This topic is very hot and I would try my best to answer you in my opinion with some verses from

the Bible, nevertheless let your conscience, the Bible and God guide you in accepting or rejecting it. PETER, This is a very typical argument some people would put forward why you should not celebrate Birthdays, Christmas, Easter and other Holidays. They would begin by saying that: “the only birthday observances mentioned in the Bible were two rulers who did not worship God (Genesis 40:20; Matthew 14:9 and Mark 6:21) Pharaoh of Egypt and Herod Antipas and that they were both presented in a bad light especially Herod leading to the beheading of John the Baptist, and that they were also held in honour of pagan deities and that Jesus disciples likely knew that celebrations were connected with superstition. Because of this, God certainly would not be pleased with any celebration that would link Jesus with superstition. For instance they say the ancient Greeks believed that each person had a protective spirit that watched over him or her and that spirit had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born according to THE LORE OF BIRTHDAYS. When it comes to Christmas it goes like this: “there is no evidence of the first-century disciples of Jesus observed such a holiday as Christmas. They would quote that THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA says, the early Christians “considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.” They go on to say that hundreds after Christ, new Christians wished it to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the birthday of the “unconquered sun). Thus in winter, the sun was deemed at it’s weakest point, so the pagans held ceremonies to get this source of warmth and light to come back and December 25 was thought to be the day that the sun began its return. Thus in an effort to convert pagans, religious leaders adopted this festival and tried to make it seem “Christian”. So that means that celebrating Christmas is filthy after all who would eat meat that has fallen in garbage although it’s sweet.” Easter is not left out like many other holidays. In fact they say it has been linked to EOSTRE, or OSTARA, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and of spring. They say that it was from a pagan god who is described as resurrecting each spring on Easter, a day which was dedicated to Ishtar, the mother goddess who was thought to be the Queen of Heaven and interceding for all mankind. She is known by different names like Astarte by Phoenicians and Syrians, Ashtoreth in Israel, Ishtar in Sumeria and Babylonia, Cybele in Phyrgia, Demeter in Greece, Artemis in Ionia, Ceres in Poseidonia and others. In fact they say it is associated with eggs and rabbits and that eggs have been prominent symbols of new life and resurrection according to the ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, while the rabbit as a symbol of fertility. That means it’s a fertility rite disguised as a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Thus because the Bible does not command or authorize the commemorating of Jesus resurrection then it’s a

sin. THIS IS THE CASE AGAINST CHRISTMAS, EASTER AND BIRTHDAYS. MY TAKE ON IT

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There are a whole lot of questions which comes to my mind when people say such things. Would you say that the Bible is very bad book because some people use it to curse? Oh am sorry I forgot this one, would you say that God is a mean and bad person because in the Old Testament He said that adulterers and fornicators should be stoned? What about people who were supposed to be cut off from their people because they ate forbidden food?

GOD is an omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient God and everything in the world belongs to Him. All days are equal to him as recorded in Romans. Let’s leave Romans alone, we will get back to that. Somebody may say that everyday is a new day so why does the day of your birth have to be special and if it was something worthy of celebration why did the Israelites not celebrate it but rather by Pagan worshippers. When somebody asks you how old you are, you say I am 10, 12, or 15 years old. Why don’t you say that you are 30 seasons old or 5949393939 days old? But God in His wisdom, before even creating man made a way for us to keep record of things. In Genesis 1:14—And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years. Thus, we are able to give accounts of things that have happened in the past or make plans for the future. To me I would say that to observe/celebrate something does not reside in the merrymaking or sorrow in the case of remembering the dead that is attached to it but rather what comes to mind from your heart. For instance you can observe your birthday without making merry. The fact that you did not make merry does not mean that you did not celebrate it but rather you recognized the day as another year has gone by and that is what God put in motion even before creation of man as Genesis 1:14 says. In Genesis 40: 1-23, the significance of the story is not about Pharaoh’s birthday but about what God can do in every situation that we find ourselves in. Joseph was in prison and he used every situation to lead people to God. When they told him that they had dreams but there is no one to interpret them, Joseph in Genesis 40:8b said: “DO NOT INTERPRETATIONS BELONG TO GOD?” It served as an avenue for Joseph to remind people that God is the overall King of Kings. Although he could have used it to make himself look good, he turned it into a powerful witness for the LORD. The events came true as Joseph had predicted in Genesis 40:20-23 and it happened to coincide with Pharaoh’s birthday. NOW let’s analyze something here. In verse 20, it says that the THIRD day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he gave a feast for all of his officials and then as the dreams were interpreted, everything was fulfilled. In my opinion what can be deduced from here is that, Pharaoh was the king of the land and he can choose whatever he wanted to do. The feast he gave on his birthday has nothing to do with the events that happened on that day because as the king he can do anything that he wanted to do. Thus he could still have observed his birthday without any feast and would have had the cupbearer restored to his position and the baker hanged. Thus whether the third day was

