By Joshua Infantado
Did you know that Easter, though a popular Christian holiday, is never mentioned in the Bible? As important as this holiday may be to Christians, you can never find a single verse that commands its celebration. In this post, let me share with you 10 vital reasons you should not keep Easter anymore. Every year, in the spring, you celebrate Easter. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself, “Why do you keep Easter?” “Are we really commanded to celebrate this holiday?” “Is Easter Christian?”
If your answer to these questions is yes, then can you prove it through the scripture?
Strangely enough, most people don’t ask these questions. Maybe, you are one of those people who simply go with tradition and keep Christian holidays as how they were taught.
The true followers of Yahshua/Jesus Christ keep the commandments of God to “prove all things” (I Thessalonians 5:21).
That’s why in this post, let me prove to you why Christians should NOT celebrate Easter. Here are 10 surprising reasons you should know.
Are you ready?
Reason no. 1: Easter is not found in the Bible
Easter is no doubt one of the most popular Christian celebrations in our modern times. But won’t you be surprised to know that Easter isn’t mentioned in the Bible not even once? If Easter is such an important Christian festival, shouldn’t we read specific commandments to celebrate it?
Now, some of you might say, “Hey, you’re wrong. I read Easter in Acts 12:4:
“And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”
I hate to break it to you, but that is a glaring mistranslation. History shows us that some Bible translators can’t believe that they can’t find Easter in the Bible. Thus, as a desperate move, they deliberately mistranslated the Greek word Pascha, which is properly translated elsewhere as “Passover.”
Here’s what some Bible commentaries have to say about Acts 12:4.
“There never was a more absurd or unhappy translation than this. The original is simply after the Passover. The word “Easter” now denotes the festival observed by many Christian churches in honor of the resurrection of the Saviour. But the original has no reference to that, nor is there the slightest evidence that any such festival was observed at the time when this book was written.”
Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
He would do this after Easter– after the Passover, certainly so it ought to be read, for it is the same word that is always so rendered; and to insinuate the introducing of a gospel-feast, instead of the Passover, when we have nothing in the New Testament of such a thing, is to mingle Judaism with our Christianity.
Adam Clarke Commentary:
The term Easter, inserted here by our translators, they borrowed from the ancient Anglo-Saxon service-books, or from the version of the Gospels… Other examples occur in this version. Wiclif used the word paske, i.e. passover; but Tindal, Coverdale, Becke, and Cardmarden, following the old Saxon mode of translation, insert Easter: the Geneva Bible very properly renders it the passover. The Saxon Earten, Eartne, Eartno, Eartna, and Eartnon are different modes of spelling the name of the goddess Easter, whose festival was celebrated by our pagan forefathers on the month of April; hence that month, in the Saxon calendar, is called Easter month. Every view we can take of this subject shows the gross impropriety of retaining a name every way exceptionable, and palpably absurd.
The majority of Bible translators and scholars agree that Easter is a gross mistranslation. Thus, if you read modern Bible translations today, you will read Passover instead of Easter.
Reason no. 2: Easter originated in paganism
So, if Easter didn’t originate in the Bible, where did we get it?
It came from an ancient form of pagan worship in Babylon. If you have thought all your life that Easter means “resurrection of Christ,” then you need to review what history and scholars have to say about this term.
The word Easter came from the ancient Assyrian goddess name Ishtar, pronounced by the Assyrians in the same way as we pronounce “Easter.” If that’s not surprising enough, the Babylonian name of this goddess includes Astarte and in Hebrew, it is Ashtoreth, the queen of heaven.
Here’s an interesting fact: Easter is actually found in the Bible but it was written in Hebrew as Ashtoreth, also referred as the queen of heaven. But instead of a festival promoted by God, it is actually a pagan worship denounced and condemned by Him.
Read the following passage to get an idea how detestable and abominable Easter is to God.
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke me to anger (Jeremiah 7:18).
Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; You and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her: you will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows (Jeremiah 44:25).
For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites (I Kings 11:5).
And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile (II Kings 23:13).
Moreover, notice what Easton’s Bible Dictionary has to say about Easter:
Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occurred at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word “passover” was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in Acts 12:4. In the Revised Version the proper word, “passover,” is always used.
You can check any encyclopedias, books, or sources and see what they have to say about Easter. I believe I have said enough to prove that Easter is truly rooted in paganism.
Reason no. 3: Easter encourages lying
Just like people lie about Santa Claus to children, it is also common for parents to lie to their children about the Easter bunny. They tell children that Easter bunnies lay eggs for them to look for.
While grown-ups might think that this is just one of those harmless lies, it is still counted as a lie. The Bible warns us about lying. Here are some of the relevant passages:
“Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25).
“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices” (Colossians 3:9).
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 12:16).
As you can see, a lie is a lie, whether it is for fun or not.
If we are to really live up to the standards set by our Master, then we must put away all forms of lying in our lives and that includes the lies we say during Easter.
Reason no. 4: First-century Christians didn’t keep Easter
If you have been led to believe that Christians have been keeping Easter since the death of Christ, then think again.
The first-century Christians never celebrated Easter or anything that resembles any of its traditions. If early followers of Christ saw it is really important to celebrate Easter or it was commanded by Christ that they should commemorate His resurrection, then we should find a passage in the writings of the Apostles and other New Testament authors about Easter.
But we don’t.
This is another indication that Easter isn’t really a Christian celebration to start with.
Here’s another interesting fact: the pagans have been celebrating Easter thousands of years even BEFORE the resurrection of Christ!
In an effort to convert more people to Christianity, the false church incorporated the pagan celebration of Ishtar and gave it a Christian flavor, making the new religion more palatable to the taste of pagan worshippers.
However, instead of Christianity overcoming paganism, THE OPPOSITE HAPPENED. That’s why we now see Christianity as we know it today as a mixture of paganism and Biblical practices.
