Sunday, April 16, 2006

My one question

With it being Easter I've been in a very contemplative mood lately. Guess it has to do with the fact that this time of year reminds me (almost as much as Thanksgiving) of things to be thankful for. Of course Easter brings to mind the one event I am most thankful for - Jesus' willingness to die a gruesome death in my place (not to mention in the place of everybody in the world) so that we could all have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with the Holy God who created the universe.

I happened to think of a line from a Robin Williams sketch that is highly appropriate today too. Now you might be wondering how Robin Williams - he of the ultra-foul comedic mouth, and Easter relate... Please let me explain. Quoted from one of his sketches, I present the question I've been pondering:

"Here's my one question: how do you get crucifixion, resurrection and then: chocolate bunnies, coloured eggs!?!"

Good question Robin. How indeed...

I've found a couple of sources online to draw from...
One says that it was the Germans who first came up with chocolate bunnies in the 1800s... but it seems that those loony Germans had the rabbit as a symbol of easter as far back as the 1500s. Guess there was only one thing on the mind of medieval Germans (fertility)... Tho there's still nothing to explain how the rabbits laid the coloured eggs... Sounds like a drug trip stretch to me... :)
The second source says the Easter Bunny originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit. Great.... So it sounds like we're looking at modern paganism. (I knew there was a reason I didn't like the Hallmark-ization of important dates besides the commercialization of it all.)

I really don't like the idea of any aspect of Easter (in this case the bunny) being linked to an Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess. Somehow paganism mixing with Christianity just doesn't seem right....

Well... I can't make others change this aspect of Easter, but I can refuse to acknowledge that side of it (the commercialization & link to paganism) in my own life. To me Easter will always have a deep personal significance based on Jesus and His role in my life. Anything else is nonsense (in my opinion).

4 Comments:

Blogger Melanie Gagnon said...

Yeah, you had me thinking about that, too, actually, when I first saw that question on your MSN. Here are a couple articles that struck me as being interesting ...

This one is about the origins of Easter (there's more than one explanation for the pagan origins of Easter):
http://www.thercg.org/books/ttooe.html

This next article talks about Lent, and whether or not it's a biblical concept (The article says it isn't):
http://www.thercg.org/articles/ttmol.html

And now I'll go back to scarfing down some chocolate eggs! :P

17 April, 2006 01:37  
Anonymous Jason said...

That was a good read there. Too much research for me to handle, but informative nonetheless. I will stick with the Biblical significance of Easter, thank you bery much!

But man, those Cadbury Eggs sure do make a sweet tooth.

17 April, 2006 02:56  
Blogger Patrick said...

The other options is that much like xmas the early christian church (post constantine) used original pagan holidays to piggy back new christian festivals.

As we all know december 25 is not the actual date jesus was born but the traditional roman day to celebrate the Roman sun god Mithras.

If bunnies (coloured or otherwise) were traditional representations of fertility (often associated with spring) or a similarly named pagan festival it is highly likely the early church decreed, that this now be the ressurection/rebirth festival for christianity as well so that new converts wouldn't be overly confused.

All that said, festivals, regardless of how they have changed or their true origins remain important only because of the their meaning to a collectivity of individuals. So the origins shouldn't put any christians off as what is worshipped, thought of, remembered and reflected on is what is important.

Cheers,

P

23 April, 2006 23:47  
Anonymous Mazzeroony said...

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03 May, 2006 15:45  

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