Current day celebrations of religious occurrences are often without basis and even if mentioned in the Holy Bible, are sometimes celebrated without authorization and at the wrong time, even if there was authorization. Easter as celebrated in the U.S. has no religious significance whatsoever. It is referred to as the celebration of Jesus resurrection. However, it is mentioned only one time in the King James Version of the Bible and is a mistranslation. The message in which it appears is referring to the Jewish Passover and is so translated in all the other versions that I am aware of.
The reference in the King James and the American Standard Versions follows: "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." (Acts 12:4 KJV)
"And when he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him; intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people." (Acts 12:4 ASV) (Underlined emphasis added-JHH)
Let us take a look at this years (2014) dates and you will be able to see there is no logical reason for them. Let us remember that Jesus died before the feast of the Passover, and was resurrected one day after it. Fifty days later, Jesus had ascended into heaven the day before and the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and the Lord's church was begun on that day. But back to this years dating, Jesus' resurrection is being celebrated on April 20 and the Passover Feast is celebrated on April 17, three days before the resurrection and the Pentecost celebration will be June 7. The time before the Pentecost is correct, 50 days. However, the celebration of his resurrection is not concerned with the Pentecost, and even though the timing is proper this year, it rarely is, in fact Easter precedes the Passover on approximately 20% of the years. Man has instituted numerous things, including unauthorized holidays, into their religious observances which were not put there by Jesus or the Holy Spirit, and therefore the apostles. And as a general rule, many more people celebrate those man-introduced celebrations than they do the things instituted by Jesus.
Jesus has told us...not asked us...to commemorate his death, burial and resurrection. And he told us how and when to do so. Yet very few follow his instructions there. Read his admonition to his disciples concerning his last supper at Luke 22:15-22.
And it is recorded that the disciples came together on the first day of the week to break bread, Acts 20:7
And if one feels that this has nothing to do with any pagan religion, then let us look at some of their practices. These things were part of their practices long before they became "Christianized" by the Roman Catholic Church in order to appease those pagans who were being brought into that apostate body.
Following is a snip from a pagan page entitled "Spring Equinox, Lore and Rituals by Selena Fox"
"Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, occurs in the middle of March. It marks the beginning of Spring and the time when days and nights are of equal length. The Goddess manifests as Ostara or Eostre with her basket of eggs. She is accompanied by the Hare or Rabbit, a manifestation of the God. Green has been sacred to this Sabbat since ancient times, because it represents the greening of the land with vegetation. This is a festival of new growth.
"Prepare egg dishes and share them with friends. Organize egg games, such as egg hunts. Decorate your home with spring flowers and sprouting greens. Wear green clothing as an affirmation of new growth within yourself and Nature. Bless any seeds you plan to plant in your garden. Begin a new project. Make a growth charm out of a hard-boiled egg -- decorate it with symbols, write on it the quality you would like to manifest more fully within yourself, energize it, and then eat it."
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