Origins of Easter Sunday
by Damien Darko
First of all let me start off by saying that I am not an Atheist. I am however cautiously optimistic about man-made religions. For this fact I am going to bring you an alternative narrative to the official Easter story taught to you as a child. I know that many of you like me grew up listening to religious leaders talk about Easter Sunday. Later on down the road the corporate media jumped on the bang wagon and introduce the Easter bunny to little children. What did this furry creature have to do with Easter Sunday and Jesus Christ? I have no idea, but it sold a hell of a lot of chocolate covered eggs in the process.
So what are the true origins of Easter Sunday you might ask? Well it is not what you learned in Sunday school. The word Easter translates into the Greek word of paschal. This is the word for Passover that derived from the Hebrew word peach. You might be asking yourself why does this even matter. Well let me tell you what the difference is for the average Christian.
This passage is not talking about Easter. How do we know? The word translated Easter is the Greek word paschal (derived from the Hebrew word pesach; there is no original Greek word for Passover), and it has only one meaning. It always means Passover—it can never mean Easter! For this reason, we find a Hebrew word used in the Greek New Testament. Once again, this Hebrew word can only refer to Passover. And other translations, including the Revised Standard Version, correctly render this word Passover. This is a JEWISH religious celebration. There are no mentions of the modern day Christianity version of Easter anywhere in the bible. Yes, you heard me right there are zero mentions of Easter. The biblical version of Passover is simply the narration of the nation of Israel escaping the grasps of the Egyptians.
So how did Christianity turn Easter into a religious holiday centered on Jesus Christ? The reality is that Christianity only started following Easter as a reflection of Christ in the modern age. In the early days of Christianity there was no observance of Easter. Interestingly, if you research the early churches religious observances you will find that in fact the Jewish Passover was the holiday followed by early “Christians”. The reality of modern day Christianity and Easter is that it is based totally in paganism.
The reality is that 2,000 years before Christ during the ancient Babylonian times the God Tammuz is the beginning of the ritual of “Easter”. The God Tammuz was brought back from the underworld in the mythology from Ishtar of which the modern day “Easter” is named. Ishtar was the goddess of spring, which is fitting as the all the modern day Easter festivals center around a pagan holiday. Ishtar and the other God’s of their time had equally troubling pagan immortal, pagan, and fertility based celebrations of death and resurrection stories. This is the modern day Easter. Like I stated earlier the Christians did not celebrate Easter, as it didn’t exist. They did celebrate Passover like all the other Jewish leaders at that time. The real Easter celebration was created at least 2,000 years earlier if not earlier.
This also leads us the Catholic practice of lent. This is where the Catholic members give up 40 days of some vice that is weighing them down religiously. The truth about lent is there is no reference for this in Christianity or the bible. You might ask where this practice came from as a religion. Well you can thank the pagan Gods Osiris, Adonis, and Tammuz again. It was common practice during the ancient times to observe 40 days of lent in observance of these ancient Gods. If you don’t believe this then do your own research and wake up.
You might ask what is the deal with the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. Well again it goes back to paganism. The reality is that eggs have to do with fertility, birth, and resurrection. The use of the eggs in religion is actually more than just the commercial ploy I mentioned earlier. It has been a practice in paganism for thousands of years. Again, there is no connection to Easter eggs and the early Christian church. Christianity has no relation to Easter.
Before you go to church and worship a pagan God this Easter stop and do research on the true meaning of Easter. You will be shocked as I am at the real meaning behind the pagan festival Easter and all it describes. The real danger is that you will not be observing a real Christian holiday, but in fact support a pagan belief in a savior God from an older time. In fact there are at least ten savior God’s you will find with similar stories as the Easter narrative. Do your own research.