Apologetics of the Day: Easter and Paganism

Critique:

Easter is plagiarized from paganism. In fact, Easter is derived from Ishtar, an Assyrian goddess.

Response:

This is a misconception. Easter has nothing to do with paganism at all.
Certainly there are myths and legends of resurrected gods in pagan culture
However, nobody claims to be an eyewitness of these resurrected gods.
In contrast, the apostles claimed to be eyewitnesses of resurrection of Lord Jesus.
They put their lives and limbs on the line to back up this claim.
Clearly, resurrection of Lord Jesus is a historical fact, not a myth.

As for the name Easter,  it came from German word oster which came from old German word auferstehen which means rising from the dead.
When Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, he used the word osterlamm which was then translated as Passover Lamb
1 Cor 15:7. Lord Jesus is called the Passover Lamb/osterlaam
To claim Easter came from the name goddess Ishtar is to claim Lord Jesus as Ishtar lamb, which is really an absurd claim.

Source:
 http://creation.com/easter-and-good-friday-questions-and-answers (retrieved 25, March, 2016)

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Posted March 25, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Apologetic

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