Reason no. 5: We are not free to add any religious holidays and celebrations
Some people argue that we are free to add religious celebrations as long as we have the “right” motivation. They further use as a proof of their arguments how Christ didn’t correct the Jews in His days when they added Hanukkah and Purim in their religious holidays (John 10:22-23).
Of course, this is a weak argument. For one, if we compare the origins of these Jewish holidays to Easter, we can immediately see the stark difference. Purim was instituted to commemorate the Jewish deliverance during the time of Esther while Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Jerusalem temple after it was defiled during the Syrian invasion.
On the other, Easter was rooted in paganism, which God hates and detested. Like the American Thanksgiving Day, Hanukkah and Purim, in their original form, are not against God’s commandment. However, this isn’t the case with Easter.
As long as a particular celebration does not replace, alter, or obscure God’s biblical truth, then we can deem that celebration as acceptable.
Reason no. 6: Easter Symbolisms have nothing to do with Jesus/Yahshua
If we will just be honest with ourselves, the symbolism associated with Easter does not have anything to do with Jesus Christ.
“What does the Easter bunny has to do with Christ’s resurrection?”
“What about colored eggs and hot cross buns? Are they related in any way with Jesus?”
Bunnies, eggs, and buns are undeniable remnants of the dark origin of Easter. Bunnies and eggs have long been used by the pagans to symbolize fertility. The buns or cakes are used in the worship of the “queen of heaven” mentioned in Jeremiah 7:18.
While it is true that there’s nothing inherently evil in bunnies, eggs, and buns, but it is certainly not acceptable for Christians to use pagan emblems to worship the Living God!
We DON’T see Christ, the Apostles, and early Christians using bunnies and eggs when worshiping our Heavenly Father. Then why should we do it?
Reason no. 7: Jesus wasn’t resurrected on a Sunday morning
Here’s another lie being propagated during Easter. Most Christians believe that Jesus was killed on a Friday afternoon and was resurrected in the early morning of Sunday. But is this true?
Matthew 12:40 clearly states that Jesus will be in the grave for three days and three nights. Christ wanted to be specific. He will be in the “heart of the earth” for 72 hours – no more, no less!
Now, is a Friday afternoon crucifixion and a Sunday morning resurrection constitute 72 hours? Obviously, NOT! At its best, it’s only less than 60 hours!
It is either Jesus lied and we don’t have a Messiah or we have been taught falsely by deceived pastors and teachers!
Here’s the surprising truth: Christ died on a late afternoon Wednesday and was resurrected on a late afternoon Saturday, fulfilling the 72-hour prophecy of being in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights!
I recognize this is a huge topic and I won’t be discussing it in deeper details. Here’s an informative video that you should watch if you want to find out the truth about the true chronology of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Reason no. 8: We are to worship God in spirit and in truth
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the TRUE WORSHIPERS will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).
Now, let us ask ourselves, “Does Easter allow us to worship God in Spirit and truth?”
If we are going to worship God, it should be on His own terms and conditions.
We are not to follow human traditions. We always need to go back to God and ask Him how He wants us to worship Him and NOT how we want to worship Him. There’s a huge difference between the two!
Obviously, Easter isn’t the truth. For one, it falsely claims that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon and rose on a Sunday morning. Secondly, Easter encourages us to lie to our children about Easter bunnies laying colorful eggs. Thirdly, Easter is a recycled ancient pagan way of worship that God hates.
Let’s read Deuteronomy 12:29-32:
“When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ YOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THAT WAY; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”
God is warning the ancient Israelites that they should not add pagan worship in their religion. In the same way, God admonishes us, His followers, to not use paganism to worship Him. God considers these things as ABOMINATION.
Reason no. 9: We are to celebrate the death of Christ and not His resurrection
Do you know that we don’t read any command in the Bible to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Instead, we see a command to commemorate His death!
Now, don’t get me wrong. The resurrection of Jesus is highly important as it further proves His divinity and claim to be the very Son of God. His resurrection also gives us the hope that we too will be resurrected during His second coming (I Corinthians 15:7).
However, we need to understand what the Bible tells us.
The death of Christ is the primary focus of the true Holy Day of God, which is Passover. We read in I Corinthians 11:24-27:
“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. THIS DO, AS OFTEN AS YOU DRINK IT, IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the LORD’S DEATH till He comes.
So you see, it was Christ’s death that we should remember. It is not His resurrection. Easter is a counterfeit pagan holiday that masks the truth about God’s plan of salvation.
This leads us to the next reason.
Reason no. 10: Christ instituted the Passover and not Easter
It is sad that the popularity of Easter overshadowed the very important Holy Day known as the Passover. It was instituted none other than by our Savior and Master Yahshua/Jesus.
Christ kept the Passover. The Apostles kept the Passover. The early followers of Christ kept the Passover.
All these are established facts. Then why do we insist on celebrating a pagan holiday, which is not found in the Bible but in fact condemned by God?
Isn’t it time for us to get our worship straight and do what God commands us to do?
It is a choice for us to make: will we celebrate the God-ordained Passover OR the humanly-devised Easter?
[Also Read: Passover versus Easter: A Brief and Comprehensive Comparison]
We just read the 10 reasons Christians should not celebrate Easter.
Now, you might think, “Does it matter? Is God really serious about how we worship Him?”
The answer is yes, IT DOES MATTER!
Now that you know the truth, what will you do with the truth? Will you continue celebrating Easter or start celebrating Passover instead?
Let us take heed the warning written in Hebrews 10:26-27:
“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and FIERY INDIGNATION which will devour the adversaries.”
May we all have the courage to do what is right and pleasing in God’s sight. Let’s stop celebrating Easter, but instead keep the Biblical Passover.