Pharaoh’s birthday or not, the events would have been fulfilled. Now let’s go to Matthew and Mark and see Herod of Antipas and the beheading of John the Baptist. The events which led to the beheading of John the Baptist started way long before Herod’s birthday. Herod was a tetrarch—one of the four rulers over the four districts of Palestine. His territory included the regions of Galilee and Perea. He was the son of Herod the Great, who ordered the killing of babies when Jesus was born. This Herod Antipas was the same Herod that only Luke among the Gospels recorded as having a trial for Jesus. Herod’s half brother Philip, was another of Palestine’s four rulers and his territories were Iturea and Traconitis. His wife Herodias left him to live with Herod Antipas. John has been saying to Herod Antipas in Matthew 14:4 that, “It is not lawful for you to have her” Thus John the Baptist was arrested but not killed because Herod was afraid of the people because they considered John as a prophet. Again the birthday of Herod has nothing to do with the beheading of John but rather the boastfulness of Herod. Herod promised the daughter of Herodias whatever she asked in Matthew 14:7. And he finally gave in. Again let’s analyze something here. In Mark 6:22 after Herod said he will give anything to the girl, he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom. As a ruler under Roman authority, Herod had no kingdom to give. The offer of half his kingdom is a way of saying that he would give her almost anything, I guess he didn’t think about it. When the girl consulted her mum she came back HURRIEDLY and said in Mark 6:25 “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” He was greatly distressed but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not refuse as recorded in verse 26. Again, the celebration could have gone on well without the beheading of John if he had not boasted or given oaths. Even though he had given oaths, as ruler he could still have stood on his grounds that the girl cannot demand the life of another person. But Herod wanted to show that he had power and he was thinking of what his guests would think about him. Furthermore he could not discipline the girl when he asked him to give it to her immediately. How can the small girl demand the life of another immediately from a ruler who in Mark 6:20 considered John to be righteous and holy man? Looking at these two scenarios it can be seen clearly that it’s not the celebration of the birthday but the individual events that has already been planned to happen in Pharaoh’s case and the inability of man to withstand pressure through making boastful oaths. The same happened to Pilate though who knew that Jesus was innocent could not resist the people. How come the Bible only records only 2 birthdays and even that it was celebrated by Pagan worshippers. The Bible is also a place of record keeping to help us understand Who God is. In Matthew, we see a record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham. This was to trace Jesus ancestry. In my opinion likewise, the 2 birthdays were not recorded because of the birthday per se but because of the events that coincided with it and thus making it paramount to be mentioned. Birthdays were not much mentioned because in my opinion I believe it was a common thing to be held so it was not much of an issue to be talked about. The fact that apart from these 2 birthdays, no mention is made of birthdays in the Bible does not prove that others did not celebrate it again. For example Circumcision was given to Abraham and his descendants. Genesis 17:10—“This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you

