I won't say, Happy Easter.
Some may say I am nit picky.
Why don't I say Happy Easter?
It began about 20 years ago. I researched the origin of Easter.
I love this holiday. Without the resurrection, I would be lost forever.
I wanted to know all about the event that changed my life forever.
To my shock and horror, Easter has it's root in paganism. Easter is another name for a fertility goddess.
Her name, ISHTAR.
Ishtar was frequently worshipped as the goddess of fertility—and as a sort of Mother Nature and goddess of Spring and sexual love and birth. She was also worshiped as a mediator between God and man.(Yikes)
She was called, Queen of Heaven. Sexual orgies and temple prostitutes were often used in her worship and in attempting to gain her favor.
As I studied, my hair stood on end.
She is mentioned in Jeremiah 7:18
The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.
She is also mentioned in Other verses
As Christians, we know God hates idol worship.
His Scripture states,
You shall L with all heart and with all soul and with all might Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV
You shall have before me Exodus 20:3
These verses echoed in my head, along with other scriptures.
Do not turn to or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the L your God Leviticus 19:4
For there is one God, and there is one between God and men, the man Christ Jesus 1 Timothy 6:5 ESV
You can understand why I am sick to my stomach when I hear the words Happy Easter.
Some say that Easter is the celebration of Spring, so why not say Happy Spring?
As believers, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He is the one who created the earth and everything in it (including eggs and bunnies).
Without Him, Spring would not exist.
I am not trying to convict you or have you change your vocabulary.
I do feel compelled to share with you why I don't say Happy Easter. Please think about this and pray about it.
Now, my greeting is Happy Resurrection Day.
On Resurrection Sunday, I say, He has Risen!
Let's rejoice together knowing that Jesus died, was buried and rose again on the third day to give us life.
When someone does say, Happy Easter to me, I don't give them a sermon; I politely say Happy Resurrection Day!
Have you learned something that has changed your vocabulary?
Please comment below.