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The Origin of Easter

    Except for Acts 12:4 in the King James Version, the religious holiday known as Easter is not mentioned in the Bible. That lone KJV citing should have been translated "Passover," as it is on every other occurrence.
    The debate of the origin of Easter has a long and passionate history. One side argues that as the church grew it adopted and "Christianized" pagan festivals. So the pagan feast honoring “Eastre” was reassigned as a festival honoring Jesus' resurrection. The other side argues that only the name adopted to commemorate Jesus’ resurrection, "Easter," has pagan roots.
    Setting all the arguments aside two things become clear.
    First, there is no mention of "Easter" until the middle part of the second Christian century. That date is the crucial point for anyone seeking, as we do, to restore New Testament Christianity. There is no scriptural support for observing any specific date in our calendar year as a religious holiday. Chr…