6 ways Jesus is like the Easter bunny: Where Easter comes from and what it’s got to do with Christianity

What are your Easter celebration plans for Sunday, April 24th? Will you go to a church service? Will you paint and decorate Easter eggs? Aren’t you curious about where Easter comes from, or how we went from the resurrection of Jesus to a magical, chocolate egg-bearing rabbit?

The relationship is actually not as dissimilar as it first seems; in ancient times people would decorate, hide and find eggs which represented the body of vegetative gods like Osiris, Dionysus, Attis and Mithras. Finding the eggs represented the return of the gods, who had died in the world, and the return of warmer weather. Eggs were seen as magical forms of life-creation. The rabbit symbolized fecundity and regeneration.

While a good Christian may not be comfortable associating Jesus with the Easter Bunny, just for fun I thought I’d post a list of potential similarities.

6 ways Jesus is like the Easter bunny

1) both usually dress in white

2) both are always travelling, bringing blessings/eggs

3) both come out of a hole sometime in Spring, for the good of all

4) both are immortal (have been around for hundreds of years)

5) both are invisible (you know they came, but you’ll never see them)

6) both rabbit and Jesus taste good with wine

 

For an awesome new product, check out this chocolate zombie easter bunny from thinkgeek.com.

While you’re there, you should really look at the unicorn meat in a can: magic in every bite.

For something truly disturbing, check out this website’s collection of chocolate religious suckers.

What does the Easter Bunny do the other 364 days of the year? Kickass. See the video: http://youtu.be/kcrg0B_yJAo

Want to know who would win in a fight between Jesus and the Easter bunny? Check this out.

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  • Laurance

    Jeez! Everyone believes rabbits bring easter eggs. But I know better.

    It’s the EASTER SNAKE !!

    I had three pet ball pythons (have two now). Back in 2000 I came down and looked in the snake tank and went “HOLY S%$T !!!” My favorite snake, Julius Squeezer, had laid five eggs, just in time for easter.

    Forget Santa Claus, forget the Tooth Fairy, forget the Easter Bunny.

    I KNOW there’s an EASTER SNAKE !! I saw with my own eyes.

    • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

      Thanks for your comment – that’s awesome. Actually I hadn’t even thought about the fact that reptiles lay eggs too; it makes a lot of sense, because Seth (Osiris’ enemy) and Satan are viewed as a snake… and the universe is in the shape of a snake. So naturally the savior would be born in an egg, as was Mithras/Horus.

  • http://twitter.com/G_Nepenthe Gabriel Kennedy

    How do we know that Jesus came? What, did someone use a blacklight or something? /smirk