Rethinking My Beliefs about God Apart From Traditional Christianity

10 Reasons Not To Celebrate Easter Sunday At Church

In Church, Holidays on November 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I have friends and family who enjoy going to Good Friday and Easter services at their church, and/or celebrating other holidays. I think that is great for people who have chosen to do so. I usually enjoy decorating Easter eggs and baskets for my younger kids, and cooking a big yummy family dinner, myself. So keep in mind that this list is not something anybody has to follow or write in the proverbial religious stone, which would be defeating the whole purpose of this list anyway.

The Bible says, whatever you do, do it with all of your HEART…. (Col 3:23) That means we are free to do what we want. So this list is primarily written for those who feel pressured to celebrate a holiday when they would rather be doing something else.

1) While festivals and new moons can be fun to celebrate, and it can be special to esteem one day over another, it is also not required in any sense, especially by God. A belief is something to “celebrate” every day of the year. And whether it’s going to church or buying a lot of candy, it’s all human tradition. There is absolutely no indication that the first century church ever celebrated Easter anyway. In fact, the apostle Paul said, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition…” Col 2:8

2) Instead of going to church, you could sleep in and get some REST, you could get an early start hanging out with FRIENDS and eating FOOD. Rest, friends and food = three of Jesus’ favorite things.

3) Why focus on a death? When our loved ones pass away, we do not celebrate their deaths. Instead we celebrate the memory of when they were alive, or we remember the person.

4) And celebrating Jesus’ resurrection? It seems that, according to his message, he would rather us live out his resurrection by feeding and healing the world around us. Would the humble Christ have wanted such an exalted, expensive, religious endeavor to be created in his honor? Easter church services seem to be everything Christ ignored while he was alive on earth.

5) Why go to church to hear the Easter message? It’s the SAME message every year. You already know the topic and have probably heard it a hundred times. Sure, it will be dressed up in a new package, especially if you attend an “emerging” church, but you could preach it yourself by now.

6) You could save a lot money by not going to church. Gas prices, cost for new Easter outfits for the whole family, and of course, your tithe (or payment for services.)

7) Nearly every religious ritual is a pagan tradition. The cross, a church steeple, church sermons, church liturgies, dressing up for church… All of these have cultural origins from the world yet they are disguised in religious trappings. When Easter was sanctioned by the council of Nicea in 325 A.D., it was for the purpose of disassociating the Christians from the contemptible Jews and their Passover. There is nothing wrong with participating in cultural rituals, but we shouldn’t think they are any better or special, nor do they bring us closer to God, than celebrating the fourth of July.

8) Even Jewish traditions such as celebrating the Passover were never meant to be a requirement for anyone. It was simply a special, cultural tradition for the Jews in which the symbolism for the promised Messiah was related to it. But we can find this same exact symbolism in Greek mythology, books and films, and even eating the holiday ham.

9) Save yourself the stress. Instead of getting the whole family looking their Sunday best, going to church where you will sit among strangers and then have no time to talk to your friends after the service, you can simply go to a movie. The sound system and special effects will probably be a lot better than the show at your church anyway.

10) What is the whole point of the death and resurrection of Christ? I believe it was an example of the great, unconditional love of God for all. Why not celebrate this through spreading this love to the world around us, which can be done in countless personal ways, rather than separating ourselves from the world through a religious tradition in a church division?

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