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    I believe in the Easter Bunny

    If you were to ask me, ĎDo you believe in the Easter Bunny?", my answer would be a decisive "YES." Before I tell you about my belief in the Easter Bunny, letís take a look at the Easter Bunny facade.

    Easter is a historically unique time, filled with spring flowers, warm, perfumed air, flitting butterflies and festive celebrations. Little girls in white hats, white gloves and pretty pink dresses go around with baskets, hunting for brightly colored eggs, candies, chocolates and those little, stale Peeps, from last year, while little boys vested in bow ties and white shirts run around in a mad frenzy with egg and chocolate on their faces looking for any missed eggs.

    But, all this outward scene does not really personify the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny, Esq. begins his crusade sometime in early March, sending out his message through mailers, newspapers, radio ads and televison commercials. This is all in preparation for the Easter Bunnies to lay down the promise of golden eggs to entice the chocolate starved. It is the time when the Easter Bunny has the power to unite said starved and grow the cause of sugar worldwide. The Easter Bunnyís campaign is relentless and almost religious in itís effort.

    The Easter Bunnyís downfall, however, is that he hates proper nutrition; the real meaning behind Easter is that there is a campaign to drown out and overthrow the few fresh fruit and vegetable stands. The Easter Bunnyís portfolio is up to the ears in sugarcane and cocoa futures; naturally he feels very threatened by any other food source becoming popular. But, stemming from ancient and constant criticism of said diet, the Bunny was forced to bring in the egg as his symbol, for nutritionís sake but also to disguise the cotton candy heart.

    Not one to be oppressed by this nutritional baggage, the Easter Bunny had a very creative idea; he made a type of thick sugar-water, in a kaleidoscope of eye-pleasing colors, to coat the eggs. Therefore, the Easter Bunny was able to portray Easter as a healthy time, but also a time of color, life and the all-important human achievement of happiness.

    Is there an Easter Bunny?

    Well, if I have not convinced you already, then allow me to brush away the cotton candy. To me the Easter Bunny is a perfect symbol of religion without Christ, kind of like a mailer I received the other day from Bayside Church. It was an aesthetically pleasing, extravagant, creative and colorful piece of mail; it promised a huge egg hunt for my kids, a large map to their church and also talked about an upcoming seminar on Ďthe five keys to a happy marriageí. However, nowhere on the mailer did it mention proper nutrition; slight promises of happiness and well being were abundant but Christ and His word was conspicuously absent. And, just as foolish as the idea of a bunny laying eggs, it promised a hope it could not deliver, for there is no hope without Christ. Just as the Easter Bunny and his stale Peeps lead to a bad diet, life without Christ and His word leads to destruction.

    Now, Bayside Church is not the only fellowship doing this; there seems to be lot of bunnies hopping around. They all promise the same thing, health, happiness and nutrition, but they lack the substance of the Word of God which is the nutrition for holy living.

    Every Easter opportunity knocks; in an attempt to be Number One Bunny, to gather as many stale parishioners into their paws as possible, the cuddly, little rabbits entice all they meet with aggressive advertising campaigns. Like Las Vegas casinos, thinking bigger is better, the bunnies build bigger and bigger worship centers to house their operations, throwing in more tantalizing celebrations; with the furry worship services and candy-coated messages, many are ensnared. Like leaders in a banana republic, the bunnies each attempt to cut each other off in order to get to the top, but, the one thing they do agree on is the Easter Bunny, which is false religion; because they hate Christ and his Word, when the bunnies do unite, they love to drink the blood of the saints, figuratively speaking. Thus, the story of the Easter Bunny is true; it truly is the embodiment of the father of lies.

    Then, there is The Church, that looks at Easter and the time of Passover as the time of Christís death and resurrection, of his sacrifice for us, and finds joy in the forgiveness of sins and protection in Christ. Christ, being the chief shepherd, warns his Church against the lies of false religion. Christ and His words bring nutrition and health to believerís life. Through Christís blood upon the cross we have access to the Father, by faith, and that not of ourselves, being the gift of God. Christ, who was the spotless lamb(and in this had no rivals), bore on himself the full penalty for our sins. We, as believers look forward to eternity with God; unlike the wicked and false religions that build their vast kingdoms here on Earth, we know our reward is in the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Jesus gathers His Church, the elect, as a hen gathers itís chicks under itís wings, unlike the Easter Bunny who cannot have chicks and attempts to legitimize itís falsehoods by establishing a brood of hard-boiled eggs, portraying them as symbols of life. And, as on-going traditional lie tells us, the person with the most eggs wins.
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    Good job, that was so funny.

