Kill The Easter Bunny

Yesterday on Foxnews, they ran a story about a school in Alabama where the principal was trying to ban the term “Easter Bunny” from the vocabulary of the students in an attempt to keep anyone from being offended. Yes, this is political correctness run amok.

As Christians, I don’t think we should be the least bit offended at all. Especially given the fact that the Easter Bunny has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let the loon ban the term, and we should join her in doing so, given that the bunny is man’s tradition, not anything biblical.

Remember that adding anything to the gospel, or taking away anything from the gospel is to warp the gospel itself, a major sin when it comes to Biblical truth. The Easter Bunny both adds to and takes away from the gospel itself. Listen to Paul’s summary of the gospel:

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

You may notice there is nothing there about bunnies, eggs, hats, new dresses, wearing white from this point on, easter lunches, and getting all upset over someone’s ban of the aforementioned terms. What we should do is get upset that anyone introduced bunnies, eggs, etc., into the church at all. We should be upset that we go along with such foolery in light of the gospel itself. The tomb was empty. That should be our focus. Everything else distracts and takes away from the gospel itself.

We should be very slow in allowing our children to participate in the Easter egg hunts, easter baskets, easter candy (unless we get the candy on sale … say, next week). My point is that Resurrection Sunday, typically called Easter by the unenlightened, should be about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. To add all the other garbage attributed to Resurrection Sunday is to distract from the most monumental event in history: a man died and was raised again because He was the Messiah who came to save the lost, and His rising was the Father’s approval of His death and ministry.

The definitions that I have heard people spout over the years concerning the easter bunny and easter eggs miss the point. The egg symbols a new life, coming from an old life. That is the propagation of life. It doesn’t symbolize a man who was dead, that was raised from the dead with the same renewed body, which is what resurrection is. The eggs, bunnies, new dresses, new hats, etc., all miss the point. Jesus was truly dead and made alive again, just as all believers will be at His Second Coming.

We must stress this reality over and over again because it is at the heart of the gospel. To water down Resurrection Sunday is to miss the gospel. It is to add to the gospel in that we are adding things not found in the gospel, is to sin against God and the gospel He has given us. So let us join hands (just this time) with the politically-correct loon in Alabama, and ban the easter bunny.

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3 thoughts on “Kill The Easter Bunny

  1. Nancy Linden

    Good points here Timothy…. One of my student was doing an exercise with me on Thinking in 3’s… He wrote the following: the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy… I asked him what do these three things have in common? And his response was, “These are all things that your parents lie to you when you are a little kid.” I was blown away when I thought about this…. thus the conclusion is a big question mark in the mind of a youngster,…..”If my parents could lie about these things, what if Jesus is a lie also?” Our culture put so much pressure of parents to engage in all these cultural pagan rituals, that if you don’t celebrate these things, you are a fanatic and out of touch with the world. Well, that is exactly what I want to be, out of touch with the pagan roots and traditions of this world…but you pay a price for thinking and doing the opposite of the world. It is really something to think about.

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      That is why we always tell the boys that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy come from the land of make believe. They are not real, but made up so we can have fun. They know that Santa Claus is someone who loves them very much, and that they get to play Santa Claus every year for someone else. Dr. Hoehner at DTS is the one who gave me that idea. That is how he raised his children as well.

      Thanks for your addition about Easter. That helps put it in perspective.

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  2. The name Easter actually comes from Ishtar / Easter who was worshipped
    as the moon goddess, the goddess of spring and fertility, and the Queen of
    Heaven. She is known by so many other names in other countries and
    cultures that she is often referred to as the goddess of one thousand
    names. Millions of people are unknowingly worshipping and praying to this
    pagan goddess today. What is her present-day name?

    The Babylonians celebrated the day of Ishtar / Easter as the return of the
    goddess of Spring – the re-birth or reincarnation of Nature and the goddess
    of Nature. Babylonian legend says that each year a huge egg would fall
    from heaven and would land in the area around the Euphrates River. In
    her yearly re-birth, Ishtar would break out of this egg and if any of those
    celebrating this occasion happened to find her egg, Ishtar would bestow a
    special blessing on that person. Does this explain the origin of our modern-
    day tradition of Easter eggs and baskets and Easter egg hunts?

    Other pagan rites that were connected with this celebration and which are
    part of our modern Easter tradition are Easter offerings to the Queen of
    Heaven (consisting of freshly cut flowers, hot buns decorated with crosses,
    and star-shaped cakes); new clothes to celebrate this festival (The pagan
    priests wore new clothes or robes and the Vestal Virgins wore new white
    dresses or robes and bonnets on their heads.); and sunrise services (to
    symbolically hasten the yearly arrival of Ishtar’s egg from heaven – the re-
    incarnation of the spring goddess). Do we still worship Ishtar today? A re
    we making a fatal mistake in following this tradition?

    From Babylon , this diabolical mystery religion spread to Egypt, Asia,
    Europe, North and South America, all over the world, and eventually was
    incorporated into mainstream Christian religion.

    Several reference sources tell us the word Easter was derived from Eastre –
    Teutonic goddess of Spring. In reality, the origin of the name (and the
    goddess) is much older and has its real roots in the story of the Tower of
    Babel, built after the flood of Genesis 6. Noah and his family and the
    animals on the ark were the only ones who survived the flood. Noah’s
    grandson was Nimrod (the son of Cush who was the son of Ham – Noah’s
    son – Gen 10:8-10). Nimrod built and organized major cities among which
    were Babel, Asshur, Nineveh, and Calah. He is mentioned in Jewish
    tradition as being a tyrant who made all of the people rebel against God. It
    is evident that Nimrod was the lead priest of a form of occult worship.

    It was at Nimrod’s city of Babel that a towering structure was built in
    defiance of and in rebellion toward God – and as part of this false religion.
    (www.towerofbabel.com) shows an artist’s rendition of what the tower
    looked like.) Archeological evidence notes that the tower was quite
    splendid and was a pyramid-shaped structure or ziggurat.

    In Genesis 11 we read that “….the whole earth was of one language and of
    one accent and mode of expression….” (v1 Amplified). Further, most of
    the population that existed then was located in the area (the plains of Shinar
    – modern day Iraq) and most people participated in this false religion. This
    was the first concept of a one-world government and a one-world religion.

    God confused their language and scattered the people. As many of the
    people moved away from the plains of Shinar / Babylon, they took their
    new languages with them – the beginning of the world’s many languages.
    Many of them also carried their evil Sun-God religion with them and they
    continued to worship the stars and practice the ungodly rituals of their
    pagan religion. Some even continued to build pyramids reminiscent of the
    tower of Babel.

    Information from J.R Terrier more at: http://mystery-babylon.org/easter.html

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