There's more to Easter than eggs and rabbits!
All of us have come to accept or at least acknowledge the time of year called Easter, but it's not what you think.
A bit of background that you may already know; Good Friday is the day that Jesus was crucified, nailed to a cross and died, just outside Jerusalem in Israel.
After Jesus died, he was taken down and buried in a tomb, which was in the side of a rock face, with a circular rock rolled in front of the entrance as a door. This is where the symbolism of Easter Eggs came from. Pagans viewed them as a symbol for fertility and Catholics adopted them as representing the stone that was rolled away form the tomb entrance.
On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead and this day is now called Easter Sunday.
For a full explanation about God's ultimate plan that required Jesus to accept death on a Cross, please click here - The Big Picture.
It is believed that the name Good Friday originated as 'Great Friday' and the Catholic church adopted the name 'Good Friday in about the 6th or 7th century.
However, the origins of the name "Easter" are important! Back in the day, back to Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar, the spring equinox festival was called Easter (KJV Acts 12:4) was the time when pagans worshiped the goddess Ishtar, who was the goddess of love, war, fertility and sexuality.
There are many such adoptions by the Catholic church, now seen as religious Christian traditions, which were in fact pagan rituals merged in to the Catholic religion to appease the masses. These adoptions began around 400ce when the first Bishop of Damascus became the first Pope of Rome.
Even the lead up to Easter, the period called Lent, is not in the Bible and is another activity adopted from Babylonian paganism by the Catholic religion.
As you can see, there is a lot going on that many people take as read as being correct but in fact is not 'real' Christianity but adopted pagan rituals and symbolism.
So next 'Good Friday' bank holiday, try and remember that it's not Easter Sunday for Christians, but rather, it should be called Resurrection Sunday.
I believe it is essential to share the accurate back-story of the Bible, so that we can understand how significant it is and why there has been a concerted effort to eradicate the genuine belief and power that comes from being a Christian.