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Is there a Easter Sunrise Service mentioned in the Bible or was it a pagan festival?

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 ---jerry6593 on 4/8/07
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God is not limited by time & space, but it does not mean we are not limited. In Deut.12:30-32 "..inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God.." This means, do not worship Me in the ways that you see other people worship their gods, and this includes mimicking the sun worshipers who gathered at sunrise to worship their god, the sun, as it rose from the east.
---Gina7 on 4/20/07

Deuteronomy 12:30-31 New Living Translation: "do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example. 31 You must not worship the Lord your God the way the other nations worship their gods..
---Gina7 on 4/20/07

The building of the sanctuary was rectangular shape, with 2 long sides, and 2 short sides. So was the surrounding court. This is found in Exodus 38. vs 9 South was 100 cubits; vs. 11 North was 100 cubits; vs.12 West was 50 cubits, and vs.13 East was 50 cubits. When a Priest walked into the courtyard, then into the sanctuary, then into the Most Holy before the Ark, he would be facing West, since Exod.36:27 tells us the hinderpart, holy place, was at western end.
---Gina7 on 4/20/07

** What you are saying is that it is a sin to worship Christ at sunrise, which is manifest nonsense.
---Jack on 4/12/07
Jack, did you ever wonder why the Sanctuary was always set up to face West(with the East to your back?)**

Actually, the Altar was towards the north, but what difference do facts make when you have your mind made up?

I don't know about you, but Christians worship a God who is not limited by space or time, including sunup or sundown.
---Jack on 4/15/07

What you are saying is that it is a sin to worship Christ at sunrise, which is manifest nonsense.
---Jack on 4/12/07
Jack, did you ever wonder why the Sanctuary was always set up to face West(with the East to your back?) The sun rises in the East, and the pagans worshipped the 'sun god' as it came up from the eastern horizon. God did not want to be worshipped in the same way. This is manisfest evidence that it is displeasing to God to worship him facing the East, and especially at sunrise.
---Gina7 on 4/14/07

The sanctuary never faced East, but west. Exodus 36:27 NIV "For the rear of the tabernacle, to the west, he made six boards."/ KJV "And for the sides of the tabernacle westward he made six boards."/YLT "and for the sides of the tabernacle, westward, hath he made six boards;"/ASV " And for the hinder part of the tabernacle westward he made six boards."/ The rear part was the Most Holy Place, which faced West. (Pagans worshipped sun as it rose from the east.)
---Gina7 on 4/14/07

Jerry you are getting far too fussy. Sunrise is the perfect time to celebrate if you are an early riser - pagan gods did not create the sun or the earth or the rotation of either - God did. And when Christians rise at the crack of dawn to celebrate Christ's resurrection, why complain.

Now if you would like to push for a name change for Easter, no problem. Let us know if you come up with a nice easy term that even young children can say.
---lorra8574 on 4/14/07

Jack: I didn't write it, Ezekiel did. So be careful what you call nonsense. Now look a little closer. You are right in that the word "Easter" is improperly used for "Pascha" = Passover. Easter derives from Ishtar or Astarte - a pagan diety. Note that when the ladies arrived at Jesus' tomb at sunrise, he was already gone (Mar 16:1-6). Thus sunrise is TOO LATE to honor the resurrection. Besides they came to annoint - not to worship.
---jerry6593 on 4/14/07

Jerry, since Easter (properly Pascha) is about the Resurrection of Christ, how can the passage in Ezekiel refer to "Easter Sunrise Services"?

What you are saying is that it is a sin to worship Christ at sunrise, which is manifest nonsense.

---Jack on 4/12/07

Yes, there is an Easter Sunrise Service mentioned in the Bible. It was pagan. Here it is:

Eze 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east.
---jerry6593 on 4/10/07

The resurrection occurred very early in the morning, and given that the purpose of Christian Easter is to celebrate that resurrection, there is nothing wrong with a sunrise service. The Bible does not speak to it directly, only that Christians started meeting on the first day of the week for the eucharist, instead of the seventh day of the week.
---lorra8574 on 4/9/07

I don't know if it is in the bible or not. I know that alot of churches has an Easter sunrise services. Most of them has breakfast. I thought my church was going to have breakfast for the sunrise service. But we didn't. We got fed alright, spiritual food.
---Rebecca_D on 4/9/07

In Rome Estarte was a star goddess-it can be related back to the middle east.

In Rome it was related to the equnoux and Constantine superceded the pagan holiday, it has no relation to the time of Christ ressurection.
---MikeM on 4/9/07

I am always amazed at questions like this.

I have to say I've never liked sunrise services because I'm NOT a morning person. That said.. services I've been to have focused on a risen Christ, which is why Christians celebrate Easter.
---NurseRobert on 4/9/07

It was started back with Nimrod. Nimrod died and his wife said he went to the sun and bacame the sungod Baal. The sunrise service worshipes the sun, not the Son. It is pagan brought to us by the Catholic. If you want more info, write me. herb8789
---RevHerb on 4/8/07

What people who are "anti-sunrise services" are saying is that it's a sin to worship Christ early at dawn.

Not very sensible idea, now is it?

I might add, however, that classically, the Pascha (proper Christian name) vigil and Eucharist was historically held around midnight. In Orthodoxy (the continuing original church) it still is.
---Jack on 4/8/07

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I dont think so,i think it is wonderful to bring a dish to sevre others you are serving God
---brenda on 4/8/07

According to some religious people it wasn't legal to heal a man on a particular day either..
Jesus said "is it unlawful to do good on the Sabbath?"
Looking at his question is it unlawful to do good on any other day? How could it be wrong to sing praises in worship to God and be blessed by fellowship on any morning?
Easter sure isn't a pagan day to us. We have claimed it for God. Let the heathens do what they want any day of the week, as for us, we serve the Lord 7 days a week.
---john on 4/8/07

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