- This day, Easter Sunday, has zero historical significance. Had Jesus of Nazareth been a real person and had he actually risen from the dead, that fact would have nothing to do with this date. At the First Council of Nicaea, it was decided that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox. The date moves every year and is completely arbitrary. So, if Jesus did indeed come back to life, he did not do so exactly 1,983 years ago on this date. As a Christian, you could celebrate the resurrection of Christ next week, last week, basically any time you want to.
- This date was chosen by the Council because it was already an established pagan holiday. The Germans had for centuries been celebrating springtime, the equinox, new life, and new growth at this time. As with Christmas, Christians choose this time to be the date of their holiday not because it was actually when an event from the Bible occurred, but because so many people were already celebrating something. The two ideas, Resurrection and spring, were successfully melded together, and so now many Christians believe that Jesus is, once again, the reason for the season, but he just isn't; he was added in to a preexisting holiday in order for the Church to get more publicity.
- Even the term "Easter" is pagan. It comes from the Germanic goddess Eostre, who was celebrated during the spring equinox. Basically, the pagans chose the date, created the celebration, and named it after their deity.
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