Is Easter Pagan?
04-07-2011, 04:23 PM
RE: Is Easter Pagan?
(04-07-2011 02:34 PM)sari83 Wrote:(04-07-2011 01:38 PM)Rose of Shushan Wrote:Quote:Are you saying Easter is the Lord's supper? Are we really comparing a big bunny and colored eggs to Passover?
Not to burst your bubble, but Passover happens at the same time and you have just stated that the disciples were celebrating Pascha and historically it all was being celebrated at the spring equinox or thereabouts--that's why the council met, to attempt to nail down a specific date. Passover or Pesach that the Jews celebrate is also called, "The holiday is also referred to as Chag he-Aviv , (the Spring Festival), Chag ha-Matzot , (the Festival of Matzahs), and Z'man Cheiruteinu , (the Time of Our Freedom)..." [http://www.jewfaq.org/holidaya.htm]
What??? The SPRING Festival?? How could they? isn't that being pagan too because it was celebrated during the same time as Christians celebrate Pesach aka easter except the difference was---pesach became known as easter in english because it made a clear distinction between Passover which belongs to Judaism under the law--and it wasn't called passover then--it was called """Pesach" ...comes from the Hebrew root Pei-Samekh-Cheit , meaning to pass through, to pass over, to exempt or to spare. It refers to the fact that G-d "passed over" the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt. In English, the holiday is known as Passover. "[http://www.jewfaq.org/holidaya.htm]
THAT distinction is why it was called Easter which means resurrection. There was a difference in the use of pascha in the NT before Christ died and after He died and rose again. The fulfillment of prophecy and the New Covenant, Sarah. There's a difference.
Easter may be bunnies and candy---have you ever eaten easter or christmas candy Sarah? It may be cultural for some to talk bunnies and candy, but for Christians, Jesus death on the cross, burial and having risen from the dead is what is meant by EASTER. The world recognises easter as being a Christian event. What others do about it is inconsequential to the true believer because their heart focus is on Christ. Do not lump Christians as being pagan when it has nothing to do with paganism. The word is not pagan nor the application by believers now and then.
The apostles celebrated and worshipped on Sunday. They eventually set the date so their was uniformity to the time. Nothing pagan or terrible about it. Jews were celebrating Passover and Christians were celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at the same period of time.
Philip Schaff, a very liberal bible translator stated that Easter is the resurrection festival which follows passover and is included in the same week.
Afred Edersheim a Messianic Jew from the 19th century noted that the Last Supper was to be the last of the Old pascha's, and instead it became the symbol of the promise of the new covenant and new passover and rest in Christ.
Just as the Sabbath was a shadow of the rest we have in Christ, that is also fufilled in CHrist. Judaism still holds to the shadow. We hold to the fulfillment and rejoice in the resurrection day and the first day of the week.
There needed to be a distinction shown in Scripture that it was not the same thing being celebrated before Christ died versus after. It's that simple. And the apostles set the precedent and did worship on Sunday's.
Historical records show that.
Act 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
1Co 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Joh 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
3John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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