    I am not into celebrating holidays myself because they are
    forbidden by God in the Bible, but to each his own.
    People will become extremely angry when anyone goes
    against their holidays. Jesus says that they hated him,
    and they will hate us too...for righteouness sake.

    Once again, good job. That was well put together.

    ...God bless you.

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    • #3
      You mean ishtar bunny

      I'm a little set back at the referance to passover and firstfruits as easter
      GOD forgives - rocks don't
      Colorado Spring Christian Four Wheelers

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      • #4
        That is why my family focuses on Jesus' resurrection...

        Some Easter facts...
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

        Easter is the most important religious holiday of the Christian liturgical year, observed in March, April, or May to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred after his death by crucifixion in AD 27-33 (see Good Friday). Easter can also refer to the season of the church year, lasting for fifty days, which follows this holiday and ends at Pentecost.

        In most languages of Christian societies, other than English, German and some Slavic languages, the holiday's name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover, a Jewish holiday to which the Christian Easter is intimately linked. Easter depends on Passover not only for much of its symbolic meaning but also for its position in the calendar; the Last Supper shared by Jesus and his disciples before his crucifixion is generally thought of as a Passover seder, based on the chronology in the Synoptic Gospels. The Gospel of John has a different chronology which has Christ's death at the time of the slaughter of the Passover lambs, which may have been for theological reasons but which is regarded by some scholars as more historically likely given the surrounding events. This would put the Last Supper slightly before Passover, on 14 Nisan of the Hebrew calendar. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "In fact, the Jewish feast was taken over into the Christian Easter celebration."

        The English and German names, "Easter" and "Ostern", are not etymologically derived from Pesach and are instead related to ancient names for the month of April, Eostremonat and Ostaramanoth respectively. According to the 8th century Christian monk and historian Bede, this month was dedicated to the pagan fertility goddess Eostre. The Easter Bunny is often identified as a remnant of this fertility festival, although there is no evidence of any link.

        Easter in the early Church
        The observance of any special holiday throughout the Christian year is believed by some to be an innovation postdating the early church. The ecclesiastical historian Socrates Scholasticus (b. 380) attributes the observance of Easter by the church to the perpetuation of local custom, "just as many other customs have been established", stating that neither Jesus nor his apostles enjoined the keeping of this or any other festival. However, when read in context,this is not a rejection or denigration of the celebrationówhich, given its currency in Scholasticus' time would be surprisingóbut is merely part of a defense of the diverse methods for computing its date. Indeed, although he describes the details of the Easter celebration as deriving from local custom, he insists the feast itself is universally observed.

        Perhaps the earliest extant primary source referencing Easter is a 2nd century Paschal homily by Melito of Sardis, which characterizes the celebration as a well-established one.

        According to a number of ecclesiastical historians, primarily Eusebius, bishop Polycarp of Smyrna, by tradition a disciple of John the Evangelist, disputed the computation of the date with bishop Anicetus of Rome in what is now known as the Quartodecimanism controversy.


        God bless
        "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; We drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated?" - D A Carson

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        • #5
          Easter Sunday is Pure Paganism

          I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART THAT Many sincere professing Christians today do not realize that Easter Sunday is pure Roman Catholic paganism that has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of Christ! And that we are commanded by the apostle Paul to keep our NT Passover in 1 Cor 5:7- We are to proclaim the death of Christ as our NT Passover Lamb every year at the same time, the night Christ was betrayed 14 Nisan which is this evening Sunday april 2 sunset to Monday April 3 Sunset, Jewish days start at sunset!!!

          Please if you truly love Christ check it out for yourself.

          In Christ

          Johnny

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          • #6
            does it really matter? we should celebrate his resurrection EVERYDAY

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            • #7
              Huh? Is this what you believe or what is true? Can you back this up with references? Is the problem the celebration of the resurrection of Christ or that you don't like the date that it is celebrated?
              Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Luke 1:38

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              • #8
                Easter.... the day when we (I) honor the death and resurrection of my Savior is pagan?? The Bible says otherwise. It is through this that we can find forgiveness for our sins and eternal life. Sorry, but I will continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. He is my King!


