Man’s ways, or God’s ways?

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We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).

When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty. (from Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4.)

The irony, or perhaps hypocrisy, of people exposing the pagan origin of festivals, traditions and celebrations of Halloween, yet promote Christmas.
 
Lets bag out Halloween because we know it stems from paganism and witchcraft, but lets ignore the fact that we know that Christmas and Easter (and Valentine’s Day etc) are based on ancient pagan festivals and traditions also. The only difference being that they have been Christianised by the RCC. Oh wait, so has Halloween!
 
I was just reading someone’s blog who does a great job showing scripturally how Halloween goes against everything the Bible stands for, yet this same person is promoting Christmas products like they are going out of style.
Most “Christian” holydays/holidays stem from paganism which was then ‘stolen’ by the RCC and turned into “Christian” celebrations.
 
Why is it that we know that these celebrations are rooted in paganism but we just brush that aside and celebrate them anyway?
At my former church some ladies were having a conversation about the origins of Christmas. One lady said that she kind of knew that it was pagan in origin, to which I told her that yes it was, but that didn’t bother her, she was going to do it anyway.
 
It’s like me saying that I’m going to carve an image of Jesus into my forearm with a knife in order to worship Him and start conversations about Him to evangelise.
I know in the OT they used to do it for the dead, and that it was forbidden by God, but I’ve decided I’m going to do it anyway, because I’m not doing it for the dead, I’m doing it for Jesus. I’m doing it to glorify Him.
It might seem a bit extreme, but if it gets conversations going, and if it gets people talking about God, then it’s a good thing, because I’m doing it with good motivations, right? God knows my heart and that I’m only doing it to bring glory to Him, right?
Wrong!
I would be directly going against His word by doing it how *I* wanted to do it, not the way He has told me to do it.
It’s like Cain’s offering to God – it wasn’t what God instructed, and he suffered the consequences.
The ‘Golden Calf’ was “a feast to the LORD”, their way of worshiping God, but because it wasn’t what God instructed, they suffered the consequences.
We are not to worship God in the same ways as the heathens.
“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 12:30-32
 
The way I personally see it is thus, if we call one ‘Christianised’ pagan holy day an abomination to God, we must call them all. We cannot pick and choose which ones we want to partake in.
They basically all stem from paganism so we either speak out and forsake all of them, or we back off speaking about some and just celebrate them all. We cannot be double minded or sit on the fence.
This might be an extreme view to some, but I think it’s valid. Either we are for paganism and traditions of man, or we are for God and His ways.
“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 11:24-26

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