What Does the Bible Say About Easter? Are Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny Somehow Connected with Jesus Christ?
Although most Christians still call the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection “Easter Sunday”, the term ‘Easter’ as well as the traditional Easter Bunny and Easter eggs all have pagan roots, and the original pagan festival is still celebrated by practitioners of witchcraft today. Many Christians who become aware of the pagan origins of Easter prefer to call our celebration “Resurrection Sunday”, as a denial of the ungodly influences that surround Easter and have nothing to do with God.
The name “Easter” is actually a derivation of the name of a Germanic goddess called “Eostre” by ancient Anglo-Saxons, “Ostara” by ancient German pagans, and “Ishtar” or “Ashtaroth” by ancient Babylonians. This goddess was one of fertility and newness to all of the pagan cultures, but was also a goddess of sexual lust to the ancient Babylonians, and the worship of this goddess took place during the season of the Vernal Equinox, which falls at the end of March, coinciding with the Passover season. Although in differing regions and cultures the stories of the origins of the hares (rabbits) and eggs as symbols of fertility do vary, these symbols were associated with this particular goddess by all worshippers, regardless of what they called her. This pagan goddess worship affects the people of God directly in the Old Testament and indirectly in the New Testament.
In the Old Testament, as far back as Exodus 34:13 and Deuteronomy 12:3, “asherahs” which were phallic poles that in modern times are referred to as “May Poles”, were commanded to be destroyed, as some Israelites had erroneously begun to incorporate them into the worship of God. 1 Kings 14:15, 22-23 denotes God’s fierce anger toward the Israelites for continuing to participate in this pagan worship practice.
In the New Testament, we see the one and only occurrence of the word “Easter” in scripture in Acts 12:4, which is a direct result of the English translation and Roman influence on the context of the passage. The word “pascha” is the Greek word used for “Easter”, which is translated in every other place in the New Testament as “Passover”. However, Acts 12:4 describes the actions of and intents of King Herod, a ruler appointed over Judea by the Roman Senate (it was a Roman Province at that time), one who did not celebrate Passover. The holiday season for Romans and other Gentiles in that region would have been the worship of the goddess Eostre or Ostara, which is why this word would be translated “Easter”, as the time was regarded from a non-Jewish perspective.
So, the next time you see an Easter egg or an Easter bunny, know that these symbols were created for the worship of a pagan goddess, and the historic festival is still celebrated by Wiccans and others who are involved in witchcraft. Easter has nothing to do with Jesus Christ or his resurrection in any way, shape, form, or fashion. The only connection is the time of year in which Easter and Passover were celebrated.