beauty of the garden: the deep greens of the flora dotted with brightly colored fruits of all sorts. Imagine the sweet, intoxicating smells of those fruits that occupied the air. Imagine the soothing sound of rushing
water that flowed from the four rivers in the garden. Imagine how good everything tasted.
Last week, I argued that it does not matter whether
or not Easter traditions like dying and hiding eggs and the Easter bunny are pagan in origin.
Now I would like to extrapolate on that point using three main
passages from the New Testament. Sin Originates in the Heart
Thefirst is from the gospel of Mark. In the
passage some Pharisees criticize Jesus’ disciples for not washing ceremonially
before eating. In response Jesus says to these Pharisees, “You have a fine way of
setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!”
The ceremonial washing referred to in this passage is not
part of the Law of Moses but rather a tradition passed down through the
7:3). The Pharisees were focusing on man-made rules, rather than on the
things that really matter.
Ironically this could be used by skeptics as evidence against practicing
Easter traditions like hunting eggs. The argument is that eggs and bunnies are
traditions that we practice at the expense of God’s commands. Is there any
legitimacy to this?
A few years ago I was introduced to the idea that Easter is a pagan holiday.
I don't remember where I first heard or read it, but the implications of the
idea stuck with me: -God does not approve of how we celebrate Easter (or that we
celebrate it at all). -We are all ignorant Christians serving false gods. -If I hide eggs for my kids on Easter I am sinning against God.