The Holy Days
The Church View:
Sunday, the first day of the week, is the day of worship, and
you are commanded to attend church on that day. The birth of Jesus
is to be celebrated on Christmas Day, and the death of Jesus is to
be celebrated on Easter Day.
The Bible View:
Saturday is the seventh day of the week, and mankind is
commanded to rest on that day. There is no command to gather at a
building for worship on any day any where in scripture. There are
specific days in the Old Testament, called festivals, or high
Sabbaths, which the members of the nation of Israel are commanded to
observe. There are no indications that the members of the first
church observed these days. There are no commands to observe either
the birth or death of Jesus.
This section contains only the three most prominent church
holy day contradictions, Sunday, Christmas, and Easter. The pages
needed to describe the number and diversity of celebrations not
sanctioned by scripture, but honored by the different Bible based
religions, would require another entire book.
The space required to describe the celebrations actually
sanctioned in scripture is one sentence. Quite simply, not a single
one of the High Sabbaths commanded by God to be observed is honored
by the mainstream Christian Church.
The weekly day of worship, Sunday, and the two yearly
holidays, Easter and Christmas, observed by the church have no
foundation in scripture. They are, in fact, the creations of men
and condemned by God.
Sabbath and Sunday
question of the why we are commanded to rest on the Sabbath, but
donít, is very simple. God commanded the seventh day of the week as
a day of rest. The church outlawed resting on the seventh day.
reason why we gather to worship on Sunday, though there is
no scriptural edict to do so, is equally simple. God did not declare
any day as a day to meet and worship. The church declared the first
day as a day to meet and worship.
Bible is very clear about the sanctity of the Sabbath, not as day of
worship, but a day of rest.
the Great changed the day of rest on March 7, 321 AD by declaring,
"All judges and city people and the craftsmen shall rest upon the
Venerable Day of the Sun."
the Council of Laodicea in Phrygia Pacatiana 364 A.D, Canon XXIX.:
"Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must
work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they
can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be
judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ."
verses are a direct condemnation of the actions taken to outlaw the
Sabbath by the early church:
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh
day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any
work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy
maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy
gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the
LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Hebrews 4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh
day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his
works. 5 And in this place again, if they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and
they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of
unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To
day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his
voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest,
then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There
remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God
Christmas is not only a big advertising opportunity today;
it was actually created as an advertising campaign. There is no
biblical edict to celebrate the birth of Jesus and certainly it is
clear that he was not born at the time of the winter solstice. The
celebration of the winter solstice has been a part of most ancient
cultures throughout history. The celebration of this event is
actually an advertising campaign used by early church leaders to
lure non-Christians into the church.
Mesopotamian culture, thousands of years before the birth of Jesus,
had winter solstice that included many of the trappings of
Christmas. These included the 12 days of Christmas, the bright
fires, the Yule log, the giving of gifts, carnivals, parades with
floats, carolers, the holiday feasts, all dedicated to the god
Persians and the Babylonians celebrated a similar festival called
the Sacaea. Part of that celebration included the exchanging of
places, the slaves would become the masters and the masters were to
cultures celebrated the winter solstice including a festival called
Yuletide including a feast, which would be served around a fire
burning with the Yule log. They also decorated trees with fruit.
Scandinavia, during the winter months, the sun would disappear for
many days. After thirty-five days, scouts would be sent to the
mountaintops to look for the return of the sun. When the first light
was seen, the scouts would return with the good news. A great
festival would be held, called the Yuletide, and a special feast
would be served around a fire burning with the Yule log. Great
bonfires would also be lit to celebrate the return of the sun. In
some areas people would tie apples to branches of trees to remind
themselves that spring and summer would return.
The most direct relation these winter solstice festivals have
to what is now called Christmas is the Roman celebration called
Saturnalia, which took place on December 25th. The Roman festival
marking the "birthday of the unconquered sun, Natalis Solis Invicti";
celebrates the winter solstice, when the days begin to lengthen.
The problem for the early church leaders is that Saturnalia was in
direct competition with the church, right on their home turf, Rome.
Many campaigns were launched to outlaw and eradicate this
pagan practice, but this proved to be a difficult task. The lure of
such interesting celebrations to Christians alarmed the church to
such a degree that they took a step that forever changed the face of
Christian practice. They decided that by integrating the previously
forbidden customs into a new celebration honoring the Christian Son
of God, they would lure the pagans into the Christian fold.
In 137 AD the Bishop of Rome declared for the first time that
the birth of the Christ Child would be celebrated and the Bishop of
Rome, Julius I, ordered the date of December 25th as the official
day in 350 AD. Saint Boniface substituted a fir tree for the pagan
oak in the eighth century as a symbol of faith. Martin Luther
fostered the Christmas tree cult by using a candlelit tree as a
symbol of Christ's heavenly home
This is one of the many examples of the church adopting
ancient traditions to worship God, an example of the practice Jesus
Mark 7: 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the
commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of
pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said
unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may
keep your own tradition.
