Easter: Christian, Pagan, Jewish Holiday Season in the Spring

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Easter Holiday Season

A very popular spring holiday, Easter has roots not only in Jewish and Christian traditions, but also in ancient pagan beliefs. Although Easter is ostensibly viewed as a Christian holiday today, much of it is arguably more pagan than Christian — and many of the Christian elements have pagan parallels as well.

Some Christians don’t even celebrate Easter, believing that the Christian takeover of this pagan holiday resulted in an unacceptable adoption of pagan themes, beliefs, and practices.

 

What is Easter?

Easter is treated by Christians not simply as a commemoration of events that occurred at one time in the past - instead, it is regarded as a living symbol of the very nature of Christianity

 

Pagan Easter vs. Christian Easter

Many of the most important holidays in all religions and cultures are essentially calendar-based, which means that they are set to the rhythms of regular changes that occur throughout the year. This is the origin behind the pagan celebrations at this time of the year and it’s not a coincidence that Christianity established a holiday around this time as well.

 

Contradictions in the Gospel Accounts of Jesus’ Passion Narratives

The gospels are supposed to record the events in the life of Jesus Christ, including the events at the end of his life.

If that’s the case, why do they contain so many errors and contradictions? Even when dealing with the Passion narrative, there are lots of problems.