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Easter Discussion Topics for English Language Learners
- Is Easter celebrated in your country? If so, how?
- Modern Easter customs reflect traditions from many parts of the world. The story of the Easter bunny originated in Germany, where children believed that if they were good, the Easter bunny would leave behind a nest of colored eggs. What other holiday customs relate to children's behavior? What holidays in your native culture are primarily considered "children's holidays"?
- As a parent, would you encourage your child to believe in creatures such as the Easter bunny, Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, etc.? Why or why not?
- During your early childhood years, who was your favorite imaginary character? Why?
- What is your favorite holiday tradition? Why?
- The Easter egg is commonly regarded as a symbol of new life. Explain how eggs symbolize new life. What other signs of life are commonly associated with Easter? With spring in general?
- Easter is the most important holiday of the Christian faith, for it is on this day that Christians remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ (His coming back to life). What is your religion? What are its most important holidays? Why are these days important? How do you celebrate?
- In what way does the resurrection cause Christianity to differ from other religions?
- Who do you believe is the greatest leader of all time? the greatest teacher? the most important person? Why?
- Who has done the most good for mankind?
- Who has lived the holiest life?
- Christians believe that all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord will one day live with Him forever. Do you believe in life after death? Why or why not?
- If you do believe in life after death, what do you think the next life will be like?
- According to the Bible, every single person has sinned. Do you believe this? Why or why not? Does sin exist? If so, what is sin? Are there absolute rules for behavior that everyone should follow? Or should each person decide what is good/bad (right/wrong) for himself or herself? If there are absolute rules, who decides what these are? What is the basis for law and government? What might be the dangers of a person or a group of people deciding what is right and what is wrong? What might be the dangers of every person doing what he or she believes is good/right?
- According to the Bible, the punishment for sin is death. All people will die because all have sinned. Do you believe this? Why or why not? Why do you think people die? Do you think science and medicine will ever make it possible for people to live forever? Would you want to live forever? Why or why not?
- According to the Bible, Jesus Christ, who never sinned, died to take the punishment for all people's sin. In other words, He died in your place and mine so that we could live forever with Him in heaven. What kind of person would die for someone else? How would you feel if someone died so that you could live? Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for you? Why or why not?
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