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Are Easter Celebrations Biblical

Should Christians participate in the Easter Bunny?

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But Alan,

They're still pagan. LOL

(Actually, I only eat eggs so I can eat bacon and hash-browns. Not that I couldn't do otherwise--I'm just a "traditionalist". Of course, I hate eggs: especially the white meat. It's true. Believe it.)
---BruceB on 4/26/09

Bruce ... get a good cookery book, and you will find that hard boiled eggs don't have to be like that. Don't boil them for too long, and immediately dunk them in cold water.
---alan8566_of_UK on 4/26/09

I prefer rabbits in stew... and my eggs scrambled (that's so the white meat don't show.) Anything else is pagan--especially hard-boiled eggs! YUK!!! Rubbery white meat? Only a pagan would eat that stuff.

Every day is a celebration of the resurrected Christ... or should be. Amen.
---BruceB on 4/25/09

Not defending Halloween, but the history of "All Souls Day", once widely celebrated by Christian churches, might be interesting to some.

Easter, with it's eggs, bunnies. lambs and other baby animals represents new life, (the Resurrection)... flowering, hopeful Spring and "newness of life" after the dead of winter (our deadness in sin until Christ came into our lives)

The egg is often used to teach the concept of the Trinity. That is, The yolk, the white and the shell are all separate, but all can be called the "egg" ( not the best analogy...but might be helpful for a child.)

It can be a happy Resurrection celebration for the child and a teachable moment as well.
---Donna66 on 4/13/09

Donna66...Please explain the "Christian meaning" for the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, and Halloween. Scriptures please!
---SusieB on 4/13/09

Dawn, I agree with you!

Seems like somebody is always trying to spoil Christmas and Easter for the kids (Halloween, too, I guess)

What difference what heathens did in the past? The Christian meaning is what counts.

Special celebrations allow parents to teach children Biblical events in a way they will remember happily.
Families today often have little time together. Decorating and egg dying are cultural activities that tie the generations together.
Even Halloween, though short on meaning, is long on activities a family can share.

Characters like Santa and the E.Bunny provide fun and humorous memories for years. I've yet to meet anyone who cannot believe in God because Santa turned out to be a fiction.
---Donna66 on 4/12/09

I see no harm in celebrateing Easter as long as it is clearly explained to the child that the real reason we celebrate is because Jesus was risen from death on this day proving HE is God.We also need to teach Jesus as the center of Christmas not trees and Santa Claus.
---shirley on 4/10/09

The rabbit was the symbol of the goddess Eostre. The rabbit was associated with fertility rites and festivals during the spring equinox and were sacrificed to the goddess in ancient times. The story is that Eostre once saved a bird by turning it into a rabbit. The change wasn't complete and the rabbit retained the ability to lay eggs.

Dyed eggs were hung in Egyptian temples and were regarded as symbols of regenerative life. Dyed eggs also were part of the rituals of ancient Babylonian religion. Ancient people also believed that eggs held magical powers.

Notice the resemblance of the Egyptian goddess' name (Eostre) to the word Easter.
---SusieB on 4/10/09

I don't see the harm as long as children know the real meaning of the holiday. I, too have spent many hours coloring eggs with my kids, yet, they are well aware that Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It's the same as Santa Claus and Halloween. It's part of our culture. If we're to be a Christian presence in that culture, I think we can participate in the culture but understand how our faith influences that participation.
---dawn on 4/9/09

Easter has zero to do with paganism, and all to do with Christ: just as all Christian holidays have all to do with Christ. What pagans do on Christian holidays is what pagans will do, but their celebrations have nothing to do with the Christian's celebrating Christ. Easter is Passover and Resurrection Day in remembrance and in honor of Jesus' personal sacrifice for us. Also Christmas is in remembrance and honor of Christ Jesus' birth on earth. Now if pagans worship idols, and engage in other nonChristian activities on our holy days which honor Christ, that is their choice. They can have their easter bunnies, and we will have our Eastern Rabbi Jesus Christ: they can have their santy clauses and reindeers, and we will have our Christ.
---Eloy on 4/9/09

Midst of the week means middle of the 70th week, not Wednesday! The decree to rebuild Jerusalem (not the temple), came to pass in autumn 457 BC (Ezra 7). The 70th week is therefore 27 AD - 34 AD. Middle is 31 AD Spring when Christ was crucified.

