TRANSFORMED FROM TRUTH
The following was interesting and timely:
The Easter Bunny Must DieNational Catholic Register – March 25, 2010by Pat Archbold
Among the peeves I keep as pets, chief is my loathing of the Easter Bunny…
The Bunny must die. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/the_easter_bunny_must_die/
The New Testament does not mention anything at all about rabbits. And the only thing that the Old Testament mentions is that hares (a type of rabbit) are unclean to eat (see The New Testament Church and Unclean Meats).
They should not be a symbol for Christians. Nor should Cupid, leprechauns, or Santa.
Of course, it is not just the Living Church of God (which was reported here yesterday, see LCG Asks: Passover or Easter?) and some Catholics who understand the pagan connections. Here is an article from South Africa:
Why we celebrate easterIOL, South Africa – April 1, 2010 by Warda Salvester…
The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festival commemorating their goddess of fertility and spring, Eastre…Some aspects of modern Easter celebrations, however, pre-date Christianity.Some Christians even refuse to celebrate Easter because of these pagan customs that they say have nothing to do with Christianity.In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival.Clever missionaries altered this festival to make it a Christian celebration as converts were slowly won over.
Many tend to ignore the pagan connections and celebrate Easter anyway. And many, do not seem to realize that early Christians did NOT celebrate the resurrection per se as a holiday. That was a later development.
All early Christians kept Passover, and over time, many who profess Christ changed the date to a Sunday and allowed pre-Christian practices to be incorporated in the observance of that day. The compromise apparently helped the compromising churches gain members. The adoption of practices such as eating ham was apparently also adopted to distance the day from its connection to Passover.
But Jesus did not eat pigs. Nor advocate that for His followers.
Those who wish to learn more should also study the following articles:
Did Early Christians Celebrate Easter? If not, when did this happen? What do scholars and the Bible reveal?
The New Testament Church and Unclean Meats Are foods considered to have been unclean in the Old Testament considered to be food in the New Testament? This article discusses this from the perspective of the New Testament. It also has a list of clean and unclean animals. It also answers the question, is pork healthy or is pork dangerous?
Do You Practice Mithraism? Many practices and doctrines that mainstream so-called Christian groups have are the same or similar to those of the sun-god Mithras. Do you follow Mithraism combined with the Bible or original Christianity?
Passover and the Early Church Did the early Christians observe Passover? What did Jesus and Paul teach? Why did Jesus die for our sins?
What Happened in the Crucifixion Week? How long are three days and three nights? Did Jesus die on “Good Friday”? Was the resurrection on Sunday? Do you really know? Who determined the date of Easter?
The History of Early Christianity Are you aware that what most people believe is not what truly happened to the true Christian church? Do you know where the early church was based? Do you know what were the doctrines of the early church? Is your faith really based upon the truth or compromise?