yalandarose

December 23, 2014

Gifted

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — yalandarose @ 6:19 pm

The frustrating part of gift-giving is finding that one tangible item to convey all of the intangible gifts already given by the recipient.

June 30, 2012

Holidays Are Not Holy Days

Filed under: Christianity, holidays, religion — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 8:07 am

Christians have long debated celebrating holidays. I wasn’t convinced of either position after reading compelling arguments for and against – I was confused!  Ironically, after studying pages and pages of commentary and other denominations, I came across just a couple of verses that clarified my perspective.    There are no Christian holidays.

I used to think that holidays were a gray area not specifically mentioned in the Bible, but it is.  Christians are instructed “to abstain from the pollutions of the idols…”(Acts 15:20) and “to abstain from things offered to idols,”(Acts 15:29).

Considering that holidays have pagan roots, what I once considered a gray area is now a prohibited area for me as a Christian.

Fireworks, birthday candles, Easter bunnies, and Christmas trees all at one point were offered and according to Acts 15, polluted by idols.

I am aware of the arguments that state modern “Christians” do not use any of the above traditions (and more) for idolatry, but rather for festive decorations. However, regardless of how it is used now, it was and (still is) “polluted” by idolatry.

Pollution is an impurity, and according to Ephesians 5:3, uncleanness must not be named among pure Christians.

Expressing his fear to his new Christian converts, Paul wrote,“days ye observe, and months, and times, and years! I am afraid of you, lest in vain I did labour toward you. (Galatians 4:10-11)

Paul was afraid for good reason. He knew that his new Christian converts were already risking their salvation.

 And manifest also are the works of the flesh, which are: Adultery, whoredom, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strifes, emulations, wraths, rivalries, dissensions, sects,envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revellings, and such like, of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that those doing such things the reign of God shall not inherit.” (Galatians 5:19-21)

If for no other reason, why mark key salvation milestones –  the birth and resurrection of our Savior – with silliness.  Santa Claus, Easter Bunny – really?

“When I was a babe, as a babe I was speaking, as a babe I was thinking, as a babe I was reasoning, and when I have become a man, I have made useless the things of the babe; (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Young’s Literal Version

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