Christ died on 14th Nissan (He had to in order to be the antitypical fulfillment according to 1 Cor 5:7), in the year 31 AD which is a FRIDAY (the 6th day of the week!)
---jofuss on 4/8/09

Christ was killed in the midst of a week ...clearly Day 5 is NOT the midst of a week

the days did not change

the order of the days did not change

only the names of the days changed when men changed Gods calendar to mans calendar

Day 4 is the same as it was during time of Christ ...with mens calendar day 4 is Wednesday who follow god of this world 2Corin 4:4 introduced chaos slipping in pagan day of easter ...self professing christians dismiss easters pagan origins to continue doing what they feel is right in their own eyes NOT The Fathers

Christ was buried before sunset on Wednesday rising 3 days later before sunset on Saturday
---Rhonda on 4/7/09

It is a parent's responsibility to teach their children the truth, not a lie. Easter bunnies and rabbits are pagan and should not be taught in any Christian home. A church which does not have an Easter Egg hunt or hand out Easter bunnies or baskets is doing the right thing. No Christian church should have anything to do with these pagan practices. Would a Christian parent teach their children to smoke or drink alcohol? Why would you teach them about these pagan practices?
---SusieB on 4/7/09

I prefer to eat the bunny right along with the Thanksgiving turkey.
Donna there is always that group that discredits Bible believing Christians.
Many just like to speak. They don't have to know anything just so long as they get to speak.
People who call themselves by the name of Christ need to study and understand where the traditions of "Easter" came from. You will find two sources. One the biblical account. Next, the pagan fertility worship/account and the hiding of cakes/eggs. That was a worship form itself. It is Pagan and false.
It is sad how many that call themselves "Christian" have no problem lying about two of the most important events in history. That is the Birth and Resurrection of Christ
---Elder on 4/7/09

Are the Easter bunnies and Easter chicks the new Baals and Molechs?! God bless!
---JohnnyB on 4/6/09

At my church doesn't do anything like have an Easter egg hunt or anything for the kids. It is ashame. I know that Easter isn't about bunnies and egg hunting, but still it is so fun for the kids. My kids and I color eggs. It is a great way for us to spend time together and for them to make a mess in the kitchen (and mommy don't get upset). My kids know all about Easter and the resurrecion of Christ, and know that egg coloring or egg hunting is not apart of it. but yet it is fun for us. It is up to the church to let the kids hunt eggs, all churches are different. I don't see the harm as long as they are told the truth about Easter.
---Rebecca_D on 4/6/09

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mima, Let us count and see, for a child is able to count to three: Beginning Thursday night (Luke 22:53)= 1, and Friday morning= 1 + Friday night= 2, and Saturday morning= 2 + Saturday night= 3, and Sunday morning= 3. Thus 3 nights + 3 days, just as he said.
---Eloy on 4/6/09

Here's an interesting question related to this subject. Did Christ die on Friday? Remember he has said he would be three days and three nights in the earth. Does part of Friday all of Saturday and part of Sunday fulfill this prophecy?
---mima on 4/6/09

Easter is an old word which simply means spring, it also has a meaning of passion. Easter from Lithuanian "Aistra" means "Passion". It is better named Passover or "Feast of Unleavened Bread", began when Moses was 80 on April 14, 1525 B.C. The New Passover, called Communion, began Thursday April 14, 28 A.D. at 6:00 p.m. when Jesus was 32 years old. Sunday morning, 3 days after Jesus' last Passover supper is Jesus' Resurrection Day. I prefer to call this season what it is, which is "Passover and Resurrection" day, rather than Easter. It is a High Holy Day where we have Communion in remembrance of Christ's personal sacrifice for us.
---Eloy on 4/6/09

Why don't Christians celebrate the Resurrection on that Sunday every year?**

First off, the Jewish Passover is no longer proclaimed by the Sanhedrin, but rather has been reduced to tables and formulas, just like both the Western and Eastern Paschalion (computation of Easter).