shall be circumcised. Thus Abraham and Ishmael and all those born in Abraham’s household or bought with money were circumcised in verse 23-27. When Isaac too was born, he was circumcised after 8 days in Genesis 21:4. After these events, circumcision was not mentioned again till in Joshua 5:2-7 when God told Joshua to circumcise the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth. This is because while wandering in the desert their parents did not circumcise them. But before this event, can we say that the fact that circumcision was not mentioned mean that after Isaac was circumcised in Genesis, until it was mentioned in Joshua, there was no CIRCUMSISION? I bet you say No. It was not mentioned again because it became a custom that the Israelites performed so though it was a covenant it was not something which had to be talked about everyday, it was a one day event in a male’s lifetime. It is similar to a naming ceremony which is done once in a person’s lifetime so much was not talked about. After this event again in Joshua, it was not mentioned till in Luke2: 21 when Jesus was circumcised. Would you say that because the 35 books between Joshua and Luke did not mention circumcising somebody meant that circumcision was not done among the Israelites till Jesus birth? I beg to defer. On Christmas and Easter, I would say that the same way the Israelites were saved from Haman, in my opinion is the same way; Mankind was delivered from sin and was forgiven through the birth of Jesus Christ. The birth was necessary because if he didn’t come, he wouldn’t have died. Although everyday is equal and was created by God, Christians prefer to choose certain days to celebrate CHRISTMAS, December 25th as the birthday of Jesus Christ although the actual birthday is not known. How was this day chosen? Was it because the pagans worshipped the Sun god or Mithras on 25th December? If they chose that day because the pagans worshipped the Sun god, does it mean that they were thinking of worshipping the Sun god or Jesus Christ? Another unpopular but also worthy of note taking about Christmas is found in Malachi 4:2 which I myself just found when writing this post. In Malachi 4:2, God said “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall”. In this verse, Jesus is theological seen as a symbolic character and as therefore being the sun of righteousness. This verse though attractive in it self is not very popular because many historians believe it depends too much on assumptions that cannot be proved and that it lacks basis of historical certitude. Arguably many who choose to say that Christmas should not be celebrated would choose the first option of getting it from Pagan worship and that the church chose it to win Christians. But the FALLACY I find in this statement is that it wasn’t whatever god they worshipped who created the days of the week and as a result can’t claim ownership of the days and so if the church chose that day to mark the birth of Jesus Christ and to win others to Christ then it is supposed to be a PLUS and not a MINUS, after all that is supposed to be the Church’s duty? Secondly we worship from our heart and God knows what goes on in our hearts. Apart from the weekly Sabbath day of the Israelites, they also had about a total of 19 or 20 days of feasting given to them by God after they had left Egypt. God Himself instituted celebrations among Mankind so that Mankind will glorify Him and also to enjoy. Example is Passover which was a holiday designed to celebrate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and to remind the people of what God had done. Like the Israelites, we if some Christians also choose to Celebrate Christmas and Easter as a

deliverance from sin, would you consider it as a sin or something worthy of emulation. You can read Leviticus 23. The question is what if some of these days fell on the days the Egyptians were worshipping their gods, popular among them is Amon-Re. Does worshipping God and feasting on that day mean worshipping their gods? Does worshipping got to do with the day being worshipped or the object of your worship and where your heart is? For example, Muslims worldwide choose Friday as their day of worship and when everywhere they are supposed to pray, they must face the east, thus facing the Kaba. Now as a Christian, does worshipping God on Friday makes you a Muslim? When you pray to God and face the east does it make you a Muslim? Do you think bowing down, lifting up your hands and going on your knees when worshipping God makes you a Muslim? I don’t think so. In the book of Esther where the Jews were under the Persian Kingdom, King Xerxes in Esther 2:17-18 after making Esther queen instead of Vashti gave a great banquet, it was named after Esther, Esther’s Banquet, for the kings nobles and officials. The king proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality. Ask yourself, did the Jews also celebrate this holiday. Did they also feast on that day? If they did, did God approve of it for the Jews before they celebrated although it was made by someone who did not worship their God? Is this also Paganism? Is it good to celebrate in honour of a human being as King Xerxes did for Esther? Is this also Paganism? In Esther 9:17-22, after God through Esther and Mordecai had delivered the Jews from Haman’s plans, the Jews in Susa after assembling on the 13th and 14th day rested on the 15th day and made the 14th and 15th day a day of feasting and joy. It goes on to say that they observe the 14 th of the month of Adar as a day of joy and feasting, a day for giving presents to each other. Would you say that they didn’t thank God for what happened? What we notice here is that, this day of feasting was not something God told them to do. It was the people themselves who made it a day of feasting and joy. Why did they do that? They were delivered from the wicked plans of Haman by God. Did God approve of it? Where did they learn that from? Although God’s name is not mentioned in the book of Esther, would you say that the fasting that Esther proclaimed for the people did not have God in mind? Would you say that Esther did not pray when she fasted? Which God did she pray to, the God of the Jews or the gods of the Persians? Peter, list goes on and on. I would like to tackle their own arguments. On birthdays, they say it was held in honour of pagan gods. Wasn’t it people who did it? Did the gods claim the day to be their own or it was people who claimed to honour such a god on that day. Was it the gods, the people or God who created that day? The people choose to honour the gods on a day created by God. It was their choice to honour them, so in celebrating it, they had their gods in mind. But in the Bible there was no mentioning of a god being honoured when the birthdays were celebrated. Secondly, because it was a choice, they could have also used it to honour God like the way Christians do, but because of evil they chose to honour the gods. Secondly, it was the same choice that the Greeks believed that there is a spirit which protects everyone. Does the fact that the ancient Greeks believe that such a thing exist on everyday mean that if I celebrate a particular day I am doing the same thing as them? On Christmas, they claim that the early Christians considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom. What you have to ask yourself is whether

