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Are Most Holidays Pagan

Does anyone believe holidays are pagan? Even if they started out as pagan, does that mean we should not celebrate them now in the name of God and Jesus?

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It's now how or when one celebrates that's important in the long run.

It's WHAT one celebrates that is.
---Nancy on 12/7/07

1) All holidays have pagan roots except the ones that were authorized in the Old Testament. This is why Jeremiah 10:1-4 says to stay away from these traditions. If you want to celebrate Christmas and others, that is fine. The problem comes in when these things are done in the name of a righteous and holy man.
---kimberly on 3/19/07

2) All pagan holidays (it does not matter if christian names are attached to them or not. They are still pagan.) Points to the worship of a person instead of God... period. All pagans even to this day know who is actually being worshipped. They do not care what it is called it is ok with them.
---kimberly on 3/19/07

3) Rome, where christianity as we know it today got its start, has its root in paganism and incorporated them into our traditions which we celebrate today which includes Christmas and Easter.
---kimberly on 3/19/07

I would remind folks that Lent is not a pagan holiday, the NT clearly shows that Christians fasted, and Jesus stated that all Christians would fast - Lent is a period of fasting, just like they did in the NT.

If you do not like the ashes of Ash Wednesday, that is fine, it is not required. But, if you are not fasting that is between you and Jesus, but do not say it isn't Biblical - Matthew 6:16-18; Matthew 9:14-15.
---lorra8574 on 3/17/07

The OT condemned Jews who adopted pagan ways, but this was because they celebrated or worshipped the pagan gods and turned their backs on God.

In the history of Christianity, we have absorbed many pagan traditions and converted them into Christian celebrations in order to convert pagans and spread the word of God. It was fairly successful.

Easter is now a wonderful Christian celebration and if the Resurrecton of Our Lord is not worthy of a feast, then I don't know what else could be better.
---lorra8574 on 3/17/07

It is important not to allow our Christian holidays to not fall back into their pagan roots. And to watch that we Christians to not get suckered into non-Christian holidays. I am shocked by how big Holloween is getting. I have seen orange and black lights strung up like Christmas lights, and substantial yard displays.
---lorra8574 on 3/17/07

Some of the "biggest" holidays such as Christmas and Easter are pagan. Christmas is RCC and is a part of their religion in keeping that feast. Easter is RCC and is a part of the RCC religion in keeping that feast. Easter is particularly horrific because the Easter Sunday is celebrated as a big food feast following from the solemnity of the previous 2 days religious happenings, and also Lent.
---Helen_5378 on 3/17/07

Just about every holiday has a pagan background, and so do the months and most days of the year. In most cases, Christians have tried to make the most of it. While I can see no harm in most of them, since very few people are aware of the pagan background, it is a good idea for Christian parents to give a simple explanation to their kids. For example: Christmas - how does Santa Claus and Christ birth fit into this holiday? However, let the kids do the asking - they may not really care.
---WIVV on 7/27/06

Jack, correction, valentines day was based on first a sexual rite in Rome, Feb 14 when 14 year old teens had sex in pagan temples, there is a lot of detail I could give, but wont.
---MikeM on 7/9/06

I don't get what the concern is. Naturally, the Jews didn't celebrate Christmas or Easter. But I'm Christian. Why shouldn't I celebrate the birth of my Savior and His Resurrection? I don't KNOW what a decorated tree or bunch of eggs meant to some pagans way back when..don't care, either. Why deny kids a make-believe Santa or Easter Bunny? Do we ban Batman or the Cookie Monster? Kids learn that Jesus is REAL by living in a Christ-Centered home.
---Donna2277 on 7/6/06

4. The Commemoration of the Priest-Martyr Valentine of Rome has nothing to do with any pagan holiday.

Finally, ALL of us on this board were "pagan" before we turned to Christ, but this is the function of Christianity: to take what was alienated from God and convert it to His use and glory.

Those who don't accept this don't understand the Gospel.
---Jack on 7/4/06

1. The present New Year's day is NOT that which was observed in the Roman Empire, therefore it's not pagan.

2. How can celebrating the fact of Nativity according to the Flesh of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ be pagan?

3. What is called "Easter" in English is called PASCHA--Passover in most other languages, hence it IS the celebration of Passover with a new meaning.
---Jack on 7/4/06

New years, Valentines, Easter, Christmas, Halloween, all are of pagan origin that the rcc intertwined with 'christianity' to convert pagans. The only feasts we should celebrate are Yahweh's feast days.
---Tracy on 7/3/06

If somebody...maybe a computer...could go back through all of human history, they might find that 300 out of 365 days a year (just a for instance) were celebrated by some pagans somewhere for some reason. Does that mean that the only days available for Christian celebrations are the remaining 65? I can't help but believe that Eternal and Almighty God isn't much more concerned about WHAT we celebrate and HOW, than which day the day of the week or month.
---Donna2277 on 7/3/06

at last some of you are really starting to think!! Yahuwehs 6 feasts and one fast are his setapart mowed miqra!They give timeline for all of the major events in his completed salvation of his people! including the exact day of his return.!which will be feast of Tabernacles!! true Hebrew calendar!! not false rcc one!! all religious feasts are satanic counterfeit and celebrate satanic days!! in honour of him!! you must understand we are to be set apart to Yahuweh, not satan!! wake up people!!
---dave on 7/3/06

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Holidays are just Holidays.As a person who benefits from this day of Rest is entirely how you approach & view the day.Those who view it from a paganistic point of view are Pagan-those who attribute it to a HOLY DAY or HOLIDAY do so with a different approach & use it as a Day of remembrance & the reason for its being Celebrated.You can get inebriated on your Birthday Or you can choose NOt to.It's still your Birthday.
---Emcee on 7/3/06

PT 2: So bottom line is no matter how we "celebrate" the holidays in the name of God or Jesus, the original orgin of it is Paganisim & is unacceptable. Jesus celebrated Pasover then died shortly after that, not on Easter (pagan holiday) . Jesus asked us to remembre him in death for what he did ,not celebrating his birth, so christmas is out.Go to God about holidays, he does have 7 festavals in the bible.Ask Jewish people about those since they still celebrate those.
---candice on 7/3/06

We can not get away from Pagan things in this world, but we do not have to participate in the events. here is an illastration: this guy had an ugly car, he thought by repainting it it would be beautiful, for awhile it was, then after time it chipped away & the old was showing again. that is how it is with christians celebrating pagan hoilidays trying to cover them up in the name of God.It started off pagan & will end Pagan.
---candice on 7/3/06

Pagans make all kinds of things that we use everyday. Mr. Ford was a mason and I can drive a Ford in the name of Jesus can't I?. Not celebrating certain days because some unbeliever invented it doesn't make any sense. The paper your Bible was made of was probably made by pagans. The shoes you walk in, the house you live in, pagans everywhere. Lets get off our religious damnation kick and just make sure we use it for the Lord. Nothing is unclean of itself.
---john on 7/3/06

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3/... As born-again Christians who believe that Jesus died on the Cross for us, we really should have nothing at all to do with these pagan holidays. I have only mentioned two of them here, there may be others of note. We are called to come out from among them and be separate. The road to heaven is narrow.
---Helen_5378 on 7/3/06

2/... Lent inevitably focuses on not eating certain foods hence the huge push for people everywhere to eat fish during this time whether RCC or not. On the Easter Sunday they then celebrate the end of Lent by eating a big feast of food. It really is quite horrible when one's eyes are truly opened to these pagan holidays. They have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross for sin. They focus on man's works which are a stench in God's nostrils.
---Helen_5378 on 7/3/06

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