What are the origins of Christmas, Easter, and Sunday worship? Are they found in the Bible?

Question by Lone Ranger: What are the origins of Christmas, Easter, and Sunday worship? Are they found in the Bible?

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Answer by Andymcj78 (atheist)
Easter was a pagan festival that the church intertwined with Christian beliefs.

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15 thoughts on “What are the origins of Christmas, Easter, and Sunday worship? Are they found in the Bible?”

  1. Are you kidding me? I am Athiest and I even know that. Christmas Jesus was born, Easter he came back as a zombie. As for Sunday part I beleive it is just a tradition.

  2. christmas is founded after the jewish festival of lights hanuka

    easter is the jewish tradition of the passover feast

    sunday worship is equal to the jewish sabbath

  3. this should answer your questions and then some!

    Christmas: Is it “Christian” or Pagan?

    Lorraine Day, M.D.

    The Bible does not tell us when Jesus was born. However, we know that the angels announced the birth of Christ to the Bethlehem shepherds in the open fields who were tending their flocks by night.. This fact certainly implies that the birth of Jesus could NOT have been on the 25th of December. “The cold of the night in Palestine between December and February is very piercing, and it was not customary for the shepherds of Judea to watch their flocks in the open fields later than about the end of October.” Hislop, A., The Two Babylons, Loiseaux Brothers, Neptune, N.J. pg 91.

    In addition, Jesus Himself said, in speaking of the coming destruction of Jerusalem,

    “But pray that your flight be NOT in winter, neither on the Sabbathday.”
    Matt 24:20

    Obviously, Jesus understood that the wintertime in Palestine was harsh enough to make traveling difficult and uncomfortable. If the winter was such a bad time in which to flee, it seems unlikely that the shepherds would be sleeping out in the fields while tending their sheep during that season.

    Because of these facts, and others to be discussed, it is virtually impossible for the birth of Christ to have occurred on December 25.

    “No such festival as Christmas was ever heard of until the THIRD century, and not until the FOURTH century was far advanced did it gain much observance.

    “Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the HEATHEN, at that precise time of the year, in honor oft the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven; and it may fairly be presumed that, in order to conciliate the heathen, and to swell the number of the nominal adherents of Christianity, the same festival was adopted by the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ. This tendency on the part of Christians to meet Paganism half-way was very early developed.” Ibid, pg 93

    It is beyond doubt that Christmas was originally a pagan festival. The time of the year and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin.

    Isis, the Egyptian title for the “queen of heaven,” gave birth to a son at this very time, about the time of the winter solstice. The term “Yule” is the Chaldee (Babylonian) name for “infant” or “little child.”

    This pagan festival not only commemorated the figurative birthday of the sun in the renewal of its course, but it also was celebrated (on December 24) among the Sabeans of Arabia, as the birthday of the “Lord Moon.”

    In Babylon, where the sun (Baal) was the object of worship, Tammuz was considered the incarnation of the Sun.

    “In the Hindu mythology, which is admitted to be essentially Babylonian, this comes out very distinctly. There, Surya, or the Sun, is represented as being incarnate, and born for the purpose of subduing the enemies of the gods, who without such a birth, could not have been subdued.” Ibid pg 96

    There are many other Christmas counterparts of the Babylonian winter solstice festival, such as: 1) candles lighted on Christmas eve and used throughout the festival season were equally lighted by the Pagans on the eve of the festival of the Babylonian god, to do honor to him, 2) the Christmas tree was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree; in Rome it was the fir. The tree denoted the Pagan Messiah.

    “The mother of Adonis, the Sun God and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as the ŒMan of the branch.” Ibid pg 97

    The Yule log was considered the dead stock of Nimrod (or Tammuz, depending on the specific nation involved), deified as the sun god, but cut down by his enemies; the Christmas tree is Nimrod revived – the slain god come to life again.

    The Yule occultic colors are red and green.

    The mistletoe branch symbolized “the man, the branch” and was regarded as a divine branch – a corrupt Babylonian representation of the true Messiah. Both mistletoe and holly were considered fertility plants by the pagans.

    “Babylon was, at that time, the center of the civilized world; and thus Paganism, corrupting the Divine symbol as it ever has done, had opportunities of sending forth its debased counterfeit of the truth to all the ends of the earth, through the Mysteries that were affiliated with the great central system in Babylon.”
    Ibid pg 99

    The story of the death of Adonis, also known as Tammuz, involved a fatal wound from the tusk of a boar when Tammuz was 40 years old. That is why a boar was sacrificed on this Pagan holiday. Even today, a Christmas ham is a traditional favorite of many.