God saw it as paganism or the early Christians who are also humans like us considered it to be. It is paganism depending on who you worship or who you honour. Who told the early Christians to consider it as paganism? Oh so because the early Christians considered it as paganism then it means that it’s final. Do the early Christians have more access to God than we Christians today? Does it mean that God show more favour to the early Christians than the Christians of today? The Bible does not condemn or condone celebration of Birthdays, so why would human beings sit somewhere and try to deduce that God won’t like it or would not have liked it. This is different from something that the Bible has explicitly said that it’s wrong and trying to use it to glorify God. For example, stealing, prostituting and lying are sins. So if somebody steals from another person and gives it to another person or uses it as an offertory in church, it is not justified because he helped somebody with it or gave it as offertory in church. This is because stealing is a sin. The same goes with prostituting to get money to feed your family or using it to help a cause. In Joshua chapter 2, Joshua sent out spies to go and look over the land and the spies entered a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there……………hmmmm interesting…….more things for the spies. As you know the story, Rahab protected them from the king and helped them escape and through that the pagan Canaanite prostitute Rahab and her family was saved. Why would the spies stop at the house of Rahab, a prostitute? (1) It could have been a good place to gather information and have no questions asked in return (2) Rahab’s house was an ideal location for a quick escape because it was built into the city wall and (3) Could it have been that God directed the spies to Rahab’s house because He knew her heart was open to Him and that she would be instrumental in the Israelite victory over Jericho.? All these three answers support what the Bible said in Joshua 2: 1-21. In your opinion who would you say directed the spies to stay at Rahab’s house? Did Joshua need to send the spies when God had already told him that He would give the land to them? Was Joshua undermining God’s sovereignty and authority? Did God like the idea that Joshua sent the spies? Why did God allow the spies to come in contact with the pagans, even the pagans helping God’s people before they went to destroy their place? God often uses people with simple faith to accomplish His great purpose, no matter what kind of past they have had or how insignificant they seem to be. Rahab didn’t allow her past to keep her from the new role God had for her. Similarly wouldn’t you consider the Israelites coming in contact with the pagans before the destruction of Jericho the same way God allowed the Romans to rule over the Israelites and with time the Romans also accepted Christ through the preaching of Paul? Would you consider Rahab helping the spies to escape and later destroying her fellow country men as the same way early Christmas celebrants also purposefully and strategically chose the day the Romans worshipped their sun god to enable them win them over? Oh lest I forgot, do you know that this same former Canaanite pagan prostitute Rahab is an ancestor of Jesus Christ? Check Matthew 1:5. Is that contamination in the body of Christ? Why would God allow a former pagan woman to become an ancestor of Jesus Christ? Why did God promised Abraham even before Isaac was born that his descendants will go and live in a foreign land, a pagan nation as a matter of fact. Why did God allow his nation to go and suffer in the hands of pagan people? Abraham himself went to

