“When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” Deuteronomy 12:29-32
This is my opinion, so please take it as such, nothing more, nothing less.
I read something today that got me thinking about the symbols used at Christmas and Easter.
There are evergreen trees, twinkly lights, candles, wreaths, gingerbread biscuits, fruit cakes, presents, chocolate eggs, chicks, rabbits etc etc.
Most of these are not bad or pagan, symbols in and of themselves. After all, God made trees, chickens, rabbits; candles are handy for blackouts or if you live without electricity, gingerbread is yummy all year round and so is chocolate.
But it is my understanding that those symbols that the pagans used to worship their gods, whether it be Pan, Astarte, Eostre, the sun, the moon, mother earth,or whatever, are not to be used in the same manner of worshiping the God of the Holy Bible, the Creator of the universe.
The verses in Deuteronomy above seem to suggest that.
It is my understanding that we have been given two symbols to use in remembrance of Jesus.. the bread and the ‘wine’, both of which symbolise his shed blood and his bodily sacrifice for the world.
“And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew* the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11:24,25
*Strong’s Concordance #G2605 “καταγγέλλω katangéllō, kat-ang-gel’-lo; from G2596 and the base of G32; to proclaim, promulgate:—declare, preach, shew, speak of, teach. – to announce, declare, promulgate, make known, to proclaim publicly, publish.”
It seems to me that eating the bread and ‘wine’ is what Jesus tells us to do to teach or show the world about him, not by using all the other symbols associated with these holidays. To me, the other symbols are all in vain because they represent nothing of what Jesus did on the cross.
By the taking of the bread and the ‘wine’ we are showing the world what Jesus actually did for them, which was to die on the cross, shed his blood and have his body broken, and isn’t that the message of the Gospel?