What’s Wrong With Saying “Easter”?

Have you experienced this before? You go to church on Easter Sunday morning and say “Happy Easter” to someone you see. Then, they respond by saying “You mean Happy Resurrection Sunday” with a holier than thou look on their face. They look at you as if you’re some type of heathen.

I don’t know why some Christians act like they are so much more spiritual than the rest of us. Is there anything wrong with saying Easter? No. I know that Easter has become extremely commercial over the years. Some people give more attention to eggs and bunnies than they do Jesus.

Isn’t Christmas the same way? What do Santa Claus, reindeer and mistletoe have to do with the birth of Jesus? Absolutely nothing. However I have noticed that people don’t chastise you for saying “Merry Christmas.” I can’t think of anybody that walks around saying “Happy Jesus Birthday.” (I do know people that say Happy Birthday Jesus, but that is different.)

Does what we call it really matter? There really isn’t any need for any of us to act like we are better than anyone else. Use the terms “Easter” or “Resurrection Sunday”, they are just words. What is really important is the work and sacrifice of Jesus. When you think about it, mere words really can’t describe what he did for ALL of us.

As always, feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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  • K

    Well, I, myself, prefer to say “Happy Resurrection Day”. ‘Easter’ is taken from some Pagan goddess thus taking away from the ‘Christian’ meaning, but a lot of people tend to overlook this because they feel that what is important is the true meaning.

    The giving of eggs links to ‘Easter’ because she is the goddess of fertility. The ‘Easter egg’ is a symbol of the ‘Mother Goddess’. Some people feel much more comfortable with saying ‘Resurrection Day’ as it speaks much more about Jesus compared to ‘Easter’ truly being relative to a Pagan goddess.

  • LEH

    What’s in a word? Well, since most people don’t really know where the word Easter came from, they aren’t intentionally trying to be paganistic by using it. However, people need to know the TRUTH about whatever they’re in!
    Easter (also called Ester, Eostre, Ostern and others)is actually an Anglo-Saxon Pagan goddess; she is not the goddess of fertility, but the goddess of the dawn or of the rising sun.
    So, does using the word mean a person is a Pagan? No, but it does reflect a lack of knowledge, which reflects a lack of teaching, and that’s not good.

  • http://thegospelblog.com Cliff

    K & LEH, thanks for sharing.

    Yes, it is pagan, but I just don’t think people should be condemned to using the word. Many well known and well educated biblical scholars use the word Easter.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think stopping the use of the word Easter is high on God’s list of priorities. Let’s just pray that more people understand the origins of the terms they use and the holidays they celebrate.

  • panait ciprian

    Actually the proper word is passover and not easter. passover can be traced as meanning “passing over” refering of course of the jews passing over the red seawhen escaping from Egypt. So does the jewish word pesha meant. some chose to let the word not traslated in the original hebrew form. The english choose to translate. The correct translation is passover and not easter. Easter is an ancient goddess from which the eggs and bunnies come from. Just think about Jesus is on the cross or in hell liberating people and you mock his suffering with chocolate eggs and fluffy bunnies. So correct would be “Happy Passover”. The reason why these two traditions merged in the catholic church (after the great schism) is because they’re dates are calculated in a similar way.  

  • Andrew

    I believe it is very disrespectful and ignorant to describe the death and resurrection of Christ using the name of a pagan (demonic) ‘god’!

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