Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Meaning

I recently had the thought: Where do we get the word "Easter" from and should we use it?

So I did a little internet research and decided to pass it on to you.

Two articles that were helpful to me:
Is the Name "Easter" of Pagan Origin? http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2011/04/19/name-easter-pagan
Easter Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

To quote Wikipedia:
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar.
The Answers is Genesis article expounds on that more fully and is worth a reading if you're interested in the topic.  To quote:
The testimony of Luther and Tyndale in applying the names “Osterlamm” and ”esterlambe” to Christ as the sacrificial Lamb that brings us peace with God seems to be a compelling argument that, even 500 years ago, Easter had no association with pagan worship. However, if the word “Easter” used to refer to the Resurrection, it no longer seems to carry that understanding in the minds of many today. ... In an attempt to honor God, many have desired to move away from the term Easter, using Resurrection Day in its place. What could be more fitting or clearer than to simply refer to the day on which we celebrate the risen Lord as Resurrection Day? I can think of no better solution to this topic, but I am aware that many Christians will continue to use the term “Easter” with a clear conscience. I trust that as this topic is discussed, Christians will seek to keep their focus on the fact that they serve the resurrected Christ—one who has conquered death on their behalf.

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