The Christmas Tree
The single most recognizable symbol of Christmas, the
Christmas tree, is not only an ancient winter solstice symbol; the
use of it for the purpose of worship is specifically condemned in
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of
the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the
heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are
vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the
hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and
with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move
not. 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must
needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for
they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Houses decorated with greenery and lights, gifts given to
children and the poor, decorating evergreen trees as symbols of
survival, fires and lights, symbols of warmth and lasting life, the
Yule log and Yule cakes, mistletoe, holly, and virtually every
aspect of the modern Christmas celebration are not biblical in
origin. They are instead a cleverly contrived collection of ancient
winter solstice customs and commercial promotions used to hold
church memberships high and gain great profits for Big Business.
There is no biblical edict to celebrate
the crucifixion or resurrection of Christ on a particular day with
worship services. Easter was first created during the First Council
of Nicaea, in 325 AD, which was the first ecumenical4 conference of
bishops of the Christian Church convoked by the Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great, just 13 years after his "conversion" to
Christianity following the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312AD.
Constantine declared Easter would replace the Hebrew Passover and be
observed the annual Sunday following the full moon after the vernal
equinox. This coincided with the date for the ancient day to honor
Eostre, a goddess of spring and renewal.
In his letter after the First Council of Nicaea Constantine stated:
"... it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this
most holy feast we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have
impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore,
deservedly afflicted with blindness of soul. ... Let us then have
nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd; for we have
received from our Saviour a different way." (Eusebius, Life of
From a letter to the bishops who were
not present at the First Council of Nicaea Constantine stated: "It
was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of
the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival, because, their
hands having been stained with crime, the minds of these wretched
men are necessarily blinded. ... Let us, then, have nothing in
common with the Jews, who are our adversaries. ... avoiding all
contact with that evil way. ... who, after having compassed the
death of the Lord, being out of their minds, are guided not by sound
reason, but by an unrestrained passion, wherever their innate
madness carries them. ... a people so utterly depraved. ...
Therefore, this irregularity must be corrected, in order that we may
no more have any thing in common with those parricides and the
murderers of our Lord. ... no single point in common with the
perjury of the Jews." (Theodoret's Ecclesiastical History)
Pope Gregory I, 540 - 604 AD, verified
the practice of the conversion from Passover to Easter in a letter
to Saint Mellitus, who was then on his way to England to conduct
missionary work among the heathen Anglo-Saxons. The Pope suggests
that converting heathens is easier if they are allowed to retain the
outward forms of their traditional pagan practices and traditions,
while recasting those traditions spiritually towards Christianity
instead of to their indigenous gods, whom the Pope refers to as
"devils". "to the end that, whilst some gratifications are outwardly
permitted them, they may the more easily consent to the inward
consolations of the grace of God". (Bede's Historia ecclesiastica
gentis Anglorum, "Ecclesiastic History of the English People")
It would have been suicide for the
Christian missionaries to celebrate their holy days with observances
that did not coincide with celebrations that already existed. To
save lives, the missionaries, in a devious clandestine manner,
spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by
allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts, but to do so in
a Christian manner. Even the name of the ancient celebration, Eastre
was adopted and eventually changed to its modern spelling, Easter.
All aspects of the modern celebration
of Easter have their origins in ancient fertility rights, including
Easter "sunrise services", Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, and the time
it is celebrated. Constantine was even responsible for starting the
traditional Easter Parade when he ordered every citizen to wear his
or her best clothing to observe the Holy Day.
The Easter Egg
The Romans, Gauls, Chinese, Egyptians, and Persians all
cherished the egg as a symbol of the universe and the rebirth of the
earth. During many rite-of-Spring festivals, the egg represented
the long, hard winter was over; the earth burst forth and was reborn
just as the egg miraculously burst forth with life. Egyptians and
Greeks buried eggs in their tombs to ward off evil; pregnant, young
Roman women carried an egg on their persons to foretell the sex of
their unborn children. A Roman proverb states, "All life comes from
an egg". The myths of several Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures
maintain that the earth itself was hatched from a giant egg.
The Easter Bunny
The name Easter is derived from Oestar, or Eostre, a goddess
of spring and renewal. The rabbit or hare was the symbol of
fertility, new life, and of the moon in ancient Egypt. Also the
ancient Egyptians called the hare Wenu, an insignia of the rising of
the sun, Ra, and of the resurrecting powers of Osiris. The Germans
brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely
ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In
fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after
The Vernal Equinox
In the Greek mythology, Demeter and Persephone convey the idea
of a goddess returning seasonally from the nether regions to the
light of the day. This is in conjunction with the vernal equinox,
March 21, when nature is in resurrection after the winter. The
festival of Eostre was celebrated at the vernal equinox, when the
day and night are of equal duration.
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