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Saint Patrick's Day Celebration

Should Christians Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day?

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Nicole - Yes Patrick was an ex-British slave. And yes he did kill thousands of the Druids or pagan worshippers who would not convert to catholicism. We are taught in school that Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. Those snakes were not only men but women and children as well. This was done to get rid of any opposition. He then established about 300 churches there. And for that he was canonized a saint -talk about biting the hand that feeds you..
---Truthseeker on 5/8/08

Trueseeker, St Patrick was a slave taken to Ireland when he was a boy. He killed no one. Get rid of your sources they are misleading you.
---Nicole on 5/5/08

Patrick wasn't even catholic.
---dan on 5/2/08

ok, and Martin Luther was a Scientologist.
More National Enquirer-type history.
---Greyrider on 5/5/08

Patrick wasn't even catholic.
---dan on 5/2/08

If you understood the history behind St. Patrick's day no one would celebrate this day. Patrick was cannonized a saint because he massacred hundreds of thousands of the Ireland people. Go read about the Druid massacre. This had nothing to do with driving out snakes from Ireland but killing people that wore the headdresses with the cobra on it. The druids were exposing what the Catholics were doing and the people were starting to listen so the church had to get rid of them.
---Truthseeker on 5/1/08

St. Patrick's Day is the Roman Catholic feast day that honors St. Patrick (387-461 AD), the patron saint of Ireland. Because of St. Patrick's patronage, St. Patrick's Day (March 17) has come to be closely associated with Ireland and Irish culture, ..St. Patrick is a good guy, but not to be worshipped or celebrated by exodus 20..thou shall have no other gods before me, for I am a jealous God....when you celebrate a holiday your paying homage(worshipping).
---Lee on 3/17/08

Or Independance Day, or Remembrance day?
---alan_of_UK on 3/3/08

Candice: Are you saying that true Christians do not celebrate world holidays such as Mother's Day and Father's Day, etc.?
---Irene on 3/2/08

St Patrick was actually born in Scotland (4th century) sold into slavery in Ireland at 16yrs. Declared a saint by R.C. church honoring him 17th of march (day he died) 17th falls on "Holy week" this year so is celabrated on the 15th, in 1940 was held on april 3rd for same reason. 1st American parade was NYC 1766. A little trivia!
---1st_cliff on 3/2/08

Hi Candice, interesting, I do respect your opinion. But I'm just wondering, don't we also make ourselves "of the world" everytime we drive a car or read a newspaper or watch tv? Or go to a doctor's office? Just wondering, thanks :)
---Mary on 3/1/08

All holidays are worldly. I don't see anything wrong with celebrating holidays. It is no different than celebrating one's Birthday or Anniversary. For those of you whom feel it is wrong to celebrate holidays, don't. But don't tell others it is wrong or a sin just because you "think" it is.
---Rebecca_D on 3/1/08

1st Cor.9:20-22
20.)To the Jew, I became a Jew... 21.)To those without the law, as without the law.

22.)I have become all things to all men THAT BY ALL MEANS, I MIGHT SAVE SOME!

Check out "Saint" Patrick, he was really a post-biblical era hero. YOU would be highly challenged to live such a dedicated life!

A slave for many years, Escaped, got saved, then Returned to preach the gospel to his former captors. He lead many out from paganism by preaching basic salvation.
---timotheus on 2/29/08

What's more important: Observe THE LAW, or a closer relationship with Jesus?

The law WAS our tutor to the basics, but a personal relationship with Jesus is thee ticket to intake the NEW WINE OF the Holy Spirit, of which we should be looking to share at every opportunity!