                Originally posted by ConqueredbyLove
                Even sheep fall down sometimes...But Jesus picks them up as they can't pick up themselves

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                • #9
                  It's well known that it falls on a pagan holiday-It's just a day that we acknowledge it, did it happen on that day? maybe, maybe not......it happened during Passover so AT LEAST Constantine got that right, right? ; )

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE=johnny48;1214377]I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART THAT Many sincere professing Christians today do not realize that Easter Sunday is pure Roman Catholic paganism that has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of Christ! And that we are commanded by the apostle Paul to keep our NT Passover in 1 Cor 5:7- We are to proclaim the death of Christ as our NT Passover Lamb every year at the same time, the night Christ was betrayed 14 Nisan which is this evening Sunday april 2 sunset to Monday April 3 Sunset, Jewish days start at sunset!!!

                    Please if you truly love Christ check it out for yourself.

                    In Christ
                    So we are to celebrate His death but not His resurrection? Without the resurrection we have nothing to follow...

                    1 Corinthians 15
                    12 But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? 13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. 15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.


                    The early church put the Christian holiday ON pagan holidays to stamp them out...so Christianity overtakes them. No one is celebrating a pagan holiday on that day...our focus is on Christ only

                    Every Christmas, ever Easter there are posts like these...I think its really sad...its like Christians trying to get other Christians to stop common Christian holidays...which leaves us sitting around going back to the easter bunny like everyone else...how is that suppose to help?

                    If you want to sit at home that day and ingore it that is totally up to you, but don't push it on the rest of us.
                    "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; We drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated?" - D A Carson

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                    • #11
                      It's not the ressurrection per se, that is the main focus of passover, rather it is the sacrifice of the Lamb, because of His blood we are saved....

                      Exo 12:1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
                      Exo 12:2 "This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.
                      Exo 12:3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household.
                      Exo 12:4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb.
                      Exo 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats,
                      Exo 12:6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.
                      Exo 12:7 "Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
                      Exo 12:8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.
                      Exo 12:9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts.
                      Exo 12:10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn.
                      Exo 12:11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's Passover.
                      Exo 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.
                      Exo 12:13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
                      Exo 12:14 "This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.


                      Egypt is a type of the world, the evil, the manmade stuff.... think about it....

                      It is true that the Jewish day ends with sundown, and a new day has begun once the sun has vanished from sight.
                      Jer 6:16 Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.
                      2Jn 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
                      If it's not done out of unselfish love, then it's hardly righteous.
                      http://disciple2yeshua.wordpress.com/



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                      • #12
                        pure Roman Catholic paganism that has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of Christ!
                        First off, your "Roman Catholic paganism" quote is absolutely rude. Calling them pagans is an incredible insult. You are allowed to disagree with them, but certainly do not judge them as pagan.

                        We are to proclaim the death of Christ as our NT Passover Lamb every year at the same time,
                        Yeah, we do this. So whats the problem?

                        n which is this evening Sunday april 2 sunset to Monday April 3 Sunset, Jewish days start at sunset!!!
                        Does the exact moment in our mere human idea of time matter? I think we should focus on WHAT happened, not WHEN.

                        nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of Christ!
                        Sooooo.....all Christians need to stop celebrating the resurrection of Our Lord? Thats sad, and wholly unChristian.

                        Obviously, we must remember Our Lord's sacrifice daily, but remembering the time of the year each year and celebrating it should be enjoyed by all who want to enjoy it!
                        God Bless and peace be with you! -- Rukia.

                        Rev. 7:17 "for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepard, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

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                        • #13
                          If I truly love Christ?

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                          • #14
                            And that we are commanded by the apostle Paul to keep our NT Passover in 1 Cor 5:7-
                            Don't you think you're stretching the meaning of that verse a little bit?
                            One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father over us all.

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                            • #15
                              I think the main issue is the association with the word Easter and it's background. Easter has pagan roots, so many, like me, are concerned about the paganism associated with it.

                              Now I see nothing wrong with you brothers and sisters wanting to celebrate Easter on a sunday to celebrate Christ's resurrection, but there is absolutely no command in the bible that tells us that we MUST celebrate the Lord's resurrection once a year.

                              It is definitely not a sin either way IMO.

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