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Monday, April 06, 2015

A to Z Challenge | E is for EGG


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I'm taking part in the 2015 AtoZ Challenge - 26 posts on 26 days of April with Sundays off. My theme is "Things around my home". All photos are by me, Entrepreneurial Goddess. Find my other entries here...
Today's letter is: E for Egg
Take a real good look at this picture...come in close...closer still. What do you see? Yes, it's an egg, but is it raw, cooked or does it represent something more sinister?


Many people around the world will be celebrating the Easter holidays to symbolize Jesus' resurrection. Have you ever wondered where in fact Easter comes from? Is the celebration a God-given command or simply a man-made tradition? More to the point, what did Jesus actually say to remember?
  According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, many customs celebrating the return of spring gravitated to Easter, with the egg being the symbol of the germinating life of early spring...The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.--(1913), Vol. V, p. 227.
  The Encyclopedia Britannica states: "There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament and the celebrating of such times would have been absent from the minds of the first Christians."--(1910), Vol. VIII, p. 828. 
  Consider too what is said by Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, edition of 1949, Volume one, page 335: "Children roll pasch eggs in England. Everywhere they hunt the many-colored Easter eggs, brought by the Easter rabbit. This is not mere child’s play, but the vestige of a fertility rite, the eggs and the rabbit both symbolizing fertility. Furthermore, the rabbit was the escort of the Germanic goddess Ostara who gave the name to the festival by way of the German Ostern."
  So then, Easter is filled with pagan rites and customs used by the ancient pagans to celebrate their spring festival. Eggs and rabbits were important symbols in pagan sex worship! Do YOU think it is a Christian practice to encourage children to engage in a pagan fertility rite? More importantly, what connection does this have with Jesus?
  Jesus did not say to commemorate his resurrection, but to remember his death (Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:25, 26*). The Easter festival is an “unclean thing”, with its roots in pagan sex worship (2 Corinthians 6:14, 17; Ephesians 4:17-19*). Jesus never committed any sin, he was completely flawless, perfect (1 Peter 2:22*). He had immense love for his Heavenly Father and as such would never have engaged in any activity or worship that would bring shame and dishonour to God (John 18:36, 37; 1 John 2:15*). Celebrating Easter, therefore, dishonours Jesus Christ by associating his name with that despicable form of worship (Mark 7:6-9, 13; 2 Peter 2:20-22*). Remember, in this current stream of time we live in, looks can be deceiving (Colossians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15*). And not everything called Christian is approved by God! (Amos 5:21, 23; 2 Timothy 4:3, 4; James 1:27*) There is only one way to worship and Jesus put it in plain and certain terms that we can all understand today at John 4:22-24; John 8:31, 32*.

*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here

See you next time!
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8 comments :

  1. Thanks for that interesting bit of history. Lots of weird beliefs have crept into Christianity over the centuries and so often we don't even question these traditions.

    Wendy
    www.passporttobrilliance.com
    www.creativecaravanclub.com

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    1. Hello Wendy.
      You are quite right about weird beliefs creeping into Christianity. The point is if we want our worship to be acceptable to God, then we have to worship in the way He approves, not how we want to.
      Thank you for commenting on such a highly sensitive subject.

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  2. My daughter celebrates Spring with her children by having an egg hunt on the first day of spring. It is separate from their celebration of Easter, which is a week-long look at the last week of Christ on the earth. They recreate the Passover meal and read the appropriate verses from the New Testament.

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    1. Hello Gail.
      It's interesting that many people do not realize that Easter is a manmade custom that's not even in the Bible. The Passover was a custom celebrated in Jesus' day, but he replaced it with the Lord's Evening Meal in which he specifically commanded us to remember his death as opposed to his resurrection. (Luke 22:19)
      Thanks for the comment.

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    2. I did not realise this and went to church almost every Sunday until I was about 16! Very strange concept that it's not mentioned.... Enjoying the blog, thanks!

      www..borntobeatourist.co.uk #a2zchallenge

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    3. Hello Louise.
      Easter is a big money-making business all over the world, but it's roots are not Christian. In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave a stern warning about false prophets who would try to mislead us with their teachings (Matthew 7:15; 24:11, 24). True religion bases all its teachings on the Bible (Ephesians 4:5) and not on manmade customs and traditions (Colossians 2:8; 2 Timothy 4:3, 4).
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  3. I don't celebrate Easter either. I like how the Catholic Encyclopaedia comes right out and says it's a Pagan ritual. Much like Birthdays. Jesus didn't celebrate his, why should we?

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    1. Hello Jeffrey.
      I don't celebrate Easter or any other man-made holidays based on Bible principles and because they all stem from some form of paganism. You are quite right, Jesus never celebrated his own or anyone else's birthday. In fact, there are only two birthday celebrations mentioned in the Bible, Pharaoh's and Herod's and neither of those turned out well.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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