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Is it really ok to mix true christian worship with pagan religious practices?

I have learned that a lot of “Christian Holidays are not original to Christianity. And yet even knowing so Now some people still choose to ignore this and celebrate Christmas Easter and Thanksgiving on Pagan holiday’s.. I’ve seen easter egg hunts at churches. I’m I crazy for thinking this seems crazy and wrong. I really can’t see how God could be happy with this.?

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  1. They do blaspheme who say: “Allah is Christ the son of Mary.” But said Christ: “O children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord, and your Lord.” Whoever joins other gods with Allah”•Allah will forbid him the Garden and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help.

  2. You are right- he is NOT happy with it!
    2 Cor. 6:14-18
    Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness?
    Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Be”²li·al? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever?
    And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God; just as God said: “I shall reside among them and walk among [them], and I shall be their God, and they will be my people.”
    “‘Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take you in.’”
    “‘And I shall be a father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me,’ says Jehovah the Almighty.

  3. Why not? It’s something that’s happened throughout history.
    When the Israelites adopted the religion of the Sumerians, via the Babylonians and Canaanites, they kept some of their own traditions. And when Abram adopted the Most High God of the Canaanites, El Elyon, (Genesis 14), after being blessed by Melchizedek the High Priest and king of Salem, he no doubt merely added the god’s attributes to those of his own people’s God. When Moses adopted the new deity Yahweh (I am who am, I will be what I will be, etc), he told the people that this was the same as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, from their own legends, so providing the impression of continuity.
    And even in the New Testament, Paul tells the Athenians that their Unknown God is the same as the God he is teaching about (Acts 17:16-35). So whatever Paul’s idea of God was, it now also took on the attributes of a Greek god.
    There’s no reason why religions shouldn’t merge the already existing religious feasts of those people on whom conversion was enforced. Christmas replaced Saturnalia. And of course Easter was a fertility festival (the name used in English was that of a goddess, according to Bede writing in the 8th century); they just substituted the resurrection of the crops with the resurrection of Christ. And Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies are fertility symbols that are reminiscent of these pre-Christian religions.
    As with other beliefs from pre-Christian religions, like fairies and trolls, they have become part of children’s lore.

  4. I don’t think looking for colored eggs that a bunny supposedly hid qualifies as being morally wrong, although it certainly is crazy.

  5. Of course it is okay. We live in a country where we’re free to practice the religion of choice.
    Depending on which teachings one subscribes to, it may conflict with those teaching. Then there is the question as to whether there are degrees of compliance.
    I can’t imagine how you could even attempt to determine whether your God is happy with a particular action or not. It’s difficult enough to determine whether we’re happy.

  6. Christianity put most of their religions holidays near pagan holidays because they were persecuted a lot and by melding holidays it got them more followers. It doesn’t matter when you celebrate the holiday as long as you do it in a christian light. We celebrate easter for the rising of christ, christmas for the birth of christ and thanksgiving for the founding of america. (Thanksgiving isn’t a pagan holiday, it came into practice around the time america was discovered…) I really don’t think that God cares as long as we celebrate him.

  7. Essentially, it was all marketing. The Pagan religions were quite popular and well established. When Christianity finally came along, Pagan holidays were selected to coincide with Christian holidays, some by design, and also because the Christian religion was one of many religions that was extrapolated from Egyptian religions, and those who worshiped the sun even earlier. Christ was not the only god in world wide theology to be born in late December and who was resurrected three days after death. When comparing many old religions you find that Christianity had many of the same commandments rituals and stories other religions had that predated Christianity.

  8. No you are not crazy, And it is not ok to celebrate these pagan holidays if we want to please God. He accepts pure and clean worship, not worship tied with paganism.

  9. In order to understand this apparent paradox you need to be aware of what I am about to reveal to you even though your initial reaction will be that of denial and rejection. There are only two types of people, those who think scientifically and those who don’t. Those who do will always look to science for answers while those who don’t, look to the sky. Anyone who looks to the sky for answers is a pagan. The churches are quite willing to pin that tag on ancient religions but steadfastly refuse to accept that their current beliefs, rituals and ceremonies are modifications of pagan practices which qualifies them to be categorized as pagans.

  10. As the Christian congregation is supposed to be clean of false things pertaining to God, I’d say He’s not too happy over such things. The Bible is clear on this. He will have His Day and all will know it is Jehovah God doing it. I personally hope I’m alive for this. Just to see His Name sanctified.

  11. Obviously this question can only be answered by God himself. It seems that God is not real to most people since they choose to ignore his word & decide for themselves to believe whatever they want. Like Adam and Eve who wanted to be like God and decide for themselves what is good or evil.
    Since Vöt ÄnÃ¥rж quoted from God’s word then she has the right answer. All those other folks that see nothing wrong with it have not quoted from scripture and are only voicing their opinions and wishful thinking on the matter. How can they possibly be 100% sure? If you were a teenager and an orphan and some nice family adopted you and they wanted to change your name and celebrate your birthday on the same day as their deceased child how would you feel? What makes people think that it is OK to give Christian names to pagan holidays and to celebrate them with the former pagan rituals and not think that that isn’t slapping God in the face?
    Add this scripture to Vöt’s: “And this is what I continue praying, that your love may abound yet more and more with accurate knowledge and full discernment; that you may MAKE SURE of the more important things, so that you may be FLAWLESS and not be stumbling others up to the day of Christ, and may be filled with righteous fruit, which is through Jesus Christ, to God’s glory and praise.” – Philippians 1:9-11
    And this one
    “FEAR God and give him glory, because the hour of the judgment by him has arrived, and so worship the One who made the heaven and the earth and sea and fountains of waters.” – Revelation 14:7
    And this one
    “for thou shalt worship no other god: for Jehovah, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” – Exodus 34:14 ASV
    And this one
    “As obedient children, quit being fashioned according to the desires you formerly had in your ignorance, but, in accord with the Holy One who called you, do you also become holy yourselves in all [your] conduct because it is written: “YOU MUST BE HOLY, BECAUSE I AM HOLY.” – 1Peter 1:14-16
    And this one
    “God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.” – John 4:24
    And this one
    “And you must prove yourselves holy to me, because I Jehovah am holy; and I am proceeding to divide you off from the peoples to become mine.” – Leviticus 20:26
    And this one
    “God for the first time turned his attention to the nations to take out of them a people for his name.” – Acts 15:14
    So God’s people who bear his name are obligated to be holy even as he is holy. That means separating themselves from the ungodly [pagan-practicing] world.

  12. As many people have said, Many, if not most Christian holidays derived from Pagan holidays or sabbats. It is my belief that the christians were trying to convert the pagans to christianity so they made the holidays similar to the pagan ones, even incorporating pagan traditions into the christian holiday to make the transition easier and less resistant for the pagans. Ironically you mentioned egg hunts at church for easter. The egg is an ancient symbol of fertility in paganism and many other ancient religions. What is up with the easter bunny? well the rabbit is seen as a frisky animal by nature and nature is exactly what pagans worship. this time of year is when the animals are getting a little frisky with each other; and baby animals are being made. You see baby chicks, bunnies, etc all around christian-y decorations this time of year even when they have nothing to do with Christ and His resurection. wether or not either side wants it chrisitanity and paganism are deeply intertwined in todays culture. in a way its easier for pagans to be accepted and to celebrate the sabbats since they fall around the christian holidays. So i guess if it werent this way, then it would be easier to spot a pagan in a crowd. so i guess the joke is on the christians…

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