If, and I mean "IF" we are truly open to the movement of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to use even "Ramadahn" a major muslim holiday time as a opening for a witness to the Messiah, Jesus, The Christ!
---timotheus on 2/29/08

True Christians donot celebrate world holidays only biblcal ones which runs in line with Jewish holy days. When we celebrate world holidays we become part of the world.We nolonger celebrate those holidays & my family is actually happier.
---candice on 2/29/08

I suppose, just only have a 2 green beer limit...and if anyone is offended, drink green tea in their presence.
---Roger on 2/27/08

I am Irish, and was raised to view St. Patrick's Day as a day to celebrate my heritage, nothing more. I am proud of my heritage, which includes also being Polish and Lithuanian. My physical roots are from those ethnic backgrounds, and they helped to make me who I am today. Just as my Jesus helped me as well.
---Trish9863 on 2/26/08

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I wish all of you well. Have a nice life. So long. -I.S.
---InimicusStultitiae on 2/25/08

It's human nature to disregard God and the days that God says are Holy (for all generations), and replace them with OUR Holidays. Whatever excuse you use to justify it, it still remains an excuse to disobey God's Word. By your traditions you have nullified the Word of God.
---Christophe on 2/25/08

FYI:The hospitals here have a chapel interdenominational. Christians hold a service & Rcc have a mass Later, patients who are mobile as well as Staff and visitors attend so no excuse to miss Mass.
---Emcee on 2/24/08

Exactly, Alan of Uk. Some work has to be done on Sundays. Mothers have to look after kids, etc. Or is 'no work on Sundays' for the men only? Obviously not.
---frances on 2/24/08

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Frances ... I have never heard of any Christian refusing to work in a hospital on Sunday, the day which their churches have as their main regular day of worship.
So I think Jack would be OK on either a Saturday or Sunday.
I don't know about SD Adventists, whether they refuse to work on Saturday, which they seem to regard as the unchangeable Sabbath.
---alan_of_UK on 2/24/08

Sure, why not celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I mean, dont get all drunk and act stupid about it, but I dont think it's wrong to be happy.
---sue on 2/23/08

**I hope that Jack does not find himself sick on a Sunday and the hospital refusing to treat him. Maybe the nonChristians will come to his aid.**

Is that the best put-down you can come up with, frances?
---Jack on 2/23/08

**True, but when you are working the other 6 days of the week, the 1 day you get to rest on, is the perfect day to attend formal worship services, and that would be Sabbath.**

But pious Jews attended formal worship services EVERY day, and usually twice.

And where are the GENTILES obliged to the Sabbath?
---Jack on 2/22/08

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And did you not know that "Sabbath" also means ALL the feasts of the Old Law? You can't pick and choose which of God's sabbaths you observe. It's either ALL of them or NONE of them.

HINT: Galatians warns us that "if you accept circumcision [the corpus of Jewish practices]" Christ will do you NO GOOD!
---Jack on 2/23/08

The question is Should we celebrate,The day allocated to do honour to one called ST Patrick.If it means something to you sure Celebrate observe a special time or day by ceremonies or festivities.Those who get drunk & disorderly just need that excuse as in any day of enjoyment,they set a bad example to their Families & friends,and a poor excuse for Christians.It shows lack of control as they destroy the fun For their families which spells selfishness.
---Emcee on 2/22/08

C'mon, y'all. The guy just asked about St. Paddy's Day. Why do you want to kill each other with vemomous words about the sabbath? Yikes! Be nice!
---InimicusStultitiae on 2/22/08

Acts 18:1-4 TMB: "After Athens,Paul went to Corinth.That is where he discovered Aquila,a Jew born in Pontus,and his wife, Priscilla. They had just arrived from Italy, part of the general expulsion of Jews from Rome ordered by Claudius. Paul moved in with them,and they worked together at their common trade of tentmaking.But every Sabbath he was at the meeting place,doing his best to convince both Jews and Greeks about Jesus."
Paul obeyed 4th CC: worked 6 days,then kept the Sabbath!
---Gina7 on 2/22/08

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EVERY day is a day of worship under Judaism.
---Jack on 2/22/08
True, but when you are working the other 6 days of the week, the 1 day you get to rest on, is the perfect day to attend formal worship services, and that would be Sabbath.

