LETTER: Let’s change Easter to Resurrection Day
To the Editor:
I heard Bill O’Reilly recently comment about a movement under way to remove the name “Easter” and replace it with a name that symbolizes new birth. These are the same anti-Christian forces who want to substitute the word holiday for Christmas and remove all references to Christ.
What they do not realize is that many Christians would also prefer to change the name Easter. The word “Easter” is found only once in the Bible. It is a mistranslation not of Christian origin that should refer to Passover instead of a Chaldean goddess who was part of a pagan festival.
I for one think “Resurrection Day” would be a better name to adopt as a replacement. The birth of Jesus is only part of the Gospel; more emphasis should be on his crucifixion, resurrection and second coming.
Easter affords Christians an opportunity to share the rest of the story. “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, He was buried, He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; he appeared to Cephas, and then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than 500 believers at one time.” —1 Corinthians 15: 3-6. This chapter of Corinthians makes more than two dozen references to the resurrection, the last one being “thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Without the person and work of salvation that Jesus Christ accomplished for mankind, a person’s eternal destination is hell “where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Jesus made that statement three times in Mark 9; he preached more on hell than heaven. God has done everything humanly and divinely possible to save us from that “place of torment,” as Jesus describes it in Luke 16. By God’s grace, through faith in Christ, no person has to go to hell to await their resurrection to damnation; they can choose instead the resurrection of life. Jesus said in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
This Easter, we all have the choice to celebrate new life and new beginnings in Christ — just simply believe the gospel. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” — 2 Corinthians 5:17. Happy Resurrection Day!
Robert A. Watson