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If you are celebrating Easter, you are celebrating a goddesss

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easter-story-001Growing up till date, I have heard some Christians argued that the Celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord should not be called Easter since “Easter” seems to be linked to an old time goddess called “Eastre” or “Eostre”. So how come Easter is used for the Resurrection of the Lord – when the word “Easter” does not even appear anywhere in the Bible?

Beloved,it's important to bring it to your notice that not all Christian terminologies are original to Christianity e.g Pentecost is a Jewish Feast of Weeks – 50th Day of Passover (cf. Lev 23:15-16) – Not the Descent of the Holy Spirit but the DAY the Virgin Mary and the Apostles received the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 2:1). Secondly, some terms used in English are not the same in other Languages e.g Christmas in English is Natale in Italian, Noel in French, Navidad in Spanish, etc. Thirdly, some Christian celebrations are a replacement of Pagan practices such as the worship of Sun god on Dec 25 which was replaced by the Commemoration of the Birth of Christ, the True Light of the World (cf. Jn 8:12) and Sun of Justice (cf. Mal 4:2; Ps 84:11).

The goddess Eastre is said to be celebrated as goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe with a festival called Eastre held during the spring equinox. And the calculation of the day of the Resurrection of Christ is also influenced by the spring equinox. And the Easter bunny with colored eggs – which in Europe and America is a symbol of Easter – takes its root also from the goddess Eastre – the goddess of fertility. But for German Lutherans, Easter Bunny plays the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Easter. The month of April was considered ‘Month of Eoster’ which at the time of a 7th-8th monk Bede is translated ‘Paschal month’ even though we know that Easter sometimes. falls outside of April – e.g. in 2008, Easter was March 23.

But it is good to know that in Greek and Latin, the Easter Celebration was and is known as Πάσχα, "Pascha", as derived from Aramaic פסחא, similar to Hebrew פֶּסַח (Pesach) which originally denoted the Jewish Passover (cf. Matt 26:17). Hence Apostle Paul says “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch--as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” (1Cor 5:7). And the Church refers to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord as the Paschal Mystery.

Just as for Christians today, Pentecost is not the celebration of the Jewish Feast of Weeks but the celebration of the Descend of the Holy Spirit, Easter for Christian is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – as EASTER IS SYNONYMOUS TO RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (Jn 11:25-26)

"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (Jn. 6:44)

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Apostle Eri'Oluwa Pius Akindele Arogundade

Apostle Eri'Oluwa Pius Akindele Arogundade who hails from Oka Akoko in Ondo State Nigeria. One of the world’s young leading charismatic Bible teacher with the Apostolic mandate to deliver mankind from all manners of oppression and feeding them with Holy Spirit inspired messages. His messages offer simple insight into difficult issues while presenting an irrefutable plain truth that is both empowering and uplifting. A common thread within his messages is the assertion that every practicing bible believing Christian have the power to create the lives they desire to live because they have JESUS's DNA in them. His ministrations galvanizes people all over the world to move beyond complacency and walk in their God-given privileges and authority. He is the founding Pastor of Testimony Ministries South Africa. Testimony Ministries is devoted to the revival of apostolic signs and Holy Ghost fireworks through the power of God's Words. His Ministry worships at Forte High School, 1 Jonas Moabi Drive, Dobsonville, Soweto by 10am every Sunday and he can be contacted via email via piusrelating@yahoo.com. He is a published author who considers himself a perfectly imperfect vessel. He is married to Renee (Rametsi) Arogundade and they are blessed.