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Hanukkah? or Christmas?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by followerofchrist72, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. This past year has been a year of change for me, also a year of challenges. Years ago I wondered why Christians weren't celebrating Jewish Feast days if they believe in Jesus. The whole Bible Old/New Testaments is nothing more than a Book of the Messiah. The feast days are the types and shadows of things to come. Even the early gentiles of the Disciples, and Apostles converted to observe these days and to learn the commandments of God.

    This is my first year of celebrating the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah. This is new to me. I felt a pull to doing it this year. As hard as it was explaining this to my friends and family, I feel at peace with it after explaining it to them. Too many years I didn't want to celebrate Christmas because of what I believe.

    The more I read the Word of God the more convinced I was that I should be doing what I am doing according to scriptures and doing what the Disciples/Apostles taught. I have always wondered why Christians that love the Lord don’t follow the Jewish Feast and Festivals. All through the Bible is nothing but Jewish customs and commandments from God himself on how we should live.

    I find it interesting that is was very difficult for me to find a Hanukkah menorah in my area. EVERYTHING is Christmas. I have come to learn that the Christmas holiday is pagan in origin. If you are to research it yourselves you will see the same thing. Same goes for Easter. I also find it interesting that Ham is the meal of choice on both Christmas and Easter. That is another subject itself. Pork is considered unclean in scripture, also if you think about it Jesus cast demons into a heard of pigs. So that should tell you something. That pork is still unclean. Anyway, back to Christmas.

    I find it odd that Kris Kringle A.K.A Santa Clause has a meaning:
    Kris Kringle (sometimes given as Kriss Kringle) is a name used in the United States and may refer to:
    • Christkind or Christkindl, the Austrian and German Christmas gift-bringer, the Christ Child.
    Many Christians say “Jesus is the reason for the season.”, and many believe that Jesus was born on December 25th. This is why I have such a difficult time with Christmas. It is filled with lies to deceive many. There is St. Nick and the Krampus too if you want to look into that also. Also doesn’t anyone see that Santa Clause is a mockery of Jesus? He is all knowing, lives forever, has a naughty and nice book. The list goes on and on.

    This brings me back to Hanukkah. Something pure and has been celebrated for over 2000 years. Even Jesus himself celebrated it. The Feast of Dedication. I find it interesting that the Maccabee books are not in Holy Book. Since the Greeks defiled the Temple and sacrificed pigs on the alter and put a statue of their gods in the Temple. Judah Maccabee and his army helped defeat the Hellenist government. The Jews rededicated the Temple after finding one sealed, undefiled flask of pure live oil blessed by the High Priest for the menorah. That was enough oil for one day. It lasted 8 day until they could make more and have a High Priest bless it.

    See I am rededicating my life to Jesus since our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. 1st Corinthians 6:19:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
    So on my first Hanukkah this is what I am doing. Rededicating my life to Jesus. My body which is the temple of his Spirit. I am seeking the truth in all things. AMEN
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  2. Well as Apostle Paul said, some choose to observe days, months, years or seasons, and some choose to eat all foods or some.
  3. You might like this web site I just found http://www.aish.com/h/pur/t/dt/48944731.html?s=raw

    At Hanukah, you celebrate the festival of lights - where after the Temple was rededicated they had a miracle of light lasting 8 days.

    We who celebrate Christ's birth into this world celebrate the Light that lasts forever.
  4. Let there be light :)

  5. Ive been trying to find a menorah too, but im just having tea light candles instead.
    Its ok to celebrate hannukah but you dont need to stick to every tradition.
    Im going to bake a challah bread.

  6. Growing up, we tended to celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas because my family is Jewish on my dad's side, though all brought up with Christianity.

    But ultimately, Site gave a pretty good answer. There is nothing wrong at all with celebrating the Jewish holidays in honor of God, but there celebrations of holidays like Advent to Christmas and Easter are the Jewish holidays in their fulfillment.
  7. If I am understanding you correctly. Are you saying Christmas and Easter are okay to celebrate in the eyes of G_d? They are pagan in origin, and defile the true meaning of Hanukkah and Pesach by taking away from them... Making them a mirror image filled with lies, so many will fall into the trap of Satan.
  8. #9 LysanderShapiro, Dec 23, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2014
    Would you suggest not celebrating God's gift of Himself to us? Christians celebrate these days because of their love for Christ. Easter, while it was originally a pagan day celebrating Oester, the moon god or goddess (I can't remember) has been taken and directed rightly to Christ instead to celebrate His gift to us.

    It shouldn't be a surprise that Christian would want to recognize Jesus and give him the glory. In fact, it is just. The reality is that we are supposed to celebrate these things every day, which we do when we worship him, but each of these specific days are meant to offer deeper meditation, thought, and thanksgiving for each event.
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  9. To be PC:

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  10. Greetings:
    Why would anyone celebrate something that's a thing.Also,(H) makes Jews continuous to their old stuff.New heart begats
    new loves:fellow Christians,the unfortunate,shout&praise(hold the snakes).

  11. I guess it depends on HOW you celebrate them, whether in the spirit or not.
    I dont think it means, dont celebrate them at all. People celebrate holidays in all sorts of different ways.

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