    “According to a Roman almanac, The Christian festival of Christmas was celebrated in Rome by A.D. 336. During the 4th century the celebration of Christ’s birth on December 25 was gradually adopted by most Eastern churches. In Jerusalem, opposition to Christmas lasted longer, but it was subsequently accepted.

    “The traditional customs connected with Christmas have developed from several sources as a result of the coincidence of the celebration of the birth of Christ with the pagan agricultural and solar observances at mid-winter. December 25 was regarded as the birthdate of the Iranian mystery god Mithra, the Sun of Righteousness. . . The ecclesiastical calendar retains numerous remnants of pre-Christian festivals—notably Christmas, which blends elements including both the feast of the Saturnalia and the birthday of the god Mithra.” Encyclopedia Britannica, 1976 edition; Micropedia II, pg 903, Macropedia 15, pg 1063.

    The much-loved hero of Christmas, Santa Claus, who “knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good” and who can circumnavigate the globe in one night, is nothing more than the Winter stag god, the god of the hunt, a “take-off” on the true God of heaven, who is omnipresent (everywhere at once), omniscient (knows all), and omnipotent (all powerful).

    Santa has Eight Reindeer. Reindeer are symbolic of the Pagan Stag god. The number 8 is the number for a new beginning, and, when laid on its side, is the occultic symbol for Infinity.

    There can be no doubt that the Pagan festival of the winter solstice—in other words, Christmas—was held in honor of the birth of the Babylonian Messiah.

    The prophet Ezekiel is told by God to:

    “Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they (the Israelites) do.

    “Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house (the Temple) which was toward the north; and behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz (A Sumerian fertility god similar to the Greek god, Adonis).” Ezekiel 8:14

    December 25 was also the Day of Saturnalia, a celebration dedicated to the Chief god, Saturn, during which time there was much drinking, many banquets, and presents were exchanged.

    God is very clear in his directives against the celebration of this Pagan holiday that Christians now universally celebrate as Christmas. God calls this an abomination! Christians celebrate December 25th blindly believe they are honoring the birth of Jesus, when they are in reality honoring the Pagan god Tammuz.

    In Jeremiah 10:1-4, we read:

    “Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

    “Thus saith the Lord, ŒLearn NOT the way of the heathen, and be NOT dismayed at the signs of heaven (the queen of heaven, Isis, worshiped by the heathen), for the heathen are dismayed at them.

    “For the customs of the people are futile: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.

    “They decorate it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”

    There could be NO more specific description of a present-day Christmas, than this.

    God says, “DON’T do it. This is Paganism!”

    Easter: It’s Totally Pagan too!

    Easter is not a Christian name. It is Chaldean (Babylonian) in origin – the name Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven. The name Astarte, as found on the Assyrian monuments by the noted archeologist Layard, was the name Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was introduced very early into Britain, along with the Druids, “the priests of the groves,” the high places where the pagans worshipped the idols of Baal. In the Almanac of the 1800’s, May 1st is called Beltane, from the pagan god, Bel. The titles Bel and Molech both belong to the same god.

    We must remember that Semiramis (also known as Ishtar) of Babylon, the wife of Nimrod and mother of Tammuz, was the same goddess worshiped throughout the world under various names, such as the Egyptian fertility god, Artemis, the Roman goddess of licentiousness, Venus, the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, and the Ephesian, many-breasted fertility god, Diana, as well as many others.

    The (Easter) bunny, the oldest pagan symbol of fertility – Semiramis – has absolutely NOTHING to do with the birth of Christ.

    Nor does the Sunrise service. Jesus was resurrected while it was still DARK!

    “And early came Mary Magdalene, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.” John 20:1

    Sunrise services are for the worship of the Pagan Sun god – ONLY! In addition, Jesus was NOT resurrected on Sunday, the first day of the week. Please see the study entitled “Was Jesus Really Resurrected on Sunday?” at http://www.goodnews

  4. Christmas and Easter were both originally pagan festivals that were adapted into the Christian belief structure as way of making the transition easier on new converts. Sunday worship I think goes back to the whole seventh day he rested thing in Genesis

  5. ok christimas is the birth of christ and yes it is found in the bible and easter is the resurection of christ from the grave and sunday worship…….not sure about that one

  6. Christmas, I believe basically came from the Gospels accounts of the “Wise Men/Magi” going to visit Jesus and bringing him gifts. Easter is a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, preceded by Good Friday which celebrates his crucifixion. Worshipping on Sunday, I’ve read, comes also from Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday. Jewish tradition is to worship on Saturday, and the early church moved their worship day to Sunday.

  7. When Christianity took over power as the major religion, they incorporated all the pagan rituals of the people to help them make the transition. Sunday was actually a day that was used to worship the Sun God…Hence;Sunday. Easter which was first attributed to Pagans(pagan originally used for any religion that worshiped nature, and did not have an evil and foreboding meaning until Christianity gave one to it, much like Pan, anyway) for the vernal equinox.

  8. Christmas:

    The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.

    In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take as many as 12 days. The Norse believed that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year.

    The end of December was a perfect time for celebration in most areas of Europe. At that time of year, most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter. For many, it was the only time of year when they had a supply of fresh meat. In addition, most wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking.

    In Germany, people honored the pagan god Oden during the mid-winter holiday. Germans were terrified of Oden, as they believed he made nocturnal flights through the sky to observe his people, and then decide who would prosper or perish. Because of his presence, many people chose to stay inside.


    The History of Easter

    Easter is a time of rebirth and resurrection. It was first celebrated by the pagans around the vernal equinox, welcoming spring.

    Find out why Easter isn’t celebrated on the same day each year, which converging traditions that have come to form this Christian holiday and the history behind the Easter bunny.

    Pagan Origins
    Easter, a Christian festival, embodies many pre-Christian traditions. The origin of its name is unknown. Scholars, however, accepting the derivation proposed by the 8th-century English scholar St. Bede, believe it probably comes from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon name of a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility, to whom was dedicated a month corresponding to April. Her festival was celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox; traditions associated with the festival survive in the Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts.

    Such festivals, and the stories and legends that explain their origin, were common in ancient religions. A Greek legend tells of the return of Persephone, daughter of Demeter, goddess of the earth, from the underworld to the light of day; her return symbolized to the ancient Greeks the resurrection of life in the spring after the desolation of winter. Many ancient peoples shared similar legends. The Phrygians believed that their omnipotent deity went to sleep at the time of the winter solstice, and they performed ceremonies with music and dancing at the spring equinox to awaken him.

    The Christian festival of Easter probably embodies a number of converging traditions; most scholars emphasize the original relation of Easter to the Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, from which is derived Pasch, another name for Easter. The early Christians, many of whom were of Jewish origin, were brought up in the Hebrew tradition and regarded Easter as a new feature of the Passover festival, a commemoration of the advent of the Messiah as foretold by the prophets.

    Sunday Worship:

    Sabbath vs. Sunday Worship
    The following links consist of articles written about the seventh-day Sabbath and Sun-day. They have been placed here to silence the nineteen century-long argument regarding the Biblical day of worship. If you have any comments on any of the material, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Dear Pastor…
    God’s Sabbath – Pt. 1
    God’s Sabbath – Pt. 2
    History of the Sabbath
    National Sunday Law
    Rome’s Challenge
    Sabbath History
    Sunday History
    Why Sunday Cannot be the Lord’s Day

  9. The Catholic Church created “easter” around a secular Roman festival and Christmas or “Christ Mass” around a similar barbarian celebration in order to appeal to the common people for church membership. Sunday worship is addressed in the Holy Bible in the new testament. It is an activity referred to as “On the first day of the week “.. believers come together to celebrate the death, burial and ressurection of the Lord, Jesus Christ by taking Holy Communion.

  10. it’s a growth of all things actually. the events are found in the bible, the celebration/remembrance would not be as the bible is written as “in the time of”. Christmas and Easter are the birth and death/resurrection of Christ found in Scriptures. since both Jews and Pagans were those who became Christians, their “festivals” were adapted or “converted” just as they were. the Sunday worship…. no longer being Jews, we do not await the messiah, rather we celebrate the messiah on Sunday for Christ was and is the final sacrifice – the Lamb of God – negating the “temple slaughtering” on the Jewish Sabbath. Thus we celebrate Christ’s life and resurrection on Sunday (as Christ rose). when the temple curtain was rent in two, the old separated from the new and a new celebration of faith began.

  11. The origins of Christmas,Easter and Sunday worship are not found in the Bible due to it’s “pagan” roots. I can disclose the origin of all 3, but I’m pressed for time. Christmas has it’s origins in ancient Egypt. After the death/murder of Osiris an Ancient Egyptian deity mourners would come every year on his birthday (Dec 25) and lay gifts at the shores of the Nile to pay homage to deceased god. That is where we get the exchanging of gifts from that we are so familiar with to day.

  12. Christmas was placed at the time of the festivals at the time of the shortest day of the year, in order to have something for Christians when other groups were having their celebrations. In doing the celebrations at this time, the Christians also might slip below the radar, because everyone else was also celebrating.

    Easter was celebrated in conjunction with the Jewish holiday of Passover with which it is so closely associated. There was a conflict, however. Passover can fall on several days of the week. That would have Easter falling on different days of the week, and it was desired by some to have Easter fall always on Sunday.

    The decision was made at the Council of Nicaea (325 C.E.) to make Easter always fall on a Sunday. To facilitate pilgrims’ journeys, it was decided that Easter would always fall on the first Sunday after the full moon. In order to assure that Easter fell in a time close to Passover, they chose the first full moon after the spring equinox (March 21, that day when daylight and night are equal in duration). The full moon could even happen on March 21, or as late as april 21. Easter, according to this scheme, falls somewhere between March 22 and April 22.
    The Orthodox church uses a slightly different scheme because they are not bound by Western custom, and have not accepted the European change in calendars (both of these are another story altogether), so their date for Easter may be different.

    The Sabbath is on saturday. No dispute of that fact has ever been raised. However, Christians very early on began to observe their weekly service of the Eucharist on Sunday.

    Originally, followers of Jesus were simply a different sect of Jews, meeting in the synagogues, worshiping as Jews, keeping the Jewish customs, just as Jesus had always taken pains to do. However, there were conflicts with mainstream Judaism, and the followers of Jesus (not yet actually called Christians) soon were not welcome at Jewish worship services. When this happened, there was resentment, and there also was no longer anything encouraging the observance of services on Saturday.

    In Jewish tradition, there has been some talk of the Eighth day, a day when all the prophecies of the Bible (Hebrew Bible) would be fulfilled and God would restore the Jewish people to their rightful place. Sunday naturally fell right into this tradition of an Eighth day, so that was additional encouragement to place special significance on Sunday.

    Since Sunday was the day the risen Jesus was first seen, there was a pull toward observing that day as a special day.

    New converts to Christianity were mostly not Jewish, so they had no interest in observing Jewish traditions. Under the influence of Paul and others of a like mind, Jewish customs were less and less observed in Christianity. Jewish laws were not compulsory.

    The weekly service celebrated was the Eucharist, which re-enacts the Last Supper, and places enormous significance on the resurrection. Thus, it is small wonder that Sunday was appointed the weekly day of observation.

    Remember that the first Christians were not influential or wealthy. They were often the lowest of the low.

    In a 3rd-century debate on Christianity, Celsus said to Origen, “When most teachers go forth to teach, they cry, ’Come to me, you who are clean and worthy,’ and they are followed by the highest caliber of people available. But your silly master cries, ’Come to me, you who are down and beaten by life,’ and so he accumulates around him the rag, tag and bobtail of humanity.”
    And Origen replied: “Yes, they are the rag, tag and bobtail of humanity. But Jesus does not leave them that way. Out of material you would have thrown away as useless, he fashions men, giving them back their self-respect, enabling them to stand on their feet and look God in the eyes. They were cowed, cringing, broken things. But the Son has set them free.”

    People in such a situation did not stand on ceremony. In their time, when the family’s survival was often at stake, they did not much observe the law of the Sabbath. New Christians who were not Jewish never felt any compulsion to observe the Saturday Sabbath in any case. So the observance of Saturday largely ceased. However, nowhere was it ever stated that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday, and that has never been true.

    This inconsistency has been the cause of at least one Christian denomination, the Seventh-Day Baptists, who continue to observe the Sabbath. I only heard of them when I visited the Ephrata Cloister (an interesting story in itself!) in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, near Lancaster. Turns out they are everywhere.
    There is also a denomination, Church of God (Seventh Day). They have a nice web site.

    I apologize that this has gone on a bit, but your question is important enough to spend some extra time on. I hope this is helpful to you.

  13. The origins of these man made holidays are from pagenism, and have been around 1000,s of years before Christ was even born.

    Here is a form of christmas brought forth to todays xmas. and it is clear we should have not learn this thing from the nations that surrounded us.

    Jer 10:1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
    Jer 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
    Jer 10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
    Jer 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
    Jer 10:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

    Here is the sunday sunrise service of easter, which is an abomination that we learned from the people around us.

    Eze 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.
    Eze 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

    Even an example of the easter (hot cross buns) they called them cakes back then.

    Jer 7:17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
    Jer 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
    Jer 7:19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
    Jer 7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

  14. All 3 come from pagan worship are not found in the Bible. A true follower of Christ should stay away from these. Satan has fooled many into thinking that they are harmless, but that is a deception for they take the focus away form God and go against the instructions He has given us for worshiping Him.

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