This is what the Apostle Paul did in Acts 18:1-4. He worked 6 days as a tent maker, but on Sabbath was found persuading Jews and Greeks in the Temple
---Gina7 on 2/22/08

Wikipedia article on Jewish worship around the time of Roman period: "While most Jews could not regularly attend the Temple service, they could meet at the synagogue for morning,afternoon and evening prayers. On Mondays, Thursdays and the Sabbath, a weekly Torah portion was read publicly in the synagogues, following the tradition of public Torah readings instituted by Ezra (see, Nehemiah 8:1-18)"
Paul could have taught on Mon or Thurs,or any day of the week,but he taught on Sabbath Acts18:4
---Gina7 on 2/22/08

I plan to, I mean it's fun and harmless if you don't drink green beer and all that stuff lol! I got a green feather boa at the dollar store today--can't wait to find a green dress now lol :D
---Mary on 2/22/08

Dr Rich is correct that Sabbaths are the Day God is concerned with (Ezekiel 20 whole chapter).

I hope that Jack does not find himself sick on a Sunday and the hospital refusing to treat him. Maybe the nonChristians will come to his aid.
---frances on 2/22/08

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Perhaps I should have said Saturday or Sunday, since there is some confusion as to which is, indeed, the Sabbath. Though no confusion in the Bible Old or New Testament.
---frances on 2/22/08

Whilst God is more interested in what is going on in a person's heart, than where he attends on the Sabbath, or Sunday (for those who are less Bible-read), still Sabbaths are the sign of the Covenant between God and man. St Patrick's day is a sign of allegiance to Roman Catholicism. The opposite of Christianity. Do what you like, please God or please yourself and accept the consequences.
---frances on 2/22/08

** God's days for celebrating/worship are His Sabbaths.**

* W * R * O * N * G * !!!

There is NOTHING in the 4th commandment requiring worship.

It is STRICTLY about resting from labor--which extended even to slaves and farm animals.

Services were held in the Tabernacle and Temples THRICE daily, and in Synagogues (even Orthodox and Conservative ones) TWICE daily.

EVERY day is a day of worship under Judaism.
---Jack on 2/22/08

God's days for celebrating/worship are His Sabbaths.
---Dr._Rich on 2/22/08

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Notlaw, I was in Ulster one year on St. Patrick's Day, and the Protestants celebrated as heartily as the Catholics. It is a legal holiday in Ulster just as in the Republic to the south. It was a great experience for me!
---InimicusStultitiae on 2/22/08

Celebrate Jesus, Celebrate!!!! We don't need to be celebrating all these nonsense holidays. They have been created for selling merchandise and nothing else.
---Susie on 2/22/08

There is nothing wrong with celebrating St. Patrick's day (which is being transferred this year because it falls during Holy Week) in a prayerful manner, giving thanks to God for his life and labors for Christ's sake.

Revelry and drunkedness do not honor the Enlightener of the Irish or God.
---Jack on 2/22/08

Should Christians Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? I don't simply because my ancestors were Orange men from Northern Ireland.

St. Patrick was not Irish, he was from Briton and was captured by Irish raiders when a youth. He eventually escaped later after completing a religious education returned to Ireland to convert the inhabitants from paganism.
---notlaw99 on 2/22/08

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I want go on record as saying I love Irish music. My mother was a full-blown Irish lady. As a child, if I didn't have a green shirt. My mother would pen a piece of clean green cloth on my coat. I'm sure she's in heaven(her and I prayed many times about salvation). And I would say her wonderful laughing eyes are smiling. And I'm looking forward to laughing with her again.
---Mima on 2/22/08

Christians should celebrate every day. Not Saint Patrick, not Tammus, not Cupid, not the Easter Bunny, not uncle sam, not Turkey, not pumpkins, and not Trees, but Jesus.
---j._nonymous on 2/22/08

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