Does it Matter Which Days We Keep?
Many people are shocked to discover the origins of our most popular religious holidays. They are also surprised to find that the days God commands us to observe in the Bible the same days Jesus Christ and the apostles kept — are almost universally ignored. Why? Also, have you ever wondered why today's supposedly Christian holidays are observed with so many rituals and customs that are not found anywhere in the Bible?
Where did Christmas and Easter come from? The Bible doesn't mention these festivals, yet they are an integral part of the Christian mainstream.
In our free booklet, Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?, we compare these observances with the instructions about worship found in the Bible.
People almost everywhere observe Christmas. But how did Christmas come to be observed? How did the customs and practices associated with Christmas make their way into traditional Christianity's most popular holiday?
In view of centuries of criticism of the commercialisation of Christmas, it is interesting to note that the holiday's secular, not its religious, aspect, has been most responsible for its popularity.
In contrast to the general public, which considers Christmas the most important Christian holiday, many theologians regard Easter as the preeminent celebration because it commemorates Jesus' resurrection.
Modern celebrations of Halloween may appear on the surface to be quite harmless, but the spiritual implications of dabbling with the spirit world are extremely serious.
We have a choice. We can choose the feast days instituted by God or the holidays substituted by men. The choices we make affect our destiny and impact our relationship with our Creator.
Staggering changes are taking place in Western society. Standards and cultural structures that have stood for thousands of years are being dismantled. The very foundations of society—what it means to be a man, a woman, a husband, a wife, a father and a mother—are being cast away without regard for what will replace them. God’s very design for human societies—with a man and a woman united in marriage to have children—is being deliberately destroyed. Who and what is behind this? Why is it happening? What is God’s purpose for sex, marriage and family? You need to understand what’s taking place and why! Discover the answers in this issue of Beyond Today.