Christians who are blood bought children of the true God and have been delivered from the power of darkness (Col 1:12-14) have an obligation from their LORD to “Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good” (1Thess 5:21) and to “…cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness (separation) in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
History of Easter:
Since Easter is not found in the scriptures, except where the word “Passover” is translated “Easter” in the Kings James Version (and corrected in many other translations) of Acts 12:4, we must therefore go outside the word of God to examine its origin.
The name “Easter” is the name of a female goddess of Spring and fertility1. She was known by various names in various countries…Ishtar, Astarte, Venus2, Asherah, Ishtar, Aphrodite3, Eostre, Diana (see Acts 19:23-41) and Semiramis.
The date for Easter is determined by the first Sunday after the first full moon after the “vernal equinox” (vernal = Spring; equi = equal; nox = night…or the time when the sun’s center crosses the equator and night and day are equal everywhere in length.)4 Thus we see why Easter Sunday falls on a different date each year and is obvious proof that it has nothing to do with the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lent is an Anglo Saxon word meaning Spring. Forty days abstinence was observed by the worshipers of the Babylonian goddess. Pagans in Mexico observed 40 days of fasting 3 days after the vernal equinox in honor of the sun.5 Roman Catholicism incorporated Lent into their system in the late fourth century as a 40-day period of fasting for new converts prior to their water baptism. It was later spread to the entire religion. It was a time to do “penance for sins”.
Palm Sunday was created by the Roman Catholics and first observed in Jerusalem in the late fourth century as a reenactment of the “triumphal entry” of Christ… without sanction from the word of God.