Egg Hunt vs Searching for Leaven?
While talking with someone about the origins of easter eggs they told me that it was the same as searching for Leaven. Searching for Leaven is a tradition done at passover in which only one piece of leaven is left in the house. Children search for it and then take it out of the house. This a teaching tool to explain to children about removing the leaven in their home and in their lives. Leaven is symbolic of sin, so teaching children to remove the sin in their lives is an excellent lesson. It has absolutely no pagan connections unlike the easter egg hunt. Searching for leaven is a tradition not a law, but it is a good teaching tool.
Lets have a look at what easter egg hunts symbolize?
“Semiramis, the queen of heaven, was “born again” as the goddess Easter (Ashtarte) as she emerged from a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates river at sunrise on the “sun” day after the vernal equinox. To proclaim her divine authority, she changed a bird into an egg laying rabbit. As the cult developed, the priests of Easter would impregnate young virgins on the altar of the goddess of fertility at sunrise on Easter Sunday. A year later the priests of Easter would sacrifice those three-month-old babies on the altar at the front of the Sanctuary and dye Easter eggs in the blood of the sacrificed infants.” (Michael John Rood, The Mystery of Iniquity, Chapter 8)
Some have claimed that this is an erroneous assumption with no historical proof, however, The Two Babylons written in 1850 a work by, Alexander Hislop, shows over 200 historical documents linking all pagan Gods/Goddesses to Babylon and to Semiramis. Christians now claim that we dye eggs in a symbol of Jesus’ blood, but evidence proves that this was actually an Egyptian practice long before it was a christian one.
Deuteronomy 12:31 – Thou shalt not do so unto YAHWEH thy Elohim: for every abomination to YAHWEH, which he hateth, have they done unto their elohim; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their elohim.
The book The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, had this to say: ‘What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. Such is the history of Easter. The popular observances that still attend the period of its celebration amply confirm the testimony of history as to its Babylonian character. The hot cross buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday, figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now. Here, the “dyed eggs” are mentioned as part of the Chaldean(Babylonian) rites. The Catholic Encyclopedia comments: A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility. Reference works that speak of the subject agree that the egg was a symbol of life and fertility among Pagans. The book Celebrations says: Eggs were said to be dyed and eaten at the spring festivals in ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome. The Persians of that time gave eggs as gifts at the vernal equinox.(wvafan)
A similar Origin is from Ireland but still bares the pagan symbolism. “Another origin was an offshoot of the crusades through Ireland by french knights. The crusaders would bribe children with food or money, to tell them all the farmers who practiced the pagan tradition of burying a blue egg in their fields with their wishes written on it,for the spring season ,that supposedly brought fertility to their crops, the soldiers would then show up at the farms of those found with eggs buried on their property and were executed for practicing pagan rituals.”(wvafan)
Easter in fact is linked to Semiramis(Ishtar in other translations) and her son Tammuz, even lent has pagan leanings. “Ishtar”, which is pronounced “Easter” was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their gods that they called “Tammuz”, who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and the sun-god. The biggest hint that Easter is not christian but pagan is that it is impossible for Jesus to have died on Good Friday and risen of Sunday. You cannot get three days and three nights no matter how you try. But Jesus dying on Passover that is a different story.
Doing these Easter traditions are serious, you may think it is fun, but God does not! Please don’t confuse a teaching tool for the Torah with Pagan rituals. (and lets just say it that bunny is creepy)
Leviticus 18:2 – Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am YAHWEH your Elohim. 3 – After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. 4 – Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am YAHWEH your Elohim. 5 – Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am YAHWEH.