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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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