Egypt to stay likewise his son Isaac. The Israelites were mostly farmers and herdsmen who didn’t have much knowledge in metal making, but because of the slavery in Egypt, they learnt a whole lot of things which helped them when they were in the deserts. How they built their tents and tabernacles they worshipped in. When building the temple by Solomon, had it not being the knowledge they learnt from the Egyptians, would they have been able to build it like that. The chariots that the Israelites used in wars and the swords they used were all learnt from pagan people. Is it bad that they used such knowledge to their advantage? Even in 1 Kings 5 when Solomon wanted to build the temple, he consulted Hiram who was king of Tyre, a pagan nation. Although Hiram praised God, it was not from his heart but from his lips because Solomon was going to provide food for his royal household. Why did Solomon contact a pagan king to send him cedars of Lebanon to build the Temple of the Lord? Wouldn’t that be a contamination to the very place that God will reside? Again in 1 Kings 7:13-45, Solomon sent to Tyre again for Huram who was a craftsman in bronze to make all the Furnishings of the Temple that Solomon had built. Would you say that there was contamination of the Temple and the furnishings because it was made by someone from a pagan country who did not worship the Israelite God? Does coming in contact with pagan people necessarily mean that you are contaminated when you adhere to God? Eventually Tyre was destroyed as prophesied in Isaiah 23. Lets again look at 2 Chronicles 35:20-26. King Neco of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish but King Josiah of the Israelites marched out to meet him in battle because he didn’t want Neco to pass through his land. King Neco told him that he has no quarrel with him but rather a different people so King Josiah should stop opposing him because God was with King Neco. But King Josiah who although followed the Lord did not listen to him because he thought God cannot use pagans in His plan. King Josiah disguised himself and went to war with King Neco but was wounded and came to die in Jerusalem. Josiah ignored Neco’s message because of who Neco was—king of a pagan nation. The mistaken assumption that Neco could not be part of God’s larger plan cost Josiah his life. While not everyone who claims to have a message from God really does, God’s messages may come in unexpected ways. God had spoken to pagan kings in the past (Genesis 12:17-20), Genesis 20:3-7, Daniel 4:1-3). Why would God speak to these pagan kings if they are not part of his plans. God appeared to Pharaoh and Abimelech in Abraham’s time, Abimelech again in Isaac’s time. He appeared to pagans like the cupbearer and baker in Joseph’s time and also in a dream to Pharaoh and through which came the elevation of Joseph and subsequently the bringing of Jacob’s children to Egypt and later becoming slaves as God had already promised Abraham. What about Jesus and His disciples? Why did Jesus chose disciples when they were sinners? That was the purpose He came, to save Mankind. And He came to show us that we can mingle with sinners and still do the right thing. He was even accused of eating with sinners in Mark 2:13-17. The Pharisees in Mark 2:16b—“Why does He eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” To which He replied that it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. He did not come to call the righteous but sinners in verse 17. Infact all the nations who ruled over Israel were pagan nations. And all who defeated Israel in war were pagan nations. Why did God allow that to happen? Read Habakkuk 1 when Habakkuk cried out to God as to why He would allow a pagan nation to punish his people. Jesus instituted communion but

