• James Eichenlaub

Holidays (Holy Days) - Tis The Season

It is many, many years since our family...well, the family we used to be before the children grew and scattered...celebrated Christmas, Easter, or any of the so-called Christian holidays. Our (my) rejection of such practices happened long before we began associating with Jehovah's Witnesses, who, as you know, are Christians who denounce and reject such holidays.

It is possible to present a lengthy and thorough discussion of the why and why-not concerning the celebration of religious holidays, but let it suffice to say, for the moment, that they are pagan in origin and not Christian in any way. Are 'not' Christian, according to the Christian Bible, at least.

Rather than honoring the most powerful creature in God's creation, the Roman Empire, i.e., the Catholic Church, is the very same organization that concocted and introduced what people deem to be "Christian Holy Days."

The fact is, Christ Jesus came to Earth to be rejected, humiliated, tortured, spit upon, laughed at, and finally murdered by these same Romans that later hijacked Christianity and corrupted it to satisfy their pagan practices.

So, then, in later years after I enlisted in the Navy and myself, rejected the holidays, I became acquainted with Jehovah's Witnesses who corroborated what I had already come to know without the exact scriptural reasons I subsequently learned.

For example:

"Millions of people around the world believe that the Christmas tradition is the birthday celebration of Jesus Christ... "

(Early Christians did NOT celebrate birthdays; ergo, the thought would not have entered their minds. Any mention of birthdays (2) was negative in connotation, celebrated by hedonistic rulers during whose celebrations resulted in the death of innocent victims to entertain themselves.)

"The Bible does not say exactly when Jesus was born. “The day of Christ’s birth cannot be ascertained from the N[ew] T[estament] or, indeed, from any other source,” states McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia."

(if Jesus wanted his followers to celebrate his birthday, he would have made sure that they knew the date of his birth and how to "properly" celebrate it, which is not the case. )

"The Bible does not record that Jesus or any of his disciples celebrated Christmas. According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, celebrating Christmas was first mentioned: “in the Chronograph of Philocalus, a Roman almanac whose source material can be dated to 336 [C.E.].” Established 'after' the Council of Nicea that corrupted Christianity.

Also: McClintock and Strong note that “the observance of Christmas is not of divine appointment, nor is it of N[ew] T[estament] origin.”

If you are a reader of the Bible, you have read Jesus "Sermon on the Mount," as it's called, along with the many other instructions given to his disciples. Jesus gave precise instructions on many things, but neither did he nor any of his disciples' mention celebrating his birth.

The Bible cautions us to not “go beyond the things that are written” in the Holy Scriptures.—1 Corinthians 4:6.

Regarding the Easter celebration, you will find the origins to be very much the same. Do a little research and see what eggs and bunny rabbits and chocolate treats have to do with Jesus. Of course, this was 'supposed' to be a way of celebrating Christ's death and resurrection, but NOT the way Christ intended it, and he did give specific instruction on what, when, how, and why.

The Bible contains this: "On the other hand, there is one important event the early Christians were very familiar with—the commemoration, or Memorial, of Jesus’ death. Jesus personally told his disciples when to observe this occasion and showed them how to do it. These specific instructions, as well as the calendar day of his death, are recorded in the Bible.—Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:25."

Consequently: "...millions of Christians the world over have concluded that Christmas is not for them." Neither is Easter nor 'any' unscriptural practice concocted by pseudo-Christianity, especially of Roman Catholic origin.

For specific article see: www.jw.org

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