Be it known that this article is written to educate the body of Christ about the use of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs and Easter egg hunts among Christians and churches everywhere. This coming weekend, millions of Christians all over the world will decorate their churches, playgrounds, and homes with Easter Bunnies and eggs. If you are used to celebrating Easter with bunnies, eggs, and candy, then I’m sorry, but I’m about to pop your Easter bubble. However, if you are interested in discovering truth, then I encourage you to read with an open mind and a receptive heart. And like I always say, don’t take my word for it, examine the facts for yourself, and then you decide. Have you ever asked yourself the question, since when bunnies (rabbits) lays eggs? The last time I checked, they don’t. If you can find one bunny in the world that can lay an egg I would love to be the first one to come see it. So then, where did the traditional practice of the Easter bunny and the egg hunt come from? What does the Easter bunny and his eggs have to do with the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus)? How does something that has no biblical bearing be practiced in the church for centuries without anyone questioning the status quo. Here is yet again another practice embraced by the church that has absolutely no reference in scripture. I always try to encourage people to question themselves as to why do I do what I do? In fact, I will show you in this article how the Easter Bunny, eggs, and candy is tied to pagan origin. How is it that everything pagan finds itself at home in the church and in our homes? No wonder why the glory of God is absent in the church today. Jesus once said to His disciples, “While men slept an enemy has done this” (Matt. 13:28). He was referring to the tares that were sown among God’s people.
Here are two quotes from Francis Weiser about the origin of the “Easter bunny”: “In Germany and Austria, little nests containing eggs, pastry and candy are placed in hidden spots, and the children believe that the Easter bunny, so popular in this country, too, had laid the eggs and brought the candy” (p. 235) and “The Easter bunny had its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore…The Easter bunny has never had religious symbolism bestowed on its festive usage…However, the bunny has acquired a cherished role in the celebration of Easter as the legendary producer of Easter eggs for children in many countries” (p. 236). Although in differing regions and cultures the stories of the origins of the hares (rabbits) and eggs as symbols of fertility do vary, these symbols were associated with this particular goddess by all worshippers, regardless of what they called her. This pagan goddess worship affects the people of God directly in the Old Testament and indirectly in the New Testament.
Here is further proof of the origin of Easter eggs and rabbits. It demonstrates how no one has ever been able to connect the Easter bunny to anything Christian, let alone to the Bible: “The Easter bunny is not a true Christian symbol” (John Bradner, Symbols of Church Seasons and Days, p. 52), and “Although adopted in a number of Christian cultures, the Easter bunny has never received any specific Christian interpretation” (Mirsea Eliade, The Encyclopedia of Religion, p. 558). Yet none of this will stop scores of millions of professing Christians from decorating their lawns and houses with Easter bunnies each spring. Consider this last quote: “The hare, the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt, a symbol that was kept later in Europe…Its place has been taken by the Easter rabbit” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1991 ed., Vol. 4, p. 333).
Even in modern times, rabbits have remained common symbols of fertility. While their rapid rate of reproduction is well known, again another problem arises with rabbits—they do not lay eggs! While both are clearly fertility symbols, there is no logical way to connect them. In a world filled with pagan tradition, truth and logic can be lost. Merging these symbols with Christianity makes an already idolatrous practice worse. There is nothing Christian about any of these symbols. The true history of these fertility symbols, rabbits and eggs, is completely unknown to all the unsuspecting children who have been led by adults to think them so special. The entire concept that these are Christian is a lie imposed on innocent children who will believe that “the moon is made of cheese” just because someone tells them so. Christians have been teaching their children for centuries that bunnies can lay colored eggs. You would never find an Orthodox Jew that would dare teach this to their kids; much less practice anything that is contrary to scripture. Out of all the religions in the world, Christians are among the least true to what they believe. We claim to have all the truth, yet there are so many flaws with the things we do. Our practice does not match our preaching; neither do our deeds match our doctrine. We totally ignore the fact that the Easter bunny and colored eggs have no theological reference, and have made it an annual tradition in our churches and homes. While these are shocking facts, they are true nonetheless.
Eggs, Egg Hunts
Eggs have always been associated with the Easter celebration. Nearly every culture in the modern world has a long tradition of coloring eggs in beautiful and different ways. Notice the following: “The origin of the Easter egg is based on the fertility lore of the Indo-European races…The egg to them was a symbol of spring…In Christian times the egg had bestowed upon it a religious interpretation, becoming a symbol of the rock tomb out of which Christ emerged to the new life of His resurrection” (Francis X. Weiser, Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, p. 233). This is another perfect example of exactly how pagan symbols and customs are “Christianized,” i.e., Christian-sounding names are superimposed over pagan customs. This is done to deceive—as well as make people feel better about why they are following a custom that is not in the Bible. Christians have become quite comfortable with practicing traditions that cannot be found in the Bible, period. Notice: “Around the Christian observance of Easter…folk customs have collected, many of which have been handed down from the ancient ceremonial…symbolism of European and Middle Eastern pagan spring festivals…for example, eggs…have been very prominent as symbols of new life and resurrection” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1991 ed., Vol. 4, p. 333).
Finally, the following comes from Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought, James Bonwick, pp. 211-212: “Eggs were hung up in the Egyptian temples. Bunsen calls attention to the mundane egg, the emblem of generative life, proceeding from the mouth of the great god of Egypt. The mystic egg of Babylon, hatching the Venus Ishtar, fell from heaven to the Euphrates. Dyed eggs were sacred Easter offerings in Egypt, as they are still in China and Europe. Easter, or spring, was the season of birth, terrestrial and celestial.” What could be more plain in showing the true origin of the “Easter egg”? An “Easter” egg is just an egg that pertains to Easter. God never authorized Passover eggs or Days of Unleavened Bread eggs, but there have been Easter eggs for thousands of years! It naturally progressed that the egg, representing spring and fertility, would be merged into an already pagan springtime festival.
Connecting this symbol to Christ’s Resurrection in the spring required much creativity and human reasoning. However, even highly creative human reasoning has never been able to successfully connect the Easter egg symbol to anything Christian, because there is not a single word about it anywhere in the New Testament. The traditional Easter Bunny and Easter eggs all have pagan roots, and the original pagan festival is still celebrated by practitioners of witchcraft today. Many Christians who become aware of the pagan origins of the Easter egg prefer to call the celebration “Resurrection Sunday”, as a denial of the ungodly influences that surround the Easter egg and have nothing to do with God. So, the next time you see an Easter egg or an Easter bunny, know that these symbols were created for the worship of a pagan goddess, and the historic festival is still celebrated by Wiccans and others who are involved in witchcraft. Easter eggs and bunnies have nothing to do with Jesus Christ or his resurrection in any way, shape, form, or fashion. The only connection is the time of year in which Easter and Passover were celebrated. Instead of engaging in pagan practices such as Easter egg hunts and Valentine’s day, I would love to see the church embrace our true roots in Judaism and celebrate the biblical appointed feasts such as Passover and Unleavened bread. The sad truth is that this is actually the week of Passover and unleavened bread and the church will reject it while at the same time cuddling up with paganism. The church has been so far removed from biblical Christianity is unbelievable. My prayer is that we will return to the truth and stand on what the word of God says and nothing else. We need to go back to being a people of the book (Bible). May God help us.