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Liturgy Brisbane calls it "Holy Saturday." According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, it is a day of both joy and sadness, and "in the early Church this was the only Saturday on which fasting was permitted, and the fast was one of special severity. Dating from the time of St. Irenaeus, an absolute fast from every kind of food was observed for the forty hours ...


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First to address a couple fuzzy or incorrect conclusions drawn in the question: The book of Job does NOT say, "However and whenever they celebrated, Job knew it didn't please God." As you quoted, Job is being proactive to show God he cares about his children, and that on the off chance they have sinned, an atonement can be made. Also, the beheading of John ...


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Neither Easter, nor Christmas, nor any other Christian holidays that I am aware of are mentioned in the Bible. Many of the traditions we adhere today are, indeed, pagan in origin. There's plenty of material on the web to support this. ChristianAnswers.Net discusses the origin of the name Easter, as well as the Easter Hare (the original Easter Bunny), ...


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My experience is that this form of political correctness is an over-reaction against something that isn't really a problem anyway, and is intended to appease people who are offended by Christianity--most likely a small minority of vocal athiests and those with similar political views. I am never/would never be offended when a Jew wishes me a "Happy ...


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Ecclesiastes 8:15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun. Seriously, have some fun in life.


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I asked the same question to the Priest who lead our (it was my wife and my honeymoon) pilgrimage for the 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. His answer was, It's like a renaissance festival for young(ish) Catholics. And, since I've never been to a renaissance festival, but I have been to a World Yotuth Day, I think I agree. Of the few that I've ...


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Flawed Logic By that logic, I could easily show that getting married is a sin, because practically every woman in the Bible was a cause of stumbling for her husband... :p Or I could show that God's interactions with Israel in the wilderness were evil, because whenever He tested them, they sinned. We need to stick to what the Bible does say, and be careful ...


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When Christians and/or churches oppose Halloween, it is because the holiday is perceived as a celebration and glorification of evil. Children (and adults) dress up as ghosts, witches, monsters, and all manner of "evil" thing. Many claim (although my research suggests that historical evidence is lacking to support such claims) that the tradition of dressing ...


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When the feast was established in 1264, the feast of Pentecost had an octave1 and effectively lasted a week, up to Trinity Sunday. This meant that the first "unimpeded" Thursday following Maundy Thursday was the Thursday after Trinity — the season of Easter impeded2 all the Thursdays up to Pentecost, which had its own octave covering the Thursday after ...


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Pentecost, for Christians, marks the birth of "the Church." For evangelicals, however, church history generally means when their local congregation was founded. As a body of believers with no history, by design, historical holidays (I.e. Anything not explicitly about Jesus) fall to the wayside. From an historic viewpoint, the Church Universal is an amazing ...


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There's a website dedicated to World Youth Day with an about page that explains it as thus: World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Madrid from August 16th to 21st, 2011, and the next WYD will be held in Rio de Janeiro, ...


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Paul writes in Romans 14:5-8: 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives ...


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Thanksgiving is actually an American holiday, not a Christian one. Valentine's Day is also American (but there is a Saint Valentine sometimes associated with the holiday, though I don't often see him associated with the day at Church very often). In any case, Christianity certainly allows people to celebrate secular holidays, so long as it does not conflict ...


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Nature worship is considered grave matter (i.e. sinful) because of the first commandment no gods before Me. Barring that traditions, patriotism and culture are compatible with Christian living. Christianity grew up out of tradition and takes its form in the various parts of the earth because of the local traditions. That being said, follow your ...


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As one of the supposedly-offended here, allow me to add a perspective: I am not in the least bit offended by anyone wishing me a happy Christmas; nor would I be in the least bit offended by friends an associates wishing me a happy Eid etc. Or new year, or Chinese new year. In fact I dislike intensely any attempt to hide the names in the sake of political ...


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Taking a step back from Christmas and Easter holiday celebrations in particular, it should be noted that there were several celebratory feasts (and trust me, as a former Baptist, feasts are crucial to Baptists too) that the Jews undertook. In fact Deuteronomy 14 records an obligatory feast in which Jews were required to take a tenth of their possessions, ...


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Christian festivals vary according to denomination, and whether they are government holidays depends very much on your country. However there are some major ones that most Christians celebrate. The most widely celebrated are: Christmas Celebrated on December 25th, this celebrates the birth of Jesus. In almost all countries with a Christian heritage this ...


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They are quite unlike each other. You can read of the fundamentals of the Jewish Passover in Exodus 12. In fundamentalist Christianity, Easter is the celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. You can read of the resurrection benefits for the Christian in 1 Corinthians 15. Wikipedia should have articles on each if you want to be more thorough. I will ...


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If you are looking for an answer that says "We know that Jesus was really born on December 25th and here is the evidence", you are going to be disappointed. There is no such evidence, and we don't know his birthday. (There is some circumstantial evidence that it was in Spring, but it's far from conclusive). December 25th was indeed arbitrarily chosen, and ...


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What Churches, and Christians alike do not like about Halloween is not the celebration, but the fact that they believe Evil, Satan, Demons and etcetera, are real. Because they believe that they fear that such celebrations minimize the danger posed by those beings. They also worry that children will learn to not fear evil, and thereby become more ...


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I submit this for your review as I studied this about 30 yrs ago. I have searched for links so you can research the answer in depth at your leisure as there is many many studies and opinions out there. The following are just a few I am sighting for you from my studies. I hope it helps....and if you desire more information let me know. Bob Larson, ...


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According to a page on the Northern Illinois University site, the festival concludes a Novena (nine days) of prayer. The festivity commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reina Elena) and her son, the newly converted emperor Constantine. After the Holy Cross was found in Jerusalem and brought back to rome, there was a joyful ...


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Although as many others go through life's celebrations etc... so do I but this is my mindadventure on this subject. , Ephesians 6:10 example A central theme to this letter is that God's purpose is to bring together from many nations all people under the universal church of Jesus Christ. Christianity. I feel that paganism is not what is good in Gods ...


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The passage you cited is from the Old Testament, and was, therefore, received by the nation of Israel and pertained to God's covenant with them. Israel certainly had their own holidays, including the Feasts of Tabernacles, First Fruits, Atonement, Trumpets, and Unleavened Bread, as well as Passover. The Jewish people who first became Christians (or ...


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The first Christians were Jewish. In fact, Christianity is really "fulfilled" Judaism, in that the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies are found in Jesus. So, Jewish Christians (or Messianic Jews) celebrate Jewish holidays today and always have--even from the time of Christ. There is no prohibition to non-Jewish believers regarding the celebration of ...



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