Bunnies Don’t Lay Eggs and Other Reasons to Ditch Easter
Easter is considered the most sacred day on the Christian calendar. But does it really represent Christ’s resurrection, and should you celebrate it?
Every spring, the Christian world celebrates Easter. Though Christmas receives more publicity and commercialism, technically Easter Sunday is considered the most important day of the Christian calendar. This year, Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 20.
But what about the customs surrounding this holiday? Bunnies that lay eggs, colored eggs, Easter egg hunts and sunrise services on Easter morning?
What do any of these have to do with the resurrection of the Savior of mankind? In fact, none of these traditions that surround Easter—including the word “Easter” itself—have anything to do with the Bible.
Though we are not against all holidays, we do see serious problems with Easter and feel compelled to inform others about these issues.
Here are four reasons you should consider ditching Easter:
Easter is not taught in the Bible.
If you would have asked anyone mentioned in the New Testament (from the apostles to the lay members of the early Church) about observing Easter—they would have been puzzled. That is because this holiday supposedly celebrating Jesus’ resurrection wasn’t even in their vocabulary—let alone their calendar!
The evidence is very clear: Easter is not a Christian observance. It does not have origins in the Bible. It was not celebrated by Christians in the Bible. It is deeply rooted in pagan fertility rituals and is even based on a misunderstanding of Christ’s death and resurrection. Easter was officially adopted by the largest sect of Christianity in the fourth century, more than 200 years after the completion of the New Testament. The decision to adopt Easter was made at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325 in response to a major controversy—whether or not to remain faithful to the biblical Passover or move away from its observance. Those in favor of adopting Easter wanted to completely distance themselves from Judaism by promoting a holiday distinct from the Passover. The Council of Nicaea decided to adopt Easter and set its date on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. This ensured that Easter would never fall on the same day as the biblical Passover.
This decision resulted in the labeling of those who defended the biblical Passover as heretics—isolating and persecuting them.
Bunnies don’t lay eggs.
Okay, we recognize that most people don’t believe bunnies lay eggs. But some of the traditions that have arisen around Easter include bunnies and eggs. Why does the Christian world connect images of rabbits and colorful eggs with one of the most important events recorded in the Bible—the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
The answer is closely connected to the first point: these were ancient pagan symbols!
Easter bunny. The rabbit was a symbol of fertility in many ancient religions due to its well-known ability to reproduce. Mature female rabbits can become pregnant at any time (as long as they aren’t currently pregnant). No, they don’t lay eggs, but they can produce over 1,000 offspring over a 9- to 12-year lifespan!
Easter eggs. Eggs, like rabbits, were also used by many pagan religions to symbolize fertility and new life.
The English word Easter is actually derived from Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess.
Using these pagan symbols demeans the importance and dignity of Christ’s resurrection.
Replacing the biblical festivals with Easter was wrong.
But should you base your worship on the ruling of a council of bishops led by the pagan Emperor Constantine? Or the Bible?
The Bible, according to the implications of this ruling, would be labeled heresy! The Bible commands the observance of the spring festivals of “the LORD’s Passover” and “the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD” (Leviticus 23:5-6).
Jesus Christ instituted the new symbols of foot washing, unleavened bread and wine at His last Passover (John 13:2-17; Luke 22:17-21). In fact, the night before He was killed He said, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you” (verse 15)!
The apostle Paul was still talking about the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread decades after Christ was resurrected (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). The Christians at Corinth (mostly from a gentile background) were keeping the biblical holy days, not Easter.
Will you base your worship on the Bible or the Council of Nicaea?
Jesus wasn’t resurrected at sunrise on Sunday morning.
The celebration of Easter is closely tied to the idea that Jesus Christ was resurrected as the sun rose on Sunday morning. This is actually a myth.
A careful reading of the Gospel accounts shows that the tomb was already empty at sunrise on “the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1, 6; Mark 16:2, 6; Luke 24:1, 6). These accounts say nothing about Christ rising at this time! John’s account shows that the stone had actually already been taken away “while it was still dark” (John 20:1).
Jesus had actually risen hours earlier! Jesus Christ had predicted that He would be entombed for exactly three days and three night (Matthew 12:40). Since He was entombed before sunset on a Wednesday evening (Luke 23:53-54), He would have been resurrected at sunset exactly 72 hours later—on a Saturday evening.
For a thorough explanation of the chronology of Christ’s death and resurrection, read our articles “The Sign of Jonah” and the “Christ vs. Christianity” column in the March/April issue of Discern magazine.
The evidence is very clear: Easter is not a Christian observance. It does not have origins in the Bible. It was not celebrated by Christians in the Bible. It is deeply rooted in pagan fertility rituals and is even based on a misunderstanding of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Simply put, Easter has no place in a Christian’s calendar. Instead, study the spring festivals that are taught in the Bible.