in 1 Corinthians 11:27-34, we realize that it can be taken in an unworthy manner. In 1 Samuel 21:1-6, King David went to Nob and met the priest Ahimelech and asked of bread or anything the priest could give. The priest said that there was no ordinary bread but bread which was CONSECRATED. This bread was only meant for priest to eat and not anybody else. But yet still the priest gave it to them because they had not have any sexual relations. There was a need for food and the priest met it which Jesus quotes in Matthew 12: 3-8 when He was accused that his disciples were doing unlawful things on the Sabbath. In contrast, in Daniel 5, King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for his nobles. He gave orders to bring the gold and silver goblets that his father Nebuchadnezar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem. The king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. In verse 4 it says that “ As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone” and then in verse 5 “Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the wall, near he lampstand in the royal palace.” It was a death message to the King from God. How come David and the priest did not perish for both conniving and eating what was consecrated. This shows that food is more important for human life than rules and regulations. On the other hand King Belshazzar and his people praised the gods of silver, gold, wood, stone etc. when they used the goblets from the temple. Would God have punished him if they had thanked God and worshipped him? Decide for yourself. MY CONCLUSION Now let’s get back to the Romans because I am lecturing too much about history. Oh I miss my history class and I miss lecturing at CUCG….hahahhah. Well in Romans chapter 14, Paul summarizes everything I have said especially in verses 5-8 “One man considers one day more sacred than another, another man considers everyday alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does to the Lord and give thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” In Genesis we know that God Almighty created all the days and not some gods. As a result, when you celebrate a day and considers it as sacred to the Lord, it’s from your heart and God knows your heart because we cannot lie to God. If you do it unto God, He knows and when you do it unto some gods also He knows. Ecclesiastes 3:1213—I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. But in Ecclesiastes 12:13 it is finalized that “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Most importantly is YOUR HEART that God is looking for. Like I said it’s not the merry making that makes the holiday being observed but rather what your heart says. In Isaiah 29:13 God said “ These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their LIPS, but their HEARTS are FAR from me. This is again recorded in Matthew 15:8-9 and Mark 7:6-7. God is looking for hour hearts and to do things to acknowledge him with your heart is something I think is worthwhile.

I cannot tell the main reason why the person who choose December 25 th for it to be celebrated was thinking about. I was not there and what I know is what I have presented. It could be that it was a strategic and purposeful thing to do to help convert the pagans from worshipping the sun god which they were also worshipping on the December 25th which I think if so should be a PLUS . It could be from Malachi 4:2. It could be a whole lot. Since we cannot determine what goes on in a person’s heart, I leave it for you to decide on your own. For instance two people might seem to be celebrating Christmas or Easter but one’s heart will be on God and the other would be on only food and drinking. Which one of them would you say actually celebrated the purpose of Christmas or Easter. I cannot see the person’s heart and I am not the one to judge. You need to ask yourself why you are celebrating your birthday, Christmas or Easter because you might be celebrating it because you are a Christian and your church does. The same way you need to ask yourself why you are a Christian. Is it because you were born into it, or somebody told you about it or you have tested it and decided it for yourself. As you can see the days belong to God and as Joshua said in Joshua 24:14-15—“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seem undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSEHOLD, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD”. As noted above, God has allowed pagans and his people to meet several times, and I know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Something that the Bible has not condemned or has not given much information in the Bible, I can’t say for something that God would not like it since there is little information on it. But what I know is that in Isaiah 55:8-9—“God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts.” I do celebrate all these things and I hope my argument does not influence you. In fact when I went to church, we talked about listening to Christ. Abraham listened to God when He called him out of his family, when he was distressed about Sarah telling him to send Hagar and Ishmael away, he listened to God. He listened to God when he was told to sacrifice Isaac. Joseph listened to God to take Mary as his wife and a whole lot of others in the Bible. The theme for church was “IN ALL THINGS LISTEN TO CHRIST”. What is God telling you. MAY GOD GUIDE YOU AND HELP YOU FIND YOUR COURSE IN THE CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAYS. If you decide to celebrate any Christian holiday, let this guide help you in deciding: 1. Is the celebration stress man-made rules and taboos rather than God’s grace? 2. Does it foster a critical spirit toward others, does it exercise discipline discreetly and lovingly?

3. Does it stress formulas, secret knowledge, or special visions more than the Word of God? 4. Does it elevate self-righteousness, honouring those who keep the rules, rather than elevating Christ? 5. Does it neglect Christ’s universal church, claiming to be an elite group? 6. Does it teach humiliation of the body as a means to spiritual growth rather than focusing on the growth of the whole person? 7. Does it disregard the family rather than holding it in high regard as the Bible does? 8. Does it bring togetherness in one spirit?

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