Sunday, March 23, 2008

Is It ok For Some People to Celebrate Easter/Christmas?

I think there is language in the Bible that allows some people to celebrate these holidays (as Pagan as they may be), here's why:

Romans 14
1Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6He 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 so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8If 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.
9For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. 11It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "[a] 12So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. 14As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food[b] is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
22So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Looks to me like if a person celebrates a day "to the Lord" it's ok. On the other hand, if celebrating certain days can lead to a man's condemnation by subtely seducing his mind, it's not okay. We have to be fully convinced in our own minds, but that's not a license to do whatever we want, whenever we want. As with everything else, it requires the guidance of the Spirit and a strong relationship with Jesus. It's true, christmas and easter are completell filled with pagan symbolism, question is WHAT ISN'T? This entire world is under satan's control at the moment (he's the prince of this world). The only way to go completely untouched by paganism/satanism is to not be in the world at all. For some people, it's not okay to celebrate easter and christmas, for others it is okay, both are right if they are right with the Lord in their mind and heart. Men should keep these things between themselves and the Lord. At least that's the way Romans 14 reads to me. This may seem as a change of heart from what I wrote earlier condemning the celebration of easter. I now believe that I was right, AND wrong, depends on the person. Read Romans 14 for yourself, come to your own conclusion. I'm deleting the post where I condemn easter, since for some it may be ok . This post is a result of discussion with my wife and the Lord. Grace and Peace