The Resurrection of Jesus is celebrated on Easter by the dawn. However the Bible says, that the tomb was empty before sun rise (John 20:1)*. It is possible, that the Resurrection of Jesus had taken place some hours before the arrival of Mary Magdalena. However thousands of people gather every year and meet the sunrise at this day like the sun worshippers did. It is clear, that these people consciously do not worship the sun, but their actions are indiscernible from pagan worship.
The Consecration of a candle, new fire at night before Easter is a part of ancient tradition of worship the sun. The candles have nothing to do with Christianity at all (The sanctuary didn't have windows and for illumination there was the gold lampstand with 7 oil lamps on it (Ex.25:37). Before the sanctuary was one lamp (Ex.27:20,21). Lamps were using for illumination proposes only, not as an help for prayers ). The Roman Church has adopted this practice from ancient Assyrian-Babylon sun worship. Again Semiramith convinced people, that the spirit of her son and husband - sun god lives in the fire. Therefore temples of sun worshippers were always lit with candles. Frazer explains, that ancient Aryans on the same day had the tradition to make a common fire and then took charred logs to light consecrated fire in the house in order to cajole the god of storm. From here originates the ritual of lightning a candle on Easter, when on Saturday night one candle is lit, from it all candles in church are lit, and this fire is kept up to the following Easter.
phenomenon of replacements, when pagan festivals were given Christian names, was
noticed in set. So, the
Festival of Diana in August was renamed as a Festival of Assumption of the
pagan holiday Parilia in April was renamed as St. George day.
of water in June was renamed as a St.
John the Baptist festival. The ancient
pagan festival of the Dead was replaced by a All Saints day in
November and etc.. And each holiday, being already Christian, at the same time
kept some elements of a pagan holiday.
And what the Bible tell us about, whether it is possible to celebrate pagan holidays and to address them to God?
In Exodus (32:4,5) it is told that,
when Moses ascended for 40 days on the mountain to God, the people, being tired
to wait for him, began to demand from Aaron to make the god for them. Aaron,
having frightened the anger of the people, made a cast calf. “And they said:
These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And
when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and
said: Tomorrow is a feast to the LORD”.
Do you think, that God was glad that the people had organized a holiday in His honor? It is Him who took out the people from Egypt. And people knew it, that it was He who had done it, but not the golden calf. Could God think, that the calf is simply the symbol of Him, as people did not know, how He looks like. No. The Bible says, that “For the LORD thy God is .. a jealous God”. (Deu.4:24). God can’t be deceived. The calf was not made in His honor, because He did not order to make it. Their holiday caused the disgust in God, and Moses ordered to grind an idol to powder and forced the celebrating people drink it (Ex.32:20).
God did not
tell us to celebrate all these holidays in pagan manner. They were established
not by God, but people. “Forasmuch
as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with
their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear
toward Me is taught by the precept of men”
To respect and to love God - means to study His Word –the Bible, and to follow only it.
was crucified on Passover, which was the 4th day of the week, Wednesday (Matthew
26:2, John 13:1, 18:28, 39). The Jews
considered day from a sunset up to a sunset . Thus, the last supper, arrest and
crucifixion took place at one day - on Passover. The next day was the
5th day of the week, Thursday, a high Sabbath (John 19:31) . It was the
first day of the seven day feast of unleavened bread, when any work was not
allowed (Lev.23:7). The next day (the 6th day of the week, Friday) the women
bought the spices (Mark 16:1) and prepared the spices for the Jesus' body. They
rested on the 7th day, Saturday, which was the weekly Sabbath (Luke 23:56).
Early the first day of the week, Sunday, they came to the tomb to find it empty
and saw an angel who announced that Jesus had already risen (Mark 16:1-6). Just
as Jesus prophesied, he rose from the dead precisely 3 days and 3 nights after
his burial (Matthew 12:40, 20:19). While the tomb was found empty on the first
day of the week, Sunday, he rose from the dead on the evening of the 7th day,