Christians everywhere celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ yesterday on Resurrection Sunday. Unfortunately, some celebrities took the day out of concept, and celebrated Easter in all the wrong ways. Miley Cyrus did a spread for Vogue in which she provocatively posed as the Easter bunny in a basket surrounded by eggs.
Miley Cyrus’ young fan base were in love with the raunchy photo shoot. One fan commented,
“you crushed it… you made my Easter! Nothing good came from this day till I came across this #miley4president”
Another comment asked a very concerning question.
“Miley, do you know Jesus as your personal lord and savior?”
The Vogue photo shoot is about Miley, it’s about the Easter bunny, it’s about impurity- it has absolutely nothing to do with the real reason for Resurrection Sunday, Christ!
Pagan customs have invaded the day, most of which were on full display here. Even the name Easter is derived from a pagan fertility goddess Eostre (also Estre, Estara, Eastre, Ostara, and similar spellings in various sources).
Why do only English speakers celebrate “Easter”? Most other peoples of the world call the holiday observed by Christians this Sunday by some variant of the word “Pascha.” (Eastern Orthodox churches will observe the holiday on April 12.)
Blame it on a woman — and no ordinary woman at that — a goddess.
As recounted by the English monk Bede, the 7th-8th century “father of English history,” the former pagans in England called April, or the month marking Jesus’s resurrection, “Ēosturmōnaþ” — Old English for the “Month of Ēostre.”
So how is it that one of the two major Christian holidays was named by Anglo Saxons after a pagan deity? And how is it that this name was not only tolerated, but eventually became its normative moniker throughout the English-speaking world?
According to the 1835 “Deutsche Mythologie” by Jacob Grimm, “This Ostarâ, like the [Anglo-Saxon] Eástre, must in heathen religion have denoted a higher being, whose worship was so firmly rooted, that the Christian teachers tolerated the name, and applied it to one of their own grandest anniversaries.”
In other words, early Church fathers seemed to take the tack that if you can’t beat them, join them — and “usurp” an existing holiday for Christian purposes.
-The Times of Israel
In the holidays origin, the Catholic church gave into the name Easter as a way to “modernize” the day marking the resurrection of Christ, allowing it to be named after a pagan deity commonly worshiped during that time. The power of deception is clear. Today through Easter traditions, Christians are unknowingly giving reverence to a pagan deity.
Under the discussion of Easter in the Catholic Encyclopedia, we find statements like the following:
The [use of Easter eggs] may have its origin in paganism, for a great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. (emphasis added)
The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility. The Easter fire . . . is a custom of pagan origin in vogue all over Europe, signifying the victory of spring over winter. . . . The Church adopted the observance into the Easter ceremonies, referring it to the fiery column in the desert and to the Resurrection of Christ.
The hare has been celebrated as a symbol of fertility in many cultures throughout recorded history. Throughout Western celebrations, the hare or rabbit has been attached to the Resurrection of the Savior of the world. Exactly how this connection has come to be varies within cultures, but all are from outside the Bible.
Like the hare, eggs have also been a symbol of fertility cults and pagan rituals around the world. The coloring of eggs is common to many of these rituals. Many Christians across the globe have incorporated the use of eggs into their celebrations but with no specific biblical command to do so. While eggs have been symbols of the rebirth of the earth each spring in paganism, Christians have viewed the egg as a symbol of resurrection. From the apparently dead egg springs forth new life in the form of a chick. This raises an interesting question: If an object or action is used in pagan worship, can it ever be used to worship God? Answering this question is at the heart of the discussion over how to celebrate the Resurrection.
-Answers in Genesis
In conclusion, Miley Cyrus has put herself on full display showing everything that is wrong with Easter, using it as a way to draw attention away from the savior of all mankind, Jesus Christ. In doing such, she is pulling her fans away from Christianity and into the paganism she’s involved in.
Roger Patterson . “Are the Symbols and Customs of Easter of Pagan Origin?” Answers in Genesis. . (2016): . . http://bit.ly/2GPv1Ew
Amanda Borschel-Dan . “The pagan goddess behind the holiday of ‘Easter’.” The Times of Israel. . (2015): . . http://bit.ly/2GvRFOy