The Pagan Origins of Easter

From where did Easter observance come? Did the early Christians dye Easter eggs? Did Peter or Paul ever conduct an Easter sunrise service? The word "Easter" appears once in the King James Version of the Bible (Acts 2:4). The word translated "Easter" here is pascha which is -- as all scholars know -- the Greek word for passover and has no connection with the English "Easter."

It is well-known that "Easter" is not a Christian expression -- not in its original meaning. The word comes from the name of a pagan goddess -- the goddess of the rising light of day and spring. "Easter" is but a more modern form of Eostre, Ostera, Astarte, or Ishtar, the latter, according to Hislop, being pronounced as we pronounce "Easter" today.

Like the word "Easter," many of our customs at this season had their beginnings among non-Christian religions. Easter eggs, for example, are colored, hid, hunted, and eaten -- a custom done innocently today. However, this custom did not originate in Christianity but was a sacred symbol among the ancient Babylonians who believed an old fable about an egg of wondrous size that fell from heaven into the Euphrates River. From this marvellous egg -- according to the myth -- the goddess Astarte (Easter) was hatched. The egg came to symbolize the goddess Easter.

Are these customs pleasing in YEHOVAH's sight? Does Easter honor Yeshua and the message he brought to mankind? Are you like a blind sheep following the other millions in observing this custom? Why follow heathenism and try to convince yourself that you are a Christian? YEHOVAH God calls such things an abomination! -- JDK.