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Let’s Put Christ Back in Christmas?

For a long time now there has been a rallying call from many Christians to “put Christ back in Christmas” or to remember that “Jesus is the reason for the season“. All due to the push to say “Happy Holidays” so no one feels left out or offended. That way we can all celebrate the holiday of our choice, but just keep spending all that money and keep running up that credit card debt. My voice was among them. I would always say “Merry Christmas” and never “Happy Holidays”.

Over the past several months I have had to repent for that and ask the FATHER for forgiveness after searching out the answer to my question, was Christ ever in Christmas in the first place or ever the reason for the season? I, like most people, was taught by my parents to celebrate Christmas because it was Jesus’s birthday and in turn passed that tradition down to my children and them to theirs. Now that I know better, this verse from Matthew 15:3 really strikes home for me “Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? ” and also from Jeremiah 10 about the christmas tree. Yes, it’s in the Bible not to have one.:

“1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
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.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”

Yes, Christmas is just a tradition that was given the “Christian” stamp of approval through the Roman Catholic Church in order to possibly convert “recruit” more pagans and their money to the church without requiring them to really repent.

If you are like me and like to watch things instead of just reading about them, I am posting a few videos I found that expand on this subject.

And yes, there is even a story about the Christmas demon called the Krampus who punished children who were bad.

Needless to say, I won’t be celebrating Christmas this year or any other year going forward. I choose to observe Hanukkah, the feast of dedication.

Just a side note: Gingerbread men represent cannibalism.

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My People Are Destroyed For Lack Of Knowledge

I have heard this quote from Hosea 4:6 used in so many different ways from lack of knowledge of what’s in vaccines, to lack of knowledge about food, to lack of knowledge about politics and everything in between. Not that knowledge is not important but are any of these things what the verse is really talking about?  This is a prime example of verse plucking and in this case it’s not even the whole verse. Here is what the whole verse says:

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.“

It seems evident to me that the verse is talking about willfully rejecting the knowledge of the Law of God and the consequences of it. As a Christian you might say “we aren’t under the law anymore because we have a new covenant of grace”. Here is a verse from Jeremiah that describes the difference between the old covenant and the new for your consideration.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD, I will put my law within them and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their GOD and they shall be my people.”

So who is He making the new covenant with? The house of Israel, who He had divorced and could not remarry unless He died. Through Jesus He did die. And who did Jesus say specifically he came for? The lost sheep of the house of Israel. And who are we, as Christians, grafted into? The house of Israel. So it makes sense that we would desire, above all else, to have the knowledge of the Law of God to be written on our hearts.

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What Ever Happened to the 4th Commandment?

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What Ever Happened to the 4th Commandment?

If you have attended any Christian denomination church for any length of time you know that in most cases church services are held on Sunday. You also know that Sunday is taught or at least implied to now be the Sabbath (day of rest) in most New Testament centered Christian denominations, disregarding the Old Testament observance of Saturday.

Being one of those church attendees for many years, it never occured to me that this tradition could be wrong. After all, it has been this way for hundreds of years now, and besides the subject is rarely addressed accept maybe how to justify it to a Seventh Day Adventist.

As I see it now, the old & new testaments are of equal value and should be taken literally and you should test everything by what all the scriptures say. This will give you the whole intent of what the Word is really saying. Remember that GOD (YHWH) is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He said not to add or take away from anything He has said.

I hope you will check out the above video which deals with this subject and explains it far better than I can.

 

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Should We Take The Bible Literally?

There is a lot of controversy on this subject. Some people say the Bible is full of allegory and cannot be taken literally, or it’s just a book of poetry, or there are too many interpretations and it’s up to the reader to decide what it means and if it’s true, or it’s been copied so many times over the centuries and who knows if what we have now is accurate.

I believe that God is able to keep his word accurate no matter how many centuries go by so I take my stand in the “take it literally unless told otherwise in the text” camp. My all time favorite apologist was Chuck Missler. Although he took the long way around the mountain on each topic, he made you really think and investigate every subject he spoke about. He said many times that we don’t take the Bible literally enough and I agree with him.

So, if you are in the same camp I am, should we take the first three chapters of Genesis literally too? Of course we should. Those first three chapters are the foundation for the whole book or God would not have started with it. If you have to brush up on what is covered in those chapters, it’s about the creation of the earth. If you take it literally as I do, you will find God’s words do not go along with the worldview of creation. So which explanation is correct? God’s of course.

God’s narrative will have to make you consider that the earth is not a globe spinning thru space but a fixed plane at the center of His plan.

If you aren’t in the same camp I am, I hope you will watch these videos, reread your Bible and consider it.

Your friend, Harley

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Easter VS Passover

As a believer in God and his Son which was our Passover Lamb it has become a concern to me weather a Christian should observe the tradition of celebrating Easter. It has been a tradition of the Christian church dating back to Constantine to celebrate Easter as a remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus. This holiday has also incorporated Easter egg hunts and Easter bunnies. I never questioned this until lately, after all it was fun and children really love this part. It was a tradition that I accepted without question, but what in the world does that have to do with the death and resurrection of our Messiah and what are we really teaching our children when we participate in this?

Another thing I found out is that the day Easter is celebrated was deliberately designed to never fall on Passover. Why? It seems to me that since Jesus is the Passover Lamb maybe we should be paying more attention to Passover and not Easter. In the videos below the difference between the two are described much better than I could do it. I hope you will check them out. As for me, I can’t observe Easter anymore after discovering what I have found out about it’s origins. I hope you will ask some questions about all of this also.

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Is it Guns or Antidepressants that is the Real problem with School Shooting?

Another horrific school shooting happened yesterday in florida. As usual, the focus is on more gun control, but is that really the problem? Maybe we should be more concerned about how many of these tragedies were committed by people on psychiatric drugs and antidepressants. Maybe big pharma is more to blame than guns. Maybe we should talk about banning these drugs instead of banning firearms.

I don’t know at this time if this recent school shooter was on antidepressants, but it sounds like he was a pretty troubled young man so it stands to reason that he probably was. Maybe we should be more up in arms about how many and how often these deadly drugs are prescribed instead of what kind of weapon was used and how to ban it.

There is pretty compelling evidence that prescription drugs are more to blame than firearms in my opinion.

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