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Easter: A realistic Christian view of what we believe we know, based on history and what we've always been told-

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The Christian Church changed Easter from a celebration of Spring and ‘rebirth’ to the Celebration of Jesus’ rebirth. It was originally a Pagan celebration, one named after the Goddess Eostre. Yep, you guessed it, she was/is the Goddess of Spring. She was an ancient Greek goddess. It was believed that every year Eostre return to Earth after a long, cold winter and brought with her the light and warmth of Spring. Because of this, ancient Greeks held festivals to welcome Eostre and the onset of Spring. The Christian Church changed Easter from a celebration of Spring and ‘rebirth’ to the Celebration of Jesus’ rebirth. It was originally a Pagan celebration, one named after the Goddess Eostre. Yep, you guessed it, she was/is the Goddess of Spring. She was an ancient Greek goddess. It was believed that every year Eostre return to Earth after a long, cold winter and brought with her the light and warmth of Spring. Because of this, ancient Greeks held festivals to welcome Eostre and the onset of Spring.

What does Easter mean to you?  Well, growing up I always believed that Good Friday was the day Jesus died on the cross for my sins, and Easter Sunday was the day he arose from the tomb.  Of course, many Christians believe this, and why not, we’ve always been taught this way.  However, Easter originated BEFORE Christ, therefore, it truly isn’t a Christian holiday.

 

While, I am a Christian and I believe in the spirit of Easter, I don’t necessarily believe in it as some of my Christian friends.  I don’t get upset about my kids being sent to school on Good Friday, because again…I know that this is just a day that the Christians took over to observe the death and rebirth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  It is like any other, just a day. Well except for my birthday… that is THE day.  Like, it’s the only day I get to be queen, so beware Columbus Man- on my Birthday…I’m queen!  J  Ok, now back to this article.  (Hey, this is expression for everyone, so if you want it another way- write it yourself, people!)

 

The Christian Church changed Easter from a celebration of Spring and ‘rebirth’ to the Celebration of Jesus’ rebirth.  It was originally a Pagan celebration, one named after the Goddess Eostre.  Yep, you guessed it, she was/is the Goddess of Spring. She was an ancient Greek goddess. It was believed that every year Eostre return to Earth after a long, cold winter and brought with her the light and warmth of Spring.  Because of this, ancient Greeks held festivals to welcome Eostre and the onset of Spring.

 

The festivals were lavish.  They celebrated the blooming of new flowers, chirping of birds, butterflies, sunlight and the general feeling of rejuvenation most of us feel during springtime.  In a way, much like the Easter we celebrate today.

 

Christian articles all try to explain how they came up celebrating Jesus’ rebirth.  But, when looking at the inevitable truth- we can see Easter was celebrated long before Jesus was even born.  So, while we can contend that we celebrate EASTER as Jesus’ rebirth, and as a Christian, I can welcome that knowing that it’s good to have remembrance not only on Easter, but each day. 

 

Pagan Celebrations of Easter and the Spring Equinox can be traced back over 1000 years before Christians began celebrating Easter. 

 

Ever wonder why we use bunnies and eggs as Easter traditions.  Well eggs are symbols of fertility.  Decorated eggs were meant to honor the Goddess Eostre. The bunny was the symbol of Eostre- as you know bunnies reproduce like crazy… aka fertility!

 

So, while this article may offend some, don’t let it.  It doesn’t matter who celebrated Easter first, what the true meaning is for you, or what tale you choose to believe.  Put trust in your beliefs and your traditions.  Bunny rabbits or eggs or remembering that Jesus died for our sins…it doesn’t really matter.

 

Let’s be peaceful people, who welcome Spring with open hearts and celebrate everything from Eostre to Jesus’ rebirth.

 

In addition, I enjoy eggs…especially the ones that have peanut butter surrounded by chocolate… with the name REESES on them… there you have it folks- the commercialization of Easter is just as important as it’s origins. 

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