Second, there seems to have been a change in how Jews calculated Passover after the dispersion.

Third, on the Orthodox Eastern Paschalion, Pascha (Easter) always falls on the Sunday after Passover AS CALCULATED AT THE TIME OF CHRIST.
---katavasia on 4/6/09

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God's has already told us in the Gospels when the Resurrection occurred. The first Sunday after Passover.

Why don't Christians celebrate the Resurrection on that Sunday every year?
---RobF on 4/5/09

rob- Since God did not change the calendar back, I presume He wants it the way it is or either it is of no consequence to Him. He is almighty throughout eternity, and if something doesn't suit Him, He can change it.
We celebrate the event of Jesus Christ's ressurection, so the date does not matter, especially after all these centuries.
---Betty on 4/5/09

there is no mention of easter in Word of God it is a pagan celebration
---Rhonda on 4/5/09

**The Easter Bunny is associated and connected to the EASTER HOLIDAY that Catholic and Christians celebrate.**

Catholics ARE Christians.
---katavasia on 4/4/09

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there is no such thing as easter bunnies, except perhaps bunnies that appear in the fields on easter.
---Eloy on 4/4/09

The "easter bunny" is part of the mix of Christian and pagan worship from the time of Constantine. The two "groups" were each placated by merging the Christian time of celebrating Christ's Resurection AND the pagan worship of reincarnation and sexual fertility. The rabbit for sexuality and the egg for reincarnation. The pagan rituals included orgies and explicit sacrifices to the sun god (vs Son of God) by loss of virginity (vs celebration of the virgin). The rituals today of egg hunts and such is a result of such melding and while it does no harm on the surface, it reeks of idol worship (in my opinion). Back to that "let your yea be yea and your nay be nay"...
---mikefl on 4/3/09

Rob I agree. this is why I celebrate Passover, not easter, but I'm not Jewish. My children celebrate Easter (as far as easter egg hunts etc....because it is a national holiday,) but they know it has nothing to do with Jesus,but they're having fun((plus daddy likes this holiday with them) but the true celebration is the Jewish Passover not the pagan Easter. you donot have to be a jew to celebrate.
---emma on 4/3/09

Betty: If you know the date, why would you not want to celebrate it on that date. (especially when the current celebration IS based on the pagan calendar rather than God's calendar) Could the Jews celebrate God's festivals anytime they wanted?
---RobF on 4/3/09

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robf- We celebrate Easter to celebrate the ressurection of Jesus Christ. It does not matter what date.
---Betty on 4/3/09

I am laughing over here so hard. Why? Because this board can drive a person to Happy Hour...LOL!!!!

My my how things get twisted here. I go to a non-Christian site and this doesn't happen there. We answer each other's questions and respect each other's answers. Not here, here we nit pick on every little word or phrase, trying to flex spiritual muscles, etc.,

Let's state our motive for posting here. Mine is to share what the Lord has revealed to me. I don't want to give opinions, just what the word says. Jesus said, "THY WORD IS TRUTH." Anything outside the word of God is truth mingled with a lie. But of course someone has to dispute even that. Ugh, it's Friday and I'm ready for a long weekend, Thank you Jesus.
---donna8365 on 4/3/09

Donna ... I was reacting to the heading to this question ... "Are Easter Celebrations Biblical?"
It seemed yuo said that since Easter is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, we should not celebrate it.
If you were saying that, i would disagree ... thus my mention of the fridges etc
But if you are objecting to the Easter Bunny on the grounds that he/she/it is not biblical (what gender is a bunny that lays eggs, anyway?) then I agree ... bunnies should have nothing to do with the Christiann celebration of Christ's Sacrifice and Gift to us.
---alan8566_of_UK on 4/3/09

For arguments sake, let's assume all Christians are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus instead of the pagan holiday of Easter. Why then do Christians today still celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on the date of the pagan holiday rather than its true date of the first Sunday after Passover?

