Has Easter lost its significance? Freedom of religion, as provided by the constitution and universal law, also grants people the freedom from religion. In the last 2 decades there has been so much controversy generated over the celebration of religious holidays.
Today is Easter. For followers of the Christian Faith it is a day to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. For followers of the Jewish faith, it is Passover, a time to celebrate the Children of Israel fleeing Egypt and the bonds of slavery and witnessing the miraculous splitting of the Red Sea. And for the all kids and kids at heart it is a day for fun, games, and most importantly candy. There is nothing malicious about this or any other religious holiday yet still there is controversy. Why?
The problem as I see it is simply that people have there head up their culos. Here are the main criticisms I've heard:
- These holidays are stolen from pagan holidays. The word Easter comes from the pagan goddess Eostre and the bunny and eggs symbolized fertility and rebirth to ancient pagan Egyptians, Persians, Hindus, and Phoenicians.
- I don't believe Jesus was the son of God, died for my sins, and was resurrected.
- Religious holidays aren't even religious anymore. Everything has been stolen by commercial interests. Easter is more for candy makers than it is for Jesus.
Some of you went to church today. Some gambled in Atlantic City. Some hunted for eggs filled with treats. Some stayed home, ate pizza, and blogged. Whatever you did and regardless of your beliefs, today is significant as all days are. However, this time... spring time... is a time for renewal. A time for life to begin anew. Easter & Passover both celebrate events that changed human history forever.
I hope you take this day as an opportunity to commit to changing something in your life. Happy Easter everybody!