 20th day of the month Nisan
Even the dictionary definition of Easter refers back to paschal.
Eas·ter
Pronunciation: \ˈē-stər\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English estre, from Old English ēastre; akin to Old High German ōstarun (plural) Easter, Old English ēast east
Date: before 12th century
: a feast that commemorates Christ’s resurrection and is observed with variations of date due to different calendars on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon

Candy Cane

All the catholic holidays have skeletons involved. People say, they don’t care… the bible says, “He who worships this man and his ways, will be DAMNED”. These holidays are far from being christian. Again, they don’t care. They will find some reason why they do observe it.

xxDemonGirlxx

Christian’s fail to recognize a lot of things. Like the fact that there is no God. Or that the Earth is older than 2,000 years. Or that you’re supposed to stone your teenage kid to death if they rebel. And kill everyone who works on a sunday. And that every living creature on the face of the planet did NOT live in walking distance of Noah’s ark.
Most of their holidays come from Pagan tradition. Actually pretty much all of them do. Christmas, Halloween, and, as you said, Easter.
So in answer to your question. They are hypocrites. Their religion stole basically everything from other religions. There is nothing “different” about it.

Christian, Army of One

You are correct my friend, but why stop there?Sunday is based on the worship of the sun god, eggs in easter represent fertility, ect….

caveman

I always wondered why Christianity don’t keep itself pure from pagan beliefs. After all what does the Resurrection of Jesus have to do with Fertility symbols like the egg or bunny rabbit?
However, from a historical perspective, perhaps the intent on the part of our Christian forefathers was good.
At one time we were all pagans. Across Europe, England, etc etc. When the early Missionaries got political control, say by converting the king. The old pagan temple would be torn down. The reason the new Christian church would be built on the same site was because the people were used to going to that place for worship. Now they would find Christian church instead. That way it was easyer to convert the public and prevent them from rebuilding the pagan church. Today we look at the old cathedrals and wonder why they were built on old pagan sites. It is not because of pagan influence on Christianity, but rather to replace paganism.
The same way with holy days.

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john f

the passover was celebrated by the jews from the night they got out of Egypt.
Jesus celebrated it till the night he was taken away to be murdered.
before that, he showed his disciples to commemorate his death, thus ending the passover, which, anyway was leading to his own sacrifice as the lamb of God.
much later, when the apostles had died, false apostles with worldly beliefs took over and christianity became a secular religion, it was decided to convert previously pagan celebrations into christian ones, so they could more easily convince pagan people to become christians.
December 25, winter solstice, saturnalia, pagan celebrations.
anyone who is interested in following Jesus, must make sure he believes in the right things, and keep away from anything that displeases God.

coffee_pot12

Resurrection of Christ has nothing whatsoever to do with eggs, rabbits, chickens, etc…
It is about The Risen Savior…
if that is what you are talking about..
easter, ishtar, is a pagan spring fertility festival…

E(3,19)

You may be rather focussed on enjoying your Easter egg, which will be very nice, and indeed it would appear that may have some pagan origin to do with a festival celebrating Spring. But I shall be thinking like many christians about what Jesus did at the passover festival: crucifixion and resurrection. Since that is the core of our faith. We aren’t celebrating the passing of the seasons, although it is nice to see the Spring come.
If you want to start worshipping Eostre feel free to so! Those ideas of gods are too tied in to Nature to satisfy me; there is a lot of decay and death as well as life in Nature so I doubt it can really satisfy. That decay and death and fear was why some ancient pagans used to sacrifice humans, you know.

good day

Easter is named after a Pagan Goddess, the eggs represent fertility rites practiced by the pagans.
I am a Christian and I acknowledge that, I do not refuse as you say.
Christians should be remembering Passover, as Christ was and is our Passover lamb, but should also observe Christ’s resurrection three days later.
Easter is just not a correct word to use.
Christmas is the same, not a celebration of Santa, we all know, but really it is in remembrance of Christ’s conception, not His birth if you study the book of Luke, it is obvious, by Elizabeth’s conception and her husband’s duties spoken of in Luke – as to the time of year.
Some Christians just go along and do not take their faith perhaps as seriously to get into deeper knowledge, others do.

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