For example, last year Easter was in March and Passover was in April. Therefore, Christians celebrated Resurrection before there was Crucifixion. Unlike the "birth" of Jesus, we have scriptures to tell us the date for the Resurrection, yet we still worship incorrectly. May God have mercy on us.
---RobF on 4/3/09

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okay folks, I know you want to take things to the extreme, so I'll bite and say this:

The question asked was: Should Christians participate in the Easter Bunny.

And some of you said computers are not in the bible, sutomobiles or refrigerators, etc., so we shouldn't be using them.

The Easter Bunny is associated and connected to the EASTER HOLIDAY that Catholic and Christians celebrate. Do we worship and celebrate computers? NO. But Easter we do. Is it a sin to mix the Easter Bunny in with Resurrection Sunday? Yes because it is a Paganistic. You folks just want to pick things apart that I say. That's exactly what the Pharisees did to Jesus. You guys can think whatever you want. I really don't care anymore.
---donna8365 on 4/3/09

Donna ... Well, you are committing grave sins.
Does the Bible mention computers, or blogs, or automobiles, or refrigerators, or air-conditioning, or aircraft, or ... or ... ?
So none of those are biblical, and in using them you are going against God's word.
---alan8566_of_UK on 4/3/09

Just because something isn't "biblical" doesn't make it wrong.

Ohhhhh JohnnyB this is how false doctrine creeps into the church. I**

Following your line of reasoning, donna, computers are to totally unbiblical they are not even in the Bible.

Therefore, it's a sin for you to be using one.
---katavasia on 4/3/09

Donna, who decides what doctrines are false? There is no one in the world with the authority to decide, not you, not me, not anyone. All we can do is read scripture and then do the best we can with it. God bless you!
---JohnnyB on 4/2/09

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it's up to each person,but from a bible point of view,no.
---emma on 4/2/09

NO. Did you mean to put bunny after Easter? My answer is NO if you meant to put the word BUNNY after Easter.

Just because something isn't "biblical" doesn't make it wrong.

Ohhhhh JohnnyB this is how false doctrine creeps into the church. If something isn't in the Bible, that means it wasn't put there by God and God has a reason for everything. If you don't agree with what God wrote, then you're crossing a fine line called false doctrine. THY WORD IS TRUTH Jesus said in John 17. Anything outside of God's word is truth mingled with a lie. Like satan did to Eve in the garden of Eden, "Hath God REALLY said you shall surely die?" He took the truth and twisted it and brought doubt to Eve's mind.
---donna8365 on 4/2/09

Easter is a time of springtime festivals. In Christian countries Easter is celebrated as the religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility or giver of life (God creating us and giving us life), and in colored Easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and new life (Jesus' resurrection).

I agree teaching children the true Easter Story pertaining to Jesus is very important. However, I also believe in teaching them about what the eggs and rabbit represent. And no, I'm not into reproducing Christmas at Easter for anyone. I dislike commercialism. Lets stick to the main point.

---lesla3685 on 4/2/09

The Easter rabbit and Easter baskets are not real hate for God, right? He hated pagans and their ways, but Christians are under grace. Children are not worshipping eggs and rabbits, it is only cute, and fun to hunt for Easter eggs.
---Betty on 4/2/09

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Just because something isn't "biblical" doesn't make it wrong. God bless.
---JohnnyB on 4/2/09

Did a little reseach, the bunny repersents life and fertility. The spring goddess-----whatevr her name was, worshipped by pagans, would come in the spring time and collect the colored eggs, which repersented rebith and beauty. So, tell your kids the true meaning of Easter, about Christ, then if you have no reservations about the bunny thing, go ahead and have a little fun with the family. Life is what you choose to make it, anything can cross the line and cause us to miss a blessing from God. My children,grandchildren and now my great, are not messed up with the bunny bringing candy, Santa living in N. Pole or any of the other silly reps of our so called holidays. Just enjoy JESUS!
---Brenda on 4/2/09

I think that Christian parents should be honest with their children concerning the Easter Bunny. I taught my children from a very young age the truth concerning Easter. I also told them that the world did not understand Easter, and that they had this fictitious rabbit that gave out candy. I did give my children baskets of candy, with a chocolate cross instead of a bunny.
---Trish9863 on 4/2/09

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