Many people think that Easter brings hope and that Easter is the day that we are to celebrate Christ's resurrection. What many don't realize is that Easter is a heathen word that came from the goddess Eastre, the same as Astarte, the Syrian Venus known as Ashtoreth in the Old Testament. Ashtoreth was known as the "goddess of love and increase" and also the "the queen of heaven". Easter is a pagan tradition. The "Easter bunny" or "Easter rabbit" some may say, is the symbol of fertility and colored Easter eggs, which has nothing at all to do with Jesus' Passover. It is a heathen tradition of men and is an abomination to God. 1 Kings 11:4-6 says 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. In the Ten Commandments the first commandment we are given is "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me". And in Matthew 22:36-40 where Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest of them all, He answered "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment." Now let's see what God had to say to Solomon in 1 Kings 11:11-14 for going after Ashtoreth. Starting with verse eleven.11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.14 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom. As we can see from verses 11-14, God doesn't like it at all when people worship other gods. It makes Him very angry. Why? Because we are to have no other gods before Him. He is the creator of the universe. He is the one and only true God. He created all things for the good of mankind. (Not evil). God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). He wants our love (Hosea 6:6). Even some Churches partake in these activities of Easter and expect God to bless them for it. Do you really think that God is going to bless someone for taking part in the heathen tradition of men (Easter)? "But aren't we all sinners you may ask"? Of course we are but we must turn away from all of our sins. Now that we know that Easter is a heathen tradition of men, we shall take no part in it. In Jeremiah 7:17-20 we can easily see what God thinks of people who worship the "queen of heaven". "17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. 19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? 20 Therefore thus saith the LORD GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched." All of this for worshiping Ashtoreth which is the Old Testament name for Eastre which is where the word Easter comes from. What God is telling us here is that people who know that Easter is a pagan festival and participate in it, are not going to receive His blessings. Even Easter sunrise service counts too. As we see in (Ezekiel 8:15-18). God considers that as an abomination. As you have probably read before, Easter is used only one time in the entire Bible (KJV). Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. The Greek word pascha is used twenty nine times in the New Testament. Twenty eight of those times pascha is translated Passover. There is absolutely no way you can translate pascha as Easter unless it is done deliberately in an attempt to distort the Word of God. G3957 Greek: πάσχα Transliteration: pascha Pronunciation: pas'-khah Definition: Of Chaldee origin (compare [H6453]; the Passover (the meal the day the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it): - Easter Passover. The True Celebration: The true celebration is Passover and all that Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. Instead of us having to commit animal sacrifices today for the covering of sins, we can now just ask Jesus to forgive us when we sin and our sins will be forgiven, as long as we are sincere and committed to turning away from them. Passover is also a time to remember what God did for the children of Israel when they were still in bondage in the land of Egypt. Instead of us coloring and decorating Easter eggs, participating in the heathen holiday Easter, we should therefore celebrate Jesus' resurrection and all that Jesus has done for us.