One of my big problems this time of year is the idea that a rabbit, a mammal that delivers its young alive, could lay an egg made of chocolate and creme.
It isn’t just that such an animal has escaped my notice through my 63-years of life on this planet, but also there has never been a documented case of such an animal in biological science that I know.
While it is possible to see the image of a rabbit in 100-percent milk chocolate, it is not possible to see one that is living and breathing, that is, unless one takes a rabbit and dips it in chocolate. Most people would never inflict such a punishment on an innocent, fluffy living creature.
While I have seen eggs, most of them were laid by chickens, while a few of them were the overnight gifts of ostriches. To be sure there are other birds that lay eggs along with fish, snakes and possibly other creatures. But rabbits do not. Easter rabbits may exist in the baskets of some children, but they are a representation of something that is not real.
My problems extend to the use of the word, “Easter,” in Acts 12:4 in the King James Version and the propensity some have who believe that the observance of Easter must be in the Bible. Further study would, of course, inform one that the King James translators made a mistake. The word they translated “Easter” is the word “Passover.” Jews in the first century knew about Passover. They did not, however, know about “Easter.”
The word Dr. Luke used when he wrote Acts 12:4 was “pascha,” a word that means Passover. The American Standard, New American Standard and English Standard translations of this passage all translate the term “Passover” and not “Easter.” The Thayer Lexicon of the Greek New Testament does not define “pascha” as “Easter.” In fact, the word “Easter” is not anywhere in the definition of the word. The word “Easter” was an addition that should have been placed in parenthesis to denote it as a supplied word, but the translators of the King James Version failed to do that.
The practice of keeping “Easter” as a festival of some kind is not taught in the New Testament. It is a creation of man and was blended into denominationalism from the practices of the Catholic Church. It has been said that Easter was developed from pagan sources, very much like the idea of December 25 being the day Christ was born.
We should not accept the theories and teachings of men, nor should we accept or practice the festivals, feast days or traditions of men. During this time of the year, we may hide “Easter” eggs, or we may dress up in bunny suits, but let me assure you. We should not believe bunnies lay eggs, or the festival taught by the flawed theology of men called “Easter.”