Does Easter Have Pagan Origins?

Episode 674 Show Notes 

From the Show

We are called as believers to celebrate Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. It’s the message of joy and hope; the cardinal truth of our faith. Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 15: if Jesus Christ is not risen from the dead, we are still in our sins. The question is, should we pick one day of the year to really focus on this?

–Adriel Sanchez

Does Easter Have Pagan Origins?

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. How should we interact with those who are undergoing church discipline or who have been excommunicated?

2. Which Mary was it that washed Jesus’s feet in Luke 7? Was it Mary Magdalene or the Mary of Martha and Lazarus?

3. I have heard a lot of folks say that Easter actually has pagan origins and that its not biblical. What would you say in response to the folks who make these claims and what evidence or proof texts would you use?

4. There is a longer ending to Mark 16 that in some bibles say they are not in the original manuscripts. How should we think about these?

5. Was Jael justified in killing Sisera in Judges 4?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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