If you were a person from another culture (perhaps an alien!!) and you came across the celebration of Easter would you find it bizarre?
Symbolically it could be construed as to represent rebirth and a change of life for the better. Perhaps a little like Ramadan? Perhaps it represents Love?
Easter apparently comes from Ishtar. Ishtar is the East Semitic Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. She is the counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna, and the cognate for the Northwest Semitic Aramean goddess Astarte. (according to Wikipedia).
Yet how would you react to the bizarre crucifixion of a man who was supposedly taught love. Imagine seeing someone nailed to a cross and tortured over a period of time. This seems a little extreme. Then imagine someone telling you that that same man died and came back to life. What was the purpose? Could there not be less gruesome examples of love and rebirth to given.
Then imagine finding out that there was absolutely no proof that this happened or that the person on the cross really existed, except for reports in a book that was compiled 300 years after the alleged event by a group of travelling soothsayers and sharletans who used their stories to garner clients and who since have been described as ‘bishops’ to convince people of there authenticity.
After trying to make sense of this you then observe other symbols of Easter and wonder why the bunny and eggs are important to a gruesome crucifixion scene.
Yes to me it is now a bizarre scenario. How do you think people who have never heard or seen of this would react??
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