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Passover, a holiday for all, starts with a blood-red moon

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  • EternalPerspective Eldersburg, MD
    April 17, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    Truth cannot be validated in blogs but through personal immersion in the object of faith by which belief is tested. Truth does exist in blogs but is only substantiated by experience to create knowledge.

    The only thing accomplished by arguments via blogs is endless assertion of personal beliefs that does nothing but proliferate stereotypes and offenses. It took me a while to figure that out though I did believe that by asserting what I knew to be true, it could open the eyes of those who oppose my views.

    Perhaps people exist who do benefit by such correspondence, but I doubt many are actually swayed enough to try the faith experiment for themselves. Instead too many soon fall into temptation with anonymous academic contention that solves nothing.

    It remains and ever shall be my hope that all who ever lived on the earth will come unto Christ and experience His perfect and eternal redeeming love. For those who doubt in life, they will see things as they really are in death.

    Faith, trust, and patience in God's power to transform hearts is needed more in this day then ever...

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    April 16, 2014 10:59 p.m.

    @ Bramabull

    If Joseph Smith, an uneducated farm boy could have written the entire Book of Mormon without any divine intervention at all - then I say, Wow!! If he wasn't a prophet, then he was at the very least an amazingly gifted genius, and somehow a scholar in ancient Jewish culture, language, customs and traditions. Since he had no money for books or a formal education, it must have all happened by some kind of osmosis. A real "rain man" for his time. I'd be impressed just by that alone.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    April 16, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Happy Passover to my Jewish friends. Happy Easter to my Christian friends.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 16, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    hockeymom

    The Book of Mormon is not the word of god, it is the Word of Joseph Smith. The last days is such a convoluted term because many have claimed they are in the "last days"... What does that mean? The last 100, the last 500, the last 1,000, or the last 10,000? Last days is a term people use to instill fear in others to get them to obey.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    April 16, 2014 5:01 a.m.

    We've been in the "last" days for 200 years according to every generation of the Church.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    April 15, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    @ Sarah Christina - with all due respect, the Book of Mormon IS the word of God, every bit as much as the Bible. The entire thing speaks of Him, from beginning to end, before, during and after his mortal ministry. I challenge you to read it, you'll see the Savior all through it.

    You are absolutely right - we ARE in the last days. We do need to prepare for His second coming. Part of that preparation includes focusing on "other" things, like our personal relationship with Him, loving our neighbor and doing good to all those around us. I have no idea when He will come again - not even He does - as He'll come when His Father is ready to send Him again - like a "theif in the night". It seems to me a little futile to literally watch for that daily, and maybe what the author meant was we should focus on improving our spiritual selves and those around us, which is what will prepare us for his return. If we are on the right path, we will be as prepared as we need to be.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    April 15, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    @SarahChristina.....the "Exodus" never happened. It was a story in the Old Testament written by the Hebrews to "teach", not report history.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 15, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    Christ celebrated Passover, All of His acquaintances were of the Jewish faith. In the "Sermon on the Mount", He proclaimed that He came not to destroy the old law but to fulfill it.

  • SarahChristina Portland, OR
    April 15, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    If this is what this paper writes about, you're not helping your readers to prepare spiritually for the coming of Jesus. A HUGE and very important event was left out about Pesach. The exodus out of Egypt was NOT the only important event. Nowhere in this article mentions that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had been prepared and SACRIFICED at this APPOINTED time so that we could be saved. Rather than mentioning Jesus, this paper has the mitigated gall to mention easter, which is nothing more than a satanic holiday which churches engage in and attach to our Loving Christ. On top of that, you bring down the hope and the faithful who watch everyday for our Lord's coming by using Water's quote that people should "just start focusing on other things besides the end times." We are TRULY in the end times and should be fostering love and anticipation with each other for His appointed arrival as well as studying the WORD of God and not the book of mormon.

  • Let it Go! Omaha, NE
    April 15, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    That would be cool if the end of the world began today. Nothing like 2012, but more gradual...

  • donn layton, UT
    April 15, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    @ A Scientist, The original celebration centered around the Passover lamb, which was sacrificed and its blood put over the doorposts as a sign of faith, so that the Lord passed over the houses of the Jews during the last plague on the Egyptians - killing the “firstborn”.

    The N. T. says that Jesus is our sacrificial Lamb. The Passover lamb was to be a "male without defect," the same description given to Jesus. When the lamb was roasted and eaten, none of its bones were to be broken.

    This fact was also prophesized for the Messiah, whose bones were not to be broken. It was customary during crucifixion to break the leg bones of the person after a few hours in order to hasten their death. The only way a person could breath when hanging on a cross was to push up with his legs, which was very exhausting. By breaking the legs, death followed soon by asphyxiation. However, in the case of Jesus, they broke the legs of the other two men, but did not break His, since He was already dead.

  • PLM Kaysville, UT
    April 15, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    What a beautiful gift at the beginning of Passover, a heavenly reminder that the Angel of Death would "stand down" for the humbly obedient. There are no coincidences.

  • Trainman Ivins, UT
    April 15, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    Easter, the other half of the Christmas Story.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    April 15, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    It seems to me, if you believe in Christianity, you also believe in the validity of other religions. Christ was a Jew, therefor, Christians have every right, even obligation to understand Judaism. It's the original religion, which all other religions, even Christianity shoot off from. In fact, if I weren't a 'Utah Christian", I'd probably be a Jew.... or a Southern Baptist.... their Sunday services are fun!

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    April 15, 2014 5:33 a.m.

    Physics27,

    I am not mocking anyone's beliefs, I am merely sharing my own beliefs, which have been and continue to be "mocked" by believers in everything from comments to correspondence to conference talks. If religious beliefs can stand the test, their advocates have nothing to fear.

    I have spent thirty years studying and putting "Moroni's Challenge" (among others) to the test. Religion has completely failed to deliver on its promises. Promises such as you make: "You'll be surprised what it can do for you" - not at all! over thirty years, my experience has been that the Emperor of the Universe has no clothes.

    Contrary to the assertion of this article, Passover is not primarily a religious celebration that "shows believers how sacrificing and listening to God's will can yield positive results." The dogmatic obedience meme is just not a significant part of Judaism, much less Passover, especially for the secular half of Jews.

    When I read comments like yours and donn's, I wonder if Christians actually read the Seder? It is truly mocking others beliefs to say Passover has anything to do with Jesus, just as it is to make disparaging remarks about science.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    April 15, 2014 5:07 a.m.

    @ A Scientist.......well done, well said. As society continues to believe fairy tales, myth and fictional stories it constantly proves than mankind has advanced much since Zeus and Hercules.

  • Physics27 Cedar City, UT
    April 14, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    @ A scientist
    Please stop mocking others' beliefs. They can believe what they want and it does no good for you to tell them how ignorant they are. I happen to believe in a loving God even though I have studied science much of my life. Science has not really proven anything to me about the existence or lack of God. Look at the spiritual side of things some time (or once again). You'll be surprised what it can do for you.

  • Ett Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

    Ah yes, much more sensible to mock spirituality. It makes accepting that everything came from nothing easier to swallow. Of course, don't ask how nothing became everything. They'll tell you it was from a "singularity" for which they also has no explanation of its origin.

  • sj Spanish Fork, UT
    April 14, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    Donn.. well said.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    April 14, 2014 8:38 p.m.

    donn,

    Nice fairy tales. But that's all they are. There is more spiritual and eternal significance in the Easter Bunny and a pack of Peeps than in ancient fables.

  • donn layton, UT
    April 14, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    RE: The Scientist, “Passover is a nod to how the impossible becomes possible as it shows believers how sacrificing and listening to God’s will can yield positive results."

    “One of the most significant Jewish holidays, Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, recalls and rejoices over the Israelites' redemption from slavery in Egypt. The symbolic elements of the feast cause us not only to look back and remember what the Lord did for our people in the past; they also foreshadow a greater redemption through Jesus, the Passover Lamb. Jewish people around the world have celebrated Passover for thousands of years; however, “Most do not understand” the ultimate significance of the festival.“ Jews for Jesus

    Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover. He is the Lamb of God, sacrificed to set us free from bondage to sin. (John 1:29; Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) His blood covers and protects us, and his body was broken to free us from eternal death. (1 Corinthians 5:7) Christians

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 14, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    Science has explained the phases of the moon, and eclipses.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    April 14, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    "...it’s a reminder about what the religious celebration means to society. ...Passover is a nod to how the impossible becomes possible as it shows believers how sacrificing and listening to God’s will can yield positive results."

    Nonsense. In researching their book "American Grace," authors Putnam and Campbell found that over HALF of all American Jews do not even believe in a god. For such, Passover is a reminder of emancipation from oppression.

    Judaism and Atheism are not contradictory. The tradition of Judaism to question God from top to bottom. Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is not dogmatic (no creeds or articles of faith to adhere to), so atheists can be open about their lack of belief and still belong to a synagogue.

    Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, points out that "An individual who attends synagogue, participates in Jewish communal affairs, and contributes heavily to Jewish charities would undoubtedly be considered a very fine Jew, without asking questions about whether or not that person believed in God."

    Rabbis and their congregations welcome the doubters and the skeptics.