by John Greene
“I’m just a cute bunny. Don’t know about where I came from, or why I’m the center of so much attention this time of year. I didn’t know I was Christian either. But what possible harm could I do?”
Neither are most Christians aware of why the Easter bunny is the center of their life and the lives of their children this time of year – beyond sheer commercialism with a hint of religious influence. Oh, did I get “hint” wrong? Okay, religious tradition has plenty to do with Easter, along with the love for candy and pleasing children, of course. The bunny certainly isn’t to blame.
Looking back several hundred years, the German people created the image of the Easter Rabbit in the role of a judge, deciding whether a child was good or bad at the beginning of their Easter celebration. Add to this colored eggs, candy and toys, and it seems you have another attempt at a miniature Christmas. The original Easter Rabbit of Protestant Europe did the Santa thing, bringing gifts and eggs at night for the good children. Pennsylvania Dutch Protestants claimed that the Easter Hare brought gifts of colored eggs for good children, which it nested in their caps and bonnets. Naturally, there exist a number of variations on these tales. (“Hunting for Easter Eggs“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“; “Replacing Sin and Becoming Set Apart“)
The hare was said to be the sacred animal of the goddess Easter, Ēostre, Ostara, or Ausos. All this descended through worldly Anglo-Saxon feasts of the dark ages, which the Germans and their ancestors blended with their introduction to Christianity and the resurrection of the Messiah. The roots of these ancient myths appear from the ancient Chaldeans and their “Queen of Heaven” known as Ishtar or Astarte. Tammuz or Adonis also feature prominently in these ancient annals of worldly knowledge. Easter celebrations and similar traditions are focused around the fertility of the rabbit, along with the symbol of the egg – all themes from worldly idolatry. All of this “worldly wisdom” comes at the end of Lent, yet another “creative” influence of the Roman Catholic Church through the centuries that originates from ancient Babylonian sources. The Church, beginning with Constantine, allowed converts to keep their customs, assimilating those customs into the “Christian belief system.” Easter is said by many Christian leaders to commemorate “the life of its founder” – but what does that really mean? Which founder are they actually honoring? Among this religious confusion, the King James Bible mistranslates Passover as ‘Easter” in Acts 12:4, which many professed Christians stubbornly profess as truth. “Protestant” religious organizations have generally done nothing to overcome the falsehood of Easter fronted by the Catholics as “Christian.” The reality is that not a single trace of Easter or the celebrations tied to it are recommended in scripture. (“The Sign of Jonah & Easter“; “Following the Right Jesus” ; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ezekiel 8:14)
“’Now,’ said YHWH, ‘Do not teach the way of life of the nations, nor be fearful because of signs of the heavens; for the nations fear because of them. Certainly, the customs of these people are empty. As a tree is cut out of the forest, the labor of the power of the hands, hewn by a craftsman, made bright with silver and gold, and fastened tight with nails by a hammer. These are formed by hammering, as a palm trunk that commands nothing, lifting nothing, even as they must be carried. Do not fear them because they are not capable of affliction. Likewise, they are not capable of making you well.’” – Jeremiah 10:2-5, Project for Truth
Yet many Christian leaders will declare the “pascal festival” isn’t in the title of the celebration, but in the content of the celebration, giving the thumbs up to the worldliness that has crept into their belief system. Following their advice, you would do well to actually look at the content of the celebration, and certainly not by ignoring the abominations of the world that are in it. This is what scripture recommends, rather than imbibing and accepting the dead wisdom of the world. (“The Deceptions of Easter“; “Selling Christmas“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“; John 15:19, 17:15-18; Acts 17:11; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:1-4; Proverbs 1:5, 9:9)
The Bible makes no mention of Easter specifically, but why would it? Scripture does deal with some religious practices, worldly gods and mighty ones (things that are seen to be or made mighty), as well as those that sacrifice to them. No, YHWH doesn’t give this kind of thing favorable press. In fact, rebuking these worldly traditions and fables are exactly what He is big on, for they are all abominations to Him, including the human sacrifices that are noted as the ancient roots of these celebrations. When you want to be a genuine Christian, a disciple of the Messiah, you need to carefully examine whether your beliefs, yes, including what you honor and give time to, agree with the Bible. (Acts 17:30; Matthew 15:3; Romans 8:28; Deuteronomy 12:30-32; Exodus 20:1-4; “The Abomination That Causes Desolation“; “Understanding Sin“)
“When anyone serves Me, let them walk on the same road as Me. Also, wherever I am, there also My servant will be. Also, when anyone serves Me, he prizes the Father.” – John 12:26, Project for Truth
“And neither is salvation in anyone else, because no other Authority under heaven is given power in men, in that it is necessary we are made whole.” – Acts 4:12, Project for Truth
In Easter, greatly diluted or non-existent is the idea that ‘Jesus is the Way’, to serve His purpose alone, even what that purpose is. (John 14:6, 17:7; 2 Peter 1:16; 1 Timothy 1:4; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Titus 1:14 )
Religion has mixed in all manner of popular customs and ideas from the past that have nothing to do with scripture, Yahshua [Jesus], or the Elohim [‘God’, YHWH]. Instead, Easter has been made into a special day to attend church and to let the kids have a little “wholesome” fun. Yahshua [Jesus] instructed the observation of the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread, which mark His true disciples. (John 13:15-17; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8) Disciples honor the Messiah’s sacrifice, as well as the Set Apart Spirit [‘Holy Spirit’] that lives in them as part of their lives. (1 Corinthians 11:26; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3-4)
Celebrating Easter is a personal choice which marks you as either a genuine disciple or as one that follows after fables and traditions of the world as one would an idol. That is because this kind of behavior is nothing less than idolatrous. Yahshua’s [Jesus’] disciples, or students, are told to observe and follow His example, to be set apart in His righteousness. (John 3:3; 1 John 4:1; Titus 2:11-14; 2 Timothy 2:21; Romans 1:25; 1 Peter 1:23-25, 2:24) Have you been born again in His righteousness, even as you put down the idols of the world?
The Easter Rabbit and other idols of Easter tradition aren’t Christian at all, yet that is what many professed Christians teach their children. Yet, in a sense, the Easter Rabbit can operate as a form of judge in line with German myth. This kind of false teaching is compared directly with, and judged through the righteousness of YHWH. The celebration of Easter and Easter tradition are not on the track of Elohim’s righteousness, a track that He established long before the minds of men and women fabricated the stories of Easter tradition. (John 1:12, 8:44; Matthew 5:20, 6:33; Ephesians 4:22-24; Galatians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 John 1:7, 3:8)
Bad bunny. Wicked people. I’m not the judge. Scripture and the Elohim of the Bible are – soon to be delivered personally by Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. Are you really ready for that Judgment? (“Supporting the Way or the World“; “The Art of Self-Deception“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)
“Take heed that you separate yourselves from false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravening wolves. You will know to mark them by their fruit. Does anyone gather grapes from a thorn, or a fig from a brier? In this way, all beneficial trees bear honest fruit, but a worthless tree bears harmful fruit. A beneficial tree cannot bear harmful fruit, neither a worthless tree bear honest fruit. All trees that do not bear honest fruit are cut down and cast into fire. In this manner, by their fruit you will know them.
Not all that say to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ enter into the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven. To the contrary, he that yields the purpose of My Father in Heaven. Many say to Me in that Day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and in Your Name cast out devils and in Your Name yielded many miracles? Then at that time I will agree with the authority of Heaven, them I never knew. You! Depart from Me ministers of wickedness.” – Matthew 7:15-23, Project for Truth