Occasionally I attend a local church in Auburn. I enjoy the music and the pastor’s message. This last Sunday during the announcements it was announced that there would be an Easter egg hunt for the children on Easter Sunday. I quietly left the church when the three-minute break was announced.
Encyclopedia Britannica comments: “There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic fathers. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from the minds of the first Christians.”
The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us: “A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring ... The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.”
Spring is in the air! Flowers and bunnies decorate the home. Parents help the children paint beautiful designs on eggs dyed in various colors.
Everyone looks forward to a succulent ham with all the trimmings. It will be a thrilling day with an Easter egg hunt. After all, it is one of the most important Christian religious holidays of the year.
Easter, right? No! This is a description of an ancient Babylonian family — 2,000 years before Christ — honoring the resurrection of their god, Tammuz, who was brought back from the underworld by his mother/wife, Ishtar (after whom the festival was named).
As Ishtar was actually pronounced “Easter” in most Semitic dialects, it could be said the event portrayed here is, in a sense, Easter.
I have no problem with what families and folks do to celebrate spring. I have no problem with colored eggs and bunnies. But I do have a problem with churches embracing a pagan holiday which is contrary to the Bible. No where will you find written scripture that supports such a practice as Easter, especially in conjunction with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I will not be attending that church and/or any church on Easter Sunday; I cannot in good faith support churches that embrace paganism.
CHERIE